- Driving to the alps (van hire question)
we looked at this back in 2006 for two weeks in Morzine. All the companies we tried said that they did not hire vans for abroad as lots of people did booze runs to Calais in them and the vans ended up getting impounded etc.
We did get one quote (from a local firm who just had two or three vans) and it was nearly a grand for two weeks hire for a mini bus with some seats removed.
Not sure if tolls and ferry are more expensive for a van, but probably cheaper than two carsPosted 7 years agoColin-TMember
Never had a problem hiring a van for a trip to the Alps.
It'll be hard to get one for 6 though, we've usually only had 3 in. Great for carrying loads of bikes and kit and for day trips a bit further afield than the local lift/trail network allows or an early start somewhere different like Morgins.
For a small van (e.g. SWB low-top transit) the ferry and tolls aren't much (if any) different to a car.
From my poor memory it cost approx
£500 van hire
That was a couple of years back though.Posted 7 years agohungry monkeyMember
Even up for the idea of getting the train to dover and riding to the port with kit bag on back to hire in France.
having ridden with big kit bags before, i can guarantee that it is a total pain in the ass…!!!
why not lok at hiring a big estate and a small car, fill the estate and put most people in the small car? or, try and hire a pick-up double cab?Posted 7 years agochakapingSubscriber
Last year three of us went down in a van and two more of us flew.
All the bikes went in the van, along with a lot of luggage.
Me and another guy got the tram/train/bus from Geneva to Chatel, where we all met up.
Just an idea. I'd probably just take two cars if I was you though.Posted 7 years agospooky_b329Member
Van acoustics…you just turn the radio up a tad. I and all the other van drivers manage fine, plus you get a better view 🙂
Could be worth trying to get a minibus instead of a van, just make sure its not got too many seats (I think 8 or 9 including the driver is the max before a D1 license is needed)Posted 7 years ago
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