Road trip to Switzerland,Venice & Vienna

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1. Posted by 82krishna (Budding Member 14 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Hi ,

We are group of 7 (4 adults and 3 children aged 10+) and in the initial stages of planning a road trip through Switzerland,Venice & Vienna in a span of 5-6 days. Are we over optimistic? We are open to alternate routes and suggestions too. I read in a few places that driving to Venice will be expensive. Will train travel be a cheaper option?

If this is not a viable itinerary, can you please suggest a cost effective EU road trip ?

Many thanks

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1214 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

It probably will be exhausting; and you really won't be able to see nor enjoy much.

See this link for transportation options; and how long each is calculated to take:

I assume you're familiar with Venice; and that you're interested in driving to Venice rather than using a motor vehicle to drive in Venice.

A new wrinkle for visitors:

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1030 posts) 49w 1 Star this if you like it!

a road trip through Switzerland,Venice & Vienna in a span of 5-6 days.

Are we over optimistic?

Absolutely 100% over-optimistic. Don't make the mistake of looking at the map and assuming distances are small. Distance does not equate to actual driving times.

If you attempt this you'll spend most of your time in the car, simple as that. Almost all day travelling, then having to find your accomm plus feasible parking you can use and afford..... Just driving Vienna to Venice will take you 6+ hours. Using the train on the routes you've chosen won't be much, if any, faster.

If you want a trip which is almost all sightseeing through car windows when driving on busy roads..with kids??...then fine. Otherwise you need to re-think and re-plan.

Parking in historical Venice (the city accessed by a causeway) is of course very limited and very expensive. You can't, obviously, use the car in Venice. At all. You'll need at least one full day to see even a tiny fraction of it on foot and/or using the vaporetti (water buses).

With such a small amount of time it would be better to limit your trip to just one country: Switzerland, Austria, Italy....using car or train or a combination....though having only 5/6 days will only allow you to scratch the surface of any of those countries.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2019, at 02:57 by leics2 ]

4. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 133 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

Trains can be quite cheap of you book very early, Venice to Vienna or Salzburg for instance from €29 each adult, but these tickets are not changeable. Local trains in Italy are quite cheap but no reservation for these trains. Trains inside Switzerland are expensive (as everthing else), but they go everywhere hourly and are good for seeing the countryside (most of the motorways have now noice reduction walls blocking the views), mountain streets are very slow to drive.
Don't know what to pay for a 10 seat (also babies need legaly their own seat), in case you rent the car in Switzerland the motorway toll will be included but not the tolls in Italy and Austria. Parking in Venice is exorbitant, better stay in Mestre (also rooms are cheaper there, and very frequent trains to Venice for €1,25). Parking in Vienna Salzburg and the bigger Swiss towns is also difficult. Returning the rental car in a different country is very expensive, you could ask in Switzerland for a car with Austrian registration, but this is only sometimes available.
2 day's Switzerland, 2 day's Venice and 2 day's Vienna or Salzburg is possible but very short even without children.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2019, at 06:18 by UliS ]

5. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1214 posts) 49w Star this if you like it!

You might want to consider traveling by rail. For example, Austrian Railways offers discounted fares from several countries, including Italy and Switzerland. The fares are reasonable.

I have used these sparschiene fares to travel from Italy (Milan) to Austria, within Austria, and from Austria to Poland (Warsaw), etc.

Tickets can be purchased online with a credit card.

6. Posted by Lulukizzy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 48w 1 Star this if you like it!

When factoring in your itinerary, please think of travel time. Even if it says 100 km, this doesn't translate into 1-2hours. Traffic, toll booths, toilet breaks, all of these take time. Checking in and out of hotels alone can sometimes be 20 to 30 min if more than 1 room is occupied. Trying to see everything is exhausting even if you run a tight ship. My opinion is to pick 1 country and do day trips by car or train after seeing the main city. You will enjoy it more. And if some want to see the museum while others go shopping, you can meet for meals. Much more enjoyable that way. BTW, Europeans take very long lunches and are rarely in a rush. Enjoy what you came to see and paid all that money for. Good luck!:)

7. Posted by 82krishna (Budding Member 14 posts) 48w Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for very sensible suggestions :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Jan-2019, at 05:16 by 82krishna ]