Pros: FastCons: No direction for pick up and drop off info.
10.0 ExcellentOct 18 2019
Pros: EverythingCons: Nothing
8.0 ExcellentOct 16 2019
Pros: Friendly and helpful staff.Cons: The wait was a bit long and only 2 employees were working the desks. Also, drop off was difficult because of some construction happening right in front of the location.
10.0 ExcellentMay 14 2019
Cons: Provide map and name of local gas station to refuel auto.
10.0 ExcellentApr 8 2019
Pros: Staff were very helpful, price was great, pick-up/drop-off was straightforward. They didn't have the car we had reserved so we were given an upgrade for free.Cons: Called ahead to let them know we would be 1-2 hours late with drop-off for which we were charged an entire day. Not a big deal but pro-rating would be more reasonable I think.
10.0 ExcellentMar 18 2019
Pros: The staff was incredibly helpful, Oliver who helped me check in was incredibly thorough going through my reservation details and inspection of the vehicle before I drove off. The shop is very easy to find and perfectly located in the middle of the city. Would highly recommend and reuse again.Cons: Nothing everything was great!
10.0 ExcellentMar 10 2019
6.4 GoodFeb 7 2019
Pros: The staff were helpful enough but they didn't work for DollarCons: The insurance advertised was terrible - it covered nothing and when called they said "we are not a car insurance company" They should NOT be advertised as viable insurance on the Kayak website - this is seriously irresponsible. When we got stuck, the 24 helpline was shut
10.0 ExcellentJan 17 2019
Pros: The upgrade was excellent !Cons: Only Free, lol.
7.6 GoodDec 11 2018
Cons: The booking process included a "ZERO FRANCHISE" insurance as optional. Even though I chose it, additional money was held from the Credit Card due to the fact that insurance doesn't belong to the car rental company. THAT S NOT CLEAR IN THE BOOKING PROCESS AND IN CASE OF DAMAGE WILL DEMAND LOTS OF PAPER WORK !!! WHAT IS NOT THE IDEA BEHIND A ZERO FRANCHISE INSURANCE !
Pros: Staff was friendly and thoroughCons: Being winter in the mountains of Switzerland I would have preferred an all wheel drive vehicle
10.0 ExcellentNov 15 2019
Pros: they upgraded me to an Alfa Romeo .. amazing car . when i said i needed more trunk space and asked for anything but am a American Car since i was in Europe and wanted to drive a car from europe
10.0 ExcellentAug 17 2019
Pros: Yes. Excellent.
9.6 ExcellentAug 3 2019
Pros: The staff was wonderful. We had made a mistake and ordered our pickup somewhere but not at the airport. The woman who took care of us was more than gracious and adjusted everything to make our pickup easy.
8.4 ExcellentJul 29 2019
Cons: Provide more details on roadside assistance as we tried in vain the contact Hertz about a coolant warning light issue. Also, expedite return process at ZRH Airport as we waited a while b/c they were understaffed despite it being peak holiday season.
9.2 ExcellentSep 19 2018
Smooth and easy experience all the wayPros: Staff were very helpful at Zurich airport, they were also flexible to accomodate us with the change in our flight time and pickup-drop off time. the car was pretty new and very clean and in good shape.Cons: The Mini Cooper had the most uncomfortable seat of all the cars I have driven! I’m 180cm tall with an average body, although the drive be is fun but I don’t recommend this car for any drive longer than one hour, well this is not Hertz problem, I should complain to the car designers!!
10.0 ExcellentSep 1 2018
Pros: got an upgraded size of the car as the requested size was not available, it was new and spacious and clean. Droppoing it of was a breaze, just handed the keys back and the papers and off to my flight. The location of the rental at the Zuirich airoport was great. Staff was really friendly.Cons: Small comment that it was not very clear what to do when I came back to return the car. I parked it and then saw a Herz person working with someone else, so I waited a couple of minutes. It turned out I could just give him the keys and go, but that was not clear coming in, so it would be useful if that was said to me when I was picking up the car.
