Hiring a car in Zurich

Free cancellation
No Credit Card Fees
24/7 Call Center

Hiring a car in Zurich

Pick up your hire car at Zurich Airport and breathe in the fresh mountain air - you're entering a sophisticated skier's paradise.

60-second guide to Zurich

in its own head

"Ok, we might be the capital of European banking, but we're a trendy city that knows how to party!"

but more realistically

Hang on, we're not talking Rio de Janiero here, but actually, Zurich is a lot cooler than you might think, with a flurry of trendy bars, cafes and boutiques opening recently.

the vibe

The vibes are good: Zurich regularly tops 'best quality of life in the world' polls. The people are happy.

the natives

The place is awash with successful business types, but there's also a young, vibrant population too that gives the city its edge.

the weather

It's Switzerland, so you don't go there to sunbathe, but the snow-packed slopes surrounding the city will keep skiers busy from November to April.

the local speciality

The word on the street is that you must try Zurcher Geschnetzeltes, which involves veal, white wine and cream.

the celebrity

Huge-brained scientist Albert Einstein studied mathematics in Zurich.

did you know?

Zurich is regarded as the wealthiest city in Europe.

they say

"The most flamboyant and lively nightlife in Switzerland." - www.myswizterland.com

5 to see in town...

1. Great Church

The 'Grossmunster' - you're right, it sounds better in English - is a church whose impressive towers are one of the most recognisable symbols of Zurich.

where to park?

This is located in the old town, so use Parking Zurich AG in Widdergasse and take the short stroll to the church. It costs CHF2 for the first hour, increasing by CHF2 every half hour.

Book car hire zurich

2. Old Town

Enclosed by the city ramparts, this area of town is a perfectly maintained doff-of-the-cap to the olden days.

where to park?

Street parking is difficult in the Old Town but it has it's own car park, Parking Zurich AG in Widdergasse. Alternatively if you are coming from the north side of town, you can also use the Uraniastrasse car park in Uraniastrasse. They charge CHF2 for the first hour, increasing by CHF2 every half hour.

Book car hire zurich

3. Swiss National Museum

Home to excellent wood sculptures and Gothic artwork, the museum is housed in an impressive building that features dozens of towers - a sight in itself.

where to park?

Park your hire car in the free on-site car park.

Book car hire zurich

4. Lindt and Sprungli Chocolate Factory

Factory tours are free here and, naturally, you get to taste the good stuff. Keep an eye out for Oompa Lumpas - there's got to be some!

where to park?

There is free on-site parking.

Book car hire zurich

5. Zurich Zoo

You'll see all manner of animals here, including a particularly entertaining penguin parade.

where to park?

There is a car park in the zoo itself, which costs 50 cents an hour, although it soon becomes full. But simply follow the 'P+R Zoo' signs and you'll be directed to one of the park-and-ride car parks.

Book car hire zurich

and 4 to drive to...

1. Bad Ragaz

This traditional village resort boasts forested slopes, great for skiers of all levels, as well as thermal waters and spas that are just the thing for soothing battered bodies.

how to get there?

It only takes an hour to reach the resort from Zurich - just follow the A3 and continue on the A13, taking exit 12 toward Pfäfers/Bad Ragaz/Valens.

Book car hire zurich

2. Flumserberg

The largest winter sports centre within easy reach of Zurich, Flumserberg is a favourite with skiers and snowboarders alike. Grab a cabin in nearby Unterterzen for glorious lakeside views.

how to get there?

Follow the A3w and continue on the A3, taking exit 49-Flums towards Flumserberg. The journey will take around an hour.

Book car hire zurich

3. Wildhaus

Wild by name, wild by nature - Wildhaus is the party lovers' ski resort, combining vibrant and varied slopes with a host of off-piste facilities from pumping discos to bowling alleys and shooting ranges.

how to get there?

Follow the A3w and continue on the A3. Take exit 42 to merge onto A53 toward Rapperswil/Hinwil and then take exit 14 and follow Route 8 towards Wattwil. Exit for route 16 and follow this all the way to Wildhaus. You'll be there in an hour and a half.

Book car hire zurich

4. Basel

An hour west of Zurich is the university town of Basel. With buildings dating back to the 15th Century, you won't need to visit the many museums to be transported back in time.

Follow the A1/A3 and take exit 53. Merge onto the A3 and take exit 6-Verzweigung Basel-Süad. Pick up St. Jakobs-Strasse and follow Schüatzengraben all the way to Basel. By car, it will take just over an hour.

Book car hire zurich