10 essential tips for traveling to Switzerland


With this guide of tips for traveling to Switzerland We want to facilitate, as far as possible, the organization of your trip to one of the most fascinating countries in the world. With landscapes of heart attack, cities in which it will seem that time has stopped, exquisite cuisine and people who are infinitely friendly, we are sure that Switzerland will become an unforgettable destination.

Based on our experience of the trip to Switzerland in 5 days we leave you a selection of those we believe, are 10 essential tips for traveling to Switzerland. We start!

1. What is the best time?

Although as we always say, any time is recommended to travel to most destinations, we do recommend taking into account certain aspects of the weather, so that your trip to Switzerland is at the best time and you can enjoy it to the fullest.

  • High season (July and August and from December to April): although as you can see they are very different times, both are considered high season. The summer months are the most recommended if you want to make a route through Switzerland and the winter months, the most appropriate if you want to practice winter sports.
  • Mid season (from April to June and September): these months can be perfect for traveling to Switzerland as long as the weather is maintained and spring is not rainy.
  • Low season (from October to March): These months of the year are the least indicated to make a route through Switzerland, since the weather is not the most benign, lowering prices in a considerable way in most hotels and being closed many of the most tourist establishments.

Remember that if you want to visit Switzerland in the middle of summer or during a holiday season, even in winter, it is advisable to book flights, accommodation and transport in advance, to have more alternatives and more adjusted prices.

2. Entry requirements

If you are a Spanish or EU citizen (European Union), in addition to Norwegian and Icelandic citizens, you can enter Switzerland only with your ID or passport. You can stay in the country 90 days, although very rarely it is something that is checked in the passport since the stamps are not usually stamped.
If you have another nationality, we recommend you check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be able to have all the updated information.

Another thing to keep in mind, if you are going to make a route by car through Switzerland, is that until recently you could cross into neighboring countries without problems, something that is currently not possible. Value it especially if you are going to make an itinerary through several countries or you are going to make a route through Alsace, in France, entering through Switzerland, as is usual in many cases.

In addition to the commented input documentation, another of the tips for traveling to Switzerland More important, do not forget to take the European Health Card with you so that if necessary, you can be treated at any public hospital.
Remember that in addition to this card, if you want to have medical care in the best hospitals and that a repatriation is included if necessary, it is highly recommended to take the best travel insurance for Europe.

We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip. Hiring your insurance here with Mondo, just for being a Street Travelers reader, you have a 5% discount.

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More tips for traveling to Switzerland

Other of the best tips for traveling to Switzerland are:

  • If you are going to rent a car in Switzerland, remember that Switzerland's blue zone car parks the rate is fixed by the hour. The procedure is simple, you have to put a blue cardboard watch (which you usually get with the rental car, if you can not get it at tourist offices, police ...) on the dashboard of the car, indicating the time at which You have arrived
  • Do not forget that to drive in Switzerland, the car must carry the bullet pointa sticker that is proof of payment of an annual tax, which is necessary to be able to circulate in the country. In general, all rental cars already have it, but if you are going to travel by car from your place of origin, you must buy it at a post office, service station, TCS branch or cantonal traffic office. The price is 40 francs.
  • In Switzerland the water is drinkable, so do not hesitate to refill your bottles at the sources that you find.
  • Remember that in Switzerland There are 4 official languages: French, Italian, German and Romansh and depending on the area you are, they will speak one or the other.
  • In Switzerland the common voltage is 230V, the frequency 50Hz and the plugs are of type J.