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St Moritz is one of the world’s premier winter sports resorts. It’s popular with skiing fanatics as well as those who simply revel in the winter atmosphere. In addition to the ski slopes, St Moritz offers a wide selection of gourmet restaurants, hotels, clubs and pubs. In the spa section of the city, known as St. Moritz-Bad, you can benefit from mud treatments, mineral-water baths and a range of top-notch physical therapies.
Who to Book With
Most of the major car rental firms are represented in St Moritz. There are also a number of independent rental firms which may offer cheaper rates. The best option when it comes to finding the cheapest deal is to compare prices on our aggregator website.
Best Time to Go
Mid-June to mid-October and December to early April are the two most popular times of year to visit St Moritz. For this reason, you will find significant savings can be made if you make a reservation in the spring or the autumn. Concerts and special cultural and sporting events, such as the British Classic Car Meeting in the summer, lead to price increases and a shortage of hotel rooms so it’s best to book ahead at these times. The weather in St Moritz is generally very good: it has an average of over 320 days of sunshine a year. The average temperature in July is 5°C while in the coldest month, January, the mercury drops to -10°C.
Need to Know Essentials
You will need to show the following documents when collecting a hire vehicle:
- Both parts of your UK driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit
- The credit card you used to book the vehicle
- Confirmation of identity, such as a passport or utility bill
- Verification of booking
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If coming from Zurich, take the N3 (which turns into the N13) to the town of Chur. From here, go southwest along Route 3. The journey takes around 2 hours, 30 minutes to 3 hours. Note that the only pass open in wintertime is the Julierpass. If coming via Davos or Klosters, catch the car train at Klosters, which passes through the Vereina Tunnel. Access to St Moritz from Italy is via the Bernina Pass or the Maloja Pass. Options for parking in St Moritz range from public car parks to hotel parking.
Our Guide to Switzerland has further tips on driving here.
The options for getting around St Moritz include the Engadin Bus, with stops throughout the valley and the town, and taxis. For complete freedom of movement, there’s no beating a rental car.
Switzerland’s highest city with a rail connection, St. Moritz is connected to the rest of the country by means of a series of tunnels which highlight the achievements of Swiss engineering. At the town of Chur, there are connections to cities such as Milan and Munich in neighbouring nations. From Chur, it takes 2 hours to reach St. Moritz. The world-famous Glacier Express, which travels through 91 tunnels and across almost 300 bridges, and passes superb scenery throughout, links Zermatt with St. Moritz. For travel around the Graubünden Canton in which St Moritz is situated, the Rhaetische Railway (Rhb) is a good alternative to hiring a car. There is a station in St Moritz itself.
Although renting your own vehicle is the most convenient way to explore the area surrounding St Moritz, the Engadin Valley is well served by PostAuto bus. It is also linked to Chur, Lugano, and Pontresina by bus, each of which is easily reachable via coach connections from Munich, Germany.
A wide range of taxis and limousines are available in St Moritz, including Taxi-Zentrale St Moritz.
From St Moritz, there are numerous places to explore in the Engadin Valley and further afield in the surrounding canton of Graubünden. The entire valley is full of fascinating resorts, each one with a different character, which makes exploring by rental car truly worthwhile.
Engadin Valley - The 50-mile long Engadin Valley contains many charming traditional villages and some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain scenery, ideal for discovering by rental car. Sils is the valley’s cultural and spiritual centre, with a unique energy all of its own: no wonder it has drawn artists such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Beuys and more recently, David Bowie. Pontresina is a perfect example of a traditional Engadin village which offers visitors the ultimate in peace and quiet, great Alpine hiking, mountain biking and nature-watching. Why, there’s even golf at this altitude! High up in the Upper Engadin, Celerina overlooks a magical lake landscape.
Lake Como - There are many lovely places to stop, take photos and have lunch on the way to the spectacularly beautiful Lake Como from St Moritz, making it an ideal daytrip. Soglio is a charming village (turn off for Soglio in Promontogno shortly before you reach the Italian border) with outstanding views. Chiavenna is another ideal place to halt. The 82-mile journey takes you via Route 3 then along the Italian highways S-S37, S-S36 and S-S34 to Lake Como’s western shoreline. The total journey time is around 2 hours. Note that this route is subject to seasonal closure.
Lugano - Lugano is one of the prettiest cities in the country. It central area offers its visitors lots of piazzas and cafés, and a beautiful lakefront lined with palm trees. No cars are able to drive here either. It's ideal for shopping, people-watching, taking a dip in the lake and mini excursions to nearby sights. To get here, follow Route 3 then the S-S37, the S-S36 and the S-S34 which skirts Lake Como as far as Menaggio, where you branch off onto the S-S340. From here, it’s a 40 minute drive to Lugano along the northern shore of Lake Lugano. Halfway along you cross back into Switzerland.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.
In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).
Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).