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1. Posted by eden_to (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys,

Have been thinking about renting a car and exploring europe, but need a question answered.

If you rent a car in western europe, is it permissible to explore eastern europe? And I ask this in both the contractual sense with the rental company, as well as in an accessibility sense (crossing borders without headaches).

I ve heard that rental companies will not permit for eastern europe travel under their agreements. I ve also heard that driving in eastern europe can be kind of problematic - hazardous driving, car thefts, border issues....

Any info regarding this matter would be much appreciated.


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

driving in eastern europe can be kind of problematic - hazardous driving, car thefts, border issues....

The same applies to Italy and some (very small) parts of France.

You will be lucky if you find a company that will let you take a rental car to several Western European countries and you will certainly pay a premium for it. If you intend to stay longer, you might want to buy a car. (But be warned, that is a hassle too.)

3. Posted by Anca (Budding Member 10 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I asked the same question 2 weeks before you...
I have found 3 companies on the Internet that are based in the USA and that act as brokers for the other companies.
One is (best price so far)
Another is
A third is Europebycar or Europbycar (I can't remember) although they offer more "lease" types (you must have seen it on the web, it's the Renault lease deals... 17 days or more)

If you find another one, please let me know, as I am still shopping myself!

4. Posted by Silva (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Check out, i rented a car in Germany and drove it to Poland and there were no problems at all! Good luck!

5. Posted by marthacork (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I can also recommend Across the border rentals are possible with them (you need to check the local terms and conditions for the location where you're hiring a car). And it is a big advantage that their rates are really competitive :)

6. Posted by ruralua (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I know this is probably too late, but when I have rented cars in Eastern Europe there was often a green insurance card with the rental and the card had 'Xs' on the countries where the car was insured. I don't know if this is standard all over Europe or not.

Many places like Serbia, Macedonia, Albanian etc. may not be included under the normal rental insurance plan, and you may have to purchase insurance at a border in order to cross into a country.

If you get into an accident, I am not sure how this system works as the insurance is often more like a vehicle tax than a valid insurance plan. Regardless, it is just one complication.

Basically, I would ask the rental agency for which countries the car is insured. Another thing to keep in mind is that depending upon your car plates, you may be charged higher prices on some toll roads. It probably isn't an issue, but you may just want to be aware of it.

In the end, it really depends upon where you are traveling. Research the countries you will be spending a lot of time in, find which car agencies are there, and then maybe rent from those agencies. They will probably have the requisite insurance and services if you need it.


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