Our family of 4 (2 adults, 2 boys ages 13,11) will be travelling to Switzerland in early April (coming from a 10 day trip in Italy). We are debating travelling by train and taking advantage of the 3 day Swiss Travel Pass or just rent a car in Switzerland.
We will be coming from the Como area (itinerary is still being tweaked), we will need to travel from Como to a border town in Switzerland to be able to start using the Swiss Travel Pass, should we decide to travel by train... On the other hand, if we rent a car, we'd need to travel to say, Lugano and rent a car from there)... Any other "available" rental locations that you know of?
Our trip is from Apr 5th (Sun) to Apr 8th (Wed) when we fly out of Zurich... We will spending the whole time in Luzern (we already spent a 2 week long trip in Switzerland back in 2013 so we're not really eager to travel a lot) ...
Pricewise doesn't seem to be much different between the 2 options, if I choose the 3 day Swiss Travel Pass it's just $440 for the 4 of us for those 3 days (which includes Museum Passes which is a plus, say we decide to visit some museums either in a Zurich side trip or in Luzern)... Renting a car will probably be about the same, there's more flexibility, we could take a day trip to Lauterbrunnen (which we love!) and visit the surrounding areas... But I've never rented a car in Switzerland and I'm unsure of limitations, parking costs and all the inconveniences surrounding a car rental (do I need a Swiss vignette, is it straightforward returning a car in Zurich airport, can I use my credit card's CDW coverage for the vehicle in Switzerland (Italy doesn't allow it at all), parking costs, etc etc etc...)
Does anyone have any advice to help me make a better informed decision?
Thanks in advance! Alex