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Salzburg/Germany rental car

Hi guys! So, I was going to rent a car in Frielassling just across the border, but apparently the car places aren't open on weekends...at least the one I need. Are there any other car rental places on the German side but close enough we could fly into Salzburg? Trying to avoid the return fees.

Thanks!

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I'm confused about what you want to do. Where are you starting out from on the day you are going to Salzburg? Why would you fly if you're renting a car?

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Flying from London to some place in Germany or Austria. We are using a car instead of a train (it works better for our family and we are used to driving on these sort of trips)... so anyways, when we land we will need to rent a car. To rent in Salzburg is 1,000 to rent just over the border in Germany is $500...but like I said, that rental agency once you go through all the buttons is closed on the weekends....

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Where are you going after Salzburg? You’re best bet for car rentals on the weekend may be a train station or airport, or large city. If you’re heading to Munich, you could take the train there, then pick up a car at the train station.

Or just spend a couple days in Salzburg - it’s lovely! Then take a bus/taxi to get your car on a weekday. You don’t need a car in Salzburg.

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All around Germany and into France. We really do need a car. We will probably fly into Munich instead but Salzburg has a better flight but I can't figure out the car and don't really want to train too.

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If you won't use the trains, then picking up your rental car in Munich sounds like your only option. I'd recommend against driving all the way to Salzburg on your arrival day, though, if you're flying in from North America. And don't forget that you will need to buy a vignette for the car before crossing into Austria.

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Hi Kaja-- as I understand it you want to fly FROM London to Salzburg on a Sunday to get a better (cheaper?) flight than flying into Munich. And you don't want to spend any time in Salzburg and you don't want to train from Salzburg to Munich.
Check to see if there are any car rental places open on Sunday in Berchtesgaden. You can catch a bus from Salzburg if there are. I am pretty sure there is a bus from Salzburg to the Munich airport where you could pick up a car on Sunday. Riding a bus from Salzburg to the Munich airport isn't much different than driving a car as far as time and comfort are concerned.

Could you get the same flight deal from London to Salzburg (or Munich) on Friday evening?
Finally, I must agree with travel4fun. Just spend Sunday in Salzburg - it’s lovely! Then take a bus or taxi to get your rental car on Monday. You really don’t need a car in Salzburg.

Have a great trip!!!

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Thanks! We were not going to leave Salzburg immediately but were planning to leave the next night to drive to next location, which is still a Sunday. Thinking about the bus to Munich...but its kind out of the way of our travel plans but I'm still working on that so it could be changed. How are buses priced? (from Salzburg to Munich).

Seems silly but to fly into Salzburg is with British Air which I like a lot better than Easy Jet and its a better time for us too.

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According to the Europcar website, their Freilassing location, at Ludwig-Zeller-Strasse 1, is open 24/7.

Or try Rosenheim. It's a fairly large railroad hub (the line from Salzburg to Munich goes through Rosenheim Hbf. It's closer to Salzburg than Munich and a smaller town, ergo easier to get out of town after renting the car. There should be car rental places in Rosenheim. Right off, I found a Sixt agency at the Bahnhof in Rosenheim; it's open 7am to 2pm on Sat and Sun.

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If returning to Austria with the rental car, be sure to purchase a toll vignette before entering Austria. I started seeing signs for vignettes a good 60 to 70 kilometers from the boarder.