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Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

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My 18 year old son is moving to Switzerland in a couple of months, for higher studies for three to five years, from Belgium.

He has an option to study and pass driving test at a cost of around 2000€ before he leaves the country (This involves 30 hours of driving classes from driving school, taking him him to driving tests etc, excluding theory exam cost, first air class and risk perception test etc.. If he passes before coming to CH, He has an option to exchange his driving license to Swiss license within one year of his move in/residence date in CH.

I was banking on this approach but find it will difficult to materialise these goals within next three months in Belgium, since getting dates for exam are difficult during these pandemic times


1. Does anybody how much does it take for somebody to do a driving test in Switzerland?
2. What are the cheaper options to learn driving in Switzerland?

Assumption: The kid is just 18 years old, knows only riding bicycle, zero knowledge on cars or driving rules.
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Old 22.05.2020, 13:55
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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

A driving lesson is typically 100CHF. An 18 year old, without having had a full set of lessons, is unlikely to pass the Swiss driving exam. The examiner will find something to fail him on.

We saved money by buying a second car for the kids to practice on - otherwise they need far more lessons.

I can't recall the cost of the driving test itself.
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Old 22.05.2020, 14:06
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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

Your kid must take the test at least 6 months before moving here.

My daughter passed her car and large motorcycle tests here on the first try, with minimal lessons, so it is certainly possible.

Her husband failed his big bike test first time for driving to slow!

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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

There are several bits required here:
Eye test to send off form for theory exam
Theory exam
First aid course
Traffic awareness course
Driving lessons / private practice
Exam (IIRC it was about CHF 300.-)

Not having grown up here probably makes things a bit harder for him to grasp, so I would say he will need more lessons than the usual 20 most people assume to be sufficient for a younger learner. Technically, he doesn't HAVE to take lessons if he has access to a car with an experienced driver who is happy to show him around.

What I would have done in hindsight: find some old banger to practice the simple process of using the brakes and the clutch so I don't waste expensive instructor time on that. Only once they can do that, book two lessons a week for five weeks and go driving independently at least once per week in addition so you quickly get a good basic command of the car. Avoid busy periods and areas with difficult situations when driving on your own if possible, like complicated junctions/roundabouts during rush hour.

Then a few weeks of once a week lessons with longer outings driving with a passenger on a weekend and another shorter outing during the week. Stop avoiding potentially difficult spots. Ask the instructor when they think you should register for the test. In the two weeks before the test, do another two lessons per week (sometimes the instructor will suggest a double lesson, depending on how far it is for you to be able to practice on a motorway) with additional solo driving where you do lots of parking practice, especial parallel parking on a hill, a big favourite of Swiss driving instructors.

Continue looking through the theory while you are doing the practice as examiners will randomly ask you stuff like "if you are going up hill on a narrow road and a car comes the other way, who has to give way?". There is an app for that that a lot of people use to pass the theory, I forgot what it's called.
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Your kid must take the test at least 6 months before moving here.
This is not true. It just has normally to be done before taking up residency.
But even more, with good reason it can be done abroad within 3 months after taking up Swiss residency (for example if all that is missing is the test).

ASA Dircetive No. 1 Chapter 312
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There are several bits required here:
Eye test to send off form for theory exam
Theory exam
First aid course
Traffic awareness course
Driving lessons / private practice
Exam (IIRC it was about CHF 300.-)

Not having grown up here probably makes things a bit harder for him to grasp, so I would say he will need more lessons than the usual 20 most people assume to be sufficient for a younger learner. Technically, he doesn't HAVE to take lessons if he has access to a car with an experienced driver who is happy to show him around.

What I would have done in hindsight: find some old banger to practice the simple process of using the brakes and the clutch so I don't waste expensive instructor time on that. Only once they can do that, book two lessons a week for five weeks and go driving independently at least once per week in addition so you quickly get a good basic command of the car. Avoid busy periods and areas with difficult situations when driving on your own if possible, like complicated junctions/roundabouts during rush hour.

Then a few weeks of once a week lessons with longer outings driving with a passenger on a weekend and another shorter outing during the week. Stop avoiding potentially difficult spots. Ask the instructor when they think you should register for the test. In the two weeks before the test, do another two lessons per week (sometimes the instructor will suggest a double lesson, depending on how far it is for you to be able to practice on a motorway) with additional solo driving where you do lots of parking practice, especial parallel parking on a hill, a big favourite of Swiss driving instructors.

