Helpful Travel Information

On this page, we will give you helpful travel information about Switzerland, from immigration regulations to electricity and drinking water situations to public transport and information on the countries climate. You will also learn more background information about the country and the Swiss population.

Immigration And General Information

This section will cover general helpful information for travelers, such as time zones, emergency phone numbers, public holidays, and much more.

Languages Spoken in Switzerland

Despite the country’s small size of only 41’285 square kilometers (or 15.940 square miles), Switzerland is a very diverse country in the heart of Europe. The fact that four official languages and dozens of dialects reflect this influence very well. According to the latest information from the Federal Statistical Office in Switzerland, more than 66% of the population frequently speaks at least two official languages.

The breakdown of the languages spoken in Switzerland looks as following:


(Swiss) German as main language


French as main language


Italian as main language


Romansh as main language

In the visual map on the right you can see the location of the different language regions in Switzerland. Out of 26 cantons, 19 are predominantly German speaking. There are also officially bilingual cantons and cities. Cantons of Bern, Fribourg and Valais are examples for it.

Language Map Switzerland

Climate in Switzerland

Due to the vast diversity of landscapes and different microclimates, it is challenging to make precise and general statements. Still, generally speaking, the climate in Switzerland isn’t extensively hot, cold, or humid. Temperatures vary from 18 to 28 °C (65° – 82° F) in summer and -2 to 7 °C (28° – 45° F) in winter for large parts of the country. Switzerland’s southern part tends to have a slightly more Mediterranean climate.

Image winter season


The winter season in Switzerland lasts from December to February. Nowadays, in urban areas, it is rare, but in the Alps and south-east parts, temperatures can drop to -20 °C.

Lake Sempach in Spring


From March to end of May daytime temperatures often range between 8 and 15 °C (46° – 59° F). April tends to bring unstable weather conditions.

Steam paddle boat on lake leman


Often, summer in Switzerland is quite sunny and hot, with a tendency for thunderstorms in the evenings. With the increasing impact of climate change, more extended periods with temperatures over 30 °C are becoming more frequent.

View from mount Rigi in autumn


September to November is traditionally considered autumn. Fruit ripens, and the leaves of deciduous trees change color during that time. Foggy conditions can occur particularily in the lowlands., particularly

Matterhorn in Sunset
Matterhorn during Sunset

Transportation in Switzerland

As a guest traveling in Switzerland, the two most convenient transportation options are public and private transportation. Switzerland’s efficient and extensive public transportation system is world-famous for its punctuality and reliability. The way how timetables are calculated keeps connecting times. Short and you can reach every part of the country easily by public transportation.

Public Transportation

The public transportation system in Switzerland is well-developed, and trains, boats, buses, and trams run frequently between 5 am and midnight and also on weekends. Even most small villages and remote areas are connected to the public transportation system at least once per hour. Between major cities, trains often operate every 30 minutes. It’s possible for local buses and trams to operate on a slightly different schedule during weekends.

Postauto public transport

A single train ticket between Zurich and Basel without discounts starts at 36 Swiss Francs (around $40) per person. However, many guests opt for a Swiss Travel Pass, which is valid on the entire Swiss public transportation system except for some mountain railways and cablecars.

Rental Car

Rental car companies are widely spread nationwide, but pick-up stations can mostly be found at Switzerland’s international airports and major cities. The big global rental car company brands, such as Sixt, Europcar, Alamo, Avis, etc., are all present in Switzerland. General speed limits in Switzerland are 120km/h on highways, 50km/h in cities and villages, and 80km/h outside cities or villages.

Electric rental car Switzerland

The prices for a rental car start at around 50 Swiss Francs (around $55) per day, excluding mandatory and optional insurance and expenses for gas. The number of loading stations for electric cars is also steadily increasing. Streets are well-maintained; however, you might need snow chains in some areas during winter. Most hotels also offer parking spots for their guests, either for free or for an extra charge.

Prices in Switzerland

There is probably no other prejudice about Switzerland I have heard more often than the high price level. Of course, this statement doesn’t come completely out of the blue, but keep in mind the average salary level in Switzerland is also higher than you would expect. To give you a better understanding, I will give you some average guidelines for the pricing in Switzerland and also some cool resources on how you can save money.

Ressources to save money while traveling in Switzerland

We are revealing our favorite apps we use ourselves to save money in Switzerland.

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Too good to go

Too Good to Go is a global initiative to prevent food waste. You can purchase unsold items at 1/3 of the original price. Many restaurants and bakeries in Switzerland are participating.

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Blabla Car is a ride-sharing app where you can find riding opportunities at very low prices. You basically contribute a couple of bucks for gas, and that’s it. It is a very cool concept, but due to the (yet) limited number of users, you maximize your success chances if you use Zurich, Geneva or Basel.

Qbon App

Qbon app offers either 50% discount coupons or 2for1 prices for a lot of restaurants, leisure activities, retail, and travel services. It’s definitely worth checking it out, and you can make excellent deals occasionally (but avoid the restaurant’s section from personal experience).

The topics we wrote about above are just a tiny excerp to give you some information conveniently on first-sight. On our blog you will find a ton of more detailed information, guides and how to articles to help you explore Switzerlands beauty.