The Low Down on Swiss Currency
Swiss National Bank
FR., CHf (franc)
|Currency sub unit:|
10 FR, 20 FR, 50 FR, 100 FR, 200 FR, 1,000 FR
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**:
A bar of authentic Swiss chocolate
A cup of cappuccino
A cheese fondue for two in a restaurant
Bottle of water
A 1 km taxi ride
Must-sees in Switzerland
Buying Swiss franc online is easy
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- 1. Click the ‘Buy Swiss franc Now’ button below
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- 3. Pay online
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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.
*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.
^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.
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