Getting Around Switzerland
Traveling by Road:
The road network in Switzerland if very effective, although at times during the winter roads can become impassible and you should be wary of this. Snow tires and chains are required if driving during the harsh winter months. The minimum age to drive is 18 and all traffic drives on the right-hand side. In order to travel on the highways in Switzerland, one must purchase a "vignette" pass and display it in the windshield. The pass can be bought form the National Tourism Office or at a border crossing. Renting a car in Switzerland affords the traveler the chance to explore this vast country on their own terms. Switzerland offers some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and can be accessed by renting a car and just going!
Traveling by Rail:
The Swiss rail system is one of the best in Europe. You can expect the train to be on time, affordable and clean; all traits that make for an enjoyable trip. The network covers the whole country and is a great way to see the country. The Swiss rail network has teamed up with the major airports in the country, offering a "Fly-Rail" luggage system. After purchasing this pass in advance, when you fly into one of the major airports in Switzerland and need to take a train to your final destination, your luggage will go from the plane to the train without you having to pick it up. This is especially handy if you are traveling with skiing equipment that can be a pain to carry around.
Traveling by Bus:
With such an extensive rail network, the bus system acts as a secondary means of transportation around Switzerland. The bus system is actually part of the postal service, with the yellow PostBus acting as a mail carrier as well as a people mover. The bus network allows you to access some of the more remote areas of the country that are not reached by the rail network. The bus network does connect major towns and cities together, but it is more efficient to travel by train.
Travel by Boat:
With Switzerland being a landlocked nation, traveling by water is mainly reserved for sightseeing tours on the lakes during the warm summer months. Taking a lake cruise is an amazing experience offering spectacular views of the country.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxi service is available in all major towns and cities and is an efficient way to get around cities. All taxis are metered so don't employ a taxi that doesn't contain one. Drivers do expect a tip of about 15% but can vary depending on the level of service you received.