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Old 10.07.2020, 12:29
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Anyone need to move stuff back to the UK? - possible van share...

Hi all,

I need to pop back to the UK and collect some of our stuff from storage.
It appears to be WAY cheaper to fly to the UK, rent a van, drive to Zürich and back, then fly back here again. Reason being that the rental companies here only allow a low number of kms. Craziness!

Anyway, we'll basically be going back to the UK in an empty van (probably something like a Sprinter high-top).

So, would anyone be interested in going in for a van? It is a friend and I both moving stuff, so cost would be divided by three. It could either be arranged that I drive back to UK and fly home, or just put two drivers on the van and you drive it back.

This is all speculative at the moment, and I don't know when we could do it - maybe end of August?

Discuss...

Oh, I am still a newbie to this forum - have I posted this in the right section, or would it get more exposure elsewhere?
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Re: Anyone need to move stuff back to the UK? - possible van share...

I've been pm'd on this, but thought I'd share some of the cost and location details...

My furniture and stuff is near Norwich. I got a quote from the local hire place I used to use often. They quoted £492 for a LWB Sprinter including all the European insurance and breakdown - 4 days Friday to Monday. However, it really would make more sense to rent something in the Heathrow area, as that is where I'd likely fly in to.
I got quotes of over 2000CHF to rent from here because of the high distance!

Ferry is about 150 each way (although haven't looked at the tunnel price)

The renter guys said the van will easily do 30MPG, so I worked that out as around £250 in fuel there and back.

So that's around £1100 ish all in. Hmm, maybe French tolls on top... That would be currently split between me a friend, so three ways and it becomes quite viable. I guess the flight costs are on me, but may stay a few days and see friends/family anyway. I don't think we will fill the van UK to CH, however, I'd worry about bringing other peoples stuff over the Swiss boarder. But the van will be empty or nearly empty CH to UK - hence posting this message in the forum.

I'm not sure yet whether my friend will come with me, so there would be 1 or possibly 2 seats in the van both ways.
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Re: Anyone need to move stuff back to the UK? - possible van share...

You'll definitely have French tolls to pay each way as well, about £50-55 one way I think.

Chunnel will be more expensive than ferry travel, it always is.

You'd need to make sure you have all the correct paperwork - check here what you need to do

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home.html
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You'll definitely have French tolls to pay each way as well, about £50-55 one way I think.

Chunnel will be more expensive than ferry travel, it always is.

You'd need to make sure you have all the correct paperwork - check here what you need to do

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home.html
Thanks for the info - yeah tolls are a bit more than that in a van - it was around 80 each way in our camper, which is similar size to a Sprinter.

I since looked at Chunnel price, and you are right - nearly £500 return!

Have had experience with the paperwork already, as we imported my motorcycle recently. I do need to contact them though, as I am just over the 2 year limit - I hope to get an extension due to Covid, otherwise we'll have to import it all under my wife's name who got her residency here 6 months after me...
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