Get ready for your trip to Switzerland. Order your Swiss Francs at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more CHF cash to spend. Have your Swiss Franc banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in Switzerland
Jet off well-informed to Switzerland. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Switzerland.
Yes. Bank card payments are widely accepted in Switzerland, both in cities/towns and in ski resorts. In some remote places in Switzerland's mountain ranges, card payments may not be accepted.
Contactless payments in Switzerland are possible for amounts up to 40 CHF. For higher amounts, card payments work with a chip and pin system, similar to payments over £30 in the UK.
Some British banks may charge for international card payments. In addition your bank's CHF to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Switzerland, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Even though card payments are accepted widely, the Swiss still like to pay with cash. We recommend to take some Swiss Franc cash with you on your Swiss trip.
Cash is a great fallback option and it remains a popular means of payment in Switzerland.
Expect to pay 4-5 francs for a coffee. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Switzerland costs around 50 francs.
Overall, Switzerland can be quite expensive. The cost of living in Switzerland is 90% higher than the cost of living in the UK.
Swiss Federal Law states that tipping is not required, and that all service charges must be included in the item price. As a result, you won't find a 'service charge' line on a Swiss restaurant/cafe bill.
In practice, people will often add a little extra for tipping, rounding up the price. This is especially the case in the more fancier restaurants in Switzerland, and in (après-ski) bars with table service. A 5-10% tip is considered good practice.
Banknotes in Switzerland
The latest series (9th Series) of Swiss banknotes have been awarded multiple prices, including the International Bank Note Society price for 'banknote of the year'. All 9th series Swiss Franc banknotes feature an image of a pair of hands. The 8th Series CHF banknotes with a vertical design are no longer in circulation. The 9th Series banknotes in circulation are 10 CHF, 20 CHF, 50 CHF, 100 CHF, 200 CHF and 1000 CHF.
Coins in Switzerland
Swiss coins range from 5 rappen (0.05 CHF) to 5 CHF. Did you get back from Switzerland with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Swiss Franc coins back to cash.
Switzerland's currency import and export regulations
There are no restrictions on the import or export of currency into or from Switzerland, regardless of the amount.
Ordering Swiss Francs online
Order Swiss Francs online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Swiss Francs online.
Selling back Swiss Francs
If you have Swiss Francs to sell, follow this link to exchange Swiss Francs to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'CHF Swiss Franc'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Swiss Francs.