I'll be flying into Venice mid October. After a couple of days there we would like to go to Lake Como, then take a train to Zurich. I'm considering renting a car to make the drive from Venice to Lake Como and then drop it off in Milan to catch the train to Zurich. We would then take the train from Zurich to France. We would like to pick up a car inside France and drop it once we meander our way to Paris. Is this a good idea, or what am I missing.
Nothing wrong with the plan. Be aware that there will be a dropoff charge in both cases for renting in one place and returning to another. It is a good idea that you are not picking up in Italy and returning somewhere in France, that would be a heftier drop-off charge. You could ask, What do I want to see between Venice and Como?, if the answer is not much, then you could take the train to Milan and rent a car there, renting and returning to the same spot, same for France. If you have things planned (Some time in Verona, maybe zip up to the Dolomites and Balzano for a night), etc. Then the car makes sense. Just my preference, but I like a car for local hard to get places, leaving longer hauls to the trains or planes.
Thanks for the help. I'm aware of the drop of charges. That's why I'm renting only in once country at a time to help limit the cost. We're working out the details of our itinerary, but this is a good start.