Is it allowed in Switzerland to sleep in the car (2 people, small car, in small vilages)? I want to go there (near Lozana) but I have not much money, so I don't want to spent it on hostels. Is it possible?

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    You can sleep for one night (sometimes for 12h max) on a motorway rest area. That's what truckers do.
    – JoErNanO
    Oct 18, 2017 at 22:40
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    I'm not sure if ordinary motorists are actually allowed to do that, @JoErNanO. Also: are you perfectly sure that in Switzerland truckers are in fact allowed to do that in any old rest area?
    – Fattie
    Oct 18, 2017 at 23:56

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According to this Trip Adviser forum:

it is not legal to spend a night in a camping car/van/caravan etc outside of a designated camp ground here in switzerland. You need to get a list of camp sites and plan your trip accordingly.

However, another individual did also comment:

Ticino is part of Switzerland and it seems to be legal at least to sleep in your car overnight. You have to remove the keys from the ignition and put them away otherwise you can be fined though.

However, this website states:

It is generally not permitted to stay overnight in a car on a public parking lot. It is therefore recommended to find a campground or any other accommodation where you can spend the night. In some regions, sleeping for one night in the car is tolerated. You can ask at the local police station for more information.

From just a general observation, it seems that it would not be advisable to sleep in your car overnight.

  • Yeah, the trick is "designated area", which usually means" where you have toilet available (like parking on service areas and rest areas on highways). On small village is worst: you doesn't spend money there, but you cost (waste, touristic attractions, paths). And it can seems that you are just waiting night for burglary. Oct 19, 2017 at 9:59

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