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One way rental car from Oslo to Budapest, for 2 weeks

One way rental car from Oslo to Budapest, for 2 weeks

Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 09:38 AM
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One way rental car from Oslo to Budapest, for 2 weeks

Hey everyone,

My family and I (6 passengers) will be doing a two week road trip from Norway to Hungary, in the month of August 2015. The travel destinations include: Oslo, Copenhagen, Berlin, Vienna, Prague and Budapest. We are having trouble finding a reasonable priced car rental service that allows one way travel. Most sites (Hertz, Avis) offer rental options with the same pick up and return locations. We wish to pick up the car in Oslo and return it in Budapest. Kindly suggest what options are available?

Moreover, there is an option of long term car leasing available in other countries in Europe but so far we couldn't find any such facility in the countries we are visiting. If possible please suggest leasing options as well.

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Zahra.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 10:07 AM
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High multi country rental drop off fees are just a fact of life. And you are not traveling nearly long enough to qualify for a lease/buy back.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 11:00 AM
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If you are only visiting those cities, have you looked at taking the train? Plus, with six people plus luggage, you are going need two cars or something big if you drive.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 11:11 AM
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There are several issues.
You are looking for a large car that does not always exist at rental site locations.
A cross border drop off so far away comes with sticker shock fee, as you noticed.
Your rental period is too short to qualify for other car options.

If you have boxed yourself in the remainder of the itinerary for the trip that comes up in 1.5 months (August 2015), e.g. flight, lodging at places only accessible by a car, you would either have to swallow the breathtaking fee or start looking into alternatives to combine car/train/plane, etc.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 11:57 AM
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Thank you for your replies everyone!

Firstly, we could reconsider splitting the road trip into two parts as to reduce the total distance traveled on each car. Maybe we could do two vans one from Oslo to Copenhagen or Berlin and from there onward we could take our second van to Budapest; will there be better options then? We will definitely need a van, a car wouldn't do.

Secondly, sixt is offering a long term rental option at an okay price but the glitch is that the van needs to be returned at the pick up location. One way isn't an option. Is it possible that we hire a reliable chauffeur in Budapest (maybe someone from the rental service) or figure out some way to ask a third person to drop the van off to Oslo once our journey ends. Obviously, there is a high risk involved in that but it would be ideal if you could suggest something along these lines.

Thirdly, our last resort would be taking the train (eurail) but it doesn't compare to the experience of a road trip. Does eurail cover enough sites in the cities we are travelling to? Does the train do justice to the locations? Can you guys suggest 4 or 5 star hotels that are very close to train stations so as to minimize walking distance (with luggage) from the train to hotels?We will be staying 2 nights in each city.

Thanks!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 11:59 AM
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If it was a one-way rental between two established Western Europeans countries like France/Germany, Norway/Sweden etc, then many multinationals will provide a car, but with high drop-off fee. But you are asking a Norwegian-registered car to be dropped off in Budapest, which is nearly 2,000 km away across many national borders and at least one ferry crossing. Besides, Hungary is in Central Europe and many but not all rental companies don't allow their cars to be taken into Hungary, let alone to be dropped off. So the Norwegian-registered car has to be transported back to Norway on the back of a low loader or driven back - which all has to be paid for plus the hassle of arranging it, while the car won't be earning any money.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 12:04 PM
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Consider: how difficult it is to drive in congested European cities, how it'll suck to pay the gas prices in Europe (assuming you're American and not accustomed to them), how you'll have to shell out for either tolls, vignettes or both, how rental car companies used to have riders prohibiting use of the car in Prague because it's a car theft haven (dunno if that's still true, look it up), any other restrictions on rental cars going from Western Europe to former Soviet client states . . .
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 12:25 PM
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You cannot arrange for someone to drive the car back. All drivers must present their licences when the car is hired. Paying for someone to drive that distance to return the car would cost as much, if not more than the one-way drop off fee.
Splitting the distances just means two drop off fees instead of one.
Look at trains and maybe cheap airlines if your main aim is cities.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 12:29 PM
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Thank you Alec and BigRuss. I guess you both are right, a complete road trip for that wide a geographical territory is impractical. We will probably have to combine train, ferry and car travel. Is it better to rent a car from Oslo to Copenhagen, take a ferry from there and then use the train to travel from Berlin to Budapest?
Or take the train from Oslo to Copenhagen, then ferry and then road trip on van from Berlin to Budapest?

