Breakdown Assistance

Understand what to do if your car breaks down in Switzerland...

Here are some contact numbers that can help in the event of a vehicle breakdown on Swiss roads:

  • Road conditions and traffic information (24/7) Tel: 163
  • Breakdown, assistance (24/7 free) police emergency Tel: 117
  • Accident assistance (24/7 free) ambulance emergency Tel: 144

The Automobile Club of Switzerland (ACS) offers members breakdown assistance across Europe.

The Touring Club of Switzerland (TCS) is a national breakdown and recovery service (available to members) which operates throughout Switzerland. Membership details are on the website along with up-to-the-minute traffic information, ski and road snow reports and insurance information (in German, French and Italian)

  • Emergency assistance Tel: 0800 140 140

Car Accidents

Contact numbers if you are involved in or witness to an accident:

  • Police Tel: 117
  • Ambulance Tel: 144

All drivers involved must write a report on the incident and sign it for insurance purposes. The insurer should provide an accident report form (constat d'accident). This report should be filed with the insurance company within three working days. The report must include the licence plate numbers and contact details of all people involved.

Further Information

Information on accident prevention in Switzerland from the Swiss Accident Prevention Office