There are plenty of rental companies to rent from in Europe including those you are familiar with from the US. If you rent a car you will most likely be picking it up in one city and dropping it off in another. Many sites are closed on Sunday so this will be a problem picking up but not dropping off. Rental sites have drop boxes you can leave the keys in during closed hours of business. Check the times of operation on the web site when searching for a rental car. In some areas gas stations can be difficult to find open on Sundays, so have your car filled Saturday night if you plan to drop it off with a full tank of gas on Sunday
While rental rates are comparable to those in the US , gas is not…
Gas is sold in liters not gallons so remember 4 liters make 1.0567 gallons. Prices for regular gas in Europe this year are ranging from a low of €0,742 in Russia to a high of €1,954 in Norway. By US comparison, thats about $4.02 to $13.35. per gallon respectively. Other Western European countries have higher prices because they lack oil production so as you travel east towards Russia the price of gas drops.. The average US price has been about $3.95. Other countries averages so far in 2014 are (by US comparison) France $8.16/ Germany $8.84/ Italy $9.68/UK $8.72/ per gallon. No wonder europeans prefer bikes, scooters and public transportation. You won’t see them driving big SUV’s or pickups.
Car Rental Companies
You will find many of the same rental car companies in Europe that we have in the US.
Car rentals may also be booked at OTA – Online Travel Agencies. Go to our ➾ Booking On Line page for a extended list of web sites that take rental car reservations.
Taxis are another option while staying in large cities. In many situations taking public transportation from the airport will be more cost efficient and quicker. Airports are usually always a distance away for the city center and even if you’re sharing a cab with someone, you’ll be in traffic with a taxi. Even though transit lines make stops at stations along their route, they run on a regular schedule and are rarely delayed because of traffic. Most taxis do have flat rates from airports to certain areas within a city but, not when going point to point. Ask what their rate is from the airport into the city before taking a cab.
You have probably heard about taxi scams so when entering a taxi always look for a fee meter that’s turn on. If it isn’t, ask for the rate from the driver before taking the taxi. This is especially important when going point to point. Always count your change and give one Euro for a tip.
Ride Share in Europe…
Ride Share Controversy…
Uber is a company that connect passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services. Through a mobile app you can request a pick up for a ride from an individual who will use their own vehicle to transport you to your desired destination. Most drivers use upscaled vehicles like town cars to escort their riders.
Recently this has meet with protests from the taxi industry in areas all around the world. They claim Uber’s services are not in compliance with local laws when accepting money from the public for transportation purposes. Most governments require taxis, chauffeurs, etc. to be licensed and comply with local regulations, especially on the rates they charge. There are also allegations that Uber’s are unsafe, not properly insured or regulated as taxis but, again allegations only. On the positive side there are many reviews from travelers on line that rate the service very high.
Uber is currently working with many local governments for clarification of regulations. Many governments have regulations that are not clear as to whether this type of service falls under current regulations or if they will create new standards for regulating them. This is all so new that it will most likely take some time to work itself out. However, please note, there are areas where services have been prohibited by local municipalities.
Uber services in Europe…
Uber service areas can be to some metropolitan areas only while others have coverage that ranges across rural areas. Click on the Uber links below and view a map of the zones within a coverage area.
- Cherbourg (Includes Mont Saint Michel)
- La Rochelle
- Nancy ( Includes Metz)
- Saint Quentin
- serviced by Rome
- Brighton & Sussex
- Cambridge & East Anglia
- North East UK (Includes Durham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne)
- South Coast UK (Includes Bournemouth, Cornwall, Portsmouth, Southhampton).
- South West UK (Bristol)
Other Ridesharing like Uber…
➾ CABIFY Is a company that connects private and business users with the forms of transport that best suit their needs. Available in cities in Portugal and Spain only.
➾ FREE NOW (formerly mytaxi) is a leading mobility provider. FREE NOW directly connects passengers and drivers with just two taps of the app.
You can go to several web sites and find other people who are driving by car, to same same place you are. You can travel for for less money and get to meet and share the time with other people.
- Find a ride with a trusted driver.
- Offer a ride to a passenger.
- Book and pay online.
- Plan to meet your fellow travel at a designated place, date and time.