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I'd like to rent a car in Germany, drive to Hungary, and return the car there. Do any car rental agencies allow such a thing (without an enormous fee)?

I'd consider a fee less than 1-2 days additional rental (ie, an extra fee of around €100) to be "not enormous".

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How much would you consider enormous? –  Karlson Mar 19 '13 at 18:32
    
You can easily find that, with e.g. Hertz, this is possible. You'll only have to pay 800 euro and up for the simplest cars. –  Bernhard Mar 19 '13 at 18:33
    
@Bernhard You could put your comment in as an answer. –  Bart Arondson Mar 19 '13 at 18:54
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I had to deal with a similar problem last year and was not able to find a satisfactory solution. I came up with an alternative: use public transport (train or bus) between cities and rent cars locally whenever necessary. –  PERSONA NON GRATA Mar 19 '13 at 19:02
    
@BartArondson There are multiple places providing you with the similar priced cars but until the "enormous" is actually quantified it cannot become an answer. –  Karlson Mar 19 '13 at 19:03
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Using meta-search such as Skyscanner's "Car Hire" tab, seems that you cannot do it without paying enormous extra fee.

3 days with pickup and drop off at Berlin Schoenefeld cost between €100 for very small compact like VW Fox, to €300 for luxury car such as Mercedes C class. On the other hand same 3 days with drop off at Budapest Airport range from €700 to €1000 pretty much regardless of the size.

Also seems that the smaller local companies, which tend to be cheaper, to not allow it at all.

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You are correct about the smaller local companies, because I am renting often cars. They strictly prohibit that you leave the country. –  Thorsten S. Mar 20 '13 at 11:13
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Europcar gives 697.87 for a basic rental, I plugged in the dates April 4-23. europcar

AutoEurope, which seems to be AVIS, quotes 772 for the same dates. autoeurope

This site has some good info you could follow up on.

And I realize you are asking in case someone recently has done this same thing and thus can give a fairly definitive answer, but, as usual, Google it. Don't sit around and wait!

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Yes you can do that. Most european car rental companies will allow that. Herz, Sixt/Budget, Avis etc will all have no problem with that.

A rental car in Germany will cost you around 40+ (++ depeding on the car) per day. Driving it and dropping it in Hungary will cost you 250+ (++ ...) per day.

So if you drive from the German-Austrian border to Hungary in half a day, the price difference is not too bad. If you drive it from the Danish border to Hungaria, it becomes stupidly expensive.

To sum it up: Since you gave us neither the type of car you want, nor the place where you start off, nor where you drop the car, I can only make the general suggestion that it will be cheaper to rent a car anywhere in Germany, drive as far as you can to the border, maybe even to Austria, drop the car there, rent a new one and drive the rather short last distance either by another rental car or even by train.

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