Ah Switzerland, home to lakes, villages and the ever reaching peaks of the Alps. Its central position in Europe makes it ideal for a road trip, driving to the classic Zürich, beautiful Geneva and medieval Lucerne. But before you climb into your motorhome, it is important to consider the toll roads,vignettes and regulations to avoid any issues later. We’ll provide you with everything you need to know about tolls roads in Switzerland, so you can focus on packing and preparing for the overload of chocolate and cheese!
What is a Swiss Motorway Vignette?
A vignette is a form of road pricing opposed on vehicles, which can be in addition or instead of a road tax. It differs to road tolls as it is based on a period of time instead of distance travelled. It is a sticker that you need to apply on the inside of the windshield of your car. Be careful not to have any tape or other things covering it, as it won’t work then. If in doubt, ask for help! You also need a Swiss Motorway Vignette for motorcycles, trailers and caravans. The vignette is valid for the calendar year, regardless of when you purchase it. If you do not have a vignette correctly in your window, you risk a fine of at least CHF 200!
How do I get a Swiss Motorway Vignette?
You can buy one at most border crossings, gas stations and post offices in Switzerland and neighboring countries. We reccomend buying one online, which will save you time at the border as you can use the fast lane and not wait behind those buying it. It costs CHF 40. But keep in mind that if you’re renting a car in Switzerland, it will already come with a vignette! Those in the UK can buy their vignette here and have it shipped directly to their home.
Are there any Additional Toll Roads?
Sadly, yes there are. Driving in Switzerland can add up, as you may still need to pay for different roads. The vignette price doesn’t include driving through the Munt la schera Tunnel and the Grand St. Bernard Tunnel.
What are the Speed Limits in Switzerland?
You don’t want to start your holiday with a nasty ticket, so be careful to keep an eye on the maximum speed. For motorways, that would be 120 km/h, and 100 km/h for highways. Other roads outside built-up areas allow 80 km/h, and in towns you can only drive 50 k/m. However, exceptions may apply at anytime, so always keep an eye out for the signs. No matter what road you’re on, cars with a trailer may not exceed 80 km/h!
More Advice for Driving in Switzerland
You need to drive on the right lane. This is to be expected, as it is the norm for most of Europe, but just in case, we thought we’d remind you!
Your headlights need to be switched on during the day as well.
Swiss drivers strongly believe in stopping for pedestrians at a zebra crossing, even those only approaching the crossing. Pedestrians will always expect to get the right of way, so give them the necessary space.
Although snow tires and snow chains are not obligatory, they are highly recommended in winter. They make a huge difference and are a great investment for any winter travellers.
Driving is not allowed with a blood alcohol level of 0.25 mg/l. A much lower maximum applies to professional drivers and new drivers. They are extremely strict with this, and most Swiss drivers do not drink at all when they plan to drive.
The Swiss are strict about their road rules, and traffic fines are generally heavy. For example, if you were caught driving 61 km/h instead of 50 km/h in a town, you’d be fined CHF 250.
Now that you’ve read the rules for driving in Switzerland and you’re familiar with the various toll roads in Switzerland, you’re ready for a European road trip. Grab your road trip buddy, a bunch of snacks and find a motorhome on Goboony! Happy travelling!