Car rentals in Switzerland: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to get around Switzerland whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around the region and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Switzerland. We've collected your most popular questions about renting a car in Switzerland. Keep reading to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I find a great deal on a rental car in Switzerland?
You're well on your way to getting the best price on your car rental by booking through CarRentals.com. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Compare the prices of vehicles
- Avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which typically are more expensive
- Determine ahead of time how much fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and reserve as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Switzerland rental car.
What rental suppliers have agencies in Switzerland?
From budget-friendly brands like Dollar and Thrifty to global names like Hertz and Enterprise, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Switzerland?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this city means you're certain to find a car that suits your needs. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||When you need the best||Infiniti Q50, Chrysler 300, or similar|
|SUV or Minivan||Family trips where you need the extra room||Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Quest, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with terrific miles per gallon||BMW i3, Kia Optima, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Switzerland?
Generally, to rent a car in Switzerland you must be at least 21—the same as it is across most of the country. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read the rental agreement to find what the total is before you reserve your rental.
Does Switzerland require rental car insurance?
When cruising through Switzerland or the rest of country, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to buy temporary insurance through the rental supplier.
Although many of the major card issuers, like American Express or MasterCard, give some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, you may not be covered if you get a luxury or larger vehicle. Make sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Switzerland rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for a gas station close to your rental car supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you collect your vehicle. You can use as much fuel as you want and top it off when you return your car at the end. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. You won't pay more than local fuel prices and you'll only pay service fees if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Some suppliers provide a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to confirm with them beforehand||You won't have to find for a gas station before you bring back the car||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then going to a local station|
|Empty to empty||You will not have a full tank of fuel when you collect the vehicle, and you don't need to fill the tank back up before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you collect the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually suggest that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited miles is a good choice if you plan to do a little sightseeing or visit a lot of customers all over Switzerland. You can cruise wherever you like and not incur extra charges. Be sure to read your policy to discover if there are any restrictions.
Before you drive off
Be sure you go over a few things before you leave the lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect your vehicle and be sure there is no dents or scratches. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and both the lug wrench and jack are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. You don't want any unneeded distractions in a new city
Book your Switzerland rental car today
Maybe you're traveling with your partner and kids, or carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. Maybe you're traveling solo. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can suit your requirements and not break the bank.