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zurich to budapest by car

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during easter I am planning to drive from zurich to Budapest. google map shows 2 routes, one via Munich and one via Innsbruck. Does anyone have any experience ? the time taken as per maps are more or less same for both routes. Since we wont drive at a stretch and will most likely stay somewhere overnight, do let us know which would be better.
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

I've done the Innsbruck side - and is ideal, off season, as there are loads of cheap hotels to stay in just off the motorway. You should be able to do it in one go depending one when you leave
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Hi,
during easter I am planning to drive from zurich to Budapest. google map shows 2 routes, one via Munich and one via Innsbruck. Does anyone have any experience ? the time taken as per maps are more or less same for both routes. Since we wont drive at a stretch and will most likely stay somewhere overnight, do let us know which would be better.
I have made this drive more than 20 times but I have only taken the Innsbruck route 3 times because of the following reasons:

-the Munich route takes you on the no speed limit German autobahn so if you have a powerful car you can have a lot of fun and eat a lot of kilometers in a short time (however at rush hour you will have a lot of traffic around Bregenz, also in the speed limited wild life tunnels between Bregens and Munich, through Munich and on the up and down portion of autobahn that goes by the Chiemsee in Germany. If you drive during the day or at night you will be cruising and loving it, avoid 5-7pm and especially Friday evening)

-the Innsbruck route has portions which is not a highway and the Austrian polizei hide around with the laser gun. This route is slower and more prone to traffic especially on the weekends...

So take the Munich route if you have a fast car and you want to drive smooth and fast

Take the Innsbruck route if you want to take it easy and enjoy the Austrian alps... Perhaps stay overnight somewhere around Innsbruck.

There are many hidden speed cameras along the the route in Austria. There is one somewhere around Salzburg direction Linz that flashed me on 3 separate occasions. They only flash from the back, they flash red, and most are hidden mounted high up and picture at a down angle so you will not even notice the flash until you receive the letter in the mail.

Take care where you park in Budapest as you will receive parking fines just as easily as in Zurich.
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

I drove to Wien just before Xmas for some R&R and I drove through Austria on my way there and I came back via Munich.

Austria SUCKS. I mean the roads are nice and the views amazing but for the most part the speed limit was 100 and it really crippled our progress. Traffic was not bad but that speed limit made me wish I was driving in CH...

When we were coming back via DE I had cruise control at 140-160 at al unrestricted parts of the Autobahn. From the petrol station in Wien, until my house in Oerlikon ZH, we did ~7h30min including a toilet break a second refuelling with cheap gas at the last Austrian gas station and buying a small christmas tree somewhere in canton SG. Left the gas station at 10am and I sat on my desk at 17.30.

I wouldn't do the austrian part again unless I was looking for a slooow road trip...
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

Must you go at Easter? It is the very worst time to drive through Bavaria and Austria, try and go a week later. I lived in Munich for 12 years, & we NEVER used the Autobahn at Easter! The route planner shows via Munich is about 2 hours quicker, but at Easter be prepared for a VERY big traffic delay between Munich and Salzburg.

Have you used via Michelin? They have very comprehensive information, (Also in French & German)

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Routes

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during easter I am planning to drive from zurich to Budapest. google map shows 2 routes, one via Munich and one via Innsbruck. Does anyone have any experience ? the time taken as per maps are more or less same for both routes. Since we wont drive at a stretch and will most likely stay somewhere overnight, do let us know which would be better.
Via Munich.
Don't forget the tunnel where you have to pay cca. 10EUR if you go through Innsbruck. And via Munich is much faster.
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

Hi,
We are planning to do this route (Zurich to Budhapest) over Easter. reading the comments here, i think we will take the Munich route. i have driven in German autobahns many times but all the time the speed was limited to 130 per hour. I know that there are some autobahns which have no speed limit.so how do i recognise them? and also how long is this route in relation to the overall distance between ZH and Budhapest.
also if we do it via Munich, we will still pass through Salzburg, Vienna in Austria. does this austrian route have the problems with cameras mentioned in this thread.
i am looking for a bit more information from people who have done this route. any help will be much appreciated.

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When you see this, gun it

I saw some cameras in Austria, and they're quite inconspicuous. I would advise to treat the country like CH so you're on the safe side.

