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Car Driving In Switzerland

Car Driving In Switzerland

Car driving in Switzerland is a pleasure because the roads in the land offer the most beautiful and stunning views of the Alps. But you do need to be a tad bit more careful if you are driving along the Alpine ranges - though they are easy to maneuver on account of Switzerland's amazing roadways, it doesn't hurt to be cautious.


All cars in Switzerland are right hand drive, so anyone travelling from the Americas might find it a bit daunting. But getting used to this is simple enough. Also watch out for roads with double white lines, because these are the roads where overtaking is forbidden. Moreover, keep in mind that trams should always be given preference. When they are moving, pass them from the right side, otherwise, they should be passed on the left.

Parking is easy because most of the Swiss cities have what is known as "blue zones" which basically need you to put up a "parking disc" on your dashboard so that it is easily visible. You need to get your very own disc at motor clubs or gas stations or even police stations. Make sure you don't park on the kerb because this is illegal in Switzerland!

Some Things To keep In Mind

Car driving in Switzerland is really safe and the reason why it is so is because there are some rules and regulations which are quite strict in this country. For example, children aged below seven are not allowed to travel in the front seat of cars if you don't have any proper form of child restraint with you.

The rules for drinking and driving in Switzerland are really stringent. It is best not to take any chances. If you have a blood alcohol level of above 0.08% you could be in serious trouble. And when I say serious trouble, I mean SERIOUS TROUBLE because you could face imprisonment even!

Speed limits in Switzerland are implemented quite rigorously. The limits are as follows: 120 km/h on motorways, 80 km/hr on open roads and 50km/hr in towns. Car driving in Switzerland is safe because they take over speeding very seriously here. You might have to pay on-the-spot fines if you are found breaking the rules. And remember to always carry with you your passport, driving license and vehicle registration, not to mention your motor insurance; enjoy car driving in Switzerland.

This site covers all areas for travelling in Switzerland. It covers travels to many switzerland cities: Basel, Berne, Geneva, Zerlmat, Interlaken. There is a comprehensive travel information section: Swiss Rail Train Tickets, Switzerland Rail Train Map, Swiss Train Rail Timetable, Information, RailCards and Passes, Air Travel

This page last updated in Feb 2016