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corrie Mar 11th, 2005 09:23 PM

driving in Switzerland
I will be flying into Genoa, Italy at 2:15pm, renting a car and immediatly driving to Interlaken. Does anyone have an ideah of how many hours this will take? I don't want to drive too long because I will be on little sleep.

DAX Mar 11th, 2005 09:50 PM

I don't recommend driving to Interlaken from Genoa, it'll be 4 hours or more depending on how fast you drive. Take the train and rent the car in Switzerland which will be cheaper than in Italy.

Phil Mar 11th, 2005 10:07 PM


250 miles, including a looooooong tunnel and an alpine pass towards the end of the journey. Driving at the speed limit (legal and technical) this will take you at least 4 1/2 hours, without sightseeing and food breaks.

Do as DAX recommends or spend a night at Genova.
Enjoy your trip.


corrie Mar 12th, 2005 05:51 PM

Great! Thankyou. I think that I can handle 4 1/2 hours. Should I take the main road going up near Lucerne or cut through the susten pass? By the way, I hear that some of the passes are closed during the winter. Will the susten pass be open in late March?

I have already rented a car from the Genoa airport so I'm just going to have to tough it out, drink alot of coffee and pray that I don't get a case of the cross eye.

swandav2000 Mar 13th, 2005 04:01 AM

Hi corrie,

Passes are usually closed until summer -- late June, July. Here's a link to information on passes at the Swiss Touring Club

The site is only in French, German, & Italian, but all you have to do is scroll down and find the name of your pass to see if it's open or closed.

best of luck!


gracejoan Mar 13th, 2005 04:16 AM

Do a mappy printout..they will give you all the information

Andre Mar 13th, 2005 05:16 AM


I actuall prefer

to Mappy.

Could you give a clue as to why you have posted the weirdest itinerary on the forum so far this year? Inquiring minds want to know ;-)


Queenie Mar 13th, 2005 05:25 AM

Dont forget that you will need to purchase a vignette at the swiss border to drive on the highways.

corrie Mar 13th, 2005 01:28 PM

> Could you give a clue as to why you have posted the weirdest itinerary on the forum so far this year? Inquiring minds want to know <

Haha yeah. A flight from London to Switzerland cost $1,000 to $1,500. A flight into Milan cost $430, but Genoa was only $193. We are really traveling all over switzerland and italy before dropping the car of in Rome, which by the way is one of the cheapest flights out of Italy. We decided to go to Switzerland 1st because we figured that the easter crowds would be worse in Italy.

Andre Mar 13th, 2005 03:44 PM

<i>&quot;A flight from London to Switzerland cost $1,000 to $1,500.&quot;</i>

You might want to check this site out:

They fly from Gatwick and Luton to Geneva and Basel and trust me, they don't cost $1000.

They also fly back from Rome to London Gatwick BTW, though Ryanair to Luton or Stansted is conceivably even cheaper on that route.

Hope this helps,

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