Continue looking through the theory while you are doing the practice as examiners will randomly ask you stuff like "if you are going up hill on a narrow road and a car comes the other way, who has to give way?". There is an app for that that a lot of people use to pass the theory, I forgot what it's called.
By solo driving I assume you mean accompanied by a qualified driver. It would be illegal to go out unaccompanied before they had passed the practical exam.
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By solo driving I assume you mean accompanied by a qualified driver. It would be illegal to go out unaccompanied before they had passed the practical exam.
Except on a mororcycle

But that is the biggest issue. Examiners expect that you can handle the car well and that you had more driving experience then just 20 - 30 driving lessons with a teacher. If the kid is here in Switzerland on its own it might be difficult to get the extra accompanied driving experiences.
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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

It is cheaper to do the lessons/test in Belgium. You need to check if he can transfer to a full swiss licence as new young drivers here only get a provisional licence on passing the test. There are then compulsory courses to be taken in the next 2-3 years and they must stay "clean" for that period.
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It is cheaper to do the lessons/test in Belgium. You need to check if he can transfer to a full swiss licence as new young drivers here only get a provisional licence on passing the test. There are then compulsory courses to be taken in the next 2-3 years and they must stay "clean" for that period.
Anyone which has done their driving test 12 months or less before taking up Swiss residency will get a license on probation.

What does it mean:
- The license will have an expiration date.
- One mandatory driving course must be no latter than 12 months after getting the license. https://2-phasen.ch/
- BAC limited to 0.01%
- If your license is suspended the probation period gets extended by one year.
- If your license is suspended a second time during the probation period it will be fully revoked and you must begin from scratch.
- The license on probation is fully valid abroad.
-Otherwise it is like a regular license: you can drive alone, up to the full legal speed, and their is no special marking on the car.
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- BAC limited to 0.01%
Really? My kids tell me 0%,
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Really? My kids tell me 0%,
A little is allowed, 0% would be highly unpractical.
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Really? My kids tell me 0%,
It’s 0.01% which is so little it is basically zero. They can’t have a drink of any sort but it allows for traces of alcohol that might be in foods they eat etc.

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Your kid must take the test at least 6 months before moving here.

My daughter passed her car and large motorcycle tests here on the first try, with minimal lessons, so it is certainly possible.

Her husband failed his big bike test first time for driving to slow!

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I just knew you would post this - again. At least this time you provided some actual helpful information to go with your usual self-congratulating... Or at least tried to, I'm not sure it's right.

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By solo driving I assume you mean accompanied by a qualified driver. It would be illegal to go out unaccompanied before they had passed the practical exam.
Do I have to start stating the patently obvious repeatedly now? I did say that you need an experienced driver to accompany you. Surely, that should be clear to understand as "you do not drive on your own until you have your full license".
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It’s 0.01% which is so little it is basically zero. They can have a drink of any sort but it allows for traces of alcohol that might be in foods they eat etc.
Makes sense.
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Do I have to start stating the patently obvious repeatedly now? I did say that you need an experienced driver to accompany you. Surely, that should be clear to understand as "you do not drive on your own until you have your full license".
Nope but you could state it clearly in the first place.
Go back and read it again and you’ll see that it wasn’t patently obvious at all, especially not for somebody who doesn’t know the system.

You mentioned an experienced driver just once near the beginning and then went on to say ‘driving independently’, ‘solo driving’, ‘going out with a passenger’ ( a passenger is not necessarily an experienced or qualified driver) etc etc several times later in the post. None of that made it clear that an experienced driver needed to be in the car too and it could very easily have been misinterpreted.

The accompanying driver must be at least 23 years old and have held their full driving licence for three years or more.

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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

Had driver ed in high school.
Major expense was the $10 fee for the exam.
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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

My son is currently learning. He will have spent approx. 2500.- on lessons/ mandatory courses/ exam fees by the time he is done. Lots of practicing with dad as well.
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FYI in case it wasn't obvious given the times, it appears students and instructors are wearing masks while driving right now. Source: at least 6 driving school cars on the road we saw over the weekend, in both German and French-speaking areas. Special exception may apply in Tom's area.
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Re: Cost of taking driving test in Switzerland by a novice/18 year old

Thank you everyone, for your valuable feedback.
Now that he has some free time, he will get a license in Belgium, he will try to exchange it in CH, if possible. It doesn't matter if the CH license is probationary one or not.
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I'm not sure it's right.
Which part?

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