Frequently asked questions
Can I use my bank card in Switzerland?
Yes, you can use your bank card in Switzerland. The Swiss currency is Swiss francs (CHF). Most places will accept
cash or card transactions. Using ATM machines in Switzerland may mean you are charged a fee, so it’s a good idea to
order any cash you might need before you travel.
What are the typical costs in Switzerland?
The Swiss reputation for luxury and exquisite service does not come cheap. You can expect to pay slightly more than
you would in the UK for accommodation, meals out and drinks. As an example, you might pay:
- 5 CHF for a coffee
- 7 CHF for a beer
- 60 CHF for a mid-range, two-course meal
- 350 CHF for a room in a 4-star hotel
Check our currency converter to see the latest exchange rates for Swiss francs.
Can you use other currencies in Switzerland?
Swiss francs are the only recognised currency in Switzerland. Some larger hotels or stores may accept euros, but this
is not guaranteed. Your change is also likely to be in Swiss francs.
Should you tip in Switzerland?
There is no law about tipping in Switzerland, and it is not compulsory. Most restaurants will include a service
charge on the bill, usually around 10-15% of the total cost. However, it’s very common to also leave a tip, especially
if you’re happy with the service. Most people consider it polite to round up the bill to the nearest franc or 5 francs,
or leave a few coins for their server.
What languages are spoken in Switzerland?
Switzerland is in the unusual position of having four different official languages – German, French, Italian and
What is the latest government travel advice for Switzerland?
Switzerland is generally a very safe place to visit. It has a long history of economic and political stability, and
travel advisory notices are rare.
That said, it always makes sense to check well before you travel that you are up to date with the latest government
travel advice. Read more about things to remember when planning your trip.
When is the best time of year to visit Switzerland?
If you’re visiting Switzerland for a skiing holiday, the Swiss ski season runs from
November to March. Some high altitude ski resorts in the Swiss Alps like Saas Fee or Zermatt even stay open year
Away from the skiing, there are plenty of things to do in Switzerland in the spring, summer and autumn too. From
hiking mountain trails, paddle boarding on the lakes, cultural and culinary festivals or just soaking up the atmosphere
in the vibrant cafes and city bars, Switzerland is a great destination all year round.
Check the latest exchange rate and buy Swiss francs online at our travel money hub.
Do you need a visa to visit Switzerland?
If you’re a UK citizen, you won’t need a visa to travel to Switzerland. Other passport holders should check the entry
requirements with your embassy, ideally in plenty of time before you travel.
You should always research the most up to date visa guidelines before planning a trip.