Information & Facts
Pregny Gate, 14 avenue de la Paix
Sfr12 (adults), Sfr10 (students and seniors) and Sfr7
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Open daily from April to October from 10am to 12pm
and 2pm to 4pm. July and August from 10am to 5pm. The rest of the
year from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm, except
over the Christmas period
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and