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Wed, 06/01/2011 - 15:26

To clarify, I meant the Gotthard tunnel traffic on a Friday eve Vs Saturday morning in August - one better or both as bad?

Tue, 05/31/2011 - 07:49

Thanks all, I guess it depends on the individual - I will have to weigh up being poentially shattered against slight frustration at stopping mid afternoon when a good few hours of daylight left. One more thing to consider would be the tunnel traffic - Friday late afternoon/eve Vs Saturday morning; neither sound too promising thinking about it - any experience of this out there?

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 07:05

Need to decide where to stop for the night; Not keen on Switzerland prices, especially as two rooms or a triple so its France (Mulhouse area) or carry on through the Gotthard and get to a hotel nr Lugano but just into Italy. Some say it will be worth pushing on and get to Italy while still light, others say its is too far. Just didnt want to get to Mulhouse and be kicking around with time to spare. Would appreciate your thoughts (getting Eurotunnel at around 6am)

Wed, 05/25/2011 - 06:50

It would seem to be £29 all up as Sanatmarinese says - there is a 3.50 booking fee but no card or delivery fee. Peanuts but I asume with the increase it will cost 28.50 from the station nr Basel or does it cost more once you are there?If not, little difference at the moment apart from peace of mind - which amounts to quite a bit in my book - however it will be £32 with the increase from the STC after 1st June so will save by buying over there after next week

Wed, 04/06/2011 - 07:24

Thanks to all especially Alan, sounds like that route cuts out a great deal of tolls. However I forgot to mention that I am already booked up on the euro tunnel rightly or wrongly so will be in Calais - is it worth cutting up into Belgium from there and following that route or would this change things in your opinion. Definitely wanted to do it with one stopover only (was originally thinking Viry in France near Geneve or Lucern on the Gotthard route). Will also have a play with the viamichelin thanks sprostoni

Tue, 04/05/2011 - 11:29

Hi Alan Long time no speak - first time posting on 'new' forum. I am driving down for the first time to Lunigianna/Garfagnana this summer and getting conflicting advice on the best route (down through France clipping Geneve then Monte Blanc or Switzerland and the Gotthard Tunnel). Any advice would be appreciated in terms of time, cost and scenery probably in that order as will have the kids in the car. From what I can gather it would be cheaper to stay overnight on the France only route but costs incurred for Monte Blanc both ways - as opposed to free Gotthard but cost to drive in Switzerland and expensive hotel. Not sure about tolls etc. and obvioulsy re-fill costs come into it. Sorry if this subject has been done to death in the past but your help would be apprecaited