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Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

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Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

We only have 4 days for our return trip to switzerland and although we loved the trains the first time around we thought it might be fun to rent a car and explore on our own this time. We are arriving in Zurich and plan on going to Interlaken and some other cities. Any suggestions, ideas, stories?

Canton of Schwyz...
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1. Re: Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

Recommandation: Do not do too much in only four days. As you would like to visite cities in Switzerland you will feel much better going by train as it brings you in the city centers.

Having a car available depends very much on what you are going to do and the time of the year when you are coming to Switzerland. Could you give us more information?


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2. Re: Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

Hi nolegirl,

Oh yesyesyes stick to the trains. As you already know, the nicest villages around Interlaken, and all the mountaintops, do not allow cars.

And a car will be a handicap in the cities -- the narrow, medieval streets, competing with trams and busses and heavy traffic, finding, fighting for, and paying for parking, etc. I can't imagine a car would be much use.

I've taken about 16 trips to Switzerland since 1995; I rented a car two times and regretted it both times.

Where exactly were you thinking of exploring that would be better with a car, I wonder --?


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3. Re: Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

I think it depends on what your needs are. Some people like to drive, but if your focus is somewhere like the car free towns above Interlaken or cities where parking can be a costly challenge, then it doesn't make sense. Also, there's the environmental factor to consider too, and you know yourself that the trains are enjoyable.

However, driving in Switzerland can be fun though- many people enjoy driving up and down mountain passes, or little rural roads.

I guess you should do what works best for you.

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4. Re: Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

I enjoyed driving myself in Switzerland. Stopping to take pictures, though many palces the road was too narrow.

Rented a GPS with my car and it took me everywhere.

5. Re: Should we rent a car in Switzerland?

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