Zurich is a city rich with experiences and activities for travellers, and the best way to explore the city center is by foot. You’ll want to stop often to take in the city’s excellent shopping and dining activities. But don’t make the mistake of just exploring the metropolis during your visit! Book a rental car to explore the city’s gorgeous surroundings as well. Your path into the countryside is eased in particular by the excellent network of highways that serve the city.
Shoulder seasons are still quite chilly in Zurich, so if you’re coming for anything other than winter sports, June and August are the most physically comfortable times to visit.
French, German, Italian, and Romansch are the four official languages in Switzerland. The official language of Zurich itself is German; most families speak the Swiss dialect of German, though standard German is the second-largest language spoken by Zurich residents. About 9% of the population speaks English as a native language, and many Swiss have some command of English and other European languages.
Zurich is located in the Central European Time Zone, UTC+1.
The currency is the Swiss franc, though euros are also accepted at larger establishments. Many Swiss still pay cash, so take advantage of plentiful ATMs throughout the city to always have cash on hand. Some restaurants, grocery stores, etc., may not accept foreign credit or debit cards.
Automobile hire is available in over 15 locations throughout Zurich, including Zurich Airport (ZRH), downtown, at the railway station, and on Stockerstrasse.
As a member of the Schengen Agreement, Switzerland accepts visitors visa-free from countries such as the EU, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. Citizens of other countries will be required to apply for a visa before they arrive and are permitted to stay for up to three months. You can expect to pass through customs for further inter-European travel.
Public transportation or cycling are typically the most efficient ways to explore central Zurich, particularly due to limited and expensive parking. To make the most of your funds, only rent your car for self-drive explorations of Zurich’s surroundings, where a car significantly increases your travel independence and comfort.
Automobile hire in Zurich typically starts at around $40 a day. Here are some of the best deals in Zurich:
Note that prices vary depending on the availability of each specific car and the season in which you rent. For the most accurate offers, use the search bar above.
You can expect prices to rise to around $55 a day during the popular tourist months of July and August when renting a car in Zurich, but otherwise prices remain fairly steadily around $45 throughout the year. Look for deals that beat these prices at locations throughout the city, particularly Zurich Airport and downtown. At these locations, rental agencies such as Unirent and Enterprise can occasionally beat Dollar’s standard daily rental price of $46, sometimes dropping the price to as low as $37 a day!
Keep an eye out for discounts of at least 8% that keep your daily rental price low.
The typical rental price drops as low as $27 a day when you extend your rental period to over a week!