travel by car between countries

Is it possible to travel from Vienna Austria to Barcelona Spain by car in October 2013?

Posted by Paula
Dune, FL, USA
3 posts

Thank you. That's what my research showed too. I guess we will fly. Trains take way too long and are costly as well.

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

Yes, but it's over 1,800 kilometres. In theory (according to the Google Maps journey planner) that's 16 hours of driving. See many other threads on this forum about taking hire cars from one country to another (short version: it's really expensive). Vueling, Air Berlin and the Austrian airline Niki all fly direct from Vienna to Barcelona. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes flying time. By train you could go Vienna - Zurich - Paris, then get the sleeper train to Girona over night, then Girona to Barcelona is only 40 minutes on a Spanish AVE high speed train. Door to door travelling time around 24 hours.

Posted by Neil
826 posts

Not what you asked and presuming we are talking rental car - will you be happy with the extraordinary (to me) drop off/repatriation fee?

Posted by Paula
Dune, FL, USA
3 posts

I don't know what the extraordinary repatriation thing is.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3668 posts

Pick up a rental car in a country (say...Austria) drop it off in a different country (say...Spain). Might be convenient for you, but you'll get hit with a BIG drop-off fee because you didn't return it to the same country where you rented it. It can be an astronomical fee: hundreds and hundreds of Euros. Return your car to the same country where you rented it = no drop off fee.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
2843 posts

I just have one word for you: Vueling. They're a Spanish airline, and they have many, many destinations to/from all over Europe. And they're a budget air carrier flying to Barcelona from Vienna. Many who used to use trains find it quicker to use airlines like them, and it's a big savings on time and ultimately money.
Distances to and from Spain are sometimes deceiving, as it's a pretty large country.