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Help!!!car rental, transportation for a self-drive

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Help!!!car rental, transportation for a self-drive

We are taking a transatlantic cruise, landing in Harwich on May 13, 2013. We wish to rent a car and self-drive (using B&Bs for lodging) thru England, Scotland,Wales (not too interested in touring London) and then cross the sea to Dublin and tour Ireland flying out of Dublin around the 28th. (roughly a week in each country...yeah, I know it's a lot!)

Where is the best place to rent a car from Harwich (should we go into London? Is it better (financially) to drop off the car at a ferryport at Liverpool, Holyhead or ?, cross the sea and rent another in Dublin for the second week or rent one for the whole 2+ weeks and take it on the ferry and drop it off in Dublin?

Just starting to work on this itinerary and trying to figure out logistics so any help would really be appreciated.

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1. Re: Help!!!car rental, transportation for a self-drive

If you visit the Harwich forum you will find many threads on car hire.

There is now (finally) a new car hire concession actually within Harwich Port - a meet and greet service with europcar, information here:

www.harwich.co.uk/passenger_contacts.asp

http://www.europcar.co.uk/

The nearest sizeable towns to consider renting in are Ipswich, Colchester and Chelmsford, you can get to all of them by train, from the Harwich International Port station, within the port itself.

Check fees for one-way drop-offs, and double check if you will be allowed to take the car to Ireland, some rental companies do seem to allow this, some do not.

IMO for your convenience it would be better to keep the same car BUT if you plan to drop it in Dublin you may accrue a massive drop-off fee as Eire is not part of the UK, so you would then be paying a 'cross border' fee also...

Edited: 24 July 2012, 19:58
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2. Re: Help!!!car rental, transportation for a self-drive

All rental companies will impose a painful "one-way" fee if you drop a UK car in Ireland. Much more cost effective to drop at the port of departure and hire again in Ireland.

I'd suggest that trying to incorporate all parts of the UK and Ireland in only two weeks to is too ambitious. Too much time driving and not enough time actually seeing anything. Just my opinion....

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you cannot 'do' England, Scotland and Wales in a week, it is quite simply a ridiculous idea. You have two weeks and four countries, it is not possible.

As to car hire, some companies allow you to take a car to Ireland (at a cost) but you have to bring it back to the U.K.

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You'd be doing well to even *find* a car rental company which will allow you to both rent in the UK and Ureland, and do a one way drop off in a different country to the one originally rented. So flying from say Edinburgh to Dublin will probably be easier to arrange as you'll have no restrictions on who to rent from. Even then one way fees are common.

When you said one week per country, did you mean one for England, one for Scotland, one for Wales, or did you mean one for the UK and one for Ireland? If the latter, it's not "a lot", it's totally impractical and when you come to work out your itinerary, you'll discover this.

Edited: 25 July 2012, 08:15
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Joe, they are landing in Harwich on the 13th and out of Dublin on the 28th if I am reading it correctly, this is two weeks, and they say 'second week in Ireland' so yep, its one week for England, Scotland and Wales. Perhaps a helicopter would be better than a car rental.......

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Thanks Fuschiagirl, i must read more carefully!

I'm sure we'd all agree that in that case they will soon discover that their plan has a major flaw, that of impossibility :-)

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Cross-Irish sea ferry charges for cars are almost as crippling as the additional charge car hire companies impose for taking a car to Ireland (either side of the border) and the one-way charge. It's also time consuming to get a ferry.

Practically every strip of concrete in England and Scotland offers flights to Ireland.

If you really want to go to Ireland at all (it's simply fatheaded to try to tour all the British Isles in two weeks. Not an intriguing challenge for free-spirited Americans to show the fuddy duddy English a spot of git up and go, but a dismal exercise is being stuck in traffic jams snarling at each other), drop the car in Britain, fly to Ireland, do what you want to do (if necessary with another car) and fly home from there..

Having a car in Dublin is a pointless and expensive nuisance, and trying to squeeze any more of Ireland into those two weeks will make what's already planned to be close on the two most miserable weeks of your lives even worse. So it's hard to see why anyone in your position would want a car in Ireland. But it's almost impossible to see how, if you do, it can possibly make sense (financially or in use of time) to haul a car across the Irish Sea.

Get some proper guide books, and plan a sensible holiday: probably involving a bit of pootling round SE England (for which a car might not be necessary anyway), a flight to Ireland, a day or two in Dublin (any more is for most time-constrained people a waste of valuable time) then a few car-borne days round a carefully chosen bit of Ireland's fabulous coastal scenery.

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8. Re: Help!!!car rental, transportation for a self-drive

on a more positive note,

in two weeks you could drive from Harwich to Pembroke (far end of Wales). cross to Rosslare (SE corner of Ireland). then up to Dublin and back via Holyhead in North Wales. This way you would see some of England, Wales and Ireland. Or you could stick to mainland Britain, Scotland AND Ireland is not possible in the time.

Hertz do allow rental cars to go to Ireland as long as you bring them back.

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