10.0 ExcellentMay 17 2018
good rentalPros: OVerall, we liked the car rather well. The GPS helped most of the time and the Hybid helped gas prices quite a bitCons: I would like some form of owners manual. There were several things about the car we never could figure out, like the Orange emergency alarm that would go off for reasons we never could figure out.
6.0 GoodMar 9 2018
Pros: Dropoff was fine
8.8 ExcellentAug 28 2017
Cons: Had to wait a long time. Not enough people working.
Pros: Friendly staff, high quality vehicles, as usual!
10.0 ExcellentJul 6 2019
Pros: The staff were friendly, and made the process simple. The car was a modern car with lots of amenities. The price was reasonable. They were flexible with drop off time.Cons: N/A
6.4 GoodMar 8 2019
Pros: The guy at the drop off was rude and not helpfulCons: The price I paid did not match the price quoted by kayak. I paid over $300 more than originally quoted for a 2 day rental.
10.0 ExcellentSep 18 2017
Fair and ExcellentPros: Car was greatCons: The receptionist guy just left me standing there for 20 minutes at first. Then didn't say a word except for asking for my passport. But other then that, it was fine.
10.0 ExcellentSep 17 2017
Great customer service! Wonderful carPros: The representatives who checked us in and out were extremely friendly and polite. Because we had to wait a little extra time they upgraded us to a Mercedes. Drove the country in style! When we needed to extend the rental for a few days they gave us no hassle at all.
6.8 GoodJul 25 2017
Cons: Very expensive.
10.0 ExcellentJul 22 2017
Wonderful and helpful staffPros: Staff spoke English well, gave helpful advice about driving through Switzerland. Fast service.
4.0 OkayJun 29 2017
Cons: Complete bait in switch. I rented a Mercedes C class or equivalent and they gave me some sort of Ford soccer mom POS. It was also a vehicle of a size and a lack of acceleration of which I had no experience driving (which was a safety issue). I had specifically chosen a car for my trip that was safe and suitable to the driving conditions in the areas I expected to be driving. #Never Budget
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2017
As easy as can bePros: short wait at the counter, as opposed to a couple of the other rental agencies. I got a free upgrade since the car I reserved wasn't ready. It was clean and in excellent condition. Returning was a fast and easy process.Cons: Nothing.
8.0 ExcellentJun 18 2017
Good service, rude staffPros: I liked the service that was provided. The car was clean, comfortable and affordable.Cons: The person who was in the service desk was unkind and rude.
Pros: Very friendly staff. Uncomplicated processing.
6.0 GoodMar 14 2020
Pros: Was provided a car (mini cooper) which is smaller than Peugeot 3008. Then stop upselling customer with another car which is similar size to Peugeot 3008Cons: Meet or beat the customer expectations
6.0 GoodMar 14 2020
Cons: Please provide the list of cars available in a class. For example, I have signed up on Sixt website for Peugeot 300i but i was given smaller mini cooper. Rental agent says it is in same class but mini coopernis much smaller and uncomfortable. Stop upselling once the customer made reservation for a specific class/segment of car. It is not a fair business practice
10.0 ExcellentDec 29 2019
Pros: The rental counter was easy to find. The car was clean and ready to go. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly at drop-off and pick-up. They offered us a "discount" for an upgrade on several different types of cars. We took advantage of this because we had more luggage than anticipated when we booked the car.Cons: As others have said - we also purchased the extended coverage from Allianz and Sixt had no record of that. However, they did not require that we do so.
10.0 ExcellentNov 13 2019
Pros: The entyer attention
2.0 MediocreSep 30 2019
Cons: I was charged a security deposit of almost $900 and now have to fight to get it back. Will be filing claim in county court.
10.0 ExcellentAug 12 2019
Pros: Very helpful staff
5.2 OkayJul 16 2019
Pros: Drop off was easy.Cons: I felt scammed—bait and switch. I reserved and paid for my car ahead of time. When I got there they told me I didn’t fill out the form correctly and they didn’t have my car (really? I even had my confirmation email, but this didn’t mean anything). The “solution” was I could pay more for an upgrade.
