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Rental Car from Frankfurt to Czech Republic

Hi there,
Does anyone know which rental car companies will allow you to take your rental car into Czech Republic?
Many thanks,
Laurie

Posted by
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Most any, but some won't sometimes.

The car has to be documented somehow and not all vehicles are.
Make your needs known in the initial request. It costs an extra twenty-five bucks or so for whatever that thing is.
Renting in the Czech Republic is generally on the order of five bucks a day less if that matters.

Posted by
17979 posts

The Bahn express bus that goes from Nürnberg to Prague actually starts in Mannheim, pretty close to Frankfurt, and makes only the one stop in Nürnberg on the way to Prague. It takes just under seven hours. With advance purchase for a specific bus, you can get fares as low as 29€/person. Or, you can take the ICE from Frankfurt Hbf to Nürnberg and catch the bus there. About 6 hours and as low as 29€.

Posted by
3 posts

Thanks Ed. I am trying to find which companies will do rentals to CZ.

Thanks for the info, Lee. My husband, his elderly father and sister are traveling together, so a car is a better option

Posted by
9110 posts

I've done several times, but can't for the life of me remember how because it was so simple.

I think what I did was see who rented cars in the Czech Republic by using kayak, then went to that company's website for Germany or where ever. That's two or three. A couple were last-minute arrivals on Ramstein so they were simple conversations, so wouldn't count. The remote ones would probably have been either Sixt or Europcar.

Edit: Got it! Using the Sixt site, for example, when you get past the first page to the Driver's Details page, you click 'More Details', then click 'Travel Abroad' and a box opens up where you type in the country.

Posted by
180 posts

We were trying to do the same thing (although in reverse) a few years ago-- and ended up renting a car in Germany (Frankfurt to Dresden) and then taking the train from Dresden to Prague.

We thought we would want a car in CZ, but in the end, we took the bus to Cesky Krumlov, which was a very inexpensive and easy trip, and spent the rest of the time in Prague, where a car would have been a challenge.

Posted by
3696 posts

I would check with the rental companies that have people you can talk to here in the US... Budget, Avis, Hertz, etc. I rented a number of years ago in Germany and was restricted from taking the car to Prague... I can't remember which agency...but it was about 8 years ago so things can change.

Posted by
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For the second time in my life I have to disagree with Tk. (And I ain't wavering on Les Baux, Sweetheart).

The last thing you want to do is ask some idiot it the US - - be it Andy at Gemut, Helpful AE with their troll-free number, or your local Hertz office. Those suckers either lie or guess. I don't know how many things I've seen posted that are dead wrong (you can take a car across the Irish Sea, you can't take it from mainland Great Britain to the northern and western islands, you have to pay the cdw yourself if you rent the car in France and drive into Italy - - the list is endless. And I've seen just as many people weeping at the desk beside me when they've gotten their bad information from some American orangutan.

Shop around for a price. Do what I suggested above. If you have any doubts at all, call the office where you're thinking about picking it up and ask them - - somebody will speak English if you can't handle the German. Those are the people who deal with the subject day-in and day-out. There's no chance in the world that they'll bum-scoop you.

Posted by
16860 posts

When reserving to pick up in Germany, be sure to check the box (for instance on about step 3 of Auto Europe's rental search) that says, "Yes, I will be traveling to countries other than my country of rental," and specify which those will be. If you plan to drop the car in Czech Republic, then that's an earlier choice in the booking process and will add a hefty drop-off fee. You also can start an Auto Europe booking online without entering a credit card and call them to confirm details. They will send you a written voucher with the details spelled out before you make payment. If their documents seem to contradict statements by phone, then the written version will prevail.

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Be VERY CAREFUL driving in Prague. We drove from Salzburg to Prague. Staying out of town in a hotel, the concierge told us not to drive in the city. After driving around for 1/2 hour, we finally parked in the Palladium parking lot, which is open 24 hours, is at a great location , and well - lit. When we returned to our car, we decided to drive to Wenceslas Square. It was evening, dark, and rainy. We followed our GPS down a road which had no cars. All of a sudden - a police siren. We pulled over, and the very polite officer told us that we had driven on a pedestrian street, and the charge was 200 crowns (about $100 dollars). We told him that we only had 50 crowns, as were were leaving the country the next day (which was true). He pointed us to an ATM machine. We feigned not understanding, and he went back to his car for a moment. When he returned. he asked for our international drivers license. We had one! He said, "You are 1 in 1000. If you did not have one, we would confiscate your car, and you would have to take the train." Is that fact? we were in no position to argue. He was very polite, took our 50 crowns, ($25), and gave us a beautiful gold-embossed, hand written ticket, which we framed with our Czech beer mats as a reminder of Prague. So, if you drive in Prague, 1 - beach the car and walk or take public transport, and 2) just in case, go to AAA and get a intl license. Prague has really changed since we were there in 1989...

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We did rent a car in FRA and drove to Prague; no problem with any rental companies. I think we had Hertz