Practical Information

We’ll show you the most important information about public holidays, electricity and plugs, telephone area codes and how to tip


The following are public holidays throughout Switzerland:

  • Christmas, incl. December 26
  • New Year’s Day
  • Saint Berchtold’s Day (January 2)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter incl. Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whit Sunday and Monday
  • August 1st, Swiss National Day

Electricity and plugs

Current throughout Switzerland is supplied at 230 volts. Type C (euro plug, two-pin) plugs and type J (three-pin) plugs are used. The type F (“Schuko”) plugs widely used in Europe cannot be used without an adapter.

Dialing codes

The national dialing code for Switzerland is +41. The following 0 is omitted. Dialing codes from Switzerland are as follows:

  • Germany: 0049
  • France: 0033
  • Italy: 00390
  • Japan: 0081
  • Netherlands: 0031
  • Austria: 0043
  • USA: 001
  • UK: 0044


Tips are generally included in the price for all services. However, in restaurants it is usual to round up the bill by a reasonable amount.

  • Bern Tourismus

    Bahnhofplatz 10a
    3011 Bern

    T +41 31 328 12 12


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