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Car rental Zurich Airport, Switzerland

Are you looking for car rental in Zurich, Switzerland? You are in the right place! Green Motion offers top quality and eco-friendly rental cars in Zurich Airport, and downtown.

We offer low CO2 vehicles that are at the cutting edge of environmental technology. We have a wide range of rental cars from small city cars to luxury limousines all of which give you the opportunity to reduce your CO2 emissions.

Zurich is Switzerland's largest city, and it's renowned for its perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. Situated by Lake Zurich and surrounded by scenic mountains, Zurich provides a beautiful setting for its historic old town, lively culture, and dynamic financial center.

Zurich is a global center for banking and finance, yet it maintains a rich cultural heritage visible in its medieval streets, historic buildings, and over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries.

Check out our rental car offers and rent a car – today!

Tips for renting a car in Zurich, Switzerland

Before you rent
Choose wisely. Car rental providers have different levels of cover and excess, depending on how much you want to pay and put down as a deposit. Make sure you choose the right product for your needs.

When you collect your vehicle
Plan ahead. We recommend planning your route before you leave, especially when renting a car at an airport. Are you sure where you're meeting your chaperone or where the rental desk is? Your confirmation email will have the contact information for the location, so we suggest saving the number in your phone ahead of time.

Have the correct documents ready. Your provider try and keep the check in process as painless as possible but will need to process certain information for legal reasons so having these ready ahead of time can help speed up the process. Make sure you have your booking details ready, along with your driving licence, passport and valid credit card.

Complete a vehicle check. It's essential when you are taken to your car you complete a Vehicle Condition Report and note any existing damage, paying particular attention to the damage spots such as alloys and bumpers. If you don't report this, you may be liable for these damages when you return the vehicle.

While you rent
Take care. Unfortunately you may be liable for any damage caused to a vehicle in your care, and this will vary depending on the product you choose. A large proportion of damages to any car can be dings you pick up in car parks, so be mindful when space is limited and park further away and walk a little further to your destination.

When you return your vehicle
Complete a vehicle check. It's time to carry out a Vehicle Condition Report again and even more essential to fully log any damage, no matter how small, to ensure you are fully covered and your provider can process your return effectively. Be sure to check the vehicle as before, paying special attention to the damage hotspots.

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Why choose Green Motion for car rental?

Our pricing is transparent

With Green Motion, you always easily see the total final price. Car rental insurance can sometimes be difficult to understand - by booking with us, you always get the right insurance easily.

Get your car with ease

Our car rental points are located within easy distances from central locations - near airports and train stations, as well as in the heart of cities.

We are eco-friendly

We strive to minimize our environmental impact. We invest in, among other things, biodegradable chemicals and less water-consuming methods to clean our cars, such as steam cleaning.

We are always happy to help

You can reach us by phone from 9 am to 5 pm and at other times by email, [email protected].

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Good to know about car rental in Zurich, Switzerland

Once you have landed in Zurich and picked up your rental car from the designated office at the Zurich Airport or downtown, we wish you a safe and delightful journey!

For those driving in Zurich for the first time, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the vehicle, understand Switzerland's traffic laws, and plan your routes.

In Switzerland, driving is on the right-hand side. A valid driving license from your home country is required, and depending on your country of origin, you may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

Zurich is known for its efficient traffic flow, but it's important to be mindful of rush hour congestion, particularly in the city center. Additionally, while exploring the scenic routes around Zurich, roads are well-maintained but can be narrow and winding in mountainous areas, requiring careful driving.

The speed limits in Switzerland are typically 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on secondary roads, and 100-120 km/h on motorways, but always check local signage for specific restrictions.

Fuel stations are widely available in and around Zurich, and it's easy to find electric vehicle charging stations given the city's focus on sustainability.

If you need any help while in Zurich, Switzerland, don't hesitate to contact our office. In an emergency, the national emergency number is 112.

Useful Information about renting a car in Zurich Airport

Where do you pick up your car?

Green Motion Zurich Airport offers a free shuttle bus service from the airport to the rental station located at the Holiday Inn Express airport hotel. After you return your rental car, the shuttle bus will take you back from the hotel to the airport.

Side of road

Drive on the right side of the road

Nearest gas station

The nearest gas station is the Avia petrol station located at Butzenbüelring 1, 8153 Rümlang. This station is conveniently close to the airport, providing easy access for refueling before or after flights.

Nearest train station

The nearest train station is the Zurich Airport Railway Station, which is located directly beneath the airport.

Nearest bus station

The nearest bus station is the Zurich Airport Bus Terminal, which is conveniently located at the airport itself.

Local currency

Euro (€)

Average temperatures

3°C (37°F) - 18°C (64°F)

FAQ car rental in Zurich, Switzerland

How much does it cost to rent a car in Zurich, Switzerland?

The cost of renting a car in Zurich can be around $26 to $77 per day. Check the prices from our booking system!

Can I drive a rented car from Zurich to other parts of Switzerland?

Yes, you can drive across Switzerland!

Are there any specific driving rules I should be aware of in Switzerland?

Yes, some key driving rules in Switzerland include mandatory use of seat belts, and prohibitions against drinking and driving (blood alcohol limit is 0.05%). Additionally, a motorway vignette (sticker) is required for using the motorways.

Do I need a car in Zurich?

Switzerland boasts an efficient and extensive public transportation network, making it easy to travel without a car, especially in cities and popular tourist areas. However, if you plan to explore remote regions or prefer the flexibility of traveling at your own pace, renting a car is a must!

What happens if I drive in Switzerland without vignette?

If you are stopped on the motorway in Switzerland without a vignette, the fine would be approximately 186 euros or 216 dollars, in addition to needing to purchase a valid sticker