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Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

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Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

I'm planning to hire a car from Paris airport, drive to Geneva and around Switzerland and then back to Geneva to return the car.

Is it better and cheaper to hire a car from Paris to Geneva (France side). Drop it off. Hire another car from Geneva (Swiss side) and drive around Switzerland and drop it back off at Geneva? This way the 'vignette is already included in the Swiss hire car.

OR Is it better to just hire a car from Paris all the way and return it at Geneva (France side), but this way I'll have to buy a vignette...

Thanks

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1. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

It all depends on what deal you can obtain from a reputable rental company.

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2. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

Did a search just now. 3 days car hire in Swiss is already $100 more than 6 days car hire in France... I know the answer now...

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3. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

Given that the cost of a vignette is around $ 50, your decision is probably the right one.

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4. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

You don't mention what time of year. A car hired in Paris will not be 'winterised' except for an additional fee. That means, in particular, it will not have winter tyres (nor chains in the boot). Even if chains are just for extreme weather, I strongly recommend you do not drive on Swiss roads in winter weather (especially late Nov-early March even in the plain) without winter tyres. They make a massive difference to the grip of the car on an icy road and failure to have them can give liability issues in the event of an accident.

A slightly snowy day in Paris is quite a scene. Cars sliding and spinning all over the place. In Switzerland, it's business as usual. All down to the tyres!

Edited: 19 November 2013, 08:00
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5. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

All Swiss cars are winterised by the rental company as standard. French ones can be winterised on request (and it comes with a meaningful additional charge). The Paris agency should have a stock of winterised cars (not guaranteed). Factor that into your savings, although it is anyway a minor hassle to return the car in Geneva to 'change countries'. You need to cross the airport and take a shuttle bus. Allow 45 minutes.

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6. Re: Paris - Geneva - Switzerland: Car Hire

It also depend on the number of pax. If you are alone or with one additional person, renting a car is questionable. Geneva is 3+ hours train from Paris. And in Switzerland, we are often much better travelling by train than by car!

http://www.swisstravelsystem.com/

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