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Driving across borders in Europe

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Driving across borders in Europe

Can anyone advise me if there is a rental car company that allows me to rent a vehicle and take the following:

Paris- marseille - ice - Tuscany -venice - Split Croatia - Ferry to Bari and then drop off in Rome??

What are the issues or what should I do to overcome this as multi rentals proably not easy?

Thank you

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1. Re: Driving across borders in Europe

You can probably rent one car but your drop off in another country fee will be quite expensive (it seems to be charged by the distance from original pick up to last or drop off country (in your case Paris-Rome)-

You would be better off doing one rental in France and another in Italy. If you are staying longer than three weeks you may be better off looking at a lease option; I am not sure if it would be cheaper, but it's worth a shot


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3. Re: Driving across borders in Europe

The major rental companies all say "not allowed to take the vehicle in Eastern Europe" but I'm sure that the definition has to have changed some since 1990.

Renting in Paris this summer, twice I have been given cars with Italian licence plates (both times by Europcar), so clearly the international drop-off fees do not deter all renters.

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4. Re: Driving across borders in Europe

I should add that a rental company in Paris that could provide you a car with Italian plates would normally waive the drop-off fee for Italy, because it is in their interest to get the car back to Italy as soon as possible.

Back when I worked for Avis, there was a very complicated chart of how the different divisions of the company shared rental revenue. It was something along the lines of if you sent the car back to the country of origin within one week, your agency kept 100% of the revenue, if it took two weeks, you only got 50% of the revenue, etc. After two weeks, agencies were desperate to find somebody to take the car back to the other country.

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5. Re: Driving across borders in Europe

most cars we have rented have prohibited taking them to Eastern Europe and on ferries so you need to make sure that can be done.

a couple of years ago we picked up a car in Amsterdam and drove it into southern France and dropped it in Paris -- the drop fee was waived because it was a French car -- that saved us a big hunk of money

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