DRIVING IN EUROPE

Apr 1st, 2005, 11:05 AM
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DRIVING IN EUROPE

I was looking to travel to Europe one summer and I was wondering how easy, or hard, it is to drive through the different countries in Europe. Is it had to go over the boarders? Should you avoid certain areas?
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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:44 AM
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As long as you do not drive through the B&Bs, you should be able to avoid the boarders. On a more serious note, driving across the borders, at least in the EU is not a problem.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:47 AM
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Fairly useful recent thread on this: http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34585272

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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:51 AM
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Driving is easy. I just came back from a 2 week driving trip in Spain. I recommend getting a really small car because the smaller medieval villages have VERY narrow streets. Also, pay extra for automatic unless you are really comfortable with a standard shift. Avoid city driving, streets are too old and it takes too much time.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 11:57 AM
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Several countries in the EU are part of the Schwengen treaty; those have no border crossing formalities at all. The crossings between non-Schwengen countries is also no big deal.

What is more important is where you pick up your car, where you drop it off (to avoid high drop-off charges, plan the pick-up/drop-off in the same country, nor necessarily the same city), and be prepared that some car rental companies and credit card companies may impose some make/model limits or insurance requirements if you want to take the car to some of the former Eastern countries.
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Apr 1st, 2005, 01:09 PM
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All the above advice is right on, especially about renting a smaller car if you plan to drive in cities.

Many European countries require "vignettes" or travel stickers you purchase at or right before a border. The cost depends on the length of your stay.

I have driven in England, Scotland, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Austria and Hungary and it was very easy, including border crossings - no problems at all.
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