Aug 13, 2015 - 6:27 PM
in reply to caforman8188
To me, the following questions seem to be important:
1. do you like to drive in mountainous aereas, are you an experienced driver and do you feel safe driving in the mountains?
2. would you like to take the shortest and beautiful route between Lauterbrunnen and Lake Como?
3. are you interested in a, to me even more beautiful, drive that may take up to about six hours?
ad 1: If you are not fond of driving in the mountains, crossing passes with hairpins etc... traveling by train is unquestionably a very nice option and I say this from many years of experience.
ad 2: The shorter route: Lauterbrunnen - Innertkirchen (take Susten Pass) - Wassen - decide whether to take the Gotthardtunnel or the Gotthard Pass - Airolo - Bellinzona - Lugano - Lake Como.
This route is about a 3,5 hours drive over about 225 km. Especially during high season there's a chance of traffic jam before the Gotthardtunnel (!) and the Gotthard Pass is not too difficult, from my pont of view.
ad 3: If you, like I do, love to drive your car in the mountains and if you dont't mind a longer drive I suggest the following route: Lauterbrunnen - Interlaken - Spiez - Kandersteg (take car train to) Goppenstein - Brig - Simplonpass - Domodossola - the very beautiful Centovalli! - Locarno - Lugano - Lake Como.
This route is about a 5,5 hours drive over about 275 km. The Simplon Pass is quite easy and the route between Domodossola and Locarno is very nice!
I hope this helps you decide how to travel. Enjoy your stay!
Last modified on Aug 13, 2015 - 6:29 PM by Wandermann
Aug 13, 2015 - 7:17 PM
in reply to Wandermann
Thanks for those good descriptions of both routes, with driving times.
I never like the drive through the Gotthard Tunnel, but I put up with it when I have to. I just don't feell comfortable there, and the odors in the tunnel annoy me, even though it is well ventilated.
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A wonderful idea. Also good on the train!
Last modified on Aug 13, 2015 - 7:19 PM by Slowpoke