Tell me about Switzerland

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  1. Stealaway

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    We don't usually have cause to go into Switzerland but I want to go from below Lyon to Bavaria.
    We don't want use motorways or tunnels so we wont need a vignette (?).
    What do they have in place of Aires/Stelplatz?
    How easy is it to find the services?
    How much are the average motor home stop overs?
    ANY other tips or recommendations?

    I really need help folks ---------It has be said before!
     
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    If you are above 3500kg you need a vignette whatever roads you use.

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    Switzerland = expensive.

    Have you checked that your route can be done without a vignette?
     
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  5. Stealaway

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    I am below 3500 Kg's

    I imagine they have lots of other roads without using motorways, even if they are slower. we really don't like motorways and are never in a rush - if we can help it.
     
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    CamperContact shows some aires, this is the west of the country.

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    If you don't use the long border tunnels you may end up using alpine passes - an interesting driving challenge at times, more so going downhill than uphill as it's hard to avoid overheating brakes in a MH, even with the careful use of gears on the descent. Swiss roads in general tend to have lots of bends and smaller tunnels on them. It's a picturesque country but, as others have said, not cheap and it doesn't offer many aires. You can take your pick of which language to speak - I personally find French easiest.
     
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    used two of these this summer. tip have Swiss coins for pay machines.. and they are not cheap stopovers compared to France etc....

    Have used campsites previously and better value to be honest

    the vignette cheap for what you get..pointless avoiding motorways and included tunnels IMO
     
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    Also worth mentioning that the official Swiss currency isn't Euros.
     
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    I don't know much about Switzerland's road network but couldn't avoid motorways when we drove through the first time and felt paranoid when we were there last week in case we got onto a road that required one - we entered and left Geneva from the same French road (3km from the boarder to the city), had a quick look and left before they charged us for breathing too much.

    Map of roads requiring vignette:
    http://www.autobahnen.ch/index.php?lg=000&page=014
     
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    If you haven't got a GB on your number plates then you should display a GB sticker. How much this is enforced I couldn't say but that's what you are supposed to do.

    Parts of Switzerland are among the most heavily polluted areas in Europe. It's not all eidelweiss and mountain air.

    Coffee out can be so eye- wateringly expensive that we were tempted to take the cups and spoons home with us. If you do buy coffee in a motorway service area then keep the receipt as it acts as a token to get you into the loos, for which you have to pay otherwise.

    Not our favourite country though undeniably beautiful in parts.
     
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    Off Topic but
    Which reminds me of the opposite on the German autobahns. You pay 70c to use the toilets ( the best I've ever seen ! ) & the ticket from barrier is redeemable against coffee or in the cafeteria.
     
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    When we were there last year we used campsites, and found they were not that expensive, its worth buying the vignette and not having to worry about where you drive, Switzerland is a stunning country and the roads there are a engineering wonder, with breathtaking views round each bend (and there are plenty of them especially if you go via the passes... expensive yes ( a bottle of water and a bag of crisps were nearly 10 euros -the equivalent in swish francs ) but that was at a service station, we found the price of everyday groceries in a shop - mini supermarket were a little more than most but nothing extortionate..
     
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    Thanks peeps.
    I'll have look at the price of the vignette as I'll only be there for a couple of days.
     
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    Something like €40 for 14 seconds or max of 14 months. No 1 week options :(
     
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    I read that the fine for not having a GB sticker on a car if there wasn't GB on the number plate is around €120 in France - I think that the rules require a GB sticker when driving outside of the EU but don't know how much that is enforced.
     
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    What!!! ----------- Not encouraging many tourist then. None of what's been said makes it seem very attractive for motor homes.
    I am now looking for a way around Switzerland?????
     
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    Apologies, it is €34. Still expensive though and frustrating that they don't offer short term options.

    If you have several days to do the trip, it would be worth visiting and putting the costs into the "I've done it" category of expenses. We paid it a few years ago and planned to spend a few days there - we left within 24 hrs because the weather changed and I couldn't cope with 3 days of rain - it was forecasted to be sunny when we entered the country and paid for the vignette :(
     
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    Of what i can remember last year it cost around 40 euros but worked out around £25 for a months traveling which i thought was not that bad - not great either but you have no tolls to pay which was a god send...
     
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    - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background) A GB sticker on the back of your car is required,

    http://www.rac.co.uk/driving-abroad/switzerland
     
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