Driving around Europe

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  1. PastiesPeake

    PastiesPeake All Australian

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    Hi folks.

    Just booked my flights to Europe, this will be the second trip. The first one consisted of a Contiki tour followed by catching flights here, there and everywhere for another 5 weeks.

    This time I am going for 7 weeks, lobbing in Paris first.

    Obviously I want to make the most of this trip and want to see as much as France, Spain, Germany and Czech Repub.

    Tossing up hiring a car for 7 weeks and driving it.

    Has anyone done this before? Any recommendations?
     

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  2. year of the roo

    year of the roo Brownlow Medallist

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    Hiring a car for 7 weeks in Europe will cost you a fortune. You'd almost be better off buying one when you get there and then selling it when you leave again. Obviously several risks involved in this.

    While in Czech, visit Cesky Krumlov :thumbsu:
     
  3. kirky

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    In 2007, spent 6 weeks driving around Europe and didn't hire a car but leased one thru Drive Away Holidays (much cheaper if your driving is more than 17 days)- picked up a Peugot and gave it back at the end. Cost about A$2,300- for 41 days.

    Here is the website - http://www.driveaway.com.au/peugeot/home - and would highly recommend this option.

    Picked it up in Frankfurt and drove thru Netherlands, Germany, Czech Replublic, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and dropped it back in Frankfurt.
     
  4. WeetBixKid

    WeetBixKid Club Legend

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    Risk your life & buy a cheap motorbike.
     
  5. Messenger

    Messenger Administrator of Hearts

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    Renault and Citroen have similar programs. I used a Renault and for the time I had it (14 weeks) it worked out to be about a third of the price of a hire car. You do have to service the vehicle at your own expense if you get to 15000km though.
     
  6. rocker_oz33

    rocker_oz33 Hall of Famer

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    would love to do this, to just buy a car and drive around all the great places Europe has to offer.you will have a great time and some scary times there a some crazy drivers over there.
     
  7. Messenger

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    Not as bad as it is made out in most places. The troublespots I found were:

    * Ireland. They are shit drivers.
    * Italy. Poor roads when you get off the freeways. Eratic drivers
    * Paris, just because of the size of the place. France in general was very good.

    Drove in Munich, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Geneva, Zurich. No sweat.
     
  8. joop

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    Bump. Has anyone bought a car/van in europe and drove it around? planning on doing this next year for 4-5 months.
     
  9. Hawk Dork

    Hawk Dork Brownlow Medallist

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    I bought a camper in London and drove around for about 8 months then sold it for more than I bought it for
     
  10. Great8

    Great8 Brownlow Medallist

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    I did similar about 20 years ago for just under 3 years. I believe it’s a lot harder to buy cars in Europe now as a non resident but the UK would be the best spot
     
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