go to content go to search box go to global site navigation

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
Wednesday
HRS
02
02
MINS
07
07
Current Time
GMT +2

Money and costs

Currency
Switzerland Francs (CHF)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated June 17, 2019 9:31AM 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

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, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

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 (workdays), which means Mondays to Saturdays, 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 or inexpensive bike-hire schemes. Bicycle and e-bike rental is usually available at stations.

Bus Filling the gaps in more remote areas, Switzerland's postal-bus 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.

Health and safety

Powered by

Advice for travellers

Submit a correction