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Car Rental Switzerland: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
The Swiss Alps, Lake Zurich and the glamorous Swiss Rivera are only a few of the many naturally beautiful sights to see while touring Switzerland with a cheap rental car from Kemwel. Before driving in Switzerland there are a few important things that you might want to be aware of. Below you will find a detailed list of things that we here at Kemwel feel are important to keep in mind while renting and driving a car in Switzerland.

To rent a vehicle in Switzerland you must be at least 20 years old and have had your driver’s license for a minimum of 1 year. Some suppliers may also require your license to be accompanied by an international drivers license. Drivers between the ages of 20-24 years may be subject to a young driver surcharge of approx $12-$17 USD per day. If your are traveling with children under 7 years they are required to be in a child seat appropriate for their size and children between the ages of 7 and 12 are required to use a seatbelt at all times. The use of a cell phone while driving in Switzerland is prohibited unless using a hands free device.

Speed Limits
The standard speed limits in Switzerland are: city 50 km/h (31mph), major roads 80 km/h (49mph), highways 100 km/h (62 mph) or 120 km/h (74mph).

Rules of the Road
Vehicles travel on the right hand side of the road and all vehicles traveling from the right have the right of way. Your engine must be turned off when stopped at all traffic lights and railway crossings.

Gas and Diesel
Most gas stations in Switzerland are open from 8am until 10pm.

In order to access Swiss highways all vehicles must be equipped with a Swiss toll pass which is called a “Vignette” for approximately $27 USD available at Swiss National Tourism Offices.

Blue zone parking is popular throughout Switzerland where a parking disc must be displayed on your dashboard, discs area available at police stations and gas stations. White zone parking is free unlimited parking, which is also popular in Switzerland.

Insurance Information

General Information
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that specific country. When renting a car with Kemwel in Switzerland your rate will include any mandatory insurance necessary.

All of our rental rates in Switzerland will include third party liability and fire insurance. In Switzerland CDW and theft protection are optional and can be added to your rental at anytime prior to the pick up of your rental vehicle. In the event CDW and Theft are declined in order to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card Kemwel asks for you to contact your credit card company to learn the specifics of your insurance coverage. Insurance details specific to your rental will print in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

At this time we at Kemwel would like for you to take a moment to read about the following insurance guidelines that may apply to car rentals in Switzerland.

Required Coverage
Third party liability coverage is required for all rentals commencing in Switzerland. Kemwel includes third party liability insurance on all rental rates in Switzerland. Third party liability insurance provides $1,185,000 up to an unlimited amount of coverage for damages to property or injury to people outside of the rental vehicle. Unlimited fire insurance is also included on all of Kemwel’s basic rental rates.

Optional Coverage
For rentals taking place in Switzerland collision damage waiver and theft are optional and are included in all of Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates at an advance purchase discount. CDW is available locally for approximately $20-$35 USD per day depending on car rental supplier and car category. Theft protection is also available locally for approximately $5-$10 USD per day depending on car category and rental supplier. Many of the suppliers that we work with will still have a deductible that you will still be responsible for that ranges from $825-$1,700 USD for CDW and Theft. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that is available locally to help reduce the amount of the deductible, it costs about $13-$74 USD per day reducing the CDW deductible from $0-$800 USD. Personal accident insurance can be purchase locally for about $5-$6 USD per day, which will provide death and disability coverage up to a set monetary amount for the driver and passengers of the rental car. Optional insurance is available with certain suppliers only and prices are subject to change without notice, please feel free to contact Kemwel toll free at 1 877 820 0668 for further details.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Many of the vehicles rented through Kemwel in Switzerland can travel throughout Western Europe without any restrictions. There are some vehicles; due to insurance regulations that may not be able to travel into certain countries some of the vehicles include luxury vehicles, automatic vehicles and vans. Due to Kemwel’s great relationship with its suppliers has allowed for the creation of a special program that will allow for travel into select Eastern European countries. An additional surcharge may apply for rental vehicles being taken into Eastern Europe and not all vehicles are permitted. When planning your itinerary please take into consideration if it will be possible with the category of car you are planning to rent.

Restricted Countries
Vehicles rented in Switzerland through Kemwel cannot travel into or through the following countries without prior notification and approval from Kemwel and our suppliers: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Note: Travel into most or all of these countries can be arranged for specific car categories with advance notice to Kemwel.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available and additional one-way fees may apply ranging from $0 up to $95 USD. International one-ways are available and will incur additional one-way fees. Not all vehicles are permitted and minimum rentals lengths may apply.

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