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i am planing a euro trip with my friends (4+2 people) and we thought that it would be cheaper if we sleep in our transport-vechicle… so we thought that with an MPV car like opel zafira or renault scenic (all seven seated) we could make the back five seats drop every night and sleep back in the car…. but buying a car (even used) is not the easiest thing for students, and since we are under 22 it’s hard to rent a car for europe-trip….so does anyone have any advice about renting a car like that for europe-trips specific?

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I know the appeal of doing this is to save money on transport and lodging costs, and be able to go anywhere you want whenever you want, but 6 people sleeping in any of those vehicles would be really cramped. Plus, if you’re planning on going to major cities parking will be a serious pain in many of them.

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If you are 6 average-sized adults, I can guarantee that you will get some of the worst nights of sleep of your entire life in 1 Opel Zafira.

If you’re planning on 3 weeks or longer, then consider a short-term lease which works with ages 18 and up. Renault and Peugeot have programs.

To save money, then camping wouldn’t be a bad idea (in summer, of course).

Cars are great in places away from major cities. Otherwise, public transport (train, bus, ferries, flight hops) are probably better when you consider time, tolls, traffic, fuel (at $8/gallon), parking fees, insurance, etc.

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Is it possible to rent a car in one country and return to another?
I’d like to go from Paris to Greece and fly back to the UK. I’d love to drive there, but I can’t seem to find anyone that will allow me to rent a car in France and drop it off in Italy.
Anyone have any ideas?

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I am leaving from Luton with $1500 for 15 days
Paris, Dijon, Berne, Salzburg, Verona, Rome, Brindisi, Athens
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It is often possible to do this, just inform with a couple of rental agencies. But usually there is a heft fee for this!

About the idea of the TS, I wouldn’t want to sleep with so many people in a car. I think it would only fit two persons when sleeping. More is possible, but only for emergencies.

Better would be to go camping, altough this would make only sense when not visiting cities, but going for nature instead.

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Renault leasing…you get a brand new car or van from the factory (which you can pick up from pretty much anywhere in europe), you pay no Valued Added Tax (which is a huge savings), free road service and you only have to be 18 to rent (you have to rent for a min. of 3 weeks). You can get a full size van for $2000. Split between several people it would be pretty cheap (even when you add in the gas). I rented a van several years ago with a group and loved it. We brought a tent along too because 6 people sleeping in a van can be a bit cozy. Also, this deal is only for people living outside the European Community. With respect to parking we never had a problem, but we often parked just outside of the main centres and took a bus in.

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If I would spend more than one night in a car my trip would end up in a disaster..I could not rest completely sleeping in a car!
But maybe you are young and it’s going to be an adventure for you. For me it would be awefull!!
I would suggest to search for cheap hostel where you can spend the night without paying a lot of money. Hostels are great for young travelers because you can meet a lot of interesting people there.

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I only travel by car nowadays…I like the freedom it gives me. I bring a small two person tent and do a combination of camping, hostels, hotel and private B&B. Plus, with a car I just leave everything locked in the trunk and don’t have to lug around a knapsack all day.

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My buddy leased a car when he was 19, said it was the only way to go, unless your a big time bike rider!

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Biking is cool but a trip around just two countries took us several weeks. I wouldn’t rent a car because I’m under 21 and the auto insurance is insanely expensive for younger drivers. That Renault deal is great. Why did they make it only for people outside Europe? If I have a double citizenship but on is inside the European Union would it still work?

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There’s more involved in buying a car registration insurance etc I would definitely rent a car, i did that while in greece with my license and from AAA my international drivers license which was easy to get. I found a really good car insurance quote online since i was going between countries and got a good deal when i booked it in advance. My cousin has to lock up his car in greece since he can only drive it for 6 months because of how it’s registered. So rent over buying there are to many things to worry about when it’s your car.

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I wouldn’t go for sleeping in the car. Can be dangerous as you can remain with low oxygen inside and can be really uncomfortable. You could go for camping or you could try youth hostels that have rooms starting from ten euros.
If renting a car you have to be sure that is fully insured and also you must be sure that the insurance is covering foreign citizens as well. If not you should start looking for spam link removed by moderator and when you get there just rent the automobile and insure it.

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I am applying to go there and Europe, . Its very beautiful and nice country .