Driving from Geneva to Turin

Jun 28th, 2006, 06:06 PM
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Driving from Geneva to Turin

I am planning on driving from Geneva to Turin. What can I expect at the border? Is there an "entry fee" or long lines at the border crossing ?
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Jun 29th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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I will need to go from Geneva to France to Turin. Will there be a long wait at the border ?
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Jun 29th, 2006, 05:00 PM
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Borders are practically non-existant in Europe these days. Switzerland is not part of the Schengen zone so there will be border guards as you go from Switzerland to France, but they usually just wave you through. Driving from France to Italy will be like crossing a state line. There is no border, just a sign welcoming you to Italy.

If you plan to use major highways in Italy you must buy a sticker, I think it's called a vignette. You can buy that just after you cross the Italian border. If you only use secondary roads it's not necessary. And of course there's not an entry fee.
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Jun 29th, 2006, 08:48 PM
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Italy does not have a road-tax sticker, it has tolls every so often along the autostrada.

It is Switzerland that has the vignette - only available for an entire calendar year, and non-transferable. Insist in Geneva before taking possession that the car is equipped so you don't get fined before you've crossed the border.

Austria also has a vignette, it can be bought for shorter periods and hence costs less (as does the Czech Republic and - I think but am not sure - Hungary).

There are no fees at the Swiss border, but there may be a check, or you may get waved through.

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Jun 30th, 2006, 04:06 AM
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Italy doesn't have a sticker? The reason I thought this is because when I was in Germany/Austria we entertained the idea of spending a day in Bolzano. The Hertz guy told me to make sure and get a sticker at the Italian border. As it turned out, we never drove into Italy, so I'm not drawing on personal experience. If you've been there, done that, I'll take your word for it. Thanks for setting the record straight.
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