By car from Zurich to La Tzoumaz

By car from Zurich to La Tzoumaz

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jools
jools
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May 17, 2018 - 12:11 PM

Hi, We have decided to hire an automatic car and drive from Zurich to La Tzoumaz. Looking at the website, there are 3 ways to get there but the route we are planning on taking is via A1 and A12 which is about 3 hours and 277 kms through Bern, Fribourg, Montreaux, Martigny and Riddes.

Any advice on this route? We plan to start about 9.00am on a Friday. Can we expect peak hour traffic at this time in the morning or other events to expect or be aware of this route. Where can we get a street map as a back up to the GPS just so we know the direction we are heading. Is signage all in English on the motorway?

Thanks.

Jools

Lucas
Lucas
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May 17, 2018 - 10:10 PM in reply to jools

Hi Jools,

We have information and road maps located on your car web page here: https://www.myswissalp s.com/car

Paper maps I haven't dealt with in a decade or so...but I think I've seen them at gas stations.

Street signs will be in the local language - German and/or French on your route. But most signage are pictures so that is universal - you'll find information on traffic regulations in Switzerland on my link above as well.

1960man
1960man
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May 17, 2018 - 10:55 PM

The route you quote is the standard motorway route.

Traffic can be busy at certain times on any Swiss motorways - just as in any other European country, but as I don't know where you normally drive, I can't offer any comparisons. All I can say is that I live in congested south east England and comparitively speaking Swiss motorway driving is a doddle.

English is not an official language in Switzerland so there wouldn't be any road signs in English, just as there are no road signs in the UK in French or German.

Signs will be in German as far as just before junction 8 on the A12 when you would cross into Suisse Romande

Michelin road maps are tradtionally the best road maps for drivers. Use Michelin red national map 729 for Switzerland

You can follow the route on Google street view , but here is a picture of mine showing motorway signs:

Can I ask is there any particular reason for using a car for this trip, when it will all be on motorways - so not a scenic drive as such?

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jools
jools
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May 18, 2018 - 1:38 AM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas, With our own GPS and mobile phone as a back up (it hasn't failed us yet in France, Portugal and Romania) I imagine we should be able to get to our destination without too much drama this time- hopefully! Thanks again.

jools
jools
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May 18, 2018 - 2:00 AM in reply to 1960man

Hi 1960man, Thanks for info about road signage. As I said in my reply to Lucas, we shall be using our own GPS and back up mobile phone which hasn't failed us in the past - yet!

We live in Australia where driving on the motorways is a breeze and yes, we are left hand drive too as in England. My husband has been driving in Europe when we've had to hire a car so he's quite confident about it. We've been umming and aahing for a while about train vs car travel but the convenience for transport getting to and from La Tzoumaz and after for a wedding sort of swayed our decision towards a hire car.

Thanks again for your tips. Been most helpful.

Lucas
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May 18, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Happy Travels Jools!

Let us know how it all went when you get home on our trip report forum (if you have time).

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