10.0 ExcellentJul 3 2019
Pros: Drop off was easy. Car was better than I expected
4.0 OkayJun 17 2019
Pros: Good car model. Easy drop off.Cons: Rude staff. Complicated and inefficient pick up process. Which makes an overall performance mediocre when looking at the price of the service.
Pros: It was easy to pick up and drop off. The car was very clean and had all items needed.Cons: NA
10.0 ExcellentSep 3 2020
5.6 OkayAug 14 2020
Pros: HORRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE ,UNPFROFFESIONAL, THEY ARE OVER PICKY WITH STONE CHIPS AND SCRATCHES ON WHEELS,NEVER AGIAN ENTERPRISE
9.6 ExcellentJul 31 2020
Pros: Easy pick up and drop offCons: The car was bigger than expected, but worked well on the trip.
7.6 GoodMay 4 2020
Pros: Car is in very good condition and cleanCons: The communication of the price: initial price offer didn't include any insurance actually, and the lady at the rental office counter couldn't provide clear information on the final price. I ended up paying double what I thought I'd pay initially.
7.2 GoodSep 16 2019
Pros: Received an upgrade in vehicle since the midsize we booked somehow turned into a compact size.Cons: We specifically put in the Zurich Airport for pick-up but came to find out that we had to travel to downtown Zurich from the Airport to pick up our car at Enterprise. Our booking also said we were supposed to get a midsized vehicle (Mercedes A-Class or equivalent) but were told we had a compact.
3.6 MediocreAug 8 2019
Pros: Cancelling my reservation they refused to honor was the best partCons: I reserved an Opal Zafira. They had an Opel Zafira. They wouldn’t give it to me (it something similar) after standing in line for over an hour. It was a horrible ridiculous experience
4.4 OkayAug 8 2019
Cons: It was awful. Super long line of over an hour. Tried to upsell everything and everyone. My reservation said it was for Opal Zafira or similar. They tried to downgrade me to a smaller car when I needed a big one (5 adults and bags) even though they actually had opal zafiras on site.
9.6 ExcellentJul 21 2019
Pros: Super friendly and helpful staff both at pick up and return. Helpful in explaining insurance coverage and other items.
6.8 GoodAug 8 2018
Cons: I booked a minivan, when I arrived there, they did not have the minivan, they gave me a different car which said was an upgrade and charge me extra 110 Swiss frank. I told them that since you do not have the car I reserved and you are giving me a different car, them why should I pay extra, it should be complimentary upgrade. I would like refund of the extra money I paid.
Pros: was upgraded to a very nice vehicle. staff was nice. bathroom was available and clean at the pick up location. was easy to get to and from the thrifty (Hertz) rental shop, out of the city and to the highway. Gas station near the shop so it was easy to fill back up on the way back into townCons: would have been helpful to have more clean instructions on where to bring the car back to when returning. We went back into the same garage but it was unclear when we picked up that there was an entrance in the same place as we exited. thought we had to come in the back and got a bit turned around.
10.0 ExcellentJun 14 2019
Cons: I wish I had been given the Volvo that Thrifty shows in the pictures. The actual car we get is always a much smaller and simpler model, unfortunately. However, the car only had 10km on it, which was a plus.
9.6 ExcellentMay 26 2019
Pros: I could not have asked for a simpler drop off.. was incredible!!!
