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I will arrive at Frankfurt for a two week vacation in Europe. I plan to hire a car for a round trip to stay one night in different cities in the way of Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

When I was search for a car to book, the cars were similar but the prices were significantly different. Thus, I wanted to ask from folks in Europe that which company provide a better service for this purpose (road trip), and what factors I should consider (for example, the type of fuel due to its price in the above-mentioned countries).

Note that my trip is budget and I wish to go for the cheapest option!

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Given the route over Eastern europe you have a problem.

First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States, it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers local car companies in Germany could offer are of no use for you.

That means you have only a few options and that are international companies which are

  • Sixt
  • Europcar
  • Avis
  • Hertz

Now the second problem: All these companies have no problems to rent a car for a tour in the Western part of Europe, but Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, etc.) is a problem.

Sixt do not rent Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, VW, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jeeps / Offroad into Eastern Europe. Europcar does not specify exactly what is allowed, but you can expect resistance (outright prohibition or hefty prices). The same with the other companies.

And they are much more expensive than local car rentals, so it won't be cheap anyway.

This is really a problem because people do not read the Terms and Conditions and simply book cars, not knowing that they are losing completely their insurance cover if they do not exactly state which route they want to take. And I suppose you know how expensive even a small scar on new cars can become. If your car is stolen, you must pay it completely with compensation, if you have or even cause a severe accident, then God help you. And this is for the international companies.

So be truthful and tell exactly where do you want to go. As the companies have competition, I do not think it makes sense to promote one company, simply ask for each company how the conditions are.

Trying to cross borders with local car rentals is downright criminal even if nothing happens, so DO NOT TRY TO DO THIS !

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Criminal? That's a gross exaggeration, AFAIK, you would merely be breaking a contract. –  Relaxed Jun 30 at 7:36
@Relaxed Seems to be right. I correct that because the important information is already there. I suppose I had an overzealous employee. –  Thorsten S. Jun 30 at 7:46
Just ask simple question like " May i drive this car to" just believe they have a solution for your trips. Really. I stayed in Germany as Indonesian. I have several times rent a car from A*** and drive it cross country (Poland, Switzerland, France, and Danemark). They have different condition for the insurance. (they charge more euros for driving to Eastern europe) Just ask them clearly and ASK FOR THE CONTRACT WROTE IN YOUR LANGUAGE. –  muhammad.mudjiono Jun 30 at 8:41
And this is my opinion according to budget. Europecar : Most expensive. Sixt: Good Price, (more expensive than Avis, cheaper than Europcar) very good responsibility, Very good car collection you could use Ford or Opel to drive to the eastern europe because they didn't state you cannot drive to east with Ford/Opel (but still ask them an tell them about your trip plan). Avis: cheap, good responsibility, normal car, and they'll charge more if you drive to eastern europe. –  muhammad.mudjiono Jun 30 at 8:57

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