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The Low Down on Swiss Currency

Currency:

Swiss franc

Currency code:

CHF

Central Bank:

Swiss National Bank

Currency symbol:

FR., CHf (franc)

Currency sub unit:

c (centime)

Bank notes:

10 FR, 20 FR, 50 FR, 100 FR, 200 FR, 1,000 FR

Coins:

5, 10, 20, 50 centimes, 1 FR, 2 FR, 5 FR




The Swiss Franc is the official currency of Switzerland. It is identified by the symbols FR. or CHf. CHF stands for Confoederatio Helvetica Franc. Confoederatio is the Latin name for the Swiss Confederation. The name ‘franc’ was derived from the Latin words ‘Francorum Rex’ (King of Franks).



The Swiss Franc is not backed by Gold like many other currencies. The Swiss National Bank has the power to print any amount of Swiss currency. The Swiss currency subunits differ for each region i.e. Centime in French, Rappen in German, Centisimo in Italian and Rap in Romansh.



It is important to note when travelling to Switzerland that the country is not a member of the European Union, it is a part of the European Economic Area. As a result, it does not make use of the Euro as the official currency. The Swiss franc is however, legal tender in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and the Italian exclave of Campione d’Italia.



There are 4 national languages spoken in Switzerland: French, German, Italian and Romansh.



What to spend your franc on**:

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    A bar of authentic Swiss chocolate

    2.5 CHF *

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    A cup of cappuccino

    4.58 CHF *

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    A cheese fondue for two in a restaurant

    32 CHF *

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    Bottle of water

    3.19 CHF *

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    A 1 km taxi ride

    4 CHF *

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Must-sees in Switzerland

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  • Geneva
  • Located on the edge of Lake Geneva and the foot of the Swiss Alps, the city of Geneva is a beautiful combination of architecture, nature, commerce and culture. From the landmark Jet d’Eau shooting water over 400 feet in the air, to the numerous luxury timepiece manufacturers based in the city, Geneva exudes sophistication.
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  • Zurich
  • Switzerland’s largest city, and winner of numerous ‘quality of life’ accolades, Zurich is a financial powerhouse with a scenery to match. When making a visit, the numerous art galleries, museums and theatres are a must for any traveller.
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  • Verbier
  • For those with a penchant for powder, the slopes of Verbier offer breathtaking scenery and action-packed skiing. With views of the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, this Alpine village offers a classic taste of Switzerland.

Buying Swiss franc online is easy

Order Swiss franc online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Swiss franc Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

FAQ Relating to Swiss Currency

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  • Are Euros accepted in Switzerland?

    The Swiss Franc is the only official currency in Switzerland. Euros are accepted in Switzerland by some merchants however they are not obligated to do so. In the case that Euros are accepted, it is likely the merchants will give you Swiss as change.

  • What Credit Cards are Accepted in Switzerland?

    Most major credit cards are accepted in Switzerland with the most popular ones being American Express, Visa and Mastercard. Some places may not accept credit cards so it can be wise to keep a small reserve of cash with you for immediate expenses such as taxies, and general city transportation, or emergencies.

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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