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Driving on roads at dusk/night

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Driving on roads at dusk/night

We will be visiting Wengen in mid September. We'll be coming from Lake Como area and probably won't get there until 5-8pm. What are the road conditions like in Switzerland at this time? Will driving be treacherous if dark outside? Are the highways/roads (fastest route) twisty through the mountains? Or are they just regular straight highways?

Google Maps says it will take about 4 hrs to get from Bellagio, Italy. And ViaMichelin says 5 hrs. Which do you think is more accurate? The drive will be on a Tuesday afternoon/evening.

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1. Re: Driving on roads at dusk/night

Sunset mid-September in Wengen will be around 19:45

For both Google Maps and here.com driving time estimate from Bellagio to Wengen is around 4 h. Viamichelin offers different itineraries (recommended, fastest, shortest ..... with/without toll roads) – but itineraries from Bellagio to Wengen use a longer detour route for Como that explains partially the difference. Interestingly TomTom online route planner recommends ferry from Bellagio to Cadenabbia - and a detour north of Susten mountain pass road (Lake Lucerne and Brünig pass road) instead of Susten in some 4 h 17. Susten pass road is closed in winter, but no problems expected for mid-September.

Most of the first part of the recommended itineraries in Switzerland is on highway. Susten mountain pass road is scenic, easy driving (some curves, but road is not narrow). Lake Brienz south shore is highway again. Road signs for highway in Switzerland are marked green, main roads blue. I guess you are aware of the required vignette for using highways in Switzerland - and the very high fines if caught speeding.

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2. Re: Driving on roads at dusk/night

The road as far as Interlaken is mostly on highways. From Interlaken up to Lauterbrunnen it's a two lane road that has some twsts and turns but nothing very bad. The road pretty much follows the Lutchine river all the way to Lauterbrunnen. Only about 15 min driving.

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3. Re: Driving on roads at dusk/night

I presume you realise you can't drive to Wengen but must catch a train from Lauterbrunnen. So you will need to park and transport cases to the station.

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4. Re: Driving on roads at dusk/night

Please note the comment above about requiring a vignette (sticker) on your car. They cost about $45 and the fine is huge if you are caught without one on the Swiss equivalent of an interstate and some other roads. They are available at the border.

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