USEFUL TIPS FOR SWITZERLAND

Visas

Information about visas can be found here. The rules are different depending on your country.

Travelling to Switzerland

By train: the main stations are located right in the center of the cities. They offer direct connections to all major cities in neighbouring countries, including Paris, Milano, Stuttgart and Munich.

By plane: Zurich, Basel and Geneva have international airports which are easily reachable by public transports.

Public transports in Switzerland

The Swiss public transport system is very well developed, safe and punctual. If you are a group, you can get 20% discount from 10 people, in addition, the 10th person travels for free. If you are planning to use trains frequently, you can consider buying a half-fare card.

Language

Switzerland has four languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch. In the German-speaking part, the written language is German, while the spoken language is Swiss German. Swiss German is a dialect of German which widely varies from place to place. Most people will be happy to speak English with you.

Money

The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). 1 CHF is about 0.8 euro or 1.1 dollar. Most places accept Euro bills, but don’t fret when you get Francs in return. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted, make sure that you can pay abroad with them before leaving (own experience!). You can also get Swiss Francs from the ATM and choose to be billed in euros for a reasonable fee.

Emergency numbers

Police (Polizei): 117
Fire (Feuerwehr): 118
Ambulance: 144
The 112 emergency number, used in Europe, can also be used in Switzerland for reporting crime, fire or life-threatening situations.
The 044 633 77 77 “nightline” is here to help students with any student/ life-related problems. More information on www.nightline.ch

Phone and Internet

The prefix for Switzerland is +41.