Car, GPS, phone and computer in Switzerland

Car, GPS, phone and computer in Switzerland

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grpallen
grpallen
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Apr 29, 2013 - 9:54 AM
We will be travelling to Switzerland for two weeks at the end of May. We will be renting a car, but plan to use rail for longer trips, if necessary (such as from Zermatt to Lugano). In addition to renting a car, do we have to obtain any special documents? Also, what is recommended for a GPS -- would an app on an iphone work? Do we need to get a special sim card for our iphone for calling? Finally, would something like MyFi work in Switzerland for our Tablet? Thanks.
054266
054266
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Apr 30, 2013 - 12:28 PM
We rented a car with GPS. And...it was all in German. We never did figure it out. When in Europe, I now carry my own GPS unit (Tom Tom) with current Europe maps. It's worth every dime and very convenient. I took my iphone and it works any where. Check to see if your phone has international ability. However,when it is on, it is roaming at international rates. I accidentally left my iphone (ATT) on (roaming) for one week and the bill was over $200. so.....now I carry my ipad and text. You need to be at an internet source but it sure worked better for pictures, emails and texting. I carry the phone for emergency use only and make sure it is OFF.
grpallen
grpallen
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Apr 30, 2013 - 12:31 PM
Thanks. Do you have to get a special GPS map for switzerland for your TomTom?
054266
054266
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Apr 30, 2013 - 12:43 PM
grpallen said: Thanks. Do you have to get a special GPS map for switzerland for your TomTom?

NO. The Europe map in all GPS units cover all of Europe plus much more. However an elert if you are not aware: To enter Switzerland by car, you must have a VIGNETTE Sticker. They cost 40 SFR and must be purchased prior to the border. If you chose not to buy it or forget, the fine is $100 SFR plus the cost of the sticker. It is CASH deal so have some Euro's handy. Your rental car may provide this but you need to ask. We missed a turn just prior to the border and accidentally crossed into Switzerland. One mile later....we hit an inspection station ana, it was all business (plus we were out $100 Euros).
grpallen
grpallen
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Apr 30, 2013 - 1:04 PM
Thanks. We land in Zurich and will be in Switzerland the whole time.
kentmh
kentmh
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May 1, 2013 - 1:01 PM
You might reconsider a rental car if you will stay in Switzerland the whole time. Their public rail system is remarkable. It is clean, super efficient and goes everywhere you might want to visit. A Swiss Pass covers not only rail, but also buses, boats, cable cars, funiculars, etc. The only exception is privately owned transport, such as the rail and cable lines in the Jungfrau region. The Swiss Pass will get you to Interlaken, but many of the tourist sites (Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, etc.) can only be reached by private transport, although they do offer discounts for Swiss Pass holders. In any event, you will find automobile operation expensive in Switzerland for things like parking and fuel.

Good luck and enjoy!
grpallen
grpallen
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May 1, 2013 - 1:14 PM
Thanks. We have four of us, so the rail pass cost is prohibitive. I did purchase a half price card for all of us, so that should help for cable cars, funiculars and boats. The other reason we will be using a car is that I grew up in Switzerland and I want to take the family to some pretty out of the way places without having to worry about toting luggage or leaving it at rail stattions, etc. Thanks for the input.

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