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  • You will need a motorway sticker, or vignette, to drive on many roads in the country. It costs about 40 Swiss francs and is valid for 1 year. They can be purchased at the border crossing, at many gas stations, post offices, and online.

  • Drivers approaching a traffic jam on highways are recommended to switch on the hazard warning lights.

  • Using, operating or holding of mobile phones is prohibited while the engine is running and/or vehicle is moving.

  • In the absence of a traffic sign or traffic light at an intersection/crossroads, the vehicle entering from the right has the right of way.

  • When getting gas you will need to pay the cashier inside, as pay at the pump is rarely found.

  • In periods of traffic congestion: always leave the mandatory rescue lane free. This lane may be needed for ambulance and/ or police – blocking this lane can result in a fine.

  • Most highways have electronic displays providing information on the latest traffic conditions, speed limits, traffic jams, accidents.

  • In Switzerland the daytime running light is compulsory. This means that you may not drive a motor vehicle without having the lights turned on.

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A speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour (30 miles per hour) applies to all roads when fog, snow or rain reduces visibility less than 50 meters. The speed must be adapted accordingly when visibility is further reduced. You should always be aware of the speed limit, especially when entering or exiting an urban area from a rural area.

WITHIN CITY LIMITS:50 km/hr (30 mph)


FREEWAY:120 km/hr (75 mph)


  • Passing on the right lane is prohibited. Use the left lane and return to the right lane as soon as it is safe to do so.

  • Turning right on red is not allowed. It is only allowed when noted by a sign.

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