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e.g. VW Up Or similar
from 45 £/day
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Seat Ibiza
from 49 £/day
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from 45 £/day
  • Without excess
Seat Ibiza
from 49 £/day
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Renault Captur
from 166 £/day
  • All-round carefree package
VW Polo
from 51 £/day
  • Directly available
Renault Captur
from 166 £/day
  • Without excess
VW Polo
from 51 £/day
Further vehicle classes
e.g. VW Golf Or similar
VW Golf
from 54 £/day
e.g. Ford Focus Turnier Or similar
Ford Focus Turnier
from 248 £/day
7 seater
e.g. VWTouran Or similar
from 65 £/day
9 seater
e.g. VW T6 Or similar
from 95 £/day
e.g. Mazda CX-30 Or similar
Mazda CX-30
from 254 £/day
e.g. MINI COOPER CABRIO Or similar
from 155 £/day
Premium class
e.g. BMW 530 Or similar
BMW 530
from 427 £/day
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Explore Zürich and Switzerland by rental car

With a population of around 400,000 is Zurich the largest city in Switzerland and can therefore be best explored by rental car. By choosing you can compare offers of car rental companies in Zurich and easily book a rental car online.

Where is the best place to rent a car in Zurich?

Numerous car rental companies are located both in the city and at the airport. You can decide for yourself which collection location is best suited for you and your plans.

If you arrive by plane at Zurich Airport (ZRH), the largest airport in Switzerland, you can rent a car directly at the airport from a car rental company. The chances are usually very well to receive a favourable offer. In addition, you usually have better (longer) opening hours at the airport and a higher chance of availability of special vehicles such as convertibles, sports cars or SUVs.

Advantages of renting a car at the airport are:

  • cheap car rental offers
  • longer opening hours
  • better availability of vehicles

Is there a toll in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, domestic and foreign vehicles require a vignette for motorways and national roads. This must be attached to the windscreen and is available in Switzerland at petrol stations, garages, customs offices and post offices. Otherwise, you can also purchase the vignette in Germany from various automobile clubs, selected petrol stations and the e-shop of Deutsche Post.

Do I need a vignette for the rental car?

No, you do not need to buy a vignette for your rental car. As this is obligatory in Switzerland, it is already attached to your rental car. You don't have to worry about the toll when renting a rental car.

Where can I park my rental car in Zurich and Switzerland free of charge?

Parking is free of charge almost everywhere between 9 pm and 8 am. In Switzerland, parking areas are marked in different colours. Each colour has its own regulation:

  • White zones: for a fee at the parking meter you can park up to 30 min or 2-4 hours
  • Blue zones: only with valid parking ticket
  • Yellow zone: Parking ban, mostly private or company parking lot
  • Red Zone: With parking disk, 15 minutes can be parked here free of charge

In Zurich, parking regulations are very strict. False parkers in Zurich will be fined 40 CHF.

What are the maximum speeds in Switzerland?

street type  maximum speed
Inner locations 50 km/h
external locations 80 km/h
Motorways 120 km/h

It is important to pay attention to the specified speed limits in Switzerland, as exceeding them can be very expensive. Were you flashed with the rental car? Did you get a ticket for the rental car? In our blog we have compiled all the information.

What is the cost of speeding in Switzerland?

exceeded in km/h Innerorts external locations Motorway
1 - 5 km/h 40 CHF 40 CHF 20 CHF
6 - 10 km/h 120 CHF 100 CHF 60 CHF
11 - 15 km/h 250 CHF 160 CHF 120 CHF
16 - 20 km/h Fine, warning 240 CHF 180 CHF
21 - 24 km/h Fee, min. 1 month driving ban Fine, warning 260 CHF
from 25 km/h Fee, min. 3 months driving ban Fee, min. 1 month driving ban Fine, warning

When renting a car, it doesn't matter in which country you rent your car. For your own protection, you should always opt for "comprehensive insurance without excess." You should also pay attention to a high liability coverage. The liability should cover at least one million euros in damages, or even 7.5 million euros.

Do I have to pay a higher deposit in Zurich?

All car rental companies require a deposit, the amount of the deposit varies from car rental to car rental. However, it does not primarily depend on the currency, but on the vehicle type. Whoever rents a convertible in Switzerland has to pay a higher deposit than someone who rents a small Fiat 500. If the rental car is returned without damage, the previously debited amount will be credited to your credit card or you can choose to receive a refund of your deposit. 

How to include an additional driver for the rental car?

If you don't want to spend the whole time of your stay in Zurich and Switzerland alone at the wheel, you can have an additional driver for your rental car included in the price. Usually a small additional fee is charged for this service, which is often charged per day. However, there are also offers that include an additional driver free of charge, here too, an online comparison is worthwhile in advance.

Which telephone numbers should you know when driving in Zurich in case of an emergency?

  • Emergency situation Telephone number
  • Accident with injured persons 117
  • Breakdown service 140
  • Information on road conditions and traffic situation 163

When is a trip to Zurich worthwhile?

A trip to Zurich is worthwhile during the entire year, as the city is an important business and science location as well as a world-famous trade fair and financial centre. This combination of history, culture, urban charm, natural paradise and perfect infrastructure gives the city its inimitable character. Zurich is considered to be the city with the highest quality of life in the world. This also makes them an extremely expensive plaster, their living costs are also at the highest level, being able to live cheaply is a stroke of luck! Renting a rental car is also not very cheap in Zurich, but you can find the best price comparison online.

Discover Zürich and its surroundings by rental car

Zurich is not only Switzerland's largest city, but also its largest financial centre after Lugano and Geneva. In addition to the Zurich University of Technology, there are other universities and technical colleges as well as the highly respected University of Zurich. Although the population of Zurich is comparatively small, it is still one of the most famous cities in the world. It has a well-preserved medieval old town centre, an exuberant nightlife, a wide range of cultural events and is an important tourist centre.

Special highlights in Zurich:

  • The medieval old town centre
  • Kunsthaus Zurich
  • New Botanical Garden and Chinese Garden of the University of Zurich
  • Liebfrauenkirche - neo-Romanesque style and interior design worth seeing
  • Swiss National Museum
  • Theatre and Kunsthaus at Heimplatz
  • The St. Peter's Church, which has the largest tower clock face in Europe
  • The Fraumünster church with the famous stained glass windows by Marc Chagall
  • The 862-metre-high Uetliberg, from which you can see Lake Zurich and the surrounding Alps.
  • The two-towered, Romanesque Grossmünster is one of Zurich's main attractions.
  • The Limmatquai, here are other interesting buildings worth seeing
  • The Urania observatory with its 51-metre-high tower, on which a round dome with a telescope is displayed.

Since 2006, Zurich has also been home to the "Plan Lumière", which is designed to illuminate prominent sights of the night. Thus, the old town of Zurich is also a real pleasure in the dark.
Excursions by rental car in the Zurich area

Anyone who has rented a rental car in Zurich will of course also have the opportunity to visit the city with all its sights, but you can also use the rental car to explore Zurich's closer and wider surroundings.

Only half an hour's drive away is the great Museum Schloss Kyburg, which is located on a hill. The highlight of the visit to the museum is the creepy torture chamber, where people who were once accused of torture are persuaded to confess by means of torture. Particularly beautiful and interesting places of interest in the immediate vicinity are listed in the following table with information about the distance:

Excursions from Zürich Distance with the rental car Time
Museum and castle Kyburg 24 km 25 min
Technorama 24 km 30 min
Hell Grottoes in Baar 29 km 42 min
Alpamare 35 km 30 min
Schaffhausen Rhine Falls 46 km 50 min

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