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Driving Tips in Europe

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Depot information in Europe

DriveAway offers great competitive rates and choices with reputable suppliers throughout Europe. Our Suppliers are located throughout Europe at airports and city collections for your convenience. For more information in each country within Europe regarding driving information & rules, please visit European car hire page or select your desired country below:

Austria | Belgium | Croatia | France | Germany | Greece | Ireland | Italy | Northern Ireland | Portugal | Spain | Switzerland | United Kingdom

Driving Distances in Europe

  • Austria: Graz to Vienna - 200 kms (2 hrs)
  • Belgium: Antwerp to Brussels - 55 kms (45 mins)
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik to Split - 260 kms (4 hrs / 20 mins)
  • Czech Republic: Prague to Brno - 210 kms (2 hrs / 5 mins)
  • Estonia: Parnu to Talinn - 130 kms (2 hrs)
  • France: Marseille to Nice - 205 kms (2 hrs)
  • France: Paris to Calais - 400 kms (3 hrs)
  • Germany: Frankfurt to Stuttgart - 205 kms (2 hrs / 10 mins)
  • Germany: Berlin to Dresden - 200 kms (2 hrs)
  • Ireland: Dublin to Cork - 255 kms (3 hrs)
  • Italy: Florence to Rome - 285 kms (2 hrs / 50 mins)
  • Netherlands: Rotterdam to Amsterdam - 74 kms (1 hr)
  • Portugal: Lisbon to Porto - 320 kms (3 hrs)
  • Spain: Barcelona to Valencia - 350 kms (3 hrs / 30 mins)
  • Switzerland: Basel to Zurich - 85 kms (1 hr)
  • UK: Bristol to Cardiff - 80 kms (1 hr / 10 mins)
  • UK: Dover to London - 85 kms (2 hrs)
  • UK: Manchester to Liverpool - 60 kms (50 mins)

  • Licence Requirements

    A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 2 years in some countries. An International Drivers Licence is required for Australian drivers licence holders in selected destinations. Please check terms & conditions at time of booking.

    Age Restrictions

    Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.

    Rules and Regulations

    Rules & regulations vary by country, but follow these general driving regulations throughout Europe:

    Border Crossing

    Once you have planned the countries you wish to visit in Europe, it is a good idea to study each countries laws, entry requirements and car hire supplier travel restrictions. Once you cross the borders and step foot into another country you become subject to all that countries laws. Generally whats required by you when crossing between countries in your car hire is your passport, applicable visa's, vehicle registration or certificate from supplier, travel documents and a cross border fee. Custom Officers will require you to stop at the border gates and ask you to present both passengers and drivers documents for checks, and a vehicle check may even be taken out. Make note that most border crossing within Europe maybe closed during the night.

    Winter Driving

    Winter driving in Europe can involve snow and icy conditions. As well as preparing for a mountain or ski trip, it is worth remembering that a vehicle will also be affected by the cold and snow and should be well-prepared. Winter driving rules & regulations vary in each country, click here for more information.

    All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: December 2016