Important facts described briefly below:
Vacation on an island is fun and relaxing. However, sometimes navigating the island can be a bit tricky with a rental car. A ferry crossing, via rental car, is not allowed in all countries and not with every car rental company. Many suppliers fear that damages can occur to the vehicle while using a ferryboat. Oftentimes they prohibit ferry crossings via rental car or at least exclude insurance coverage while onboard. Below is information about where you can book rental cars that can go on ferryboats. Please note that each ferry crossing must be requested in writing before the rental. Our service team will gladly inform you about possible additional costs and regulations upon request.
What do I have to consider while transporting the rental car via ferry?
Usually, you must announce the date of crossing and passenger names to the rental car company in advance. You should take into account that one-way rentals are often more expensive than a two-way trip. If you only use the car for crossing from the mainland to an island or from one island to another, you will have to pay a high repatriation fee.
Does the insurance coverage on the mainland also apply on the island?
In many cases, the same insurance coverage applies before and after the ferry crossing. However, please pay attention to the information in the respective offer. On the ferry, however, the insurance coverage is usually not valid.
Is there additional insurance coverage for rental cars on the ferry?
In many car rental companies, the driver is liable for damage to the rental car on the ferry. Therefore, many ferry companies and shipping companies offer additional insurance coverage. This coverage would apply to the rental cars during the ferry crossing. Additional insurance for rental cars on a ferry can usually only be purchased on site.
What can I do if a ferry crossing is not permitted in my country of travel?
In this case, you can book two rental cars. The first rental car is to be returned before the crossing. After the crossing, you can pick up the second rental car. Sometimes it is possible that the rental car can be brought to the port. For this, however, an additional fee is common. Often the pickup stations of the car rentals are also located near the port.
Are ferry crossings for rental cars allowed in Germany?
Many car rental companies in Germany allow ferry crossings, especially the big providers. These include, for example, the car rental company Buchbinder, which works with tour operators such as Auto Europe, Cars & Camper, and DriveFTI.
Again, the ferry crossing must be booked in advance! You should also note that the use of the rental car on the ferry is only possible with certain offers.
Is a ferry trip from Germany to Sweden possible?
This is usually possible with the tour operator Auto Europe. With the rental company Global Rent, however, a ferry trip is not allowed. There are additional costs for crossing the border.
Can I take my rental car on the ferry in New Zealand?
New Zealand consists of the North Island and South Island. Traveling by ferry is common, and can hardly be avoided on a round trip visit. Therefore, you can book a ferry rental car with some car rental companies in New Zealand. You should clarify this ahead of time. The car companies Ezi Car Rental and Jucy Car Rentals usually allow ferry crossings after prior notification. If the rental car is picked up on the South Island and returned on the North Island, there are sometimes special offers. To book the ferry crossing, the following information is usually required:
- Number of persons
- Age of the persons
- Date of crossing
- Time of the crossing
Europcar, Hertz, Interrent, and Maui do not offer rental cars for ferry crossings. The rental cars are not allowed to leave the respective island. However, you can get on the ferry on foot and book a new rental car on the other island.
Can the rental car be taken on the ferry in Canada?
Most car rentals in Canada allow you to take the ferry. This is convenient, for example, if you want to take a trip to Vancouver Island from Vancouver.
Can I use the ferry in Spain with my rental car?
On the Canary Islands, this is usually possible. For example, many vacationers travel to Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and Tenerife with a rental car.
Are there rental cars for ferries in Ireland?
In Ireland, many vacationers want to explore the popular Isle of Man. Some car rentals make this possible. However, there are no general statements for Ireland. Please pay attention to the conditions of the respective offers.
Which car rental companies offer ferry car rental in Scotland?
If you are planning a trip to Scotland, you can contact the provider directly. Ferry trips with a rental car are possible with other providers, but they must be requested individually.
Tip: The Isle of Skye is now connected to the mainland via the Skye Road Bridge. A ferry is no longer required to get there.
What are the car rental ferry conditions in Croatia?
If you are traveling in Croatia, you often want to visit the islands of Hvar, Korcula, or Mljet. Some car rentals in Croatia allow this. Please note the respective offers.
Is a ferry crossing in Greece possible?
There is no car rental company in Greece that guarantees ferry crossings. You will have to inquire and confirm each ferry crossing individually.