Traffic rules Switzerland

Driving in Switzerland is by and large very uncomplicated. Thanks to the excellent road network, you can reach even somewhat remote sights quickly and relaxed. On many routes, you can also expect unique views and vistas, which alone are worth the drive. Thus, the saying «The Journey is the Destination» takes on the highest meaning. To ensure that you are always well on your way and can prepare yourself for the conditions before you set off, we summarize for you the most important traffic rules that apply in Switzerland. 


In Switzerland, right-hand traffic and daytime running lights are mandatory. Our rental vehicles are usually equipped with daytime running lights that meet the legal requirements. If you are unsure about this, it is recommended that you always drive with your dipped headlights on.

Speed limitis

In principle, all speed limits are signaled. However, this does not apply to highways and interurban roads, where no values are usually indicated. Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit on freeways is 120 km/h, and 80 km/h is permitted on interurban roads. A special case is encounter zones in residential neighborhoods, where a maximum speed of 20 km/h applies. Pedestrians also have the right of way there.


Most public parking spaces in Switzerland have either white or blue lines. White parking spaces can be used for a fee or in some cases free of charge. The maximum parking time allowed is signposted, and depending on this, the arrival time must be indicated with a parking disc. This parking disc is required in blue zones in any case (except at night and on Sundays/holidays). It must be left behind the windshield from Monday to Saturday between 8 am and 7 pm. As arrival time you set the next dawning half hour on the parking disc. The time until then plus one hour you can park free of charge. Between 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, the limitiation to one hour is dropped.

Right of way on mountain roads

A special Swiss rule is the right of way on mountain roads. Thus, in narrow passages, the vehicle driving uphill always has the right of way over a vehicle driving downhill. This rule does not apply if one of the vehicles belongs to a heavier category (for example, car vs. truck). In this case, the heavier vehicle has the right of way. There is always right of way on mountain roads for post buses and public buses!