AAORY From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 50 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2320 times:
Does anyone know a source for cheaper rental cars in Iceland? I'm planning to go this summer and had hoped to get a large rental car/van to drive at least part way around the island. That is until I went to the Hertz web site and saw that a large car costs more than $500/day!
Any tips for finding something cheaper? FYI - I need a larger car/van because there will be 6 of us.
Offloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 1134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
Try travelsupermarket.com but after just having a quick look on Holiday Autos and finding that sort of price myself I'm pretty amazed. Perhaps the summer rental rates haven't been released yet. Maybe they introduced a special tax on rental cars to pay the UK/Dutch Goverments back? Seriously though, this is probably better explained by an Icelandic member.
To no one will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice - Magna Carta, 1215
GerbenYYZ From Canada, joined Dec 2005, 130 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
I visited Iceland on my way to Holland 2 years ago and I paid more for a 5 day rental there than I paid for a 10 day rental of a similar class car in Amsterdam (both with AVIS). The rates in Iceland are much higher, but pretty much everything is more expensive.
Idealstandard From France, joined Apr 2009, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2238 times:
I've been to Iceland twice, once for 5 days in 2007 and second for 7 days in 2008.
First time we used Avis and it was about £350 for 5 days for a yaris. Second the economy had collapsed and we got a 4X4 explorer for 7 days for about £300-350 with sixt. Sixt seem to be quite good value and have a good selection of cars.
Aero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
The prices of rental cars in Iceland have always been, IMO, extremely high.
$500 a day sounds very plausible. I tried making a reservation at Europcar, and a Toyota Hiace van costed 2800€ ($4010) for six days in June.
I have not often needed a rental car, but it has always been expensive. For a car that can accommodate 6 people and luggage, you need something bigger than a Grand Vitara though.