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Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

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I'm renting a big van to drive back to the UK on the 23rd September and the van is empty on the way to the UK. Happy to fill the van up and I can stop anywhere on the Kent-Sussex stretch!
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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

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I'm renting a big van to drive back to the UK on the 23rd September and the van is empty on the way to the UK. Happy to fill the van up and I can stop anywhere on the Kent-Sussex stretch!

I am very, very interested. Would as stop at brighton be possible?
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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

can I ask where you hired the van from as I'm thinking of doing the same thing (but from Vevey to the UK)...the other option is to hire one in the UK load it up and then bring it over the drive it back empty.
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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

Peter - hired van from hertz as they give unlimited miles and have decent prices.
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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

very interested, I PM you. please check email. Thank you

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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

Can i ask how much this trip cost you in fuel / tolls / channel tunnel costs all together?

I will be doing the same shortly,

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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

I ended up hiring a van from Europcar as no other car/van hire would let me drive out of the UK.

I think it cost me around 250 for the van hire for 4 days (I did the trip there and back in 3 days)...I left late morning and was at my house around 1am, unloaded it then....slept until around lunchtime. Spent the rest of the day at home and then drove back early the following morning and caught the afternoon ferry back to the UK. I hired a large Mercedes Van, there were small vans that were cheaper...but I needed a slightly larger van.

The ferry was 50 or 60 for a return trip, as for petrol I had to fill up 3 times which cost around 70 a go (twice in and once in ).
Motorway toll was about 60

Ferry 60
Petrol 70
Toll 50
Van 250

So by the time you add it all up it was over 400

Hope that helps...

Cheers

Peter

p.s. don't forget the Swiss motorway tag (you can buy a cheap one on ebay if you don't have one).
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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

The trip was in total around 1200 francs for me. I rented the biggest van from Hertz as I needed the space and it had a decent lift at the back.

Redranch, am I correct in understanding you rented your van in the UK? (and if you filled up 3 times with petrol for 70 each then that is 210 plus the 360 of other costs, totalling 570..?)

Just to clarify as I did Zurich-Brighton-Zurich and van rentals in the UK are cheaper than in Zurich.

And I will be doing it again in January 2012..!

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Can i ask how much this trip cost you in fuel / tolls / channel tunnel costs all together?

I will be doing the same shortly,

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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

redbranch? no worries as it could have been worse...

yes I rented in the UK, I spoke with Avis and Hertz and was told I couldn't take it out of the country...they both advised me to try Europcar.

I didn't need a lift on the back of mine, it was a little bit larger than a transit van...the merc version.

I drove London - Vevey - London

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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

Hi Redranch

I am looking to do a similar trip in December 2011 or January 2012. More interested in bringing my stuff over from South UK to Zurich and nothing to go back. Would you be interested in a shared load? I already did one trip a few weeks ago and felt disorganised going back to the UK with an empty van. If you cannot I will start a new thread and see if can get any takers with an interest in a van return to the South of UK.

Thanks

....I should add that I got some quotes and a typical commercial quote was GBP 1500 for London to Zurich with all insurance + one man to load / unload. I spent about GBP 650 in total including one nights hotel either way Friday - Monday (4 days driving without pushing it)

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Re: Van space Zurich to UK (Kent and Sussex)

Hi Zimi, thanks for asking...but all my stuff is over here now, nothing left in the UK anymore. I did mine in the summer, so no chance of snow or bad weather then.
I left Fri afternoon arrived early hours on Sat and drove back Sun morning and gave the van back on monday first thing. No need for a stop on the way as it was an easy drive...
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