Switzerland Power Plug & Voltage

If you are traveling to Switzerland and wondering whether your electronics will work, then this is the post for you.

Below is everything you need to know from the different power plugs and electrical outlets to the voltage and frequency of the power.

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Swiss Electrical Outlets

Switzerland uses two different types of electrical outlets and power plugs. They are called Type C and Type J electrical outlets. They are shown in a diagram below.

Swiss Power Plugs – Type J

Swiss Type J Plug & Outlet (Image via Wikimedia)

The majority of the time you will see Type J plugs and outlets in Switzerland. So, it is best to assume that this is what you will encounter.

Not all appliances have three pins in Switzerland. For example, simple electronics that do not require an earth (like an iPhone charger) do not have one. Only larger voltage devices or appliances do.

Note: No other type of power plug fits into the Type J, so you will need an adapter for it to work. Even though the pins of the European plug are the same distance apart, the shape of the plug prohibits it from being used.

European Power Plugs – Type C

Type C European Plug - Sometimes seen in Switzerland
Type C European Plug – Sometimes seen in Switzerland

I have seen some hotels and apartments with Type C outlets, which usually fit a European plug. This is not common, and although it happens, you should assume it is rare.

The benefit of most of these Type C outlets is that they fit a Type J Swiss power plug as well. So, Swiss people can travel within Europe with a two-pin appliance and plug it in.

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Electricity Voltage & Frequency in Switzerland

The voltage and frequency of the electricity in Switzerland is the same as most of the rest of the world – 230V at 50 hertz.

Warning: However, if you are coming from the USA or Canada, you will need a voltage converter if you wish to use your appliances from home. Be aware that when you are traveling, things like a hair dryer, straightener etc will potentially explode or melt if used in a 230 Volts. At best, you will blow the fuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use European Plug in Switzerland?

In general, you will not be able to use a European plug in the majority of Swiss power outlets. There are exceptions in some hotels that have a Type C outlet from Europe, however, the standard Type J outlet in Switzerland cannot accommodate a European plug.

Are German and Swiss plugs the same?

No, the German plug is a Type F that is round and has larger pins with a hole for the earth. The Swiss plugin in comparison is a more narrow Type J plug with tapered ends and the earth is also a pin.

Are Swiss plugs the same as French?

No, the Swiss plug is Type J which is smaller and narrower than the round Type C and E used in France.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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