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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘bonjour’
(bon-zhoor)
French
‘grüezi’
(grew-e-tsi)
German
‘buongiorno’
(bwon-jor-no)
Italian
Plug combo cj
Electricity
230V/50hz
Jan-Dec
Best time to go
Year round

Money and costs

Currency
Switzerland Francs (CHF)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
Sfr200
  • Dorm bed: Sfr30–60
  • Double room in budget hotel: from Sfr100
  • Lunch out and self-catering after dark: from Sfr25
Midrange
Sfr200–300
  • Double room in two- or three-star hotel: from Sfr200 (Sfr150 at weekends)
  • Dish of the day (tagesteller, plat du jour, piatto del giorno) or fixed two-course menu: Sfr40–70
Top end (more than)
Sfr300
  • Double room in four- or five-star hotel: from Sfr350 (Sfr250 at weekends)
  • Three-course dinner in upmarket restaurant: from Sfr100

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days. Some non-European citizens require a Schengen Visa.

Get the latest visa advice for Switzerland from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
CHE
Zürich
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
1033927
Jun – Aug
16105038
Sep – Nov
1475745
Dec – Feb
604330
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Lucerne
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1556041
Jun – Aug
23147456
Sep – Nov
1274333
Dec – Feb
6-14329
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Interlaken
Go Apr–Sep
Mar – May
1545839
Jun – Aug
22127254
Sep – Nov
733426
Dec – Feb
4-13928
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Geneva
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1666042
0.27
0.01
Jun – Aug
25147757
0.33
0.01
Sep – Nov
1575944
0.27
0.01
Dec – Feb
5-14129
0.27
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Bern
Go Apr–Sep
Mar – May
1545839
Jun – Aug
24127554
Sep – Nov
1455741
Dec – Feb
4-33927
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Basel
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1656040
0.2
0.01
Jun – Aug
25147756
0.37
0.01
Sep – Nov
1676043
0.23
0.01
Dec – Feb
6-14230
0.13
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Switzerland

Landlocked between France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy, Switzerland is well linked, especially by train. Formalities are minimal when entering the country by air, rail or road, thanks to the Schengen Agreement.

Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Switzerland

The best price found from United States to Switzerland is on February 11th, 2019, travelling with Primera Air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $256.00
ZRH
Zurich

Getting around Switzerland

Switzerland’s fully integrated public-transport system is among the world’s most efficient. However, travel is expensive and visitors planning to use inter-city routes should consider investing in a Swiss travel pass. Timetables often refer to Werktags (work days), which means Monday to Saturday, unless there is the qualification ausser Samstag (except Saturday). For timetables and tickets, head to www.sbb.ch.

Bicycle Switzerland is well equipped for cyclists. Many cities have free-bike-hire schemes. Bicycle and e-bike rental is usually available at stations.

Bus Filling the gaps in more remote areas, Switzerland's postbus service is synchronised with train arrivals.

Car Handy for hard-to-reach regions where public transport is minimal.

Train Swiss trains run like a dream. Numerous discount-giving travel cards and tickets are available.

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