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Old 2nd June 2018, 04:07   #121
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I did Switzerland road trip last year, in December, here is the link to my travelogue - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...itzerland.html

In fact I did Germany, Prague, Netherlands, Spain last year. If you have any queries please shout.
Hey, thanks for the link to your log. Wonder how I missed it. Seems you had a great trip! Would've been better if it hadn't snowed, from the driving perspective. Especially when you have a Golf GTI at your disposal.

We'll be renting from Hertz in Tasch, only for a day. Few queries :
1) Can we rent for a certain amount of time and return it, say, few hours early?
2) How did you pay for the car transport train? Cash or card? I'm guessing it was the Furka tunnel car transport. I'm hoping the Furka pass opens, but if it doesn't we'll have to take the train as well.
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Hey, thanks for the link to your log. Wonder how I missed it. Seems you had a great trip! Would've been better if it hadn't snowed, from the driving perspective. Especially when you have a Golf GTI at your disposal.

We'll be renting from Hertz in Tasch, only for a day. Few queries :
1) Can we rent for a certain amount of time and return it, say, few hours early?
2) How did you pay for the car transport train? Cash or card? I'm guessing it was the Furka tunnel car transport. I'm hoping the Furka pass opens, but if it doesn't we'll have to take the train as well.
In Switzerland you cannot overspeed :( You can return the car anytime you want. We used our debit card for the train, but I will suggest to carry cash.
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I went through this thread and the IDP one and am now positively confused!
We booked an impulsive flight ticket to paris to-and-fro for 12 days in late september.
I was planning to drive in France and Italy (paris - marseille (pick up rental) - milan - venice - florence - rome - coastal routes back to Marseille (drop the car)- Paris)
Have checked and IDP seems like a very difficult option as of now, as my issuing RTO is not there on parivahan and both license and passport have different addresses in different states (Currently I am in BLR). The issuing RTO in Bengal has refused already

So, should I completely drop Italy from the itinerary and go to upper Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and back to Paris) ?

Any thoughts would be great!
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So, should I completely drop Italy from the itinerary and go to upper Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and back to Paris) ?



Any thoughts would be great!

It really depends on what you want to see and do. Did you check with the rental agencies whether they might accept your current driving license? Worth a try.

Weather wise, western and northern Europe in Europe can go either way. Going south in Europe always improves your chance of having better weather. Having said that. I myself will be in the UK and Wales for two short holidays, at the beginning and end of September. The UK is very easy to get to from Paris as well. Hop on the train that takes you right under neath the channel.

All the countries you mentioned are easily doable by train and local public transport. Good luck and enjoy.

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Hi Guys,

I have a query regarding riding a Motorcycle in France. From the information that I could gather, I see that I need to carry a document "Drafted in French or accompanied by an official translation." for my Indian Driving License.

I do hold a UK Car Drivers License(manual) which is valid for driving in France. However, my query is regarding riding a motorcycle for which I do have my Indian license. On checking the services provided by the Indian Consulate in UK I am unable to find the service that would provide me an official translation to make my license valid in France. As per the information, the Indian license should be valid in France for a year considering I have the translation document.

The reason I want to ride a motorcycle is, I believe it would be easier than driving a car on the right hand side of the road, which I have never done previously(have just been a passenger in UAE). Am I right in quoting this? As far as the traffic rules are concerned I should be ok as they are similar to the one's in UK just reversed the other way around. For example, the right of way on a roundabout is for the vehicles approaching from the 'Right' in UK, in France it would be the other way around, that is priority is for the 'Left'.

I am not planning to ride/drive in Paris. I just need to ride if the need arises in Marseille as the the public transport is limited there.

Any inputs provided are greatly appreciated!


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I went through this thread and the IDP one and am now positively confused!
We booked an impulsive flight ticket to paris to-and-fro for 12 days in late september.
I was planning to drive in France and Italy (paris - marseille (pick up rental) - milan - venice - florence - rome - coastal routes back to Marseille (drop the car)- Paris)
Have checked and IDP seems like a very difficult option as of now, as my issuing RTO is not there on parivahan and both license and passport have different addresses in different states (Currently I am in BLR). The issuing RTO in Bengal has refused already

So, should I completely drop Italy from the itinerary and go to upper Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and back to Paris) ?

Any thoughts would be great!
No need to worry about IDP. Indian Driving license is accepted everywhere, including Europe, and Hertz in Paris.

I am hoping your driving license is a smart card and in English.
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