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Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

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Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

Why is this so difficult?

Please help. Flying into Venice then traveling to Bled, Slovenia for a few nights and then returning to Venice.

1. Mass Transit seems lengthy and confusing? Any trains that are overnight and more direct? If so how do I book? I feel as though all the connections will be stressful...

2. If I do rent a car and drive, will I need a special driver's license? Or will my US driver's license and passport be enough?

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1. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

1. I don't think it's "so difficult" or that one change is lengthy, confusing or stressful. Go to www.bahn.de to see connections; they may not be bookable online. There are two train stations in Bled; find out about them and decide which you want.

2. I'm not sure you can rent a car in Venice for travel to Slovenia. If you can, you need an IDP, an official translation of your state driver's license that you can get from the AAA.

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2. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

For bookable online fares, see http://www.fsitaliane.it/homepage_en.html for the Austrian railways luxury bus from Venice to Villach and at www.oebb,at for onward trains to Lesce Bled. Only one transfer is required this way. Note that the bus from Venice departs from Tronchetto, not from the train station, but from the airport it would be best to take it from Venezia Mestre train station where it also calls..

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3. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

Active link for oebb - http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp

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4. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

You will need a US International driving license I believe. Also Slovenia is one of those countries that has "restrictions" with many hire car companies. You must inform the Rental company at time of booking which countries you wish to visit. Generally there is an insurance surcharge. Must be done at time of booking so that the pick-up office is aware.

e.g.

This is an extract from Avis regulations which implies a blanket ban in the former eastern-bloc countries

avis.de/assets/pdf/DE_Einreisekarte_2010.pdf but when you contact them they inform you there is an insurance surcharge then you can safely drive the vehicle. Some pick-up offices are not aware of this

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5. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

Not having luck renting a car.

Thank you all for your help. But does anyone know the exact station I need to arrive at to catch a train or bus? Please help, I need specifics....

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6. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

You had specifics in reply 2.

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7. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

This thread has a link to a map showing exactly from where the Austrian Rail bus leaves:

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187870-i57-k455…

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8. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

i.e. for Tronchetto. But the OP is apparently travelling direct from the airport and will therefore want Venezia Mestre train station, served by direct buses from the airport, and where the Villach bus stops directly outside.

To travel to Tronchetto from the airport would be a major waste of time, money and effort.

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9. Re: Car hire in Venice to drive to Bled, Slovenia

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