Quick Tips: Driving in Europe


To Rent, or Not to Rent?

We always recommend renting a car through our agency before heading out on your trip. Knowing that you have your requested vehicle ready to pick up at your destination can avoid later stress and worry.

Do you need an International Driving Permit?

This is one of the most frequent questions we’re asked. Most often your English-language U.S. license will be acceptable.

A few countries, including Italy, Germany and Spain, require that you carry an International Driving Permit in addition to your U.S. license. To clarify, the IDP is not a license–it is merely a translation of your current US license. It can be obtained at any AAA for less than twenty dollars.

Other Tips: Rules of the Road

Brief yourself with local driving laws and traffic signs before you go. This will minimize confusion later on. Autoeurope is a good resource for many countries’ road signs: http://www.autoeurope.com/roadsigns/

Some countries require tolls or special road permits to use highways.

Manual is the more common of shifts in Europe, and it much less expensive to rent a manual than an automatic.

Some rental companies do not permit vehicles to change countries, for example, between EU and non-EU countries. Even when you drive in between EU countries, there can be a hefty fine: upwards of 50 Euros to pick up in Spain and drop off in Portugal for instance.

Some airline packages combine flights with car rental at a discounted price. Ask your Wittravel agent about deals to Europe today!

Call Wittravel 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com to reserve a car for your trip to Europe. 

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