Road signs in Switzerland

Road signs in Switzerland conform to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals.[1]

Example of Swiss motorway sign


Distances and other measurements are displayed in metric units. The font used is the Frutiger, since 2003.[2]

Although Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, signs follow the general European conventions concerning the use of shape and color to indicate their function.

Type of sign Shape Border Background colour
Warning Triangular Red White
Prohibition Circular Red White
Mandatory instructions Circular White Blue
Supplementary Rectangular Black White
Information Rectangular White White (urban)
Blue (other roads)
Green (motorway)


Each canton for its road signs and complementary indications uses one of the four official languages of Switzerland accordingly.

Warning signs

Regulatory signs

Priority signs

Information signs

See also


  1. "Convention on Road Signs and Signals Vienna, 8 November 1968". United Nations. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  2. "Frutiger honored with SOTA award". Microsoft Typography. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
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