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Switzerland Mailing Address Formats and Other International Mailing Information

for mailing letters or packages to or from Switzerland,
such as postal rates to (or from) Switzerland, finding Swiss addresses, Swiss postcodes, etc.

When mailing an envelope or postcard, leave at least the bottom 16 millimeters (5/8 inch) blank on both front and back. (The postal service's reading and sorting machines might need this space to print bar codes on your mail.)

Address Format Examples

Example post office address
    Philatelie der Post     
    Maria Reichenbach       
    Kappelergasse 1         [street name + building number]
    8022 Zürich             [postal code + city/town/village  (If city/town/village name is not unique, place 2-letter abbreviation for the containing canton's name after the city/town/village.)]
    Switzerland             [country name]
If a letter has two döts over it, you may type an e after the letter instead of the dots.
    8022 Zuerich
Addresses with e.g. apartment/residence number, floor number, or apt/suite letter.
    Herr                         [Mr.]
    Hans Katze                   [person's name]
    Tastentanzenstrasse 5/16     [street name + building-number/apartment-number]
    1234 Zuerich                 [postal code + city (Zuerich = Zürich)]
    SWITZERLAND                  [country name]
    Frau                      [Mrs.]
    Wilhemlina Waschbaer      [first name + last name]
    Hochbaumstrasse 123 A     [street name + house or building number + apt. or suite letter]
    5678 Bern                 [postcode + city or town]
    SWITZERLAND               [country name]
Mail to a specific person within a larger organization
    Komputerfutzen AG             [business name]
    Herr Doktor X. Schmidt        [specific person]
    Denkmaschinenstrasse 1024     [street name + building number]
    4096 Zürich                   [postcode + city name]
    SWITZERLAND                   [country name]
PO BOX address with street address as secondary information -- this mail will normally be delivered to the PO BOX.
    Lachenwissenschaftsinstitut     [organization/institution name]
    Herr Doktor A. Klaun            [specific person]
    Zichzachweg 15                  [street name + building number]
    Postfach 230                    ["PO Box" + box number]
    9876 Tihidorf                   [postal code + city name]
    SWITZERLAND                     [country name]
Military Addresses
Military addresses may include general pseudo-'locations' such as 'Kaserne', 'Militär', etc. See page 48 of "Briefe Schweiz".
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Postcode Search (find Switzerland postcodes / postal codes = 'Swiss zip codes')

A postcode search form is within the right side of some pages on the Swiss Post website.

Address Format Information

  • Please don't address mail in cursive, italic, or old-style "Gothic" print.
  • Please don't address mail in light print on a dark background.
  • Font size should be between 2mm and 9mm high.
  • Successive lines of the address should be at least 1mm apart (including descenders.)
  • NO underlining please!

"Addressing Mail:" Some rather basic information.
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Canton abbreviations (needed only if name of city/town/village is not unique)
AG Argau
AR Appenzell AusserRhoden
AI Appenzell Inner-Rhoden
BL Basel-Landschaft
BS Basel-Stadt
BE Bern
FR Fribourg
GE Geneva
GL Glarus
GR Graubunden
JU Jura
LU Luzern
NE Neuchâtel
NW Nidwalden
OW Obwalden
SG Sankt Gallen
SH Shaffhausen
SZ Schwyz
SO Solothurn
TG Thurgau
TI Ticino
UR Uri
VS Valais
VD Vaun
ZG Zug
ZH Zürich 

Address Validation, Verification, and/or Correction

Swiss Post provides various services helping you to maintain, update & correct your address lists
(some services require a fee.)

Postal Rates to or from Switzerland

Postage calculators and tables showing how much postage you need to mail or ship to and/or from Switzerland are at the International Postal Rates Page.

Finding Out Addresses (such as addresses in Switzerland / Switzerland address search)

See Finding An International Address / Address Search.

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