Aug 16, 2017 - 12:43 AM
in reply to HenryB
Where are you arriving in Switzerland and are you departing at the same location ? Also, I do not know how many people you are, only that you are "we". If you are traveling by public transportation, you will have to buy two or three or how many you are tickets for each movement you make. If you rent a car, you have a set rental charge no matter how many you are. So this is one potential pro for renting.
You can do the cost analysis as it seems you know exactly what route you plan to take. If you rent and need to leave the car at a different location, keep in mind there is an extra charge for that. If you are planning to spend your time in cities, trains are better because the train station is usually close to the downtown and you don't have to spend time looking around for parking.
If you are traveling by car, there will be less moving around with your bags and so you won't need to worry about storage lockers or where to put things when you are riding a funicular or gondola or cable car or city transport. Your car is your storage locker. If you like just stopping whenever you see a place that you might be interesting, a car is better for obvious reasons. Don't get me wrong, the Swiss public travel system is, in my mind, unmatched in the world. Everything is so well synchronized, so that when you need to change trains or catch a postal bus, you will be able to make the connection. If you rent a car, you must factor in the cost for fuel. When I was young, I traveled the length and breadth of Switzerland by train and boat and postal car, with only a backpack to take care of. It was and still is a great way to effortlessly get an appreciation of the amazing variety packed into such a small country. But now I rent a car each year as I know the roads I use pretty much as well as the ones I use back home, and I like the freedom of being able to stop and continue whenever I want, just as if I was at home, and to go off and explore roads and places I haven't really seen before. It's hard to find a place that isn't interesting !
If you do decide to rent, and do so in Switzerland, your car should have an autoroute vignette. Check about a GPS with the rental agency. Roads are well marked but it is always nice to have a satnav, especially in built-up areas. Obviously, even if you do decide to rent a car, you will undoubtedly still have to take a funicular or gondola to reach places that are inaccessible by car, and so you will have to factor in these costs as well. I'm trying not to push one option or the other, as I think they both have their pros and cons. Ultimately, it is you who must decide as you know what you want to do the most. How's that for a start ?