As for the part of the route in DE, that's why god invented Google Maps
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

though speeding fines in both DE and AT are pretty low compared to CH

I just would not do the journey over easter.
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

they are low unless you receive an invitation...
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

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Hi,
We are planning to do this route (Zurich to Budhapest) over Easter. reading the comments here, i think we will take the Munich route. i have driven in German autobahns many times but all the time the speed was limited to 130 per hour. I know that there are some autobahns which have no speed limit.so how do i recognise them? and also how long is this route in relation to the overall distance between ZH and Budhapest.
also if we do it via Munich, we will still pass through Salzburg, Vienna in Austria. does this austrian route have the problems with cameras mentioned in this thread.
i am looking for a bit more information from people who have done this route. any help will be much appreciated.

cheers
happycreature

the blue 130 sign is a recommended speed on german autobahns. Going over this speed is allowed however it not recommended and your insurance must cover reckless liability (or whatever it is called) if you crash going 200kmh

the red circle is a legal speed limit used for various zones like high traffic areas, tunnels, bad weather etc...
most area of the german autohan have automatic speed limit signs and sensors that will turn on or mechanically turn the signs when certain conditions are detected. Therefore a section of the highway can be limitless one hour and limited the next...





at minute 6.28 in this documentary you will see some of the systems involved in monitoring the autohahn

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Hi,
We are planning to do this route (Zurich to Budhapest) over Easter. reading the comments here, i think we will take the Munich route. i have driven in German autobahns many times but all the time the speed was limited to 130 per hour. I know that there are some autobahns which have no speed limit.so how do i recognise them? and also how long is this route in relation to the overall distance between ZH and Budhapest.
also if we do it via Munich, we will still pass through Salzburg, Vienna in Austria. does this austrian route have the problems with cameras mentioned in this thread.
i am looking for a bit more information from people who have done this route. any help will be much appreciated.

cheers
happycreature
Before Munich there is a long section where you can go to like hell. But after M lot of 120km/h, in Austria be careful, cameras and speed limit is 130 sometimes 100. Use iGo, it shows the actual limit more or less precisely.
Last time we did it in 11 hours but we stopped quite a lot and get a traffic jam after M. So I would say 10 hours is not impossible. And we just hit 150 in Germany because of roofbox.
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I saw some cameras in Austria, and they're quite inconspicuous. I would advise to treat the country like CH so you're on the safe side.
They're even worse (or better depending on your PoV) at hiding cameras than the Swiss. I've seen some seriously disguised or hidden cameras there including one disguised as a bollard in a 30 limit. Only realised when I saw the lens on top.
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I just would not do the journey over easter.
Like advising someone to not go to work at 8-9 because of traffic. They obviously have to go there at that time and by car because they have lots of stuff or whatever.
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Re: zurich to budapest by car

I recommend to go via Munich. You will have autobahn almost all the way to Budapest.

My 2 cents worth of experience:
  • when leaving Switzerland use the route via St Margarethen, its shorter than the one via Fussach/Hard. There are a few kms of town roads and limits, can't be avoided. A good time to quickly stop to top up your petrol, cheaper than the motorway petrol stations, you can also purchase your autobahn sticker for Austria (10 days)
  • the tunnel at Bregenz has been recently widened to two lanes, you should get through much quicker than few years ago (car park)
  • after crossing to Germany you can floor it all the way to Munich. No speed limit unless explicitly displayed. Those you should pay attention to, some of the variable speed display structures have built in speed cameras.
  • getting through Munich is always a dilemma. Your navi will probably recommend to take the outer ring, going alll the way around the city towards the west. This will add some 20-30 kms to your trip. The other option is take the middle ring, which actually goes through large part of the city with limits of 60 or 50. To make things worse, some parts of Munich's middle ring are in WWII like conditions. They are going through a major development, road works everywhere (is it ever going to complete?!). Nevertheless, I almost always take this route, especially at night, and try to quickly navigate my way through the traffic. Also a good time to top up petrol and pay city prices.
  • after Munich you can floor it again. You have motorway all the way to BP. Be aware that after leaving Germany the 130 km/h limit applies. The Austrian sticker you already purchased is still valid.
  • stopping half way in Salzburg or Linz is a good option, if you want to break up your trip. In case you prefer nature, Mondsee or Attersee are very picturesque.
  • when getting to Vienna, go for the outer ring. You'll see the "Budapest" sign. While like Munich it's quite a few kms more, you will save time and petrol, guaranteed. Watch out for speed cameras, they have a lot on this section, especially around the few 80 km/h limits. No traffic lights though.
  • Once in Hungary, don't forget to stop to buy autobahn ticket (10 days). You can get them at petrol stations, or if you don’t really want to get out of your car there is a drive through pay station approx 10 kms after the border. It's not a sticker, like in Switzerland or Austria, but they actually register your number plate in a database. Don't skip it, you will get checked without even noticing it. Motorways are privatised, you can be sure they'll send you the bill ;-)
  • There will be several fixed cameras in both Austria and Hungary. Most are around major intersection areas, like Salzburg, Linz, Vienna, Budapest, but there are plenty around the countryside too.
Your driving time could be anything between 8 -12 hours. There are too many factors over 1'000 kms, but I normally do it in 9 hours. Strangely I find that driving back is always faster...

Enjoy your trip!

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