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Old February 4th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #2261
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No, it isn't, check Google Street View.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 10:05 PM   #2262
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This is my final try to clarify my point.

At the time you get informed about the vignette requirement and price, you cannot use a different route, since that would involve a U-turn on a motorway. I'm pretty sure that's forbidden by the French as well as the Swiss law.

EDIT: Or is it? Judging from the last messages, it actually seems possible in this very case...
I think you are able to turn around at border crossings. I use Chiasso, Basel-St Louis, Basel - Weil am Rhein and Geneva regularly. Speaking of Geneva, on the French motorway approaching the Geneva area, there is a bloody big sign saying: En Suisse vignette obligatoire.

Either way, why would anyone drive into a country he has never been before without learning some local customs and regulations first?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 11:53 PM   #2263
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As U-turn really seems to be allowed at the border, then I guess I'll take back some of my complaining.

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Speaking of Geneva, on the French motorway approaching the Geneva area, there is a bloody big sign saying: En Suisse vignette obligatoire.
Well, that's good. And so it seems to work with Austria - I've seen warnings about their vignettes when approaching from Germany, Italy and Slovenia. (Haven't tried to enter from Slovakia or Hungary, though.)

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Either way, why would anyone drive into a country he has never been before without learning some local customs and regulations first?
Probably assuming that the most important things are explained upon arrival anyway. In such a way as speed limits actually are. And Switzerland isn't really that exotic place.

To millions of Europeans the concept of a vignette is something they've simply never heard about. To be able to learn some customs and regulations, you must first be aware that there actually is something to learn.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 01:28 AM   #2264
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As U-turn really seems to be allowed at the border, then I guess I'll take back some of my complaining.
It isn't. But maybe they let you go in such a case.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 11:19 AM   #2265
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It isn't. But maybe they let you go in such a case.
Can you do it like this, or is this reserved to authorised personnel?

https://maps.google.fi/maps?saddr=Tu...p=1&sz=16&z=17
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Old February 5th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #2266
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Can you do it like this, or is this reserved to authorised personnel?

https://maps.google.fi/maps?saddr=Tu...p=1&sz=16&z=17
Yes, you can take this road out from customs post but you can't turn to left before truck parking. It's the entrance way to parking. Maybe you can drive through or around this parking and then back to motorway or through streets to Basel. It's the open parking before truck customs and you can drive through this when coming on streets so probably they will tell you to take this road when you explain that you don't want to go to Basel.
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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:19 PM   #2267
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Eh, I'm sure they wouldn't let you do this.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 09:56 AM   #2268
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Can somebody help me, that where can I buy a Swiss vignette? (I will enter from the German A5)

Btw it would be great if we would have some kind of road toll summary.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 10:34 AM   #2269
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You can buy it from the Swiss customs at the border.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 02:16 PM   #2270
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You can usually also purchase it at gas stations in Germany along motorways towards Switzerland.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 02:18 PM   #2271
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There's even an extra lane at the border for cars which need a vignette.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 03:49 PM   #2272
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You can usually also purchase it at gas stations in Germany along motorways towards Switzerland.
Hell, you can even buy them in Belgium at services these days...
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Old March 1st, 2013, 09:23 PM   #2273
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The last rest area at the A5.de before the border is Bad Bellingen West it is after Dreieck Neuenburg
http://www.badbellingen.de/bellingen/shop.html
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Thank you guys!
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 01:07 AM   #2275
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Btw where will you go in Switzerland?
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 01:13 PM   #2276
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83rd International Motor Show in Geneva.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 04:35 PM   #2277
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83rd International Motor Show in Geneva.
Sounds legit
Will go there using my (employer-issued) train GA this year ...
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I will take pics to proove it if you don't believe me, I will be there on 15 March. :P
I suppose that waiting times on the border at Basel (A5/A2) and at Geneva (A1/A41) arent long, right?
(We have a reserved room in La Roche-sur-Foron, France. There is some kind of partnership between this town and Taksony, where I live)
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Old March 5th, 2013, 07:43 AM   #2279
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I suppose that waiting times on the border at Basel (A5/A2) and at Geneva (A1/A41) arent long, right?
As Switzerland is a member of the Schengen Agreement, there shouldn't be any waiting at all. On the first entry you'll need to stop to buy the vignette, if you don't have one already, though.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #2280
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83rd International Motor Show in Geneva.


Before I went on my trip to Austrian Alps for skiing I took a look at the Geneva Motor Show and I noticed that I missed it by one week. If my skiing vacantion would have been in the same time as the Motor Show I would have definately go there.
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