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Re: Driving from Bern to London(LHS vs. RHS)

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1) Flight delays are far easier to cope with than traffic jams

2) Kids overtired...surely it's easier on kids flying than driving

3) Car rental desk closed...not if you have pre-arranged pickup, car seats dirty, this can be a problem but easily resolved with a small polite request to get their act together.

4) Miles to pick up point.....most UK airtports have shuttle buses to car rental depot

5) There is always a garage within close proximity to car rental place, it will be shown on sat nav (also on iphone maps...) prices tend to be a little higher to cater to the captive audience

6) Rental cars tend to be quite basic models and most controls are relatively standard now, it's not that complicated after all !
Door to door it takes around 7-8hrs to fly "home" - which includes to the airport, arriving in time, checkin, flying, landing and walking 8 miles at Heathrow, passport, baggage, transfer to hire car, pick up hire car, drive to "home"

Door to door it take around 12 hours to drive "home" - which includes getting in car, driving halfway, getting fuel, driving to the port, getting fuel, checking in to the eurotunnel, tunnel under the sea, driving to "home"

Total cost for 2 people is about the same and for a weekend we'll do the former. But much longer and it tends to work out cheaper/easier/more convienient to take the car - and then combine it with a gourmet chateaux stop in France for a night away.

I also don't like flying (that much) too many other people - and I do like driving, even long distances and tend to have cars that are quite a bit better than your standard hire car.

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