Yeah, Im Canadian, but I have my german passeport too, and my friends and I would like to rent a car this summer in Europe. We were thinking to visit Holland, germany and France in car.
How much does it cost?
What kind of driver's license do you need and how old must you be...
I suggest you visit the web site of some of the major car rental companies, like Hertz and Avis. This way you'll get a feel for what the costs and restrictions are in the upper end of the market.
One way to find cheap deals on car rentals in Europe is to visit web sites for budget airlines. Many link to low cost car rental companies and an extra discount is sometimes given if you book through the airline web site.
Three airlines with links for booking rental cars are www.airberlin.com, www.germanwings.com and www.transavia.nl.
Most of the big car rental companies are international and you can reserve online. They allow you to drive in the countries that you mentioned, however they don't allow travel to the former Eastern Block countries and Italy (higher accident or theft rates).
You can get an international drivers licence by visiting your local CAA office (don't have to be a member). This is not required but can make your life easier if you have a mishap.
Beware of online quotes if you are picking up your car at the airport. In Frankfurt, charge an extra 30% for the convenience... make sure this is included in the quote or at least confirm if an airport pickup fee applies. I learned the hard way on a rental that was 880 Euro to begin with --> Oouch!
Expect fillups to cost alot... i.e., 100 CDN. You will also get strange looks from people when you tell them the amount of kms you are driving on your trip. It seems that several thousand km road trips are a North American thing.
Ooops, I just check your profile and saw your age. The min. age for the major companies was 25
I would suggest a car rental company called economy car rentals. I have used them before and they have very good prices. Check out the web page www.economycarrentals.com and you can get more info about prices and such.
Agree with Silva about www.economycarrentals.com
The driver requirements are different in different locations, you don't need to be 25 in all of them, so you may find something for yourself.
if you are under 25 then you pay a deposit of 1k in some car company's...if over 25 you get to avoid this! but may end up paying a smaller deposit!
some company's wont even look at you if you are 20 years old...
also you will pay hire insurance which they nicely charge you!
so instead of renting a car for 50 euro a day you may end up paying 75 euro a day!