Best transportation for Austria to Switzerland

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Azkniffens
Azkniffens
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Jan 29, 2019 - 1:27 AM

Looking for opinions for our first trip to the area. We are a group of 6 traveling 12 nights between Austria and Switzerland. Since we are arriving at the Munich airport, our thought was to rent a car and drive to Austria and use this means of travel as we spend time in Salzburg, Brixlegg area. (where we plan to drive Grossglockner Rd etc.). From there we will head to Lake Luzern and Lauterbrunnen before making way to Geneva for the departure. My question is whether to switch from car to train when heading to Switzerland? Trains seem plentiful for our Swiss adventure but we hate to be limited. Also, it seems like there are lofty costs for one way car rental. We are frequent travelers and have no problem driving in Italy etc. but could use advise in this region.

1960man
1960man
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Jan 29, 2019 - 1:48 AM in reply to Azkniffens

Austria and Switzerland have similar public transport networks, so using a car for one but not the other is a bit unusual. Essentially of you want to do things like drive the mountain passes to your own schedule, and stop wherever you please in the countryside, a car is better in both Austria and Switzerland. Otherwise you can see the Alps in both countries using trains and post buses.

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Azkniffens
Azkniffens
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Jan 29, 2019 - 3:01 AM

Thank you 1960man. Our Austria travel interests are fluid and seemed like a car on our schedule was more fitting. As for Lake Luzern and Lauterbrunnen, our interests are a bit more of the mainstream activities which trains seemed just as easy. If we were to rent a car in both places, is it smarter to rent/return in Austria and again in Switzerland vs taking one car across 2 countries?

cev
cev
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Jan 29, 2019 - 6:32 AM

My wife and i rented a car in Lucerne and traveled to Southern Germany (Lindau, Schwangau Neuschwanstein) and then into Austria (Innsbruck, Salzberg. Eagles Nest , Salzburg) and the Grossglockner). We drove back to Interlaken and returned our car there with no penalty if i recall correctly (rented through Hertz). The rest of the trip in Switzerland was by train (and postbus on occasion). The Swiss train system is absolutely outstanding. No car would be needed for the remaining Swiss portion of your trip, in my opinion.

Arno
Arno
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Jan 29, 2019 - 6:40 AM

Hi Azkniffens, welcome to MySwissAlps!

Here's a couple of pages to help you decide, at least for Switzerland:

Azkniffens
Azkniffens
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Feb 3, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Thanks to everyone for your replies and information!

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