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Just to supplement Rory Alsop's answer: I've driven that road, and didn't think it was excessively steep or windy. I was in a pickup truck, but small cars on the road didn't seem to have any trouble. I routinely drive steeper and windier roads in a Honda Civic. I think any modern car in good working order will be just fine, even a compact or economy ...


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Unless you are planning on taking some very out of the way trails (in which case I'd suggest renting a pickup truck) the 285 is a pretty good road, from all the info I can find online. A small car is not going to present a problem if you are just packing light. You wouldn't want to try and shoehorn a lot of heavy luggage into one, but small rental cars will ...


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I agree with Tom. Songthaews and tuktuks will make you appreciate Chiang Mai more, and they're definitely a more affordable option. If you have to deal with a car rental company, be very wary and make sure to Google it up and contact the best ones. You might wanna check out EasyTerra.


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Car rental is one of the most obscurely priced services with varying conditions. It is very hard to predict and my advice regarding car rental bookings is "compare". Compare multiple car rental agencies, compare with brokers, compare with the deal you can get booking with an airline or online travel agent (OTA). The reason you are suggested this car rental ...


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Use one of the bigger car rental companies. Usually you can rent a car in Germany and return it in Poland. Then stay for some days and get a car to return to Germany. Shouldn't be a problem in every bigger city. You need a drivers license that is valid in the EU!


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A car obviously gives you much more flexibility. And though local public transport in Brazil is pretty decent if not awesome, it is not very usable for users who don't speak Portuguese. In fact, in my experience, the most common way for Brazilians to find their way around using local public transport in a city they are not familiar with is to ask around. ...


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You can use Rome2Rio to search for itineraries between each city. For example it seems you have various bus options from Rio to Petropolis, either by bus or combining bus and train. The screenshot below shows the bus option: The Teresopolis to Rio journey seems a bit more complicated, requiring bus changes in either Nitero, Petropolis, or a combination of ...


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Rio has more than one bus terminal, the one that seem to be the major is Novo Rio. From their site you can search for buses to Petropolis and see their timetable. Unfortunately, the site is available only in Portuguese. I searched for other sites and found this one, which has an english version, but it redirects to a different site. Strange is, in this last ...


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Yes, it should be doable. If you don't want to navigate the web sites, then go to a larger JTB travel or "Green Window" (Midori no Madoguchi) at the larger train stations where they speak English and make your train+car reservations there. Getting a GPS with English is very, very difficult. I haven't found one and GPS units in Japan are built-in, so they ...


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Your plan sounds otherwise OK, but you're going pretty early in the year: it's still going to be cold and wintery in Feb/March, with lows below freezing and occasional snow. I suspect the scenery would be better later in spring or in autumn. However, the roads should be open, so this isn't a blocker. Your IDP will be fine. For Japanese car rental ...


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Yes, you can. However, make sure that you booked your rental car in advance for a price that includes the one-way fee for this route (these fees can be very high). Also make sure that the quoted rate is for a non-resident, includes a reasonable insurance and is valid for drivers from your country (US citizens get different rates). look up the differences ...


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Often car rentals in the USA are cheaper at airports than elsewhere. If you find that, you might want to take public transit to a NJ airport. The smaller rental companies (even with strange names like payless and rentawreck) can be less expensive than the large rental companies, but you will get more uniformly good service from the larger companies. (I ...


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I just did a famous website search. This indicated where public transit stopped and car was required. Given that, I'd look at final destination of the public transit and perhaps look for a local taxi/car for hire in that area and call ahead by the time I got there. Edit to add: It might make more sense to rent a car near a place that's easy to return to, so ...


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I think the comments are giving some ideas of the possible reasons behind this choice. In particular, it depends a resident of what country you are. I just tried to get a quote on a car in the US on Avis website and first I picked in the dropdown that I was a USA resident and the second time I picked that I was a UK resident. As you expected, I got the same ...



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