There is no ‘one-size fits all’ when it comes to renting a rental car in Europe. Mr. Smith may want to order a GPS navigation device for which there is an extra charge. Mrs. Jones needs a friend to help with the driving and is willing to pay the charge for an extra driver. Mr. Johnson, however, prefers maps and will do all the driving himself, so does not have to pay either of these extra charges. All three, however, may find that, in certain countries, their basic rental agreement does not include certain mandatory charges such as registration tax and airport fees. You can used the charts below to estimate charges for typical mandatory and optional fees assessed by major rental car companies in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the U.K. These charges are in addition to the basic rental fee and value added tax.

Austria

  Avis Europcar Sixt  
Airport/Rail Station Pickup Included in rate Included in rate Included in rate  
Autobahn Permit (Austria) Free with car Free with car Free with car  
CDW/Theft Insurance Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary  
Child Seat €25/day-Max. €75 €31/rental €7/day-Max €35  
Domestic One Way None None None  
Eco Tax None None None  
Environmental Sticker Not Required Not Required Not Required  
GPS* €13.5/day-€67/wk-€135/mo €8/day** Not Available  
Road/License Fee €4.8/day-Max. €96 Included in rate Included in rate  
Ski Rack €6/day-Max €42 Not Available €6/day-Max €30  
Winter Tires €4.8/day-Max €96 €2.4/day €3/day-Max €84  
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination
** Europcar GPS covers Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Spain, Hungary

France

  Avis Europcar Hertz  
Additional Drivers €30/rental €39/rental € 37.50  
Airport/Rail Station Pickup