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Rental Car In Berlin

Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:44 am

I'll be flying into TXL on 7 March and flying back out on 11 March. We are planning to rent a car, and I wanted your recommendations and a little bit of general information. A few questions:

We are planning on taking the car east for a day trip to the Szcechin area of Western Poland. Will there be any problems taking a rental car over the border? How are the roads in Eastern Germany/Western Poland? Are they pretty easy to navigate or are there any areas we should be aware of?

Also, which car rental agencies have facilities at TXL? Any recommendations/past history with any car rental agencies you'd like to share?

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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Sun Feb 08, 2004 9:12 am

You will find in Tegel:


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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Sun Feb 08, 2004 10:12 am

I've used Sixt and Hertz from LEJ The roads are far better now than they were after the wall came down. It's become very difficult for me to even tell where the iron curtain was anymore. The east is so modernized. I know that some of the rental car companies do not permit you to take their cars any farther east than Germany though. Best to check with the individual company.
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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Sun Feb 08, 2004 12:32 pm

Try Auto Europe--I've been using them for many years and have been quite happy with them. And, as you're probably aware, it's almost always less expensive when you book in the U.S. as opposed to your destination.



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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Sun Feb 08, 2004 3:02 pm

I booked at Templehof in advance and it paid off..but since there are so many agencies at the airport that aren't weblisted, you might book in advance and on arrival...check with a few in terminal agencies to compare price just before you take out the pre-reserved car. (Don't feel bad about double booking...that time of year is still slow season)

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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:26 pm

For a cheap one try Robben & Winjtes in Prinzenstrasse in Kreuzberg. It is not directlyat the airport, you´ll have to go to U-Bahn (subway) station Prinzenstrasse and then walk a little bit, but when I still lived in Berlin I often rented vehicles there when I needed to move something.
Going to Poland in a rented car might be a problem. Be sure to get the permissdion from the rental company beforehand or you might have some trouble with the border police. There has been a lot of car theft with the cars being driven across the border for further sale in Russia by organized gangs, so the border guards are on the look out, and often checking car ownership papers and verifying them against chassis/engine serial numbers and a computer data base.

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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:34 pm

I have found Europcar consistently the cheapest in Germany and every time I have used them I have had a free upgrade (not guaranteed of course!). Hertz are good if you have an AMEX charge card - it often gets you 20% off if you ask for an AMEX offer when you book. We also have this site www.holidayautos.com (recently bought by lastminute) and they broker deals with all the big firms.

Watch out for all of them adding on loads of extras local tax, extra insurance and pre paid tank of (expensive) fuel. Europcar on the internet tends to include everything.

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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:19 pm

Regarding Poland, yes it might indeed be a serious problem to take the car across the border. I´ve never experienced a rental car company in Germany allowing their customers to cross the Polish border.

For illustration, have a look at this very instructive map, provided by Avis:


Also, the customs officers will notice if one tries to sneak through with a rental car: there are some tell-tale signs which make these cars easy to identify, even without looking at the papers.

The best option: drive to Tantow, from there there are 8 daily trains to Stettin (9.80 EUR rtn, travel time 24 minutes).

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RE: Rental Car In Berlin

Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:21 pm

May depend on when you are going and when Poland joins the EU too. Mind you, there is many a story of nice cars going missing in Poland, so Daniel's probably right even after they join.


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