When is the best time to go to Switzerland?

When is the best time to go to Switzerland? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Switzerland, the weather is good across more than 54% of the territory for: July, August and September
  • The best months to go to Zurich are May, June, July, August and September
  • On average, the warmest months in Zurich are June, July and August, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The rainiest months in this city are May, June, July and December
  • The cities with the best climate are Zurich, Basel, Lausanne, Lugano, Epalinges, Morges, Entlebuch, Frauenfeld, Kloten and Kreuzlingen, with good weather at least 5 months a year


Annual weather in Switzerland

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Switzerland for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 7°F to 45°F
2 to 13 days*
February 9°F to 47°F
3 to 11 days*
March 13°F to 54°F
3 to 11 days*
April 25°F to 63°F
4 to 13 days*
May 32°F to 68°F
7 to 19 days*
June 43°F to 77°F
6 to 19 days*
July 47°F to 83°F
6 to 21 days*
August 45°F to 81°F
6 to 19 days*
September 36°F to 74°F
4 to 12 days*
October 27°F to 63°F
4 to 9 days*
November 20°F to 54°F
4 to 12 days*
December 11°F to 45°F
3 to 13 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Switzerland by cities

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Zurich

Zurich

The best months to go to Zurich are may, june, july, august and september.

Basel

Basel

The best months to go to Basel are may, june, july, august and september.

Bern

Bern

The best months to go to Bern are may, june, july and august.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Switzerland

On these 2 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Switzerland and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Cointrin and Davos.


Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Switzerland

Find out when Switzerland has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Switzerland

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, November and December. The number of visitors to Switzerland is high in: May, June, July, August, September and October.

  • Very low season in Switzerland: January, February, March and November.
  • Low season in Switzerland: April and December.
  • High season in Switzerland: May, September and October.
  • Peek season in Switzerland: June, July and August.

Figure: Visitor index for Switzerland month by month


Average price for flights to Switzerland

A return flight between London and Geneva is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 128 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 55 more for your airline ticket to Geneva if you go in august.

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Where to go in Switzerland?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Zurich40°F43°F52°F61°F67°F76°F79°F77°F70°F61°F50°F41°F
Basel41°F45°F52°F61°F67°F74°F77°F77°F72°F61°F52°F43°F
Bern40°F41°F50°F59°F65°F72°F76°F76°F70°F61°F50°F41°F
Cointrin40°F43°F50°F59°F65°F74°F77°F77°F70°F63°F52°F43°F
Davos27°F29°F34°F41°F49°F59°F63°F63°F56°F47°F38°F31°F
Fribourg40°F41°F49°F59°F63°F72°F76°F76°F68°F61°F50°F43°F
Geneva40°F43°F50°F59°F65°F74°F77°F77°F70°F63°F52°F43°F
Interlaken31°F31°F36°F43°F49°F59°F63°F65°F58°F49°F40°F32°F
Lausanne40°F41°F49°F58°F63°F70°F74°F74°F68°F59°F50°F43°F
Lucerne41°F43°F50°F59°F65°F72°F76°F77°F70°F61°F52°F43°F
Lugano45°F47°F54°F63°F68°F77°F83°F81°F74°F63°F54°F45°F
Montreux34°F36°F41°F50°F56°F65°F68°F70°F63°F56°F45°F38°F
Morgins34°F34°F41°F50°F56°F63°F68°F68°F61°F54°F43°F36°F
Sion29°F29°F34°F41°F49°F58°F63°F63°F56°F47°F38°F31°F
Zermatt27°F29°F32°F38°F43°F54°F59°F59°F52°F43°F34°F29°F
Epalinges40°F41°F49°F58°F63°F70°F74°F74°F68°F59°F50°F43°F
Joux (Le Chenit)36°F38°F47°F54°F59°F67°F70°F70°F65°F56°F47°F40°F
Morges40°F41°F49°F58°F63°F70°F74°F74°F68°F59°F50°F43°F
Campra (Blenio)27°F29°F34°F41°F50°F61°F67°F65°F58°F47°F36°F29°F
Entlebuch38°F40°F49°F58°F63°F70°F74°F74°F67°F59°F49°F41°F

Legend:

good weather

tolerable weather

bad weather

very bad weather



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Is this weather information for Switzerland reliable?

Climate data for Switzerland has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Switzerland allows us to determine the average for each month in Zurich, Basel, Bern, Cointrin, Davos, Fribourg, Geneva, Interlaken, and 72 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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