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  • Car hire locations

    There are 8 car hire locations in Zurich, and the most popular is Zurich Airport.

  • Average temperatures

    Coldest month: January (0°C)

    Warmest month: July (19°C)

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Hire a car in Zurich

Zurich is ranked as one of the most expensive, yet liveable, in the world.

With mountains in the distance and a crystal lake steps away, it offers its visitors more than luxury chocolate and handcrafted watches.

Zurich’s historic destinations are evidence of the city’s dedication to tradition and hard-working nature, while its contemporary sites show off its trendsetting spirit.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Zurich?
A. Six to seven days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Zurich?
A. July.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Zurich?
A. Enterprise is the cheapest car rental brand in Zurich, offering cars from just £14 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Local knowledge


A hot pot of melted cheese may seem a stereotypical Swiss experience, but a fondue fest really is the best way to warm up after a chilly winter’s day. And when you can enjoy a steaming pot just about anywhere, there’s no reason not to indulge more than once.

The Fondue Tram
Take in Zurich’s beautiful city lights and historic sites while being served on a tram from the 1930s. It’s the perfect place to practise your fondue dining etiquette. The two-hour circular tour runs from November to February.

Located in the Zürichberg, the once working farm is a popular spot for both locals and tourists, for good reason. Offering 17 different types of fondue, including apple and peppercorn, there’s a flavour for everyone.

Fondue Gondolas
Enjoy the rich speciality while snuggled in a red gondola cabin. The five gondolas are parked in front of the Walliser Keller restaurant, bringing an Alpine mood to the city centre.

Cultural highlights

There is no limit to the cultural highlights in Zurich. Even the city’s former industrial centre has transformed into a prosperous art hub. Both major institutions and small underground galleries continue to display artistic innovation at its finest.

Kunstmuseum Winterhur
The museum holds one of the most outstanding collections of modern art in Switzerland. Masterpieces by the likes of Monet and Picasso are found in the museum’s old building, while the newer extension showcases works by international contemporary artists.

Enea Tree Museum
Lake Zurich sets the backdrop to the world’s first and only museum dedicated to trees. The combination of architecture, botany, art and design creates a unique open-air museum for visitors to explore.

The Cabaret Voltaire
Founded in 1916, the legendary performance space was the birthplace of the anti-traditional Dada movement. The club is still true to its revolutionary roots, hosting avant-garde shows from its original spot in the heart of Zurich.

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The best local ski resorts

With 10 ski resorts less than 90 minutes’ drive from Zurich, mountain lovers and snow enthusiasts will surely find their dream slope. Here are a couple of mountain villages to consider…

Less than an hour from Zurich by car, Flumserberg is a great place for a day’s worth of skiing. It also offers winter hiking, dog sled rides, and tobogganing if you’re seeking a different kind of winter adventure. Flumserberg is no secret amongst the locals, so avoid the queues by planning a mid-week trip.

Engelberg has been open for over 100 years and offers the only glacier skiing in central Switzerland. The resort is situated between two mountains and supplies plenty of challenging terrain down 2000m descents, making it ideal for intermediate and advanced skiers.

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Take a scenic road trip through the Swiss Alps.

  • Zurich Airport ZRH

    The largest international airport in Switzerland.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire agents are located on level 1, and follow signs to Rental Car Return, P3, to return your car.

  • Winterhur – 24km

    A garden city with a diverse range of cultural activities.

  • Lucerne  – 52km

    The gateway to central Switzerland situated within a panorama of mountains.

  • UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch  – 39km

    The “Wild West” of Lucerne, Switzerland’s most extensive moorlands.

  • Lauterbrunnen  – 96km

    Home to 72 impressive waterfalls and hidden valleys.