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Driving in Switzerland:
Switzerland Speed LimitsIt is common in Switzerland for traffic lights to flash amber outside rush hour times. This means "proceed with caution" and to remember to lookout for cyclists. On narrow mountain roads, vehicles traveling uphill assume the right of way, which, incidentally, is also the rule in the US. Unlike neighboring Germany, the maximum speed allowed on Switzerland's highways is 120 km/h (75 mp/h), 80 km/h (50 mp/h) on main roads and 50 km/h (31 mp/h) within the cities. If you are caught for speeding or for another traffic offence, fines are normally payable on the spot for all non-resident drivers. Also, Switzerland is particularly strict regarding drinking and driving. In order to drive on highways your car must have a small sticker pass to be displayed on your windshield. The minimum driving age in Switzerland is 18 years of age but in order to rent or drive a rental vehicle, most major rental car companies require you to be at least 25 years of age.

Parking Regulations in SwitzerlandParking designations are clearly marked and regulations are strictly enforced. In the major cities, parking is often an issue unless you are willing to pay for expensive parking. Most cities have blue zones that require you to display a parking disc on your dashboard indicating time of arrival and allowing restricted parking time. Parking on the sidewalks is illegal in Switzerland. White Zones (white road markings) permit free unlimited parking.

>>more detailed information about driving and parking in Switzerland, including traffic rules and useful advice.

Car Rental:
There are rental car agencies in most sizeable towns and at all airports. Renting a car to travel around Switzerland is easy and fun; it is recommended for people that wish to be independent.

Elite Rent-A-Car Europe - online bookingThrough our partnership with Elite-Rent-A-Car Europe we guarantee the best services available - Elite strives to maintain the highest standards. As the leading luxury car rental operator in Europe, serving a discerning and demanding clientele, the professional staff of Eite recognises that attention to detail is paramount, and is always prepared to go the extra mile for each customer.

>> more detailed information about Elite's Car Rental Program

Private Transfers and Limousine Services:
Private Limousine Services in SwitzerlandPrivate transfers in Switzerland are an alternative to traveling by train or renting a car. Private transfers allow high levels of flexibility and are recommended for people that want to travel at specific hours, want to be independent and want to enjoy the scenery without needing to pay attention to traffic.
Our partners for limousine services offer:
- Multilingual Drivers;
- Door-to-door-Services in Switzerland and from/to neighboring countries;
- Personalized Airport and Railway Station Pickup Services;
- Sightseeing Tours with Guides;
- Transfers to Cities and Mountain Resorts (summer & winter !);
- Courier Services.

>> more detailed information about private transfers and chauffeured limousine services of our partners.