Switzerland Currency Guide
Switzerland uses the Swiss Franc.
In Switzerland, ATMs in banks are called bancomats and in post offices, they’re known as postomats. Many facilities are accessible 24/7 and accept foreign cards and you can find ATMs in all the major cities, resort towns and even in small villages. If you’re a dude, beware – you might be part of a marketing stunt here if you’re around on International Women’s Day. In the past, Publicis Zurich launched a stunt to highlight women receiving less pay – men would get less than the amount they requested at the ATM. Of course, they were promptly given the right amount after their reaction was captured!
If you’re only in Switzerland for a short time, you can probably get away with just using Euros in tourist destinations as many supermarkets, restaurants, hotels and public transport ticket machines accept Euros. You will receive Swiss Francs as change, though. It’s wise to change your Australian Dollars for Swiss Francs before you leave Australia, or you can change your money at banks and exchange counters in airports or train stations when you arrive. Swiss Francs are available to pre-purchase from Travel Money Oz. Also, you’re entitled to get tax back on purchases over CHF$400. Fill out the necessary paperwork when you make the purchase.
For large purchases, it’s a good idea to bring a credit card with you on your holiday to Switzerland instead of carrying a lot of cash. If you don’t have a credit card, consider a debit credit card that allows you to access your savings account and the local currency from ATMs and wherever credit cards are accepted.