Has anyone driven from Geneva to Turin or Asti on the autoroute/autostrada? I am not crazy about winding roads at high elevations, but I assume the autoroute would follow the valleys. Thanks in advance for any advice!
I haven't driven that exact route, but in general, Autobahn/autostrada through the Alps run in the valleys, and are not particularly winding. Even the Autobahn passes don't ascend or descend very high.
Go to viamichelin.com and click on routes. Enter Geneva and Turin. It says it's 3 hours and 18 minutes, costs 149 euros in gas and tolls, and is 248 kilometers. The route takes you back into France, through the Mont Blanc tunnel and then through Italy. I counted 16 tunnels on the route. In Switzerland and Italy the freeways often don't go up the mountains. They go through them. Driving through the alps is a very appropriate title.
Yes, I've driven there. The route is mostly on the valleys + a long road tunnel under the Alps themselves. Easy to drive. There are high tolls all along the route and a hefty toll on the tunnel itself. Now if you: - have two extra hours to spare; and - are travelling between mid-May and late October; and
- is on a day with good weather then you can make an extremely scenic drive crossing the Alps on old mountain routes (paved, but narrow and full of switchbacks). It is well worth the views. This is a possible scenic route: http://goo.gl/maps/gYXwS
After seeing those tolls, I think I'll get my mountain jollies over in Western Austria/Tirolia and in the Dolomites. You can also overdose on mountain beauty to the east of Switzerland.
The differential here is the tunnel toll, more than € 30 one-way. There are plenty of tolls in Northern Italy as well, Austria and Switzerland require toll stickers (vignettes)... they are pretty much inescapable driving around the Alps.