Travel Articles - Europe
Driving in Europe
Information and links on trip planning, car rentals, short-term leases, traffic
laws, International Driving Permits, and more.
Car Rentals: When to Rent, When to Lease
Use the comparison chart in this article to help determine whether you should
consider a traditional car rental or a short-term lease.
Do you need liability insurance in Europe? Should you pay extra for a Collision
Damage Waiver, or can you rely on your credit card's free coverage?
If you're driving in Europe for 21 days or longer, short-term leasing through
Renault or Peugeot can be considerably cheaper than renting. Such tourist,
academic, or business leases are tax-free, and rates include zero-deductible
Car or Train?
Should you tour Europe on four wheels or ride the rails? Use this quiz and
related resources to make a wise decision.
International Driving Permit
The IDP is an official document that certifies the validity of your home
driver's license in 150 countries. (But beware of so-called "International
Driver's License" scams.)
Europe by Van and Motorhome
Relive the '60s in a VW van or cruise
the Continent in a land yacht.
Venice-Lido car ferry
Are you driving to Venice and staying on the Lido? You can reach the island by
boat--and take your car with you.
Tronchetto parking garage
If you aren't willing to park on the mainland, this is the handiest place to
leave your car or camper during a Venice stay.
Driving in Switzerland
Everything you need to know if your family's motto is "Skip the bus and
leave the driving to us."
Swiss Traffic Tickets
What to do when you commit a traffic sin in Switzerland and get caught.
Take a scenic excursion or a three-pass tour by car, bicycle, or Postal Bus. (The
Sustenpass lies between Andermatt and Meiringen at the junction of cantons Bern and Uri.)
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Need a car in Europe?
Auto Europe guarantees the lowest rental
rates for standard cars, sports cars, SUVs, luxury cars,
chauffered sedans, and RVs. Its Web site also has driving information
for 38 countries.
you live outside the EU, a
Peugeot tourist lease can be cheaper than renting.
Minimum driver age is 18, there' s no upper age limit, and rates include
Short-Term Car Leasing
Traveling by train?
Rail Europe has free schedules, maps, and
guides for 50+ European railroads.