Cross-border Car Rental Booklet: From ItlayItlay To Other Countries

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What is a crossborder fee on rental cars?

To drive your car outside the country of hire, you need to inform your car rental companies in advance and you may need to pay a cross-border fee. This fee covers extra taxes, insurance, and other expense that car rental companies charge to insure your cross country travels.

The figure below summarizes information about whether your rented car picking up from Italy can be taken to other countries.

Country you rent a car from: Itlay

Country/countries you want to take the car to Forbidden Free Condition Charge
Alamo Denmark, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Republic of San Marino, Austria, Andorra, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Monaco, Slovakia, Slovenia, Vatican City State, Belgium, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Finland, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro
Thrifty Norway, Portugal Sweden, Spain, Germany, France, England, Luxembourg, Ireland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Austria
Avis France, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Monaco, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Slovenia, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Portugal, Norway, Germany
Hertz Macedonia, Latvia, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland, Turkmenistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Hungary, Armenia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece, Belarus, Estonia, Bulgaria, Malta, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro Ukraine, Turkey, Slovakia Romania, Albania Czech Republic Denmark, Spain, Finland, Slovenia, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Liechtenstein, Portugal, England, The Republic of San Marino, Belgium Austria , France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Monaco
SIXT Belgium, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain The Republic of San Marino, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Andorra, Vatican City State, Luxembourg, Hungary, Monaco Estonia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Croatia Poland, Slovakia
Budget Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Luxembourg, England, Norway, Denmark, France, Austria, Belgium Czech Republic, Croatia
Europcar Hungary, Slovenia,   Czech Republic Greece, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina Luxembourg, Vatican City State The Republic of San Marino, Austria, Germany, Norway, Belgium, France, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Monaco Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia 
National Denmark, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Republic of San Marino, Austria, Andorra, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Monaco, Slovakia, Slovenia, Vatican City State, Belgium, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Finland, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro
Dollar Armenia, Russia,  Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Greece, Latvia, Czech Republic, Moldova, Georgia, Poland, Estonia, Belarus,  Lithuania, Romania, Azerbaijan, Albania, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia Slovakia Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, Norway, Belgium, France, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain England, Slovenia
Enterprise Denmark, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Republic of San Marino, Austria, Andorra, Germany, Norway, Czech Republic, Monaco, Slovakia, Slovenia, Vatican City State, Belgium, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Finland, England, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro

*Average fee: for your reference. Check the rental desk for the actual price.

Which car rental companies allow cross-border in Italy?

You are allowed to drive a rental car into England,Spain and Denmark if you pick up in the Italy from these car rental companies: Alamo, Thrifty, Avis, Hertz, SIXT, Budget, Europcar, National, Dollar, Enterprise. But you are not allowed to take your rented car to Czech Republic and Hungary in most cases – it is recommended to ask for the latest policy at the time of reservation, or look for small car rental companies that allow border crossing to Czech Republic and Hungary. However, this company list only applies to the car categories that are allowed to cross the border. And it does not mean that all vehicles under the car rental companies and all border/country will be allowed to drive. To prevent any confusion, it is also recommended to read through the Terms and Conditions of the rental company for the detailed instructions during online booking or contact the counter directly.

Expert tips: Even for the same brand, each counter may have different policies.

Conditions of cross-border car rental

Different car rental companies have different policies and charging methods for border crossing in different countries. It can be seen that there are four main conditions:

1. Forbidden: that is, the car you rent can only drive in the region/country of pick up. This is usually due to war/political instability or foreign policy between the two countries.

2. Free: that is, your rental car can cross into a permitted country free of charge.

3. Conditional: that is, your rental car can cross into a permitted country, but you may need to buy additional insurance at the counter, for example, Europe has more luxury cars and more transit restrictions for fear of damage.

4. Charge: that is, your rental car can cross into a permitted country by paying a cross-border fee. However, because each car rental companies offer different services, they charge different prices. And the cross-border fee fluctuates according to thecross-border policies, local insurance companies and business strategies between the two countries, so it is often hard to get an accurate price.

A special cross-border condition: Inter-island border-crossing

This is common in New Zealand, Australia, and other island countries.

There are two types of inter-island rentals, one is that you don’t have to change your rented car, which means you drive the rented car on the ferry (NB: the ferry tickets generally need to be booked in advance on the ferry company website). 

Another type of inter-island rentals is that you need to change the car, which means to pick up the new car at the counter after arriving at the destination and continue driving with the vehicles in the same car categories/group (NB: some rental companies require that the rental period of each island/region should be more than 3 days. If your rented car is a wagon or commercial vehicle, the required rental period is longer).

Expert tips: If your car rental company shows that you cannot cross the island, you can place two orders, because there are local car rental companies that can provide vehicles.

There are two points to note when border-crossing:

i. Inform the car rental companies when placing the orderand prepare the border-cross documents in advance (for example, provide the proof of insurance);

ii. Inform the car rental companies during the pick-up, otherwise, the insurance coverage may be invalid when entering the adjacent country or region.

How to pay the cross-border fee?

Generally, the online rental fee does not include the cross-border fee, so it needs to be collected at the counter according to the latest price. If you only drive to one country, there’s only one transit fee. However, if you plan to cross more than one county, depending on different vehicle policies, some car rental companies will only charge the most expensive transit fee, while others will add to it. We suggest you consult ahead of time and choose a car rental company that you can accept.

What if I accidentally cross the border?

If you decide to pick up and drop off your rented car in the same location and wish to embark on cross-border travel, you must obtain the rental desk’s consent when picking up your car. Otherwise, you risk violating their cross-border restrictions and may be charged $0.5/mile. If you accidentally cross the border, contact your car rental company to notify them but there is highly change that you need to pay for the penalties.

Tips on driving in Italy:

i. Select your hotel carefullyto aviod live in ZTL restrictions area.

ii. Most European cars use diesel, so be sure to confirm the type of fuel. When you rent a car, consider a diesel-powered compact economy car, as diesel vehicles get better fuel economy, and diesel itself will cost you less.

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