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I live in the Netherlands and I'm planning a holiday in Tirol. I would really like to cut down on air travel.

In the past I have traveled from the Netherlands to Croatia by train several times and I remember it was quite comfortable. However now we are traveling as a family with a 4-year old child, so changing trains in München at stupid o'clock is something I would like to avoid.

Also, it would be easiest to have a rental car waiting for us at or near the railway station.

Is it possible to get a deal on train tickets + car rental, and if so where and how? This site by Deutsche Bahn promises to find me a good deal, but I cannot even find one car. I would be ok to travel to a large railway station and to rent a car there for further travel.

In the Netherlands it is possible to rent the car of another citizen, even to go abroad, using Snappcar. Does such a service exist in Germany or Austria and could I use it as a foreigner? (Actually, this is our plan B, rent a family car and go driving).

I have kept the title of the question broad deliberately, if a good rail + rent-a-car deal exists in France or Spain, I'd like to know for our next holiday.

  • There are two rental car offices in the train station in Burgos (Spain) but both were closed when I arrived on a weekday morning! – WGroleau Apr 1 '18 at 21:33
  • France : oui.sncf/train/train-avis Are these 'good' deals, I cannot tell. It mentions that a SNCF agent will give you the car keys in case the rental agency is closed at time of arrival. – audionuma Apr 2 '18 at 5:49
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Have you been to the 'treinreiswinkel' (in Amsterdam or Leiden) or their site? You can also call them.
They are a very specialist company and at times arrange things they did not have in their standard pack. (And in later years those do sometimes show up on their website.)

For train connections, I prefer the German rail website, which you can set in a lot of languages including Dutch.
Some features I liked have disappeared so you might want to use an other site which does what you want. The Dutch international site has improved so that might be an option. (Also available in English.)

All the French rail sites and the apps have an 'add car' option and from reputation, and comments on your question, I'd say they do what they promise.
This seems their new international version, available in many languages. (Note, if you set it to Dutch you might get the Dutch names for cities like Lille/Rijsel but you can get around that by using the English version.)

There is also Rome2Rio, which I do not like that much but at times it finds solutions other sites ignore.

As I do not have a driving license I leave the renting of cars to my friend/travel companion who does the driving. Several times we have combined long distance travel with a local car journey by renting from a city location.
Do call ahead to make sure your selected rental location is open at the time you need it.
The solution for awkward timings might be to stay overnight in a hotel near the station you arrive and all cities and most towns have a hotel near the station, often several.
This has the advantage that one of you can stay in the hotel with the gear and child while the other collects the car.
Traveling by train I have seen quite a few rental locations near (main) railway stations, but (going by the comments) they may not always be open when you expect them to.

  • The treinreiswinkel is where I used to buy my physical tickets back in te day ;-) I had honestly hoped it would be easier now. – Ivana Apr 9 '18 at 3:40
  • Train tickets is relatively easy online, but combinations with other kinds of transport, like a rental car, I bet they can find things I can not. – Willeke Apr 9 '18 at 17:20

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