What you should know before hiring a car in Zurich
Car hires in Zurich: practical information
Where to rent a car in Zurich
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and runs like magic. Whether you're looking for a taste of the mountains, Swiss chocolate or some fine museums, Zurich is a great place to start. Flight tickets from London to Zurich are always well-priced even at the last-minute. With so many exciting cities and places to visit outside of Zurich, you'll also want the cheapest car hire in Zurich that you can find. How about a car hire Zurich airport?
From the airport choose your low cost car rental in Zurich from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo/National and Sixt. Looking for a car hire Zurich city centre? In the city you'll also find all the major car rental companies in Zurich located more or less centrally. Avis on Gartenhofstrasse, Europcar on Lindenstrasse, Sixt on Pfingstweidstrasse, National on Hönggerstrasse and Mietwagen on Albisriederstrasse.
Driving in Zurich: parking and other tips
The city centre is not easily navigable by car but since it's so compact you won't really need to drive in Zurich too much perhaps. As for parking, there are a number of multi-storey "parkhaus" in Zurich: Hauptbahnhof (train station), Hohe Promenade, Urania, Feldegg, Dorflinde and Hardau II. Street parking is tricky in Zurich. The parking patrollers are known to chalk tires and are ruthless when handing out 80CHF fines for either over-staying your welcome at a parking place or feeding the metre. Blue zone parking places have 1 hour free parking if you have the appropriate disc.
Don't worry! There are a number of hotels in Zurich which have parking facilities for their guests. Just launch a search for hotels in Zurich on liligo.com and once you're results redisplayed, choose "Parking" from the list of must-have amenities on the left-hand side of the screen. It's that easy. Want to stay in a particular part of the city? View your results in map view.
Road trips from Zurich: what to do, what to see
Rapperswil is a small, yet very pretty town on the other side of the Zurichsee. It is known for its incredible rose garden with 15,000 plants in 600 varieties of roses (open June to October), castle circa 1220 and in summer its bustling waterfront restaurants and coffee shops in the medieval old town. It's definitely worth a side-trip if you have a space afternoon.
Basel is so under-rated. The city centre is incredible and medieval. Carnival time is the time to visit Basel. If you have more time in the area, Basil is perfectly situated to visit Germany's Black Forest, France's Alsace region and Switzerland's Jura mountain region. The best time to visit Basel is during Carnival time. Surprisingly this city puts on a show that rivals celebrations in Rio and Venice... not to be missed!
Although a bit of a drive, Geneva is just 3 hours away by car. Geneva is not only stunning but offers a lot in terms of tourist attractions including the Palais des Nations. A road trip to Geneva is the perfect addition to your holidays in Zurich. In summer, lakeside is the place to be, watching the Jet d'Eau shoot out of the lake.