9.6 ExcellentOct 29 2017
Much better than expected!Pros: We had reserved a car through Thrifty many months before and had worried about adequate luggage space as our daughters were joining us for the second week of our trip to Switzerland. Had also researched the waiver/insurance situation for an overseas rental and had some anxiety about it. Both agents were very helpful, flexible and patient while we made the decision ax to model. She offered us a selection which suited us well. She also accepted our coverage on our Cap One VISA, which I had researched thoroughly beforehand.Cons: It was clear that any unrecorded scratched on the car would be a liability for us, so we were careful to use the flashlight on our phones and go over the car carefully when we were in the checkout process. It is very important that you take the time to do this AND Mark die anything you see and take it BACK into the desk fir them to record. I know you are in a hurry to get moving, but this is ESSENTIAL. And research your particular credit card coverage carefully; if it isn’t complete, you may be in a tough situation and might do better paying the waiver. Ask what deductible your coverage is; you want ZERO.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 3 2017
Pros: The car was almost new, clean and modern.Cons: Nothing. We were very sutisfied
Pros: Clean and new carCons: Service at pickup. Car was on difrrent level and i had suitcasesand a baby and they wouldnt help me bring the car near the desk
10.0 ExcellentMay 18 2018
Wonderful experience!!!Pros: Was given a car that easily fit luggage from 4 people. Had GPS. Comfortable, powerful diesel, a pleasure to drive. Great experience at both ends. Our best rental ever in EuropeCons: No problems whatever. Couldn't be more pleased.
9.2 ExcellentAug 15 2017
Pros: I like the staff in the Europe carCons: Nothing
3.2 MediocreJul 29 2017
Cons: The person at the counter told me that if I returned the car a day early, I would only be charged for the days I rented the car. I returned the car a day early and they still charged me Euro 270 which was the two day rental charge - which by itself is a price gouging, exorbitant rate
10.0 ExcellentJul 9 2017
Pros: nice car, easy return
4.0 OkayJul 6 2017
Pros: Extremely rude customer serviceCons: Didn't try to explain charges, price was misrepresented at pick up, added additional driver , but was not explained extra charges , very rude customer service at drop off,
8.8 ExcellentJun 18 2017
Pros: Thank you for the discount for dropping the car off at Zurich.
10.0 ExcellentJun 15 2017
Pros: Great and friendly service at the check-in desk .
9.2 ExcellentMay 28 2017
Easy pick up and drop offPros: Nice car, nice staffCons: Insurance exapensive. For 43 CHF a day, most places will be no deductible, but eurocar still carry 750 CHF
9.2 ExcellentJan 8 2017
Car rental in Switzerland is pricey, but EuropcarPros: Quick efficient counter service in Zurich airport, and they upgraded me to a very nice Audi. I will use them again.
Pros: We liked our vehicle once we finally got what we thought we were getting. They did work with us on switching vehicles but we're not very happy about it.Cons: The photo showed on line was iof a large van, not a minivan. We were paying about $1,500, which is a lot money for a rental vehicle. There were six adults and seven pieces of luggage. We traveled with the same group a couple of years ago and knew we needed a larger vehicle. However, when we got to Avis, they tried to send us with a minivan. We went back to the counter and they reassigned us vehicles four different times! It was a painful and lengthy process. In the end, we finally got an in between size vehicle, which worked out fine. It's just too bad they didn't give us what was pictured initially. We end up spending the first two hours of our vacation trying to get our rental vehicle straightened out, which was rather irritating for all of us!
9.2 ExcellentAug 10 2019
Pros: Staff friendly Drop Off easy Very good carCons: Check in is too long
9.6 ExcellentJun 10 2018
Smooth experience, just a bit expensivePros: Very easy for an American traveler with no European driving experienceCons: The added fee of the insurance at the time of pickup was a bit of a shock.
10.0 ExcellentOct 2 2017
Pros: Check-out was fast and easy. Agent was very nice and extremely helpful
10.0 ExcellentSep 23 2017
Great staff in Zurich!Pros: When I booked, the airport was not a drop off option. We picked the car up in Florence and was a one-way drop. When we got to the city location in Zurich, the attendant told us we could return at the airport, no problem, he reviewed the vehicle issues we had, made notes & programmed the airport location into our gps. Airport drop off was quick & easy.
9.2 ExcellentSep 5 2017
Pros: The car was great. Fuel efficiency is one of my main criterion and this car was excellent.Cons: The drop-off location in Milano Centrale was hard to find in a little street very congested and not that near to the train station. I had to run to catch my train.
