Traffic rules in Switzerland

Every country has their own written or unwritten rules on the road. So does Switzerland. Learn about the rules, driving licenses, parking, speed limits, traffic offences, and road regulations in Switzerland.

You can drive on the right side of the road.

Speed limits in Switzerland

Speed limits should strictly be followed. There are plenty of radars on the roads to regulate the drivers. Speed limits exceed will cause a fine. Fines are graded according to the limits of a certain area. You should obey the following speed limits carefully: 50 km/h in cities and towns, 80 km/h outside of cities/ towns, 100 km/h on dual carriageways/ expressways, and 120 km/h on motorways.

Excess speed

Built-up areas

Outside built-up areas 
(expressways incl.)

Motorway

1-5 km/h

CHF  40

 CHF  40

 CHF  20

6-10 km/h

CHF 120

 CHF 100

 CHF  60

11-15 km/h

CHF 250

 CHF 160

 CHF 120

16-20 km/h

Summons

 CHF 240

 CHF 180

21-25 km/h

Summons

 Summons

 CHF 260

Over 25 km/h

Summons

 Summons

 Summons

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Drinking and driving

the maximum permitted blood alcohol content for drivers is 0.5 ppm. The police can offer you to take the breath test as a part of the standard document check.

Driving license

The minimum driving age in Switzerland is 18. Motorcycles can be driven from 16. All drivers must have a valid national or international driving license. Foreigners can drive with the license of their country for up to 12 months. After this period they need to convert their license into a Swiss driving license.

Safety in cars

The driver and all the passengers inside the car must fasten their seat belts. Children under 12 must be transported in a special child seat on the back seat only. The seat size should be relevant to their height and age.

Motorway Vignette

To drive on the national motorways in Switzerland it is necessary to have a Motorway Vignette. A driver can buy a vignette at the nearest post office, at a petrol station or at the customs offices both in Switzerland and at the frontier territories. The price is CHF 40. This card should be placed under the wind shield. The vignette validity period is approximately one year: from December 01 of the previous year to January 31 of the following year.

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Lights

All vehicles are required to travel with lights on during the day, at night, in the rain, or when driving through a tunnel.

Navigation

It is prohibited to have a radar detection equipment in GPS devices.

Parking

Three things you have to know about Parking system in Switzerland. The parking places are divided into different zones:

      • Blue Zones: Parking from Monday till Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm is free of charge for an hour with the blue parking disc (including EU parking disc). Whereby the arrival time is to be inserted to the next half hour. On Sundays and public holidays parking is free between the hours 7 pm in the evening and 7 am in the morning.
      • Yellow Zones: These are private or reserved for companies and may only be used by them or their clients and guests.

      • White zones: These are chargeable, often numbered and located near a parking meter.

Yellow markings with crosses mean no parking and yellow lines by the side of the road mean no waiting at the roadside.

Parking on main roads outside of towns is prohibited

Mandatory items

It is mandatory to carry a warning triangle, first aid kit and fire extinguishers in the vehicles.