Car hire in Switzerland is surprisingly easy. What is more, since Switzerland is right up there among the most beautiful places to visit in the world, hiring a car and driving around is generally what most travelers prefer to do! Who wouldn't want to drive around and see spectacular views of the Alps at every turn?
If you are looking to hire a car in Switzerland, you need to be at least twenty one years of age. However, this is flexible. Depending on the rental company you choose to go in for, this age maybe lowered or the bar may even be raised. Some of the smaller rental companies rent out to people who are twenty even. While stricter agencies hire out to people who are twenty five and above!
Also, in addition to age limits, quite obviously, car hire in Switzerland requires you to have a license which is valid in the EU or UK. Not only that, your driving license should have been issued at least a year before you hire the car. Another thing to keep in mind is drunk driving. Switzerland is definitely one of those countries where you DON'T want to be caught dead drunk driving, because you might even have to face imprisonment for this!
Where to Look
There are basically different types of car rental agencies in Switzerland. All major international car rental agencies have outlets in Switzerland. What is more, you will surely find offices in small towns and villages even, not to mention pretty much every airport in the country. You will be sure to find great deals with these international car rental outfits.
Local car rental agencies are also quite a few in number in Switzerland. I would recommend these because you are sure to find cheaper packages and deals with them. You can check them out at the Swiss Yellow Pages or asking around at the local petrol station. The cars available are quite reliable and roadworthy, so there is no cause for concern.
The prices you might have to pay for your car in Switzerland are subject to variability. The season you are renting in, the car model and the place are all very important factors which are determine the price of car hire in Switzerland. During peak time of course, you might have to pay more. On the whole, car hire in Switzerland is a pleasant experience!