Best route by car from Zermatt to Lucerne

Best route by car from Zermatt to Lucerne

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wylerb
wylerb
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Aug 17, 2015 - 7:43 PM

Hi.. we will be driving from Zermatt to Lucerne on Sunday, Aug. 30th, 2015, and are wondering which would be the best route. Is it via Andermatt or Meiringen/Brunig, or other suggestions? Any idea about Sunday traffic or return from vacation in the south at that time? We will be taking a train from Lucerne to Lugano later, so we will see the view to/from Goeschenen. Thanks.. Bruno

Slowpoke
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Aug 18, 2015 - 12:10 AM in reply to wylerb

<<"Any idea about Sunday traffic or return from vacation in the south at that time? ">

Plan on heavy. The Brunig will be slow. Don't know the traffic on the others, but weekends are bad news at this time of ear.

Slowpoke

Wandermann
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Aug 18, 2015 - 2:21 PM in reply to wylerb

Hi Bruno,

Although school holidays will be over almost anywhere in Switzerland, the expectation is that there will be very heavy traffic that weekend (See: www.tcs.ch/de/auto-mobilitaet/verkehrsinf o/prognosen.php and download the PDF "Schulferien und Staukalender" - it will be clear although it is written in German).

First of all, try to avoid the Gotthardtunnel: traffic jams in both directions (Andermatt and Airolo) because of ongoing road works between Göschenen and Andermatt will most likely give you long delays.

I can think of three important routes between Zermatt and Luzern. They are all beautiful and they will all take about half a day (if there are no extra delays because of heavy traffic).

1. Train to Täsch - Visp - Rhône valley direction west - leave Rhône valley near Steg in direction of Lötschental - Goppenstein - Car train through Lötschberg Tunnel (frequent connections) - Kandersteg - Frutigen - Spiez - Interlaken - Brienzwiler - Brünig pass - Sarnen - Alpnachstad - Luzern

This is the easy route. The Brünig pass is relatively low and quite easy to drive.

2. Train to Täsch - Visp - Rhône valley direction east - Brig - Oberwald - Gletsch - Grimsel pass - Guttannen - Innertkirchen - Meiringen - Brienzwiler - Brünig Pass - Sarnen - Alpnachstad - Luzern

This route adds the Grimsel pass which is a serious Pass (altitude 2165 m.)

You can drive via Andermatt if you prefer, but there delays are very probable :

3. Train to Täsch - Visp - Rhône valley direction east - Brig - Oberdorf - Nufenen pass - Airolo - Gotthard pass - Hospental - Andermatt - Wassen - Stansstad - Luzern. An alternative is - Oberdorf - Gletsch - Furka pass - Realp - Hospental - Andermatt - etc.

This route has two serious passes: the Nufenen pass (altitude 2478 m.) and the Gotthard pass (altitude 2108 m.) Or just the Furka pass (altitude 2431 m.)

If you are an experienced driver who loves to drive a car in the mountains you can just choose.

If not, I suggest you take route 1., especially as very heavy traffic is expected. Maybe studying these routes on a map can help you decide.

Wandermann

Last modified on Aug 18, 2015 - 5:35 PM by Wandermann
wylerb
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Aug 18, 2015 - 10:05 PM in reply to Wandermann

Thanks, Wandermann, for the detailed options. #2 via Grimselpass appeals most and, if we start early, maybe we can beat the Bruenig bottleneck. Best regards, Bruno

Slowpoke
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Aug 18, 2015 - 11:26 PM in reply to wylerb

<<"if we start early, maybe we can beat the Bruenig bottleneck. Best regards, Bruno">>

Good luck.

Let us know how the passes were.

Slowpoke

PS- a Swiss friend who does the Brunig frequently claims that the best time to cross on weekends (apart from very early or very late) is at midday when everyone else has stopped for lunch. ;-0

Last modified on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:50 PM by Slowpoke
alzoo
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Aug 20, 2015 - 2:51 PM

Hi ,

even though we took the train from Zermatt to Andermatt, the trip by car for Andermatt to Lucerne was not long and that bad at all. It took under 1 hour and even though there were road works on the pass just after Andermatt, the traffic was hold-up was not more than 10 minutes.

hope it helps.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Aug 20, 2015 - 3:40 PM in reply to alzoo

Good to hear. Did you enjoy the drive?

wylerb
wylerb
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Aug 20, 2015 - 7:06 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks to all for your inputs. We'll be making the drive on Aug. 30th, and will keep you posted.. Bruno

alzoo
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Aug 27, 2015 - 11:39 AM in reply to Slowpoke
Hi slowpoke,

yes we did, it rained most of the time, but it was still enjoyable and even going over the oberalpass was not an issue with the traffic.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
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Aug 27, 2015 - 12:26 PM in reply to alzoo

<<"yes we did, it rained most of the time, but it was still enjoyable and even going over the oberalpass was not an issue with the traffic">>

Thanks. Good to hear.

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