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Traveling by car in Switzerland

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Lötschberg car train Kandersteg

Cars lining up for the Lötschberg car train departing from Kandersteg.

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 in which 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: you'll have no parking issues and there's more time for the driver to admire the scenery. It's worth looking into the rail passes, even if you plan to use a car. Learn more about the advantages of combining car and train here.

HOLIDAY HOMES WITH PARKING

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Before you drive - the must knows

A safe trip starts with the essentials. Learn about the must knows of driving in the Swiss Alps.

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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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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Prepare for your drive

Be ready when you arrive in Switzerland, and arrange for your motorway vignette, rental car and more.

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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Car rental

RENTAL CARS

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

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Stanserhorn cable car

SWISS HALF FARE CARD

A car doesn't get you to the most scenic spots in the mountains. Be sure to get discounts on cableways, cogwheel trains and boat rides.

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Maloja Pass

SCENIC DRIVES

Find scenic driving holidays in Switzerland.

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More details on driving in Switzerland

Prevent surprises and find even more information about driving in Switzerland here.

Road construction

TRAFFIC INFORMATION

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

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Parking disc

PARKING

About parking in Switzerland.

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Carbon neutrality

PROTECT THE CLIMATE

Even a non-electric car can be climate-friendly. Simply compensate for your CO2 emission!

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Motorhome in Lauterbrunnen

DRIVING WITH A CARAVAN OR CAMPER

Driving in the mountains with a caravan or camper can be challenging. Get advice here.

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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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MAP OF SWITZERLAND

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

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