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Motorway driving

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I'm driving to Zurich from UK for the first time and heard I need to purchase a pass allowing me to drive on the motorways? Can anyone tell me more about this?
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Old 04.03.2011, 19:14
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Re: Motorway driving

Buy it at the Swiss border for 40CHF- unlimited use for 1 year (not from time of purchase, but per calendar year, 2011- valid until end Jan 2012.)
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Re: Motorway driving

Thanks- what do I ask for? Can I get it anywhere else incase we arrive in the middle of the night!!!
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Old 04.03.2011, 19:18
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Thanks- what do I ask for? Can I get it anywhere else incase we arrive in the middle of the night!!!
You will need it to come into the country via the motorway. Don't worry, someone will be there to take the money off you.

If possible, have the 40 CHF in hand, as they don't offer very favourable exchange rates.

If they try to charge you more, then they are trying to rip you off (it does happen).
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Re: Motorway driving

You can buy on line in UK if you are worried.
http://www.travel-swiss.co.uk/passes.../vignette.html
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Re: Motorway driving

Also try Swiss Embassy in London, or Swiss Consulate in Manchester, if you're close to either.
Call first to confirm, as my experience dates back about 12 yrs.

Failing that, it is obvious at the motorway border crossing into CH - just look for the signs for non-vignette.
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Old 04.03.2011, 19:45
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Don't worry about not having one when you arrive. They understand that many/most newcomers won't have had the chance to buy one. They will simply tell you that you need one, and ask for the money there and then. All perfectly friendly and civil.
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Re: Motorway driving

No need to buy the vignette if you cross the border on a 2-lane road. Drive to Waldshut, proceed to Koblenz - Dielsdorf - Regensdorf - Zürich. No motorway that requires the vignette.
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Re: Motorway driving

... although if you are coming for any length of time you might as well buy it straight away, as you will need it eventually. It's a very good deal compared to the French motorway tolls.
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And I believe CHF500 if you get caught without.
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Re: Motorway driving

Hi Shazza, I have been driving to/through Switzerland for several years now from the UK. This year was the first time we purchased our Vignettes in advance. We used the same link as supplied by PaulAnke a few posts above.

Maybe it was just coincidence, but we seemed to cross the border far quicker this year. Usually you get stopped and have to pay for the Vignette, but this year the moment they saw we already had them, we were just waved straight past the stopped cars

Also, buying in advance means you can stick it on straight, and in a place you prefer. Plus I think it is slightly cheaper.

Finally, although I obviously cannot guarantee this for you, I ordered my Vignettes (2 cars travelling this year) online on Sunday 2nd Jan. They were delivered through my mail box on the morning of Tuesday the 4th. Top service!

Anyway, safe journey.
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Re: Motorway driving

There are several gas stations right before the border that are open late (if not all night cant remember) you can buy them there also
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This is total dis-information, the fine is Chf 100.--


Fronm the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Web site....

"In Switzerland : at post offices, customs offices, gas stations, garages and cantonal vehicles registration offices.
Abroad : from the Swiss National Tourism Offices, automobile associations, partners of the Deutsche Post AG.
The motorway "vignette" is valid from December 1st of the year prior to its designated year until January 31st of the following year. It is sold for a price of CHF 40 and must be affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen (one "vignette" per vehicle).
Any driver using a toll motorway without a valid "vignette" will be liable to a fine of CHF 100 and at the same time required to pay the CHF 40 price of the "vignette".
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Re: Motorway driving

Dont worry about it. If you come through Basel they will slap it on your screen before you can say Gruetzi. That´ll be 40 francs - danke!
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Re: Motorway driving

Thanks everyone for all your fantastic advice- have just ordered them on line but there is an additional 25 chf fee for delivery. Don't mind this time as it will save hassle at the border but next year we will be in a better position to purchase locally.
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Thanks everyone for all your fantastic advice- have just ordered them on line but there is an additional 25 chf fee for delivery. Don't mind this time as it will save hassle at the border but next year we will be in a better position to purchase locally.
W. T. F.?? Why on Earth would they charge so much? International letter rate is 1.40CHF, plus 6CHF for registered, where do they get 25 francs? Oh well, glad you're sorted and welcome .
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Thanks everyone for all your fantastic advice- have just ordered them on line but there is an additional 25 chf fee for delivery. Don't mind this time as it will save hassle at the border but next year we will be in a better position to purchase locally.

Hassle ? what hassle ? They cost Chf 40.-- you buy when you cross the border or at any gas station, motorway service points included for a price of Shf 40.--

Some people really got money to burn !
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Re: Motorway driving

No need to be rude
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And where exactly was i rude madame ?
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Re: Motorway driving

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This is total dis-information, the fine is Chf 100.--


Fronm the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Web site....

"In Switzerland : at post offices, customs offices, gas stations, garages and cantonal vehicles registration offices.
Abroad : from the Swiss National Tourism Offices, automobile associations, partners of the Deutsche Post AG.
The motorway "vignette" is valid from December 1st of the year prior to its designated year until January 31st of the following year. It is sold for a price of CHF 40 and must be affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen (one "vignette" per vehicle).
Any driver using a toll motorway without a valid "vignette" will be liable to a fine of CHF 100 and at the same time required to pay the CHF 40 price of the "vignette".
Also, nobody ever really checked my vignette (I drive a lot, both by car and motorcycle). The 40 CHF is, on the other side, quite a reasonable price, so it's fair to pay it. Compare to Italy ..
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