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Rental care pick up Salzburg

Would like some advice on where to pick up a rental car in or outside of Salzburg. Would like to explore the small villages for a few days. Thank-you. Jeanie

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Will you be picking up and returning the car to the same location?

Have you searched on kayak.com?

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Suggest you look at the options through Autoeurope. They are a reliable North America based car rental consolidator for European rentals. It looks like Europcar and Hertz are both in Salzburg.

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Jeanie,

You might find it very helpful to make a toll free call or send an E-mail to the folks at Gemut.com as they'll be able to provide a lot of information on car rentals in that area. They offer a free downloadable car rental guide which you might also find useful.

One important point to note is that you'll require an International Driver's Permit for driving in Austria. Those are not a license per se, but must be used in conjunction with your home D.L. You can obtain IDP's easily at any AAA / CAA office for a small fee.

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Thank-you all. Yes we have an international drivers license as we rented a car last year in Italy (to drive around Tuscany). We managed to not get any tickets! We would like to rent a car outside of a city so we don't have to drive in the busy cities. Does anyone have input into the smaller villages to visit and a must see? Jeanie

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Jeanie,

You might want to check the expiration date of your International Driver's Permit as they're usually only valid for one year. If you used it last year, it may have expired.

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Renting through Autoeurope.ca is always cheaper in Germany than Austria. Try Freilassing, just across the border from Sazburg. Whatever you choose, carefully look at the insurance options.

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If you are arriving in Salzburg by train, there is a very convenient rental car location about a block or two from the Hbf. We rented through Auto Europe and picked it up there. It may have been a Dollar agency. With a gps, a map, or some good directions one should be able to get directly out of the city traffic without too much difficulty. Have a great trip.

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Thank-you for your response. Is there a place to stay outside of Salzburg with access into the city parking outside of the busy area? We are trying to piece out trip together. Most likely will be flying into Munich and then take the train into Austria. We would like to visit wine country. Don't know if we should go to Vienna, Prague, or other countryside areas.

We love the mountains but we will be traveling the last 2 weeks of May. Not sure if the weather will cooperate. Any itinerary suggestions are appreciated. Jeanie

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I rented a car in Salzburg last summer at the airport from Sixt, couldn’t have been easier. I had an IDP and I asked if they wanted to see it but couldn’t care less. Took the bus to and from the train station to the airport, very easy.

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Agree with several previous comments. I've rented through gemüt.com several times and they've always been very reliable. Also have rented in Freilassing, though it's a little harder to find, but I was traveling through several countries so needed to rent my last car in Germany. And have also used the rental close to the Salzburg bahnhof, though you'll have to navigate through Salzburg to get out of town. Might depend on where you stay in Salzburg too ... Freilassing is just a 20 minute bus trip to old town.