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Car hire with different drop off locations

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I'm looking to hire a car in jan and drive from Zurich to visp and then do the return journey (following some good skiing) a week later. I was going to do this by hiring a car for each leg of the journey as taking the train with my two small kids would would be a nightmare.

I've looked at europecar but the prices are stupidly high, does anyone know of others companies which do a better deal?

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Old 22.08.2010, 15:20
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

Check whether it is cheaper to rent the van for a week and return it to the station you do the pick up from. ie. don't book 2 single trips.

Also if you have a UBS bank account you get a discount with Europcar, or if you work for Credit Suisse or if you have a halbtax.
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Old 22.08.2010, 20:15
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

Hertz or Avis have a supplement especially for skiing locations. I saw it mentioned on their website once, try looking in the conditions perhaps (you can do this during the quote process).
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

Hi,
Did you ever get a suitable solution for this?
Curious, as have exactly the same scenario :-)

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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

How about Mobility? Have a look. It might work and might be cheaper.

https://www.mobility.ch/en/private-customers/
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How about Mobility? Have a look. It might work and might be cheaper.

https://www.mobility.ch/en/private-customers/
I haven't checked recently, but due to Mobility's pricing structure, I think it works out more expensive, as you are charged by both time and distance. I am happy if someone says I am wrong....but hiring a Skoda combi for a week is about 200CHF (of course minus all those insurances I suppose), and I don't think Mobility can do cheaper than that.

But LOVE Mobility for smaller journeys - used it extensively when I first moved here for those apartment moves and Dietlikon furniture trips. :-)
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I haven't checked recently, but due to Mobility's pricing structure, I think it works out more expensive, as you are charged by both time and distance. I am happy if someone says I am wrong....but hiring a Skoda combi for a week is about 200CHF (of course minus all those insurances I suppose), and I don't think Mobility can do cheaper than that.

But LOVE Mobility for smaller journeys - used it extensively when I first moved here for those apartment moves and Dietlikon furniture trips. :-)
That quote was from @Castro's advice; Travel Supermarket on this thread.
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

in the end we took the train, making sure that we had seats reserved which was a god send as we'd have never got seats otherwise. the look on the people faces when i politely asked them to vacate was priceless. reserving seats is very cheap.

something else to consider is with SBB you can send your luggage by itself earlier and pick it up later. we did this for the return journey, dumped the luggage off the day before so we didnt have to lug it around with us on the trains.

also, get a geminder day card as this saves a lot of the train fair and do half fair for the retuern.
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

Would be interesting if anyone does have good tips. In the past we have done some rental for several weeks in the USA, picking and dopping off at very distant locations, and we were charged a LOT for the privilege.

Train is great in CH though.
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Re: Car hire with different drop off locations

Just to update you on what I did for my trip to Zinal from Zurich..

I rented a rather well appointed Merc from Europcar near Enge (easier pickup/dropoff for me). It cost me roughly twice (almost 400 Chf with insurances) what a Skoda would have, but I was under the impression it had 4WD for my mountain trip (it didn't, as the rep politely apologised, that was last year's model) and as I am in sort of in the market for a practical but sporty car, wanted to audition it (decision: no way, the boot space was tiny, would have been better off with the Skoda, although it was VERY comfortable to drive and had a HUD and other bits. But the overall interior was rather gaudy for my tastes, so no Merc for me). The Skoda would have been around 200 Chf, maybe a bit more with full insurance. For mountain trips, always full insurance!

To note: I used Castro's advice; Travel Supermarket tip on this thread. Not sure if and how much it saved me, as I didn't have time to look at local options. Would be interested to know other people's experiences, re: car hire from Zurich region for a week.


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in the end we took the train, making sure that we had seats reserved which was a god send as we'd have never got seats otherwise. the look on the people faces when i politely asked them to vacate was priceless.
I don't see why they are surprised, where there is a big 'reserved' sign on the window. On my last experience with this, a 11-yr old Italian kid asked to see my ticket before he moved (savvy boy that, and in perfect English). He did concede without complaint. I think this is essential for cross-border travel, and also if you are carrying awkward luggage like ski/snowboard bags, as you cannot easily navigate through the narrow gangways with wide luggage looking for a seat (especially on older IR trains). For the 5 francs or so it costs, it is worth it for the saving in sweat.

Just as a side note: has anyone done the analysis of just renting cars for every need, and not buying one? Of course, it depends on your circumstances, like how far away from town you live, if you commute to work by car or not, etc.
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