I realize I cannot drive into Zermatt itself, only Tasch
For a few reasons train makes much more sense but given some other challenges on the way out I am not sure what to do.
My trip is not until next summer and is in France actually but I really would like to include a 3 night side trip to Zermatt if we can.
Even though early if Zermatt just cannot be worked in, I need to solve that puzzle before I do much more planning.
So starting from Paris I wanted to get to Zermatt.
One option seems to be the high speed train to Dijon and rent a car there to drive the rest of the way, would save time and make the drive more manageable in one day from Paris.
I believe I would need to pay for a pricey toll vignette to drive anywhere in Switzerland?
Could also stop off in Montreux and see the castle on the lake there which is a nice benefit of having a car.
I need a French rental since I would be going back to France after.
Staying 3 nights in Zermatt so I assume I will have to pay to leave my car parked in Tasch.
I assume I will have to pay to leave my car there overnight for multiple nights which will be an expense.
After Zermatt was planning on driving out through Chamonix maybe do a glacier side trip there and staying overnight in Annecy before then driving to Moustiers Sainte-Marie in Provence, France for the rest of our trip.
So if I go by train to Zermatt I am not sure how I could ever get a car to make that drive.
Possibly there is an option where I could train from Paris to Zermatt, TGV to Geneva and then Geneva to Zermatt best? And then train back after the 3 nights to Geneva, somehow rent a car from the French side in Geneva? Is this possible and then drive from that point.
Would mean skipping both Montreux and Chamonix but may be a better option if that is possible?
Of course I did want to see both places.
I looked into options of flying or training from Zermatt to Nice or similar ; but they all seem like many, many more hours than driving seems to be best to get from Zermatt to Provence where I am planning on heading, I would be eventually returning the car to the airport in Nice where we would fly out of.
I should mention will be 3 of us, myself, wife and young daughter which does factor into costs for planes or trains needing 3 tix.Edited: 22 September 2017, 22:28