I like short trips because they are less problematic to plan than the long ones and still you can see a lot if you use a car. Is it possible to rent a car in Switzerland for such a short trips, with necessary vignettes? (for example, for Austria)? How much does such service cost (I need really a small auto for myself only). Do you need a Swiss driver's licence to deserve such a pleasure, or the one from within EU is enough? Having a car in Switzerland can be expensive, so I'd like to know if it will be cheaper to rent a car when needed (I'll probably make one 2-4 days trip a month).

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Switzerland has car rental companies like any other country.

You only need a valid drivers license (from anywhere in the world), and a credit card.

Typical daily car rental cost in Europe is 70 to 100 Euro, but often cheaper on special offers. In Switzerland, everything is a bit more expensive, so I would not expect to get away under 100 SFR per day; again, if you are able to adjust your plans to special offers, you can get much lower prices.

  • I'm pretty sure "from anywhere in the world" is not true.
    – mts
    Jul 9, 2016 at 10:48
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    @mts AFAIK Switzerland does in fact accept any valid driver's license, although you may need a translation if it's not in English, French, German or Italian. Jul 9, 2016 at 12:32
  • @jpatokal but does this also apply to rental companies?
    – mts
    Jul 9, 2016 at 12:33
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    @mts They get to make their own rules, but usually they're happy to let anybody drive as long as they have a license. Jul 9, 2016 at 12:36

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