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I am planning on a road-trip from Berlin to Barcelona. I am most interested in knowing if I can hire a car in Berlin and drop it off in Barcelona.

(also, if anyone has tips on routes to take that is also appreciated)

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Trips or routes may need to be a separate question given that details of what you want to see would be required. – Karlson May 1 '12 at 15:29
If you post a different question for the route, please indicate which season you intend to travel. – uncovery Jan 22 '13 at 8:54
I tried to do this from Madrid -> Rome. You can do it, if money is no object, but the rental companies have made it prohibitively expensive by adding €1000 charges or worse. It's a real shame, as it used be possible. The car hire industry is still very secretive, hopefully sites like this one will shine some light on their practices. – TrojanName Jun 8 '14 at 17:39

Any large international car rental firm that operates in both Germany and Spain should work. I just searched via the regular homepages of Hertz and Europcar, and both offered similar rates. It won't be cheap though - around 1000 EUR if you allow only a week for the trip, 2000 if you take a month. Be sure to buy a large enough km package in advance.

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Sixt/Budget is the other of the 3 large rental companies that I would look into. Please be aware that you are often not allowed to take rental cars on ferries. – uncovery Jan 22 '13 at 8:56

I tried to do something like this once, but starting in Spain. I found that it was much more cost effective to buy a car even with insurance. If you have a friend living in Europe I would suggest buying the car in their name to make life easier but it is possible to buy a car as a non-resident in Spain.

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