6.8 GoodAug 18 2017
Unconditioned costsCons: A lot of different additional costs, wich you have to pay
9.2 ExcellentMar 26 2017
Pros: great service, efficient, easy to understandCons: It's expensive in Europe!
6.0 GoodMar 5 2017
Not greatPros: Avis agent treatment @ pick-up in SwitzerlandCons: Pick-up location very hard to find @ Zurich. Suddenly I get charged 80 euros more than the originally agreed price.
6.8 GoodOct 7 2016
Month rental from AvisPros: Relatively new car. Good instructions at pic up.Cons: I choose Avis based on their online ads for a luxury car rental with a trunk. I called twice to confirm. Upon arrival the only car they had in that category was a station wagon.
Discover the scenic city of Zurich and its beautiful landscape conveniently with a car. The quickest and easiest way from the airport, which is situated over 6 miles from the center, is by renting a car. Switzerland is among one of the most popular European countries for road trips, as it stuns visitors with its beautiful landscape, well-maintained roads, and lovely little villages dotting the countryside.
The easiest way to get in and around Zurich is to rent a car from one of the on-site airport car rental services upon arrival at Zurich International Airport. The rental center can be found in the Airport Center on Level 1, where cars from companies like Alamo, Enterprise, and Europcar await you. Follow the A1L into the heart of Zurich and let your fun in Switzerland begin.
Zurich is, like many European cities, very old and was built before cars were used, so inside the city streets tend to be narrow and parking is scarce. The city also has many one-way roads, which makes navigating a bit of a challenge at the beginning, so using a satnav or mapping out the route beforehand is a good idea. During peak hours in the mornings and evenings (around 6-8 am and 4-6 pm), congestion can occur and driving through the city during these times is not advised.
Switzerland has many gems to offer, and exploring the country by car allows travelers to find the best places. Street conditions in Switzerland are among the best in the world, but driving through the Alps, especially in wintery conditions, can be challenging for people who are not used to it. Drive slowly and make sure the rental car is properly equipped. Drivers who opt for an automatic car should familiarize themselves how to adapt speed for long, steep roads.
25% of our users found rental cars in Zurich for $46 or less
Book your rental car in Zurich at least 4 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy rental cars in Zurich are around 51% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Zurich
Some car rental companies in Zurich which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Sixt and Alamo
On average a rental car in Zurich costs $64 per day.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Zurich are Hertz (8.8, 73 reviews), Budget (8.7, 77 reviews), and Dollar (8.7, 73 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Zurich. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Zurich is $6.50 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $78 and $104, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Zurich.
A Compact car rental in Zurich costs $64 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Zurich costs $70 per day, on average.
A Premium car rental in Zurich costs $73 per day, on average.
In Zurich, cars are most frequently rented at Dollar Hardturmstrasse 319 (2 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Zurich costs $445 per week ($64 per day).
On average a rental car in Zurich costs $1,908 per month ($64 per day).
In order to deal with the mountainous regions and snowy weather (if visiting in winter), a 4-wheel drive car is a wise choice. When driving around in Zurich a lot, opt for a compact car, as parking spots can be hard to come by and many streets are narrow.
All speed limits in Zurich are given in kilometers per hour. The general regulations allow up to 50 km/h (31 mph) in residential, built-up areas and 80 km/h (49 mph) outside residential areas. Expressways allow up to 100 km/h (62 mph) and on the freeway there is a maximum speed limit of 120 km/h (74 mph). Speed always has to be adapted to weather conditions.
The average price for gas in Zurich is around CHF2.30 per liter ($2.32 per ¼ gallon, or $9.28 per gallon). Bear in mind that many gas stations, especially within the city, close at 10 pm and open again at 6 am in the morning. Highway gas stations tend to be more expensive and should be avoided if possible.
Parking inside the city can be an exhausting undertaking and, if your hotel does not have a parking space included, it is not advised to seek parking inside. Many parking spots are reserved for residents and metered parking is very expensive. Find one of the P+Rs in the outskirts of the city and travel into Zurich with public transport, or opt for one of the city garages.
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).