May 17, 2018 - 6:15 AM
in reply to Ivana s
I did a bit of digging and found that the car rental company called SIXT has the Citroën Spacetourer 7. The vehicle has AC and unlimited kilometres, an automatic transmission and supposedly has room for 7 people and 2 pieces of luggage. They also have the Opel Vivaro, also with AC and unlimited kilometres, but a manual transmission, and supposedly having room for 9 people and 2 bags. I put in your dates (June 10 and June 19) with pickup at the Geneva airport and drop off at the Zurich airport. The base rate is 69.17 CHF per day, which along with a road tax of 4.26 CHF per day, comes to 660.84 CHF for 9 days. However, to this you must add a premium location fee (airports are premium locations) of 125.55 CHF and taxes of 60.55 CHF. This brings you to a total of 846.94 CHF. This seems to be plenty of money, but when you divide the total by seven, the number of people in your group, it's pretty reasonable considering it is for nine days. Most vehicles have a built-in GPS and all of those rented in Switzerland are supposed to have a vignette, which allows you to travel freely on all of the autoroutes. If you do decide to rent, check to see if your credit card provider gives you free collision insurance if you pay in full with their credit card. If so, you can skip the CDW (collision or loss damage waiver) which otherwise will cost 25.06 CHF per day. If not, you should give serious consideration to this additional charge. There is also extra insurance available for personal accident protection (7.42 CHF per day), tire and glass protection (5.67 CHF per day), and roadside protection (5.09 CHF per day) which would undoubtedly give you greater peace of mind. These amounts, if you divide each by 7 (the number of people in your group) are fairly minimal. I also looked at the Citroën Spacetourer and its total cost would be about 70 CHF less. I also saw a photo (see attached image) of the rear end of the Citroën and it looked like there were more than two pieces of luggage in it, with room to spare.
The figures above are from the SIXT rental agency. You may do some comparisons of rates by checking autoeurope.com.
Lucas has given excellent advice about driving and parking in the larger cities. It's best to find a place to park in Lausanne, Lucerne, and Zurich (hopefully at a centrally-located hotel) and just rely on the excellent public transportation systems in these places. You might even consider taking a lake boat to go from Lausanne to Montreux (perhaps Chillon) and back.
Regarding signage, I would not worry at all. Roads and direction indicators are well marked, and all the symbols are international, as Lucas has already stated. One thing you should notice, when a traffic light goes from red to green, there is short yellow light between the red and then the green.
If you decide to go the rental route, be sure to pick up a blue disk which is to be used when parking in blue zones. The rental people will explain this to you.
Last modified on May 17, 2018 - 6:35 AM by Peterli
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