Motorhome trip over Simplon Pass in late September

Motorhome trip over Simplon Pass in late September

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AlanT
AlanT
3 posts
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Sep 12, 2017 - 6:21 AM

Good morning,

We are travelling from Lake Orta to Interlaken in a few weeks in our motorhome, which is 8 metres long, 2.4 metres wide and 2.8 metres high. Is it safe to go via the Simplon Passor can you take a motorhome of our size on the road train.

Thanks for your help

Regards

Alan

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 12, 2017 - 5:51 PM in reply to AlanT

Hi Alan and welcome to MySwissAlps!

The size limit is 2.5 meters wide and up to 3.3 meters (and still 2,5 meters wide) after that the width narrows - so you are fine.

You can read more about car trains (with links to Swiss railways for each car train for further details) here.
Simplon Pass is Brig to Iselle.

As for the pass itself, you can check current conditions on the following website: https://www.alpen-paesse.ch/en/ and decide when you are there if you want to drive it.

Lucas

AlanT
AlanT
3 posts
new member
Sep 15, 2017 - 4:13 PM in reply to Lucas

Hi Lucas,

Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I will check the conditions when we are at lake Orta. I have never travelled over roads that high before in our motorhome so my main concern was whether it would be too tricky or scarey to take on the two passes to Interlaken. Do you think I am being over cautious?

Regards

Alan

Lucas
Lucas
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Sep 15, 2017 - 11:41 PM in reply to AlanT

I've never driven a motorhome so I am no expert - I think you would be fine assuming there isn't an early snowfall etc and the roads are clear.

I don't believe your motorhome is on the "huge" side and should manage fine but I would go with your gut and do what you are comfortable with - the car train is there if you want it. :)

Lucas

Arno
Arno
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Sep 16, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Hi Alan,

Note that there's only one pass on your way to Interlaken: the Simplon pass. The Lötschberg car train will take you across the next mountain range between Goppenstein and Kandersteg. There's no road there. Theoretically you can take the much longer route via the Grimsel pass, but that pass is much higher.

The Simplon pass is relatively low. I agree with Lucas it's probably not a problem. But do take a good look at the weather conditions. Some of the higher passes like Nufenen and Flüela are snow covered today, for example. You should definitely avoid that with a motorhome. You'll find a map with all pass and road conditions here.

Last modified on Sep 19, 2017 - 7:03 AM by Arno
AlanT
AlanT
3 posts
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Sep 19, 2017 - 6:00 AM

good morning Arno,

Thank you for the information. Excuse my ignorance but once over the Simplon Pass do I travel to Sion, Montreux and Bern to get to Interlaken? It seems a long way around?

Cheers

Alan

Arno
Arno
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Sep 19, 2017 - 7:02 AM in reply to AlanT

Good morning Alan,

No, you either take the car train (recommended) or the Grimsel pass. See my previous post for details please. Via Bern would indeed be a long detour.

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