Traffic Signs : Switzerland

Wherever you go, traffic signs are generally recognisable even if they look a little different. But there are some you won't know, and some may have slightly different meanings.

Here is a guide to signs that you'll most likely encounter on Swiss roads. A number of signs will be accompanied by supplementary plate to emphasise meaning, or to indicate distance, direction or exceptions.

Please be advised that worded signs shown below may be changed to the equivalent wording in one of French, German, Italian or Romansh, depending on which part of Switzerland you are in.

Warning signs

Bend to the right

Bend to the left

Succession of bends,
first to the right

Succession of bends,
first to the left

Slippery road surface

Uneven road surface

Road narrows
on both sides

Road narrows
on the right

Road narrows
on the left

Steep descent

Steep ascent

Loose chippings

Risk of falling rocks

Roadwoks

Level crossing
with barriers

Level crossing
without barriers

Tram crossing

Pedestrian crossing
ahead

Children

Risk of wildlife
on the road

Risk of livestock
on the road

Risk of horses
on the road

Two way traffic

Traffic signals

     

Other danger

Queues likely

Cycles crossing

Prohibition signs

 

 

 

 

 

No vehicles permitted

No entry

No motor vehicles

No motorcycles

No cycles

No mopeds

 

 

 

 

 

No goods vehicles

No buses

No towing vehicles

No towing vehicles
except drawbar trailers

No vehicles carrying
dangerous loads

No vehicles carrying
water pollutants

 

 

 

 

 

No horses or livestock

No motor vehicles
or motorcycles

No motor vehicles,
motorcycles or mopeds

No skiing

No sledging

No skating,
rollerblading etc

 

 

 

 

 

 

No pedestrians

Maximum permitted
weight

Maximum permitted
axle weight

Maximum permitted
width

Maximum permitted
height

Maximum permitted
length

Mandatory signs
     

Maximum speed limit

General speed limit
usually in urban areas

Minimum speed limit

Turn right

Turn left

Keep right

 

Keep left

Ahead only

Turn right ahead

Turn left ahead

Turn left or right

Turn right
or continue ahead

       

Turn left
or continue ahead

Roundabout

No right turn

No left turn

No overtaking

No overtaking
by goods vehicles

No u-turns

Minimum permitted
space between vehicles

Use of snow chains
is mandatory

No stopping

No parking

Stop - customs post

         

Stop - police

End of lower
speed limit

End of general lower
speed limit

End of minimum
speed limit

End of no overtaking
prohibition

End of no overtaking
prohibition

         

End of bus and goods
vehicle restriction

End of mandatory
snow chain use

End of all restrictions

Cycle lane

End of cycle lane

Pedestrians only

           

Bridleway

Segregated route for
cycles and pedestrians

Shared route for cycles
and pedestrians

Bus lane

Home zone

End of home zone

         

Speed limit zone

Parking zone

No parking zone

Pedestrian zone

End of speed limit zone

End of parking zone

           

End of no parking zone

End of pedestrian zone



Priority signs

Stop and give way

Give way

Priority route
You have priority over
traffic from side roads

End of priority route
You must give way to
traffic from the right

Crossroads ahead
You have priority over
traffic from side roads

Crossroads ahead
You must give way to
traffic from the right

Give way to
oncoming vehicles

Priority over
oncoming vehicles

Level crossing signal
with two flashing lights

Level crossing signal
with one flashing light

Level crossing




Information signs
         

Start of motorway

End of motorway

Start of expressway

End of expressway

Start of mountain
postal road

End of mountain
postal road

           

Tunnel

One way street

One way street
except for cycles

No through road

No through road
with exceptions

Water protection area

           

Pedestrian crossing

Pedestrian subway

Pedestrian overpass

Hospital

Passing place

Emergency layby

           

Parking

Disc parking zone

Meter parking zone

Covered parking area

Parking ahead in
direction shown

Turning ahead
for vehicles shown

         

Escape lane

Park and ride

Covered park and ride



Direction signs






Start of built up area
Speed limit 50 km/h unless otherwise signed

End of built up area
With distance to next settlement

Direction signs
Motorway, main road,
minor road

Diversion signs
Blank sign indicates
for all traffic

Advanced direction sign

Advanced direction sign
on main road

Advanced direction sign
on minor road

Direction sign on main
road, with lane layout

Direction sign on minor
road, with lane layout

Advanced direction sign
including restriction





Overhead sign
on a main road

Overhead sign
on a minor road

Direction applicable to
the signed vehicle type

Direction to a car park,
park and ride

Direction to a campsite,
caravan park

Direction to a named
business or similar



Recommended routes
for cyclists

Recommended routes
for cyclists

Alternative route avoiding
a prohibited turn

Warning of a diversion

Advanced direction sign
for a roundabout

Side road warning

First announcement
of an upcoming junction

Second announcement
of an upcoming junction

Sign located at the start of the slip road

Exit sign at a junction
divergence

Overhead direction sign
at a divergence

Distance sign

Advance warning of a motorway interchange

First announcement
of an upcoming junction

Second announcement
of an upcoming junction

Overhead sign located at a motorway junction

Direction to emergency telephone

Distance to next police station

Kilometer distance
marker

Information regarding
road conditions ahead

Information regarding conditions on main routes

Lane merge

Lane gain

Lane with restrictions