Jul 17, 2018 - 10:49 PM
in reply to Jim
Hi Jim -
I routinely fly into Zürich from the USA and stay a couple of days before I get a rental car downtown, saving the approx. 10% surcharge on the whole bill for airport rental, pick up a car after a couple of days and drive out. The drive into downtown from the airport is treacherous...easy to miss turns even with GPS. I don't drive sooner than that, except on rare occasions, because of jet lag. Used to take my luggage to the Avis office by tram when I picked up my car. Now, I have memorized the simple but nerve-wracking route from Avis to my hotel, so I get my car, then my luggage, then leave. If I miss a turn on my way to the hotel, I have a significant panic, because there are not many places to pull over and reconnoiter. The turns come up very quickly, and some are confusing because of the way the streets come together. Just as in the Boston in the USA, they paved the cow paths. No street grid. Everything comes up quickly as you are driving. Do you read German, for the street signs?
Once I had to leave town early in the morning, before the car rental office was open in downtown Zürich.
I rented late the day before and used a public parking place not far from my hotel from late afternoon until about 0730 0r 0800, then walked my luggage to the car and drove out.
Parking bill - 55 US dollars.
Are you detecting a pattern here?
Car rental for a family can be less expensive than train tickets or passes for the individuals. But, until you are familiar with the system, you' d do well to stay out of the cities. And, depending where you are going, you may have to park the car and leave it parked, in car-free villages and towns.
Have you considered travel by train and public transport? It is a lot easier on the driver, who gets to see the scenery that way. The trains are frequent enough that they don't really constrain your travels.