Tips on parking needed - day trips from Lucerne

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May 28, 2017 - 5:48 AM

We will be renting a car for day trips from Lucerne starting 3 June. We are looking for tips and cautions about finding and parking in smaller villages or towns for that matter: locating spaces, paying, permits, vignettes, parking near train stations and cable runs, etc. Thanks forum users.

We will be using half fare cards too.


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May 28, 2017 - 11:20 AM in reply to Uurriii

Hi Ken,

Other than the fact it is often easier to take trains around Switzerland, I would look at the following pages: car vs train, traveling by car in Switzerland.

parking can be quite limited in smaller towns (and it is always pricey). some towns like Murren and Wengen are completely car-free so you can't drive there.

The Swiss Half Fare Card is a good idea for your trip. Our link will give you more details it as well as where to buy it online for printing at home.


Last modified on May 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM by Annika
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May 28, 2017 - 8:13 PM in reply to Uurriii

Hi Ken -

In addition to Lucas' comments, I might add that in small towns, very often there is free or cheap parking, although sometimes limited, at the train stations. In "old towns" in any city, it is very hard to park. Train stations are usually near the "old towns."

I repeat Lucas' comments that many tourist destinations are car-free.

I just returned from two weeks in Switzerland, including time in Luzern. I paid nothing to park at my inns in the Emmental, Sugiez, Sumiswald and Hurden.

Due to schedule constraints, I did stay in one night in Luzern, before I went to Weggis where I parked for about 15-18 hours for 3 or 4 CHF in the lot by the valley station of the cableway to Rigi-Kaltbad.

In Luzern, I paid 57 CHF for right around 24 hours, at the Hauptbahnhof. There is no parking close to my preferred hotels. /lucerne

Unless you have a lot of people in your party, or you have found free parking in Luzern, you have picked the expensive way to travel. If your day trips are to cities or well know tourist destinations, you have picked the inconvenient way to travel.

For day trips, with no luggage, the trains ( and buses and boats) are by far the most convenient, are quite flexible, allow everyone to watch the scenery, and can be less expensive than a car unless you have to buy a lot of tickets for a large party.

To visit the old towns of larger cities can be awkward with a car.. Limited parking, hard to navigate ( one way streets, narrow, many for pedestrians only, sometimes blocked by delivery trucks in the AM when I am in a hurry to get on the road......

My usual pattern is to stay in cities without a car, at the beginning and end of my trips, see friends or do day trips by train for a day or three until jetlag has diminished, then rent a car to go to the countryside and stay at inns for the middle portion.. There, I use a car for hiking. It is more convenient than using public transport mainly because of timing flexibility. So, I use my car to access trail heads for hiking, and some scenic overlooks, and, although bus service or train service can get to those places, the time constraints become more noticeable.

Often, the car sits for days in free parking, while I take a train for a day trip to a city or a place that has good bus or train service. (That may include trail heads, too.)


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