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Renting a car in Salzburg without a credit card

Hi. I am traveling to Salzburg from october 14 to October 17. I'm planning to rent a car but do not have a credit card but have a valid indian driver's license. Is it possible to rent a car without a credit card from any of the rental agencies? I'm planning day trips to eagles nest, hallstat, Berchtesgaden Village, kings lake, schafberg.

Posted by
3436 posts

I suggest you check with the rental companies. But in my experience, no credit card = no rental car. Many rental companies will not even accept a Debit Card for auto rentals. You can choose to pay at the end of the rental in cash if you have a credit card to secure the rental.

It will be the same answer in every country, so you didn't need to post the same question multiple times.

Posted by
21 posts

Thanks for the reply. I'm carrying a friends credit card from back home. But I doubt they would accept it. I will give it a try.

Posted by
1653 posts

Credit card typically has to be in the driver's name, so it won't be easy, but worth a try I guess?

Posted by
2466 posts

And even if you can rent a car, you may need an international driver's license so check to see if Austria requires this.

Posted by
11683 posts

I really doubt you can rent a car without a credit card. And if it is possible, you would likely need to put down a huge damage deposit; otherwise they would not be able to recoup the cost if you should happen to damage the car.

Posted by
5379 posts

Maybe you should also check bus/ train/ organized tour methods of doing your day trips. Many people do all their sightseeing without renting a car.

Posted by
1291 posts

In case you want really to drive in Austria you will need an IDP (International Driver's Permit).

I strongly suggest using public transort which is everywhere available, safe and easy to use.

In Austria it is illegal to use somebody else's credit card.

Posted by
31056 posts

I believe you WILL need a valid credit card to rent a car just about anywhere. Using a friend's credit card could be considered fraud, so probably not a good idea.

You WILL need an International Driver's Permit for driving in Austria. The rental company may not even rent a vehicle without it. An IDP is not a license, so must be used in conjunction with your home D.L. AFAIK you can only obtain IDP's in your home country and not when you're travelling.