Transport & Driving in Switzerland
Getting around Switzerland is easy and this has nothing to do with its relatively small area. With an extensive transportation system and roads in excellent condition, even the most remote mountain village is reachable. However, this comes at a price and it is worthwhile to check the different discount options, especially for regular travelers. Driving is also very popular and there are over five million cars on Switzerland’s roads. The traffic rules are not much different from other Western European countries and therefore, you should feel at ease driving in Switzerland in no time!
An Excellent Public Transportation System
You don’t need a car to travel around Switzerland. Thanks to its world class public transportation system, getting from A to B is no trouble. Switzerland has an extensive railway network and cities and towns are well connected. Scenic trains also take you along the most stunning places in the country, where you can enjoy incredible views. Trains are not the only way to get explore the country, though: buses, boats, and even a metro system in Lausanne are available. If you’re using public transportation regularly, you might want to think about one of the different travel cards the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) offers, to save some money. Night owls also don’t need to worry since most trains and buses also run during night time. But keep in mind that there might be extra charges in some regions.
Driving around the Country on Four Wheels
Driving around Switzerland is quite easy since the roads are in good condition and most of the towns and villages are accessible by car. But before you hit the roads, don’t forget to exchange your foreign driver’s license if necessary! Also, you always have to keep in mind local traffic rules, especially the speed limits. Driving over the speed limit in Switzerland can cost you a small fortune or even get you imprisoned. Further, if you want to import your car into the country, also be aware that it needs to comply with the Swiss provisions on construction and equipment. When driving in winter, it is strongly recommended to have winter tires, and in mountain regions, snow chains might be compulsory.