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Switzerland car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 50 car hire locations in Switzerland, and the most popular city is Geneva.

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Switzerland are Budget, Unirent, Europcar, Dollar and Alamo.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Switzerland are November and June.

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Hire a car in Switzerland

For those in pursuit of outdoor expeditions and slick cities, Switzerland is your all-in-one retreat.

With four official languages, the landlocked country proudly integrates the cultures of surrounding nations into its own. Its cosmopolitan cities mix modern innovation with traditional class while its landscape provides a stunning backdrop that cannot be overlooked.  

If you’re eager for a first class road trip with thrilling drives, Switzerland has you covered. Head to the Alps to zig-zag your way through exhilarating mountain passes or make your way around the country’s fanciful villages.

Car rental facts

Switzerland

Frequently asked question Answer
Most popular place to hire a car in Switzerland Geneva
Zurich
Basel
Most popular rental length Three to four days
Most popular month to rent a car July, where a hire car costs on average £41.60 per day

Best driving seasons
Many mountain passes are closed during the winter, making June to September the best time of year for a scenic Swiss road trip.

Weather changes
Remember that weather can change drastically at the top of a mountain. Be prepared to adjust your driving for any rain, snow or ice.

Pass roads
Besides Switzerland’s basic traffic regulations, there are additional rules for those interested in driving on steep mountain roads. You must carefully control your car on slopes and ensure you don’t overheat your engine or brakes. Uphill drivers also have priority over downhill traffic.

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Points of interest in Switzerland

  • Gruyeres

    A medieval town and popular tourist destination, home to a 13th century castle and Gruyere cheese.

  • Lake Thun

    One of the country’s loveliest lakes, its sparkling blue waters and neighbouring mountains make it a great place to unwind.

  • Montreux

    A quaint town surrounded by vineyards and Lake Geneva, it has long inspired artists and writers.

  • Jungfraujoch

    At 3,454 metres high, this peak is dubbed the Top of Europe and is Europe’s highest train station.

  • Lugano

    This town looks more Italian than Swiss, with its palm trees and beautiful Floral Driving Route.

Epic drives

Top mountain passes

Grimsel Pass
This road dramatically traces the landscape with hairpin turns and steep grades. One of the highest mountain passes in the Alps, it leads to sparkling reservoir lakes and granite valleys.

Furka Pass
A high-altitude journey and one of the world’s most iconic adrenaline-pumping drives. The route was immortalized by the James Bond film Goldfinger and attracts anyone interested in reaching the Rhone Glacier. Though its sheer drops can be dizzying, the miles of stunning views cannot be missed.

Great St Bernard Pass
This historic route has been used for thousands of years and is one of the oldest paths in the Western Alps. Connecting Martigny to Aosta, this lovely winding road will take you past the legendary Great St Bernard Hospice and through lush meadows.