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driving in Germany & Austria

by /bio/pheymont »

Of course, your mileage may vary, but I've found that Hertz has often been my best choice for automatics in Europe; the "up" for automatic has been less than with others.

Randomly taking a week in March 2014, renting at Munich Hbf and returning to the airport in Frankfurt, I found a quote of 119? a week for a manual Opel Astra, and 161 for an automatic Volvo V40, roughly similar in specs, except the Volvo is rated to hold one more small suitcase, and to get 42mpg vs 33mpg for the manual.

Quotes from Europcar and others seem to have a bigger upcharge; perhaps Hertz has more U.S. customers in Europe looking for automatic? 

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RE: driving in Germany & Austria

by /bio/lojoblais »

 

My hubby & I are thinking of a visit to Germany & Austria in December.   We would like to drive around so we can set our own schedule.   IS IT POSSIBLE TO RENT A CAR W/ AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION?  IS THERE A SPECIFIC COMPANY WE SHOULD CONTACT?   Please advise.  Thanks!
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by /bio/captain-larry »

My experience is not a direct transfer, but might be some benefit.

Look at www.rentalcars.com. They don't rent cars themselves but they list all (many) of the companies that rent cars where you want to go, and they compare prices.

My experience in Ireland is that, yes, you can rent a car with an automatic transmission. But the price was nearly double the price of a similar car with a standard transmission. I opted for the automatic because with right hand drive and driving on the left side of the road, I didn't need the additional concern of a cluch and a gearshifter. The price difference may not be as great in Germany and Austria.

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by /bio/lojoblais »

THanks so much I will def check into that!

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RE: driving in Germany & Austria

by /bio/pdhenry »

Another rental source is AutoEurope.com. They're a US-based agent for a number of European rental companies. A couple of catches - you have to rent for a minimum of 3 days and rentals are paid in advance (but easily refunded should your plans change). At the minimum I find them useful for checking what's available.
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RE: driving in Germany & Austria

by /bio/lojoblais »

If we are staying in the city prope, which is the best airport to fly into?

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kringenwally

RE: driving in Germany & Austria

by kringenwally »

Depends where you come from and when - the new international Brandenburg airport is not finished yet, it's next to the existing Schönefeld airport about ten miles or so to the southeast of the city. Currently the main international airport is Tegel (TXL), not far out, maybe 8 miles to the northwest. But schedules will change when the new airport comes online - just go with the best air ticket deal you can get for Berlin and it won't make much difference as to where you'll land.

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ameliab

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by ameliab »

You'll pay more, but you shouldn't have any problem renting a car in Germany and I, personally, LOVE driving there. The roads are superb and well-marked, and the drivers, though they go FAST, really follow the rules of the road. I think it's an ideal way to get around.

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RE: driving in Germany & Austria

by /bio/mango »

Didn't there used to be a program where you could lease brand new  cars in Germany for vacation and then resell them. We resarched it several years ago and then didn't end up doing a driving vacation in Germany, though the prices for leasing were better than renting. Wondering if anyone has info on that, as it might work well for this traveler.

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kringenwally

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by kringenwally »

The are two such systems, one is lease-and-buy-back, the other is to purchase a car and drive it in Europe before having it shipped to your US residence. Both require certain minimum time frames in Europe. Not sure how long OP is planning to be in Germany on this trip.

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