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JYrafael
JYrafael
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Sep 19, 2022 - 6:44 PM

Greetings to all,

I'm travelling to Switzerland this November during mid month (end of 2nd week to 2nd last week of Nov) and planning to rent a car to drive around.

Will like to seek advise and insights from people who are familiar to Switzerland on,

1. What I will need to be aware of, and in preparation (e.g. other than winter tyres) to rent a car during this period.

2. What is the weather generally like if I am to drive during this period? I understand that it is still in Fall, but googled around only to realise that there might be snow in some areas.

3. Is it common for people to travel by car around Switzerland in November? this will be my first time to Switzerland.

3. Is my itinerary feasible for driving? Below is a summary.

Day 1: depart from Zurich to Lucerne.

Day 2 & 3: Brünig

Enroute Engelberg (cable car).

Enroute Aletsch Glacier via Fiesch (Gondola) [if time permits] & Enroute Interlaken, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoah (switch to Train)

Day 4 & 5: Berne (Enroute to Blausee possible?)

Day 6 & 7: Zermatt (I'm aware we are not allowed to drive into Zermatt. Any advise or suggestion where to park the car?)

Day 8: Lugano

Day 9 & 10: Varenna, Italy (Which are the ferry point options to drive and cross to Varenna?)

Day 11: Liechtenstein

Day 12: back to Zurich

I feel it will be a valuable/interesting experience to drive in a different country and climate, and would like to do so if conditions permit. However, I do also want to ensure it is generally safe first and foremost and having some precautionary measures.

Really appreciate if fellow members could advise on my concerns and or any suggestions.

Anna
Anna
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Sep 19, 2022 - 7:15 PM in reply to JYrafael

Hi JYrafael,

Welcome to MySwissAlps.

It's generally safe to drive on Swiss roads in autumn and winter time. It's not unusual to find snow in November. If you are not familiar driving in winter or the mountains, the following links provide some useful information for your trip and answers to some of your questions:

That's right, you won't be able to drive all the way to Zermatt. The furthest you can drive to is Täsch, where you'll have to park your car. There is a big parking garage next to the train station. You can find further details here: www.myswissalps.com/zermatt/travel

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Anna

Eurogal
Eurogal
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Sep 20, 2022 - 7:18 PM

Are you adamant about driving? Most/all the places you mentioned are easily accessible by train. The Swiss Train system is remarkable, easy, and probably more affordable than renting a car (nowadays). Comfortable too. Just a thought.

Ildiko
Ildiko
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Sep 21, 2022 - 7:30 AM in reply to JYrafael

Hi JYrafael,

in my opinion, driving in the mountains during winter time can be tricky. If you are not used to drivng in the mountains, I do not recommend it. As Eurogal wrote, the Swiss rail system is great.

Please, have a look at this page: www.myswissalps.com/carversustrain.

At www.myswissalps.com/forum/topic/compare-train-and-car-costs-of-a-switzerland-trip you find a spreadsheet, please feel free to use that to compare your travel costs.

Regards,

Ildiko

MySwissAlps.com recommends reading this: Car rental in Switzerland

JYrafael
JYrafael
4 posts
new member
Sep 26, 2022 - 1:20 AM in reply to Anna

Hi Anna,

Thank you for your input.

Is there any car transport like the Autobahn you would know that I can take to ferry over to Italy? Or across Switzerland if the mountain passes (if any) are closed base on my itinerary?

Rafael

JYrafael
JYrafael
4 posts
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Sep 26, 2022 - 1:24 AM in reply to Eurogal

Hello Eurogal,

Pleasure to speak to you. I'm not particularly adamant, but thought driving itself will be an experience as well as I do enjoy driving.

Based on my itinerary, would there be tricky path that I may encounter?

Rafael

JYrafael
JYrafael
4 posts
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Sep 26, 2022 - 1:31 AM in reply to Ildiko

Hi Ilidiko,

Appreciate your input.

As mentioned to Eurogal, I think I will be an interesting experience if I am to drive across Switzerland.

on my itinerary, would you be able to advise if I wil be driving on mountain passes alot? Or which are the path that I may be coming across tricky mountain pass as mentioned by you. I'm going in November, understand that it's not winter yet, will it still be as tricky?

Rafael

Anna
Anna
3749 posts
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Sep 26, 2022 - 4:31 AM in reply to JYrafael

Hi Rafael,

Driving in Switzerland is fairly fast and safer if you stick to the motorways and tunnels. But the views are less interesting than if you were to follow the mountain passes. In November however most of the mountain passes are closed due to safety reason. So you'll have to take a car train in some cases (www.myswissalps.com/car/cartrains) to reach your destination for instance to Zermatt and to Fiesch, depending on which route you take.

Regards,

Anna

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