The winding roads of the Swiss Alps provide one of the most exhilarating driving experiences in Europe. All the roads, including the Alpine routes are excellent and clearly signposted. However, with unpredictable weather (particularly in the winter) you have to keep alert to the conditions around you as you dip and rise though the spectacular mountains.
Hertz Car Rental branches are located at key points in Switzerland, meaning you can hire a car at your convenience to take your holiday on a different journey. At any one of our 39 Swiss branches our team are ready to help you on your way with premium quality cars at great prices.
Hertz has 39 car rental branches in Italy at all the key locations including, airports, train stations and large hotels. Hertz Car Rental make it easy for you to hire a car wherever your journey takes you.
Long snaking alpine roads, and undisturbed driving on the Autobahns, Switzerland provides a beautiful backdrop to your holiday. To drive in Switzerland you have to be at least 18 years old. New drivers, those who have held a licence for less than three years can be subject to stricter rules than more experienced drivers, such as blood alcohol levels.
In some towns and cities, they have a rule called “priority to the right”. This is similar to the system used in France where you must give way to traffic joining from the right, so take care when approaching junctions.
All driving offences are subject to on the spot fines, and speeding is heavily monitored in Switzerland. Here are some tips to help you drive safely:
• Any devices capable of detecting speed cameras including satnav and gps systems showing speed cameras as points of interest are prohibited.
• Seatbelts must be worn by everyone travelling in the car at all times.
• Drink driving is frowned upon and comes with strict punishment in the form of fines and even prison. Your level should be below 0.50 mg/ml, or under 0.10mg/ml if you are a new driver.
• All cars must have their headlights on at all time, including in daylight hours.
• Children 12 or under must be in the appropriate child seat. Children over seven can travel in the front seat of a car as long as they are correctly restrained.
• Speed limits are as follows: Motorways: 120km/h, expressway 100km/h, main roads and minor roads outside of build-up areas 80km/h, and built-up areas 50km/h. However, there are exceptions to this when the weather is bad, there is construction works, or in residential areas – all of which can lower the speed limit, so watch out for signs.
• There are no tolls on the autobahn, but a motorway permit must be displayed. Hertz will make sure you have everything you need to drive in Switzerland,
• Pedestrians have the right of way and may just step out onto a crossing, expecting you to stop.
• Zermatt is car free and can only be reached by train, taxi or helicopter. Park in the garage at Täsch and take the shuttle train that departs every 20 minutes and only takes 12 minutes.
• Snow chains are compulsory in certain areas. These are indicated by signs. The chains must be fitted on at least two wheels.
Drive through the mountains to Zurich where you can hire pedalos on the lake that look like oversized vintage children’s toy cars. Drive to the capital Bern and visit the bears that live in Baeren Park.
If you are after some serious high culture then head to Geneva or Basel where there is an abundance of museums, theatres and cathedrals, and both cities are well known for their cultural importance.
When it is time for a break head to one of the many artisan chocolate shops that can be found in every town. Whether it is seeing how they are made, learning the skill yourself, or just sampling a few, Switzerland is a chocoholics dream.
Minimal car rental age is 19. Those between 19 and 25 years old will be subject to a young driver’s surcharge of CHF 15.01 (including tax) per day and a maximum charge of CHF 150.12 (including tax) per rental. Certain vehicles can only be rented by those 25 and above.
Average speed limits: Motorways120km/h, expressway 100km/h, main roads and minor roads outside of build-up areas 80km/h, and built-up areas 50km/h.
Radar detectors are banned and Satnav and GPS systems must have their points of interest function disabled.
Motorway Tolls: You must display your vignette at all times.
Required documents: Valid driving licence held for 1 year (some cars require 3 years) and IDP you are not an EU resident.
If you are planning to pay by card, please bring your credit card and passport.