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auto travel from France to Lake region Italy

We are traveling through France with a rental car and will be leaving Annecy France to Varenna Italy in the Lake Como region. Since we will have a rental car does it make sense to take it all the way through Switzerland and drop off in Italy? If so, any suggestions for the route and the cost as well as the time to travel between these two destinations? We will be there in early October

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There are substantial international drop off fees. Check your proposed rental agreement. Otherwise, drop the car in Chambery and proceed by by train to Varenna via Turin and Milan.

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Yes, it's in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. Give it a Google and see some beautiful pics.

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just wondering if it makes sense to have the freedom to drive a car through Switzerland since we are not staying there, just driving through? We thought it might be nice to have the opportunity to stop where we would like along the way. Also, we understand it is much shorter for travel time vs train travel? Thanks for any tips for these thoughts.

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If you drop off in a country different from where you picked it up, the drop off fee may be 500 to 600 euro.
See if your rental company has an office in Modane, France. There are numerous trains from Modane to Turin and Modane is close to the border. In Turin you then change trains to Milan.

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If you go to and enter your rental criteria, their quoted prices will include the one-way drop-off fee. So at least you'll get a ballpark idea from one large rental company of what a one-way rental might cost you. Their nearest dropoff points (to Varenna) are in Como or Lecco.