Important facts described briefly below:
Under certain conditions, many rental companies offer cross-border trips: The crossing must be announced in writing, with the booking, before the vehicle is picked up, to check whether the insurance coverage also applies in the neighboring country. Sometimes, an additional fee for the border crossing may be charged by the local rental car company. The exact costs can be found in the conditions of the local rental car company, or you can ask our service team.
When traveling or renting a car abroad, it is important to ask yourself if you will cross any borders. Border crossing is permitted in many cases. We will explain to you when it is possible to cross borders with a rental car and what you have to consider.
What do I have to take into account when renting a car abroad?
In all countries, the following applies: the trip must be planned in advance. It must be requested and registered with the car rental company. Border trips with the rental car are usually relatively easy to realize within the EU. In other countries, however, they may be prohibited. The regulations vary not only between countries but also depending on the car rental and the booked vehicle category. When traveling through several countries, all conditions should be considered.
For example, the required minimum driver age varies from country to country and from Rental Company to company. In Germany, it is possible to book a rental car with certain rental companies at the age of 18. In the USA and other countries, however, this is only possible from the mid-twenties onwards.
Even if the border-crossing journey via rental car is permitted, according to the rental conditions, and you have planned for all eventualities, you must inform the car rental company. The best way to do this is to inform them directly when you make your booking. Otherwise, you may be in for a nasty surprise if you are not allowed to drive on at the border crossing.
Tip: Depending on the travel route, it can be more sensible and cheaper to book a new rental car in each country.
What to know when border crossing in Europe?
Border trips within Northern and Western Europe are usually possible. For example, trips between Sweden and Norway, or Germany and France, are no problem.
It can be more difficult if you want to travel from Western to Eastern Europe with a rental car. In this case, crossing the border can be problematic because different insurance conditions apply in individual countries.
Are rental car border crossings allowed in South America?
In South America, border crossing are even more difficult. It is almost always forbidden to drive a rental car across national borders.
What is a border crossing like in North America?
In North America, border crossings are usually allowed. This is convenient if you want to explore the USA and Canada on a round trip. The situation is completely different if you want to drive from North America to Mexico. This border crossing is not quite so easy. Please take into account that different amounts of coverage apply regarding liability insurance.
What are the guidelines for border crossings by sea?
If you cross the sea on your border crossing, you will face additional challenges. You will have to observe the rules for border crossing between the two countries and the conditions for ferry travel. Some car rental companies do not allow ferry trips with a rental car. However, if the trip is allowed, the insurance coverage usually does not apply. It is possible to book additional insurance coverage for the ferry crossing with local shipping companies or ferry companies.
Is there a cross-country insurance coverage for rental car border crossings?
That depends on the car rental company and the specific offer. The problem is that cross-national insurance cover is generally permitted in some countries, but not in others. Therefore, plan your trip carefully and inform yourself before booking a rental car.
Can the rental car be returned to another country?
In many cases, this is not possible. If it is, you should pay close attention to the cost of the offer. If you return the vehicle in another country during your rental car border trip abroad, the car rental company will incur high return costs. One-way rentals across a border are often relatively expensive.
Are there any additional costs for border crossing with a rental car?
Yes, there is usually a fee for crossing the border with a rental car. The prices vary depending on the provider and country. Also, the deposit for the rental car may be higher.
What about traveling from Germany to Poland, and Lithuania and Latvia?
This route is most likely to be possible with the car rental company Sixt. However, there may be restrictions, which you should clarify when booking.
Is it possible to travel from Austria to Serbia by rental car?
With the car rental companies Avis, Europcar, and Budget, this rental car border trip is usually possible. Please pay attention to the specific offer conditions.
Can I drive with a rental car from Germany to Montenegro?
At the moment, no car rental company allows this border crossing.
Tip: A rental car trip from Croatia to Montenegro is possible. That means you can rent a car in Croatia and drive from there to Montenegro.
When crossing countries, what do I have to consider?
If you make a longer trip, you should pay attention to which countries you are driving through. It is not enough to clarify the starting country and the destination country with the car rental company. You must specify each country you are crossing on your trip under "Optional extras" when you make your booking.
Our service team will request the border crossing for you and inform you about the possible additional costs.
If you still have questions, HAPPYCAR will be happy to help you at any time.