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Bern-Genoa best route?

Hi,
I plan to go to Genoa region from Bern. Google gives me two very similar in length and time options:

1) Via canton Valais and St Bernard tunnel
2) via Gothard Tunnel

Option one looks better but there is toll which is not cheap, round trip 46chf.
I hear that Gothard gets very congested and you have to wait long time.

Can somebody who drove this way can share opinion what is better route and what you recommend and why?

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Old 11.05.2012, 15:06
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

I would opt for the St. Bernard. We've done that route a couple of times on the way down to Tuscany from Fribourg and it's fairly hassle-free. If it's during the Summer, take the time to go over the pass and stop off at the top .
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

Hi,
thanks for suggestion.

Is this a tunnel through mountain or you go up and then down the hill? bit confused what you have said about pass.

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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

You can also go over (or under) the Simplon.

The highway from Domodossola goes directly to Genova.

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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

so simplon would be 3rd option. Is there any charges to go under or over for this pass?

Is there any charge if you go via pass over the St Bernard ?
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Hi,
thanks for suggestion.

Is this a tunnel through mountain or you go up and then down the hill? bit confused what you have said about pass.

thanks,
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You drive up a short way to the tunnel, which is tolled, or turn off just before to go up over the pass. It's a great little drive, and then the Val d'Aoste the other side is pretty neat too.
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so simplon would be 3rd option. Is there any charges to go under or over for this pass?
Over, no.

Under requires putting your car on the train, don't recall what it costs.

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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

So you're taking this damaged car all the way to Genova (having seen your other post)? Got anything in the trunk you might want to declare?
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You drive up a short way to the tunnel, which is tolled, or turn off just before to go up over the pass. It's a great little drive, and then the Val d'Aoste the other side is pretty neat too.
I have done the tunnel and the pass. I go to Aosta regularly to buy Italian foods at affordable prices.

According to the TCS app the pass is still closed for winter. So it is worth checking in advance if your heart is set on the pass. The tunnel is almost always open.

The pass takes longer but if you have time, the stop at the museum is fun - especially if you like dogs. In summer there can be a lot of caravans taking the pass (not sure if it is related to methane tanks for cooking or they just like to slow everything to a crawl).

The pass can be quite narrow. with spectacular views. Parts of the film The Italian Job were shot there (the original with Michael Caine) not the hollywood remake).
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

At this time of year, take the St Bernhard tunnel. It is never full, and is a relaxing journey. Whatever you do, avoid the Milan ring road!

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Iti...routeConso=5.6
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

Do not take the Gothard Tunnel. My family and I got stuck in backed up traffic for hours both ways two summers ago. We didn't even go on a holiday or a weekend. From Bern, go through Brig using the car-train option. It will put you down in Italy near Stresa.
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

The "car on a train option" is expensive, and at peak times needs a reservation, and you have to wait for the train. Just drive through the St Bernhard, it's quick and easy.
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Re: Bern-Genoa best route?

Thanks all for good pointers.

@Noth: no I am going for leisure but in perfectly good car which used to be bought half price on auction in Uk. Unfortunately it's British plate and need return to Uk in near future. Hence asking if sth similar exist here. And trunk will be full...of various kids stuff which i am happy any customs inspect.

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