Traveling by car in Switzerland

Traveling by car in Switzerland

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This spectacular road in the Schöllenen gorge is part of the Gotthard pass.

Traveling by car

Switzerland has a high quality road network. Most places can be reached by car as you can see on the map of Switzerland. There are some towns and regions where cars are prohibited or that simply can be reached by cable car or train only. Before hitting the road with your own car or a rental car, please read about the basic traffic rules and be sure that you know how to drive in the mountains.

Combining car and train

Even when you travel to Switzerland by car, the train is still a great option for day trips: no parking issues and more time for the driver to admire the scenery. It's worth looking into the rail passes, even if you don't plan to travel by train. Learn more about the advantages of combining car and train here.

Train near Chillon castle

CAR VERSUS TRAIN

Note sure whether to drive or take the trains? Read about the pros and cons here.

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Car rental

CAR RENTAL

Rent a car, and be sure to pay the best price.

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Swiss motorway vignette

SWISS MOTORWAY VIGNETTE

The vignette is required to use the motorways. See how it works and where to get it.

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Sign warning against falling rocks in Cholerenschlucht

TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

Be sure to know about the basic rules before hitting the road.

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Panorama road between Grimselpass and Oberaarsee

HOW TO DRIVE IN THE MOUNTAINS

The mountain roads are very different from the motorways and roads in the valley. See what skills you need for a safe trip.

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Parking disc

PARKING

About parking in Switzerland.

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Lötschberg car train

CAR TRAINS

Get to the other side of the mountains in a convenient way, and put your car on the train!

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Road construction

TRAFFIC INFORMATION

Check if there are roadworks or closed passes on your route.

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MAP OF SWITZERLAND

Detailed map of Switzerland showing towns, rail stations, roads and more.

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