You seem to know more about registration and other car rental policies than the info available on all these websites, your suggestions will be highly appreciated.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 12:42 PM
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You are not going to be using a car IN the cities, you are just going to be paying parking fees for it. If you are not STAYING in the countryside, but just driving through it, you will be better off on the train. The cities you are visiting have excellent public transport, not to mention taxis, and the train stations are central. Not sure what eurail is, but probably not a good place to be doing research. Use this site instead: seat61.com.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2015, 01:55 PM
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I personally agree that the car is the worst choice for travel in all of these places. (I also think you have far too many places on your list and haven't considered that you will barely be in each city a day after you take off the time needed to drive between them.)

Having said that, what probably makes the most sense is a combination of ferries, trains, and (if you insist) driving.

Have you checked Kemwell? I'm pretty certain you can rent a car in Berlin and drop off in Budapest. So if you insist on doing part of this itinerary by car, then do that and get yourself from Oslo to Copenhagen by ferry, to Berlin by train, and then drive the rest of the trip. I don't recommend that, but you seem determined, and I think that's your best bet.
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Aside from the car issue, six cities in 14 days herding 6 individuals is madness.
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I think you still may not understand. ALL of the various options you've laid out . . . Oslo > Copenhagen, Berlin > Budapest, etc still include multi-country drop off fees. As long as you are picking up in one country and dropping in another you have to pay the fees. It makes no difference if those countries are closer together. It isn't the distance -- it is the borders that matter.

You are trying to cover waaaay too much territory in waaaay too short a time -- and driving is not at all practical.

Cut back the number of places and take trains - driving make no sense.
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oops -- meant to add -- Once you have a final plan, then we can help you decide if a rail pass (like Eurail) makes sense. Very often point to point tickets are cheaper.
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I'm confused.

You seem to think that once you get on an intercity train it will take you everywhere. It takes you only to the main (or one of the main) train station in whatever city.

Transit within each city is a completely different thing. It is local to each city, metro or u-bahn or tram or bus or whatever - and is not included in the cost of any rail pass and has to be paid for on the spot. If arriving at a train station with a lot of luggage I would just hop a cab to your hotel -the cost will be minute versus a car rental.

Having a car in any of these cities is basically useless. You can;t use it drive around the cities (traffic, no place to park it, finding garages at $40 or more per night or day). And many of them have pedestrian only zones in the center - where you can;t take a car at all.

Also you just don't have time to see anything in the countryside between these cities. If you have 2 nights in each city that is one night on arrival from previous city and one day to see the city - then hop in the car and repeat again and again.

We love driving in europe and have done many road trips in different parts of europe. But that is with a large anchor city at each end and then renting the car to see smaller towns, villages and countryside in between. Not just rush from one huge city to another.

None of them were anywhere near the distance you are talking about. Typically we do no more than about 1K miles in 2/3 weeks depending on how long we stay in the anchor cities (and how many times we have been there before). And this is wandering some local roads - not just racing the clock on major highways.

Agree this trip should be train - or better yet, it should be cut to no more than 4 cities so you have time to actually see something.

If you insist ondoing this by care just make up your mind the price will be very high. And be sure you have paid the fee for all of the drivers and that you can take the car into all of the countries you are going to. If you don;t follow these rules your insurance will be void. (Also note that agencies are much less likely to be willing to allow larger/more expensive vehicles into other countries, especially distant ones. If you decide to do this by car I would just rent 2 sedans rather than one giant 8 or 9 person van.)
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