Alicante

Alicante, together with Malaga on the Costa Del Sol and Faro in Portugal‘s Algarve is one of the cheapest places in the world to hire a car. So is there really any reason not to get one? Cheap car hire — car hire in Alicante is about as cheap as it gets, making public transport […]

Bastia (Corsica)

Given that rail-based public transport on Corsica is slow, disjointed and dilapidated, a hire car is going to make a lot more sense. To follow. To follow.  

Zagreb

Zagreb is quite unique amongst major Croatian destinations in that it is inland, rather than on the Adriatic coast, where the popular tourist resorts are located. It’s probably fair enough to say that Zagreb is something of a niche tourist destination – the Croatian capital is pleasant enough, but when the country has so much […]

Venice

Surely, when it comes to considering whether or not to get a hire car, it doesn’t get more obvious than Venice? Well, actually, we happen to think that getting a hire car in Venice is an extremely good idea. Dolomites — quite simply there is so much more beyond Venice than canals and gondolas, and […]

Athens

Athens might have famously tried to reduce its horrendous traffic problems by only allowing either order or even number plated cars to drive on any given day of the week, and the city also invested heavily in a metro system in the run-up to the 2004 Olympic Games. So is this somewhere that you even […]

Avignon

Avignon car hire advice – Avignon might be famous for a bridge that is only half there, and as being the former papal seat. The historic city itself, as with many other European historic cities, is naturally very compact and walkable. In terms of travelling beyond Avignon, then it really depends on how you got […]

East Midlands (Airport)

When it comes to airports, cities can usually be divided into two camps — the simple ones which only have one airport and those that are served by two or more airports. East Midlands airport on the other hand is a completely different breed as it is an airport which serves three different cities — […]

Birmingham

Birmingham sits at the heart of the English Midlands, with a strong mix of both industrial and traditional tourist attractions. Like any reasonable sized European city, there’s no need to get a hire a car in Birmingham if you are just visiting the centre, but the chances are that you are almost certainly going to […]

Nice

When you hire a car in Nice, the chances are that you’ll be wanting to explore so much more than just the city of Nice itself and its immediate environs, but can you still get around this beautiful part of the world without one? Superb Scenery — as soon as you hit the roads outside […]

Vienna

Now I know somebody is going to have a go at me for this, but if ever there was an index for the ratio between the attractions a city has to offer within and the nearby attractions without (i.e. just outside the city), then Vienna would be a pretty good case for being represented almost […]

Paphos

This is only a very brief list of suggestions for car hire in Paphos, please also see our much longer car hire advice guide for Larnaca, which also covers exploring the whole of Cyprus, as Larnaca is closer to other major urban centres. Generally, as we’ve also said for Larnaca, getting a hire car in […]

Nantes

The French city of Nantes is one of those places where visitors come back pleasantly surprised about how much there is to see and do, and there’s no doubt that the city itself is perfectly easy to get around using local trams and buses, or just by hiring a bike. Yet for heading anywhere outside […]

Geneva

Switzerland has a reputation for outstanding public transport, and there are clearly innumerable fantastic train rides which can be taken out of Zürich. However, Geneva is surrounded on three sides by French territory, and is also the gateway for many French ski resorts. So, are the trains as good as they are further east, or […]

Moscow

Moscow is simply one of those cities where we think all of the main attractions are focused around the city centre, rather than outside it, although there are also plenty of parks around the edge of the city. Few reasons to get a hire car in Moscow. However, if there is one single reason that […]

Malta

Malta is the sort of destination where many British visitors will feel very much at home, given the strong links the country has with Blighty, combined with the added “bonus” (as if it should really matter) that Malta is one of only two European countries outside the British Isles where the driving is on the […]

Madeira

Anyone lucky enough to have a window seat when landing at the amazingly engineered airport that serves Madeira‘s capital Funchal will notice not just that the airport is incredibly close to the city centre, but that all of the resort areas on the southern side of the island are very tightly packed together. This is […]

Milan

Europe’s Great Lakes District – especially Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, are all within an easy drive. If you rent a car in Milan (or at any one of the three airports), you have the flexibility to travel at your own pace, rather than being constrained by train timetables. Public transport is disjointed. […]

Aberdeen

The Granite city sits in a geographically remote corner of the UK, but once you get there, can you get around easily using public transport, or is a car essential? What are the main Aberdeen car hire options? There are many reasons to rent a car in Aberdeen, but the city and its surroundings can […]

La Palma

Not to be confused with – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or Palma, Mallorca Generally, the most visited holiday islands in the Canaries are places where a hire car can be extremely useful, because the islands are all just large enough for driving to be notably more convenient than using public transport, and also because […]

Kiev

The Ukraine has nearly 50 national or nature parks, including many in the west of the country around Lviv. Many scenes in “House of the Flying Daggers” were actually filmed around Kossiv.   Kiev is generally the sort of city that is easy enough to get around using local public transport. Travel options in the […]

Innsbruck

When compared with some other Alpine destinations such as Salzburg or the Swiss capital Bern, the network of rail routes around Innsbruck doesn’t initially look especially comprehensive, but Innsbruck is still an important junction on the Austrian rail network. If you are just coming here to ski, then there really is no need to hire […]

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but as with the other Canary Islands, there is no rail-based public transport to get around here, just an extensive network of buses. Public transport is poor and disjointed. No rail services of any kind. Buses aren’t well connected – 3 bus stations […]

Fuerteventura

car hire advice – our general advice is that Fuerteventura is the sort of destination where a hire car is extremely useful, because the best way to see the spectacular and varied landscape that the island has to offer is to do so in a car in your own time and at your own pace. However, […]

Tenerife

Each year, millions of tourists from all across Europe flock down to Tenerife to soak up the sun, as the Canary Islands offer the closest thing to a year-round sun without taking a long haul flight to somewhere further away. So is it worth getting a hire car for your stay in Tenerife? Variety — despite […]

Palma

Majorca is perhaps the most popular of all Europe’s holiday islands, and it is easy to see why. Majorca offers something for everybody – from the obvious sun sea and sand through to cultural attractions in Palma itself and the verdant Northern parts of the island. So what’s the best way of getting around? This […]

Lyon

As with Toulouse, Lyon airport serves two quite distinct functions — firstly, it caters for passengers who actually want to visit the city of Lyon itself, and secondly it caters for people who want to head east into the Alps, and who have very little interest in the city of Lyon. In terms of car […]

Cologne

One of the most iconic images for the round-Europe inter-rail traveller is the Hohenzollern bridge leading out from Cologne Hauptbahnhof station and over the Rhine, with the imposing Dom Cathedral as a backdrop. For getting around the enormous Rhine-Ruhr conurbation which stretches from east to west to the north of Cologne, there is certainly no […]

Florence

We have looked at car hire in Florence and compared it to nearby Pisa, so there is quite a lot of interplay between these two destinations. However, your visit to Florence or Pisa may well start off on a very different footing. Although Florence is by far and away the most important destination of the […]

Cork

Cork is the sort of destination where it will be entirely natural to assume that because Cork is a relatively small city and because it is surrounded by so much open countryside, then a hire car would be all but essential. The author briefly visited Cork in 2007, and did just that, picking up a […]

Cagliari (Sardinia)

It would be natural for the first time visitor to Sardinia to assume that this isn’t really the place where there would be much to offer in terms of train services or other public transport, but this really isn’t the case. Although rail networks always flow a lot more smoothly when they are continuous, some […]