Renting car in Switzerland

Renting car in Switzerland

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Wanderer
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Oct-2017

chrisgu wrote:I suspect that the French (being the pragmatic folk that they are) will overlook it for short term car hire. I lose track of how many EU regulations the French turn a blind eye to.
That may be the case for France but I am not sure that the Austrian's are as relaxed . I accept that the likelihood of running into trouble is tiny but if you do, the consequences can be horrendeous . I have experienced the Austrian's closing the motorway and diverting all traffic into a siding where they checked for the motorway vignettes - we did get ours before crossing the border from Switzerland so no problem.

Markinkent
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Oct-2017

There are two car hire stations at Geneva airport. One in the Swiss sector and one in the French. If you pick the right one that might address your concerns.

Wanderer
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Oct-2017

markinkent wrote:There are two car hire stations at Geneva airport. One in the Swiss sector and one in the French. If you pick the right one that might address your concerns.
Thanks for that but I am really interested in flying into Zurich with a view to hiring a car and driving into Austria

Markinkent
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Oct-2017

Sorry just skim read it and saw Geneva mentioned. I have flow into Zurich a few times before heading to Montafon in Austria but always took the train.

Andymol2
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Nov-2017

I've lost the link but I don't think this applies to rental cars, but to lease cars.

There are reports of issues at Austrian or German borders but not sure these are substantiated.

I would not advocate renting a car from the French side of Geneva Airport if going skiing - its a pain in the behind to get to and from if heading to the usual destinations such as Morzine. Hired last time through Europcar and specifically checked and was told that this is not a problem (crossing into France)
Andy M

Wanderer
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Nov-2017

andymol2 wrote:I've lost the link but I don't think this applies to rental cars, but to lease cars.
There are reports of issues at Austrian or German borders but not sure these are substantiated.
I would not advocate renting a car from the French side of Geneva Airport if going skiing - its a pain in the behind to get to and from if heading to the usual destinations such as Morzine. Hired last time through Europcar and specifically checked and was told that this is not a problem (crossing into France)

My post on 24 October above quotes from the official EU website and makes it clear that these rules apply to hire cars. People may not like this, may think it is stupid but that does not mean that it is not the law. The lack of clear guidance from the carhire companies is extraordinary.

Slayerzzzz
reply to 'Renting car in Switzerland'
posted Apr-2018

Just a quick note on this, as I am a Swiss-resident Brit, and have this issue all the time when I travel to an end of season snowboard event in Austria (Carving Masters in Sölden).
The issue here is differences between EU law and Swiss law.
EU law states that the car should be registered in EU, but the Swiss law says the car hire company should provide a Swiss registered car.

So Swiss are covered, sort of, but you EU folks might not be.
Hey ho, not to worry, in a few months Brexit will make this a moot point for the Brits. Sadly.

Related note; if you want to pick up a car in Switzerland to drive to another country at end of season, call in advance to check it will still have snow tyres, as the Swiss go by the season (and insurance law covers if it snows out of season, apparently). Austrian law appears to go by the conditions, and of course you are likely to encounter snow in the alps there even late in the season.

Also, check if a motorway vignette is needed - one is certainly needed for Austria. You can pick a temporary 10-day one at any petrol station after the border, for 9 Euro, see: https://www.austria.info/us/basic-facts/getting-there-around/austria-by-car/toll-sticker

Also final tip - if you need a 4x4, Europcar/Unirent are the only car hire that provide 4x4 options on their website, and guarantee a 4x4 when you turn up at the counter. No I do not work for them, but they have given me some sweet upgrades (Alfa Stelvio is my favorite). I wish others would do the same, as car hire is not cheap in Switzerland!

cheers,
Slayzzzz
Edited 1 time. Last update at 25-Apr-2018

Topic last updated on 25-April-2018 at 15:45

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