Last updated 9 January 2020 | Rates checked. Only change is Geneva is now a flat rate across all hotel star ratings from 1 January 2020.

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Kurtaxe or Taxe de séjour

There are three types of tax relating to tourism in Switzerland, but visitors only pay the kurtaxe or taxe de jour (in French speaking part of Switzerland – Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux)

The kurtaxe or taxe de séjour is used to fund local infrastructure and facilities, events and services in the interest of tourists. The rate of tax is decided by the local government (municipality). 

The two other types of tax are: 

  • Beherbergungsabgabe (accommodation tax) – decided by the regional government (canton) and/or local government (municipality). This tax is paid by accommodation providers in the destinationThe revenue is split between the canton and local tourist authority and used for tourism promotion and maintaining or improving the region’s infrastructure.
  • Tourismusförderungstaxe (tourism promotion tax) – decided by the local government (municipality) and paid by businesses and self-employed individuals based in the destination who directly or indirectly benefit from tourism.  

 

Below are selected destinations and further information can be found by clicking on the name of the destination.

Euro conversion on 9 January 2020 for comparative purposes.

 Kurtaxe
Hotel accommodation
(no maximum nights unless stated)
CHF (€) per person, per night Reductions  Some Exemptions
Basel
(additional info)
(max 30 nights)
4.00 (3.70) Children under 12
Bern* 4.30 (3.98) 2.90 (2.68) for Youth Hostels, Children 6-16 only pay for 1.50 Bern ticket Children under 6
Geneva 3.75 (3.47)
Interlaken
(Apr-Oct)
2.50 (2.31) 1.80 (1.67) Youth Hostels Children under 16
Interlaken
(Nov-Mar)
2.20 (2.04) 1.80 (1.67) Youth Hostels Children under 16
Zermatt 3.00 (2.78) 50% children 9-16 years of age Children under 9
Zurich** 2.50 (2.31)
Kurtaxe / taxe de séjour 
Hotel Star Rating  Some Exemptions
CHF (€) per person per night
(no maximum nights)
         
Lausanne 2.60 (2.41) 3.10 (2.87) 3.10 (2.87) 3.50 (3.24) 4.20 (3.89) Children under 12
Lucerne 2.00 (1.85) 2.00 (1.85) 2.00 (1.85) 2.30 (2.13) 2.30 (2.13) Children under 12, Children under 16 staying in Youth Hostels
Montreux 3.00 (2.78) 3.00 (2.78) 3.00 (2.78) 4.00 (3.70) 5.00 (4.63) Children under 16, Swiss school trips

N.B Engelberg does not levy a Kurtaxe (since 2014)However, the Beherbergungsabgabe and Tourismusförderungsabgabe still apply for local businesses. Visitors still receive a Guest Card when staying overnight, entitling the visitor to discounted entry to local attractions and activities. 

Additional information

Basel – The Basel Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport, free wi-fi access at hotspots and discounted entry to visitor attractions and bicycle hire. This includes children under 12 who are exempt from paying the tax. The card is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

 

*Bern – Includes: 
CHF 2.80 kurtaxe hotel rate (municipal overnight visitor tax),
CHF 1.40 kurtaxe youth hostel rate (municipal overnight visitor tax), 

CHF 1.50 supplement towards the Bern Ticket. The Bern ticket entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport & discounted wi-fi access. The ticket is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

Excludes CHF 1.00 Beherbergungsabgabe (canton accommodation tax) payable by accommodation providers in the destination.

N.B. The Tourismusförderungsabgabe (TFA) (tourism promotion levy) is also payable by businesses and self-employed individuals based in Bern who benefit from the sale of goods or provision of services to tourists or tourist companies.”

 

Geneva – The Geneva Transport Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport. The card is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

N.B. The Taxe Promotion du Tourisme (tourism promotion tax) is also payable by businesses and self-employed individuals based in Geneva who “directly or indirectly benefit from tourism.”

 

Interlaken – Excludes CHF 1.00 Beherbergungsabgabe (canton accommodation tax) payable by accommodation providers in the destination.

The Interlaken Guest Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport & discounted cable car access. The ticket is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

N.B. The Tourismusförderungsabgabe (TFA) (tourism promotion levy) is also payable by businesses and self-employed individuals based in Bern who “benefit from the sale of goods or provision of services to tourists or tourist companies.”

 

Lausanne – The Lausanne Transport Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport and discounted entry to visitor attractions. The card is valid for a maximum of 15 consecutive days and is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

 

Lucerne  Excludes CHF 1.00 Beherbergungsabgabe (CHF 0.50 canton and CHF 0.50 city/municipality accommodation tax) payable by accommodation providers in the destination.

The Lucerne Visitor Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport, free wi-fi access at hotspots and discounted entry to visitor attractions. The card is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

 

Montreux – The Montreux Riviera Card entitles the visitor after paying the tourist tax to free public transport and discounted entry to visitor attractions. The card is available to collect from the accommodation provider.

 

Zermatt – Specific details how the tourist tax revenue is used can be found here.

N.B. The Tourismusförderungstaxe (tourism promotion tax) is also payable by businesses and self-employed individuals based in Zermatt who “directly or indirectly benefit from tourism.”

 

**Zurich – No webpage on regulations (as the city tax is not regulated by the canton but by the association of Zürcher Hotelier)Zürich Tourism can be contacted for further information.

Only the hotels which are memberof the association Zürcher Hotelier and Zürich Tourism are obliged to charge their guests the city tax of CHF 2.50 per person per night. Those hotels which are not members are not allowed to charge but most hotels are dual membersIn addition, Airbnb properties also charge CHF 2.50 per person per night.

The city tax is used to market the city and region by Zürich Tourism. From member hotels visitors can receive free maps and brochures produced by Zürich Tourism and purchase the Zürich Cardtours and excursions.  

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