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Switzerland FAQ

  • Interlaken, Switzerland

What language is spoken in Switzerland?

Switzerland has four official languages: German, Italian, French and Romansh. German is the most spoken language with around 65% of the population speaking it, around 20% French, 6% Italian and a small percentage of Romansh speakers. However, English is widely spoken across Switzerland.

What currency is used in Switzerland?

The Swiss franc is the main currency in Switzerland. Euros can be accepted but please keep in mind that any change will be returned to you in Swiss francs and the exchange rate is not in your favour.

Do I need a visa to travel to Switzerland?

Switzerland is a Schengen area country. American and Canadian passport holders may enter Switzerland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. If you plan to stay in the Schengen area for a longer period of time, you will need a visa.

When is the best time to travel to Switzerland?

The best time to visit Switzerland depends on the purpose of your trip. Travelling to Switzerland during winter offers great seasonal activities and attractions such as Christmas markets, winter sports and ski resorts. April until May and September are considered Switzerland’s shoulder season, most of the ski resorts are closed by the end of April, and hiking trails will be more accessible. Summer is Switzerland’s high season as the weather is warmer and summer activities will then be available.

How is the transportation within Switzerland?

Switzerland has one of the most efficient, reliable and safe transportation networks in Europe. In the larger cities, you can use buses, trams and sea buses. Trains are the best way to travel across Switzerland, trains are economical, punctual and comfortable. Train rides offer a scenic view of the mountains and lakes. Travellers can take advantage of the Swiss train passes especially if travelling as a family. Car rental is a great option to consider, note that there are car-free towns (Zermatt), car-free regions (most of the Jungfrau region) and there are no roads to most peaks, so you'll have to change to a train or cable car at some point.

Is Switzerland a family-friendly destination?

Switzerland is a perfect destination for families, with its safe and clean cities, numerous options for outdoor activities in the summer, many playgrounds, and theme trails like the Toggenburg Tone Trail with over 20 musical installations along the trail and water parks. In winter families can enjoy the Christmas markets and ski resorts.

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