I'm going to Northern Italy (arriving in Milan) - Switzerland - Austria (leaving in Vienna) for 17 days in June, and I'm having a lot of troubles deciding whether or not I should drive. Here are some thoughts I have: prices are for 2 people
- Driving: pick up car in Novara (Italy) on the, drop off in Lucern (Switzerland) a week later. The cost is $1100 without gas/parking/tolls. Driving give the flexibility of going to small villages, efficient, reduce the time hauling luggages around. But harder to read signs, looking for parking, unfamiliar surrounding.
- Rail passes: $1300 if we reduce the use to 12 days instead of 17 days, and $2000 for 17 days. More expensive, less flexible, less efficient, but provide the ease of resting between countries, reduce the risk of getting lost while driving or risk of getting into an accident. What are your thoughts on my situation? Am I being quoted with high prices? I'm aware that Europe is expensive, but I wasn't fully prepared for the amount of money JUST for transportation. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
P.S. my exact itinerary looks like this:
Italy: Milan - Varenna - Milan - Breuil-Cervinia - Aosta - Courmayeur.
Switzerland: Adelboden - Kandersteg - Wengen - Grindelwald - Lucern
Austria: Innsbruck - Hallstatt - Vienna