Swiss Observer

Can I use euros in Switzerland?

CategoryBy Ilias Ism

Yes, you can use euros in Switzerland, but it’s not the official currency.

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros so that visitors may compare prices.

Major department stores, many shops, businesses, hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops accept euros as payment. However, not all places accept euros, and those that do may charge a higher exchange rate. If you do pay in euros, your change will be given back in Swiss francs.

Is it better to use CHF or EUR?

It’s generally cheaper to use Swiss Francs due to unfavorable exchange rates when using euros. Therefore, it’s recommended to use Swiss Francs when purchasing goods and services in Switzerland.

You can also use credit, debit, or forex cards, which are widely accepted everywhere in the country. However, keep in mind that there may be additional bank charges upon usage.

In summary, while you can use euros in Switzerland, it’s more cost-effective and less complicated to use Swiss Francs or a card.