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Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

Here's the situation.

My wife, baby and I have just moved to Lausanne and we had hoped to explore a lot of Europe during my time working here.

Our initial plan was to buy a car but we've been made aware of Mobility. In addition, we have found the public transport exceptional.

At weekends we would like to go to the mountains to explore whilst a couple of times each year we would like to travel beyond on extended holidays, to places like Italy and the South of France for 1-2 weeks at a time.

However, during the week we would not use a car when in Lausanne.

So, my question is this. Do I go for Mobility? Should I buy my own car or should I just use public transport / hire a car?
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Old 16.09.2015, 00:34
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

just use a hire car
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

No.
Mobility is very good for short distances, like below 30- 40 kms, else it tends to get expensive.
Use Sixt/Hertz/Europcar or any car rental company for your exploring different cities.
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

Your hard-earned is better utilised by investing in halb-tax or even GA railcards and some good backpacks.

Public transport is geared to reach even remote locations.

As stated above, Mobility is not cost effective for more than a few hours use - especially if the car is sitting parked-up, whilst you explore some place.

When you need a car, go to a dealer and say that you're interested in buying a new car, but would like to try a demo model for the weekend.
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

My employer is a Reka partner which means I can buy 1,000 CHF Reka credit for 710 CHF.
The 1,000 CHF Reka credit can then be transferred to my mobility account meaning 290 CHF free mobility driving
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Old 01.11.2015, 18:23
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

For exploring Switzerland you should study the Post Bus route maps, they go to many out of the way places. The half fare card is welcome on Post Buses. As a driver you cannot enjoy the scenery as easily as you can on a bus. On extremely beautiful & popular routes there might be a surcharge.

https://www.google.ch/#q=post+bus+switzerland
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For exploring Switzerland you should study the Post Bus route maps, they go to many out of the way places. The half fare card is welcome on Post Buses. As a driver you cannot enjoy the scenery as easily as you can on a bus. On extremely beautiful & popular routes there might be a surcharge.

https://www.google.ch/#q=post+bus+switzerland
In addition, you can take a bus/train into the mountains, hike around for a couple of hours and then find another bus/train to take you home. No need to hike back to (or find!) your car at the trail head. This has worked out really well for us, as we can hike as long or little as we like, just stopping when we see the bus stop we want
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My employer is a Reka partner which means I can buy 1,000 CHF Reka credit for 710 CHF.
The 1,000 CHF Reka credit can then be transferred to my mobility account meaning 290 CHF free mobility driving
you will haemorrhage this on KM fees.
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

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Do I go for Mobility?
Yes
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Should I buy my own car
Not yet
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or should I just use public transport / hire a car?
Yes.

We did the mobility + public transport thing for more than a year before getting a car. No, mobility is not good for long trips - most of our use was for shopping/large items/evenings out/short tourist trips. But with mobility you can save by taking the train, then getting a mobility car at the destination station to move about, and take the train back. From Lausanne you have very good train and bus connections to many places to visit before you'll feel the need for a car.

If you are in doubt, Mobility have a cheap trial period, as well as a reduced price membership (25/year I think) for public transport abonnament holders (i.e. any annual Mobilis abonnament).
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

The good thing about Mobility is that you can combine it with public transports.

From Lausanne you could get the train to Geneva airport, then get a mobility car and drive to Annecy, Chamonix ...

Everyone says, long distance are expensive with mobility. True but keep in mind that everything is included (gas, insurance...)

An example, I drove from Lausanne to Munich a mobility car (Skoda Octavia), stayed in Munich for a week, all together the trip was a little over 1000CHF. It might sound a lot but again, it includes the petrol, insurance ...

If you are planning to do 100km+ every week end, then it might become cheaper to get your own car, but if you will mostly travel in Switzerland, and occasionnaly abroad, public transport and mobility is enough.

Remember too that a car here is f.... expensive.
  • Car to buy
  • Parking permit (in Lausanne a little less than 500/year to park on the street)
  • Insurance (1000 to 2000CHF depending on your age, history...)
  • Winter & Summer tyres (plus the cost of mounting them twice a year, 200, unless you can do it yourself)
Finally wherever you go here, it's hard to park and traffic can be annoying. You will find out if you go skiing in Wallis at the week end and come back to Lausanne on a Sunday evening. Guaranted jams !
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

If you are still attracted to hiring a car, don't forget that many, many SBB / CFF railway stations have Mobility cars which can be rented out to non members, so you can avoid the annual fee altogether (And of course pay a bit higher price) Mobility cars always have to be returned, there are never any one-way rentals,
http://www.sbb.ch/en/station-service.../hire-car.html
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Re: Is Mobility good for exploring Switzerland?

Also, check Sharoo. It's a new company partly owned by Mobility where individuals are renting their cars. It's can be cheaper for long-term rentals.
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