I realise there have been a number of discussions on here about the St Gothard pass, but I have searched and I cannot find the information I want so but I have to start another discussion (sorry!)...
I will be travelling from Italy into Germany in June by car and I intend to travel along the A2 towards Airolo, then along the St Gothard pass. I decided to use the pass rather than the tunnel to avoid queues and because the route will be more scenic.
(I will be traveling from the south of Lake Garda to Bad Krozingen in the German Black Forest on Saturday 7th June. I will start early but I expect it will be mid-morning before I approach Airolo).
I have a few questions and I would be grateful for any help...
1) I assume I will need to leave the A2 some distance before Airolo to avoid getting caught in the queues for the tunnel. I was planning to leave at exit 43 then travel towards Airolo on Route 2, which should just take me onto the pass. Does this seem reasonable?
2) I understand there are 2 roads through the pass - an older one with cobbles and a new one with tarmac, which is also wider. Do I need to look for any signposts to be sure that I get on the newer, tarmac'ed road?
3) Are there any places to stop on the pass for toilets, coffee, food etc. or should I make sure we get all of that sorted out in Airolo?
4) I realise the pass will take longer to drive than going through the tunnel but I assume I will save more time if I avoid the queues for the tunnel. Does this sound reasonable?
As I say, any help on this will be very welcome!
AlanEdited: 7:19 am, March 26, 2014