How the Swiss motorway vignette works, and where to get one

Swiss motorway vignette

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Must knows about the Swiss motorway vignette

  • It is required to have a vignette if you intend to use the Swiss motorways;
  • Swiss rental cars already have a vignette;
  • Vignettes can be purchased online or at the border;
  • We advise to get a Swiss Half Fare Card as well, in order to get discounts on cable cars.

The Swiss motorway vignette has a different colorful design each year.

Purchase a Swiss motorway vignette

IMPORTANT: as a driver, you will pay the high standard fares for cable cars, mountain trains and boat trips. Be sure to order along the Swiss Half Fare Card to save 50% on these excursions. Children travel for free if you have such a card.

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What is the Swiss motorway vignette?

A Swiss motorway vignette is required to use the national motorways. It's a sticker you need to apply on the inside of the windshield of your car. The price is CHF 40.

Do I need a vignette?

You do not need a vignette if you avoid using the motorways. Swiss rental cars have a vignette, so you don't need to buy one. You need to buy a motorway vignette for motors, trailers and caravans using motorways as well.

Do I need more than a vignette?

In most cases you do need more than a vignette. Some areas, including all mountain tops, can not be reached by car. A rail pass provides free or discounted trips by cable car, boat, trains, funiculars, etc. Without a pass, you would pay the full fare, which can be pretty expensive. The Swiss Half Fare Card is a popular pass for drivers, but there are more options.

How to use the vignette

The vignette must be applied to the inside of your windshield according to the enclosed instructions, before you cross the Swiss border. The motorway vignette is not valid if you leave it on the dashboard or if you use tape to apply it. You risk paying a fine and having to purchase a valid vignette. It is not allowed to use the vignette on another vehicle when you're done traveling.

The vignette is valid for a calendar year, regardless of when you purchase it. You may use it for 14 months: from December 1 of the previous year to January 31 of the next year.

Ordering a vignette online

The Swiss motorway vignette can be purchased online. You'll save time as you can cross the border using the fast lane. You don't have to wait for people purchasing their vignette at the border.

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