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Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

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Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

We finish our cruise in Barcelona in mid September and are joining friends in Vinsobrues (France) a few days later. We thought we'd drive up (4.5hours) and enjoy the sights on our way there. Do any experts have any advice on this? Barcelona traffic is described as a nightmare, but since we are leaving the city I presume it shouldn't be so much of a problem? We would hire a rental car so are there any additional problems with a one way hire, dropping off in a different country?

The only other alternative is presumably a train?

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1. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

Hola,

You will have to pay a high price to leave your rental car in another country. Just check with the rental company

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2. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

Bah! I thought with it being the EU it would all be the same...?

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3. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

No. Vehicle registration and insurance are country-based. Someone would have to go to France and drive the car back to Spain.

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4. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

No. For the reasons listed above. Stay in Barcelona and let your friends come to you and enjoy La Merce.

BTW - some rental companies in the EU allow cross-border travel (the last car we rented in Germany was good for almost everywhere from Ireland to Greece inclusive) but one-way drop off prices can be eye-watering. Insurance can very easily be cross-border, though. I can drive my UK vehicle anywhere in the EU with no insurance changes and further afield with additional charges. Registration is irrelevant and anywhere in the EU you will find many vehicles registered in other countries being driven legally.

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5. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

You could catch a train to Perpignan and the rent the car from there - you'd be close enough to pop back in Spain for the Costa Brava before heading further into France.

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6. Re: Driving from Barcelona (Spain) to Vinsobrues (France) YES/NO

Expensive = several hundred euros so getting the train to Perpignan and hiring the car there will almost certainly be cheaper. That way you also avoid Barcelona traffic!

As Chris says, cross-border travel is not usually a problem, providing you are returning the car to the country you started in. A few years ago we picked up a car at Treviso airport and visited Austria and Slovenia too (before returning to Treviso to fly home) . The car actually had French plates so obviously it's not automatic that they have it driven back to home country!

Edited: 15 April 2013, 18:27
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