Electricity in Switzerland

The electric current used throughout Switzerland is 230 Volts AC, 50 cycles (continental European standard).

Wall outlets are unique to Switzerland, however. There is a limited compatibility with other continental European plugs: the standard continental type hexagonal plugs with two round pins (Euroconnectors, pin distance 19 mm [3/4 inch], pin diameter 4.0 mm [1/6 inch]), applied for many electrical travel products, may be used without problems. Adaptors for other plugs are available in most hotels and in supermarkets. Please note that German / French / Austrian plugs with thick pins (diameter 4.8 mm [1/5 inch]) and Italian plugs with three thin pins in a row are not compatible with Swiss wall outlets, despite of the equal distance of their two main pins.

Flat type wall outlet for dry rooms
Deep type wall outlet for wet rooms (bathrooms, kitchen)
Swiss hexagonal three pin plug
European hexagonal
two pin plug
  • Power plug adaptor needed: Yes
  • Power sockets: type J
  • Voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz