When planning a Europe trip, a lot goes through one’s mind. For starters, how do you move around the country or countries? Is it better to have a personal vehicle or can I manage with the incredible transportation system of Europe? You can choose your mode of transport depending on your requirements for the trip and how long will be staying.
Will you be going the “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara” way or the “Queen” way? If you plan to hit the tiny towns of Europe and laze under the European sun, it is the ZNMD way. However, if you are planning the city route do not shy away from the premium railway system of Europe. Check this to know more about how to plan a European trip on public transport.
Let us explore how you can have your ZNMD dream road trip come to life.
What Are the Requirements to Rent a Car in Europe?
For Indian license holders, you will need to get an international driver's license.
Along with this, you would need a credit card (note: NOT a Debit card, ONLY Credit) on which a caution fee would be put on hold.
You can add a second driver with a valid international driver's license, but do not need an additional credit card. There are extra charges to add an extra driver, but it is recommended. In case the non-added driver is on the wheel during an accident, the insurance will refuse to cover any damages.
Can I Rent a Single Car for a Trip to the Entire of Europe?
In most of Europe, you can drive a single car. Most car rental companies charge a cross-border fee for driving between Central and Western Europe to Eastern Europe or non-EU countries. In the Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia), you need to get a permit that lets you cross over the border in the same car. This costs Rs 4100. In case you forget to get this, the fine can be exuberant.
What Are a Vignette and a Green Card?
A vignette is a sticker that you attach to your windshield that shows that you have paid the highway taxes. If you rent a car in a country that requires a vignette, you are already covered and the car comes with the sticker. However, if you drive a rental car into a country that requires a vignette, you will have to purchase it. You can find them at border crossings and gas stations. It costs around Rs 250 to Rs830, depending on the country. Failing to purchase this can cost you a Rs 5000 fine.
Countries that require vignettes include Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, and Bulgaria.
A green card is a cross-border insurance card that proves that your car has at least the minimum level of insurance required. Most countries in the EU do not require you to have a green card. It is required in just a handful of countries, including Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, and Montenegro, just to name a few. In addition, cost around Rs250.
What Are the Rules for Different Pickups and Drop Off?
Some companies offer different pick-ups and drop offs but the extra fee depends on the distance of the drop-off.
Dropping the car off at a different location saves you a lot of time and unnecessary backtracking. However, there is a drop fee and this usually costs between Rs 8300 and Rs 25,000, and this can be upwards if there is a change in countries (up to Rs 83,000).
What Are the Companies That Offer Rentals in Europe?