Car hire in Zurich airport
Hiring a car in Zurich airport
Zurich airport is the largest airport in Switzerland and offers a number of domestic and interntional flights.
The airport is close to Zurich’s centre as well as being less than an hour from the slopes - perfect for those coming to Switzerland for skiing.
However, there is plenty more on offer in the European country then winter sports. Hiring a car is a great way to explore Zurich, as well as the rest of the country.
What you need to know
Switzerland is a popular destination and is well served by car hire suppliers. With plenty of choice it is easy to get the best deals on our site. Booking ahead often results in the most competitive price and it also means you don’t have to worry about sorting out transport on arrival.
Holiday Autos offers 24/7 support, free cancellation and no credit card charges - making your trip to Switzerland even easier.
Where to pick up your car
The car hire desks can be found at Zurich airport on level 1 in the shopping area - so you’ll be able to easily continue your journey once you land in Switzerland.
However, there are plenty other places in Switzerland where you can pick up a rental car. For example, car rental suppliers often have offices at train stations across Switzerland, including Zurich.
Remember it is also possible to drop-off and pick-up in different locations if that makes it easier - ideal if you are planning to explore Switzerland or its neighbouring countries.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Nearby Zurich airport
Motorists drive on the right in Switzerland and all car headlights should be on and dipped during daylight hours, especially on major routes.
The speed limit in built-up areas and towns is 50 km/h and increases to 80 km/h on other urban roads. On motorways across Switzerland the limit increases to 120 km/h. There is also an annual charge to drive on many motorways in the country so make sure you do your research before ending off.
There are plenty of attractions within an hours drive of Zurich so you will be spolit for choice of things to do.
Remember you get 24/7 support when booking a car via Holiday Autos so if there is any trouble there is help at hand.
If you fancy a longer drive then Zurich is well-placed if you wish to visit another country or two. Switzerland borders with a number of other nations and both France and Germany are within driving range.
It takes around eight hours to get from Zurich to the French capital of Paris and around two and a half hours to drive to Stuttgart in Germany.
When hiring a car via an international rental firm, it is possible to drop-off and pick-up vehicles in different locations - perfect if your travels take you away from Zurich.
Top attractions near Zurich aiport
The great location of Zurich means it is easier to explore the very best attractions in the region - especially if you are using a hire car rather than relying on public transport.
Here are some of the key day outs close to the airport that are differently worth a visit.
Lindt & Sprungli Chocolate Factory
Of course, Switzerland is famous for its tasty chocolate, and one of the best chocolatier companies is Lindt & Sprungli. Anyone with a sweet tooth should consider heading to the factory just south of the city of Zurich, where there is even an outlet shop so you can pick up some treats for family and friends back home.
Swiss National Museum
Zurich is home to one of Europe’s most important museums - the National Museum. Built in 1898, the building houses a staggering number of exhibits that chart the development of modern culture and history.
The museum was designed by Gustav Gull and was heavily influenced of the French Renaissance chateau - making it long very much like a fairytale castle.
Zurich’s Zoo was opened in 1929 and is now home to more than 2,000 animals, consisting of over 300 different species.
The attraction can be found on Zürichbergstrasse in the Fluntern quarter of the city. Open every day of the year, there is free parking on site for those wanting to drive to the attraction.