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Why rent a car in Zürich?

Located at the northwest tip of Lake Zürich, with magnificent views of the snow-capped Alps, Switzerland’s capital city has long been known as one of Europe’s main financial hubs and site of FIFA’s headquarters. Zürich is also one of Europe’s hippest destinations, with a mixture of cultural attractions, famous fashion labels and a flamboyant nightlife. It has more than 100 galleries and renowned museums, such as the Museum of Art and the Swiss National Museum.

Its charming Altstadt (Old Town) reflects its pre-medieval history and has trendy and traditional shops, while luxury and international brands can be found on Bahnhofstrasse.

The best way to enjoy the area’s breathtaking beauty is to get a rental car in Zurich and venture out on short expeditions. It’s under a half-hour drive to Winterthur, a treasure trove of art, culture and history, then another 20 minutes to Frauenfeld, with its historic castle. Baden, 30 minutes southeast, has thermal springs bubbling away at temperatures of 47ºC. A 20-minute drive takes you to Uster, from where you can cross the whale-shaped Greifensee to Moar on a boat.

How to get to and around Zürich?

Zürich Airport, the main international airport serving Zürich, is only six miles from the centre. Trains run between the airport and Zürich Main Station (Zürich Hauptbanhof) every five to 10 minutes. You can also take a 10-minute journey on the S-Bahn lines S2 and S6, or other regional and intercity trains. If you rent a car at Zürich Airport, you and your luggage can travel comfortably and be downtown in 15 minutes via the A1L motorway.

Hiring a car in Zürich city centre

You can pick up a hire car in Zurich from the airport or a number of points within the city to make your day-trip planning much easier.

Parking is only permitted in marked places. White zones with parking meters are for short stays from 30 minutes to four hours. Parking permits in the residents’ blue zones can be purchased from at CHF15 per day, but parking regulations are strict and visitors are advised to use the car parks in the centre instead. Between 9pm and 8am parking is free almost anywhere.

Zürich has some impressive hotels among its highest ranked. The 170-year-old, stylish Baur au Lac, in a park overlooking the Alps and Lake Zürich, offers designer furnishings, heated bathroom floors and its own line of chocolates. The Widder Hotel, near the financial district in the Old Town, is an intriguing mixture of modern and rustic in its décor. The Dolder Grand looks nothing short of grand perched atop a hill with 19th century architecture and spires. Its magnificent spa, pool and gym facilities and its Michelin-starred restaurant make it a resort on its own.

What brands are available?

You can choose your rental car in Zurich from a large range of companies. Below is a list of brands available at Zurich Airport.

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Europe
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty EU
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of Zürich

    One of the most popular day trips is to the 10,623-foot-high snowy summit of Mount Titlis for spectacular Alpine views. Start at the resort town of Engelberg, a 90-minute drive south, then ride the three cable cars and funicular to the top. On the way to Mount Titlis, stop by lovely Lucerne, with its cobbled streets, medieval walls and Old Town.

    In a little over two hours, you can get to the scenic Bernese Oberland region for a drive among its towering peaks, then take the cogwheel train from Grindelwald to ascend the Unesco World Heritage-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass. Walk through the Ice Palace carved into the glacier, and enjoy views of an endless winter wonderland landscape from the Sphynx Observatory.

    Tips and tricks for driving in Switzerland

    Switzerland has a high demographic density, and traffic jams are frequent. City streets can be narrow and parking limited. Road conditions are excellent and accidents infrequent, but drivers are required to pay to use the motorway and display a sticker, or vignette, on the vehicle’s windscreen. The stickers can be bought from the Swiss Centre in the UK or locally at border points and petrol stations for €38.50 (in 2017).

    You must be 18 or over and drive on the right-hand side. Use of seatbelts and dipped headlights is compulsory. Carry your valid UK driving licence along with your passport and car insurance papers at all times.

    Ready to plan your Zürich city break?

    Feeling inspired to start planning your trip to Zürich and other parts of the Switzerland? Use this city guide and the Expedia search tool to find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research your preferred attractions and activities.

    What’s the best price car rental in Zürich?

    In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £202 in Zürich.

    What’s the average car rental price in Zürich?

    On average, car rentals in Zürich are £204.

    Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

    When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

    How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

    You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

    Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

    Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

    How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

    To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

    Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Zürich?

    Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

    What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

    A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

    Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

    We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

    What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

    When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

    Where can I find car rentals in Zürich?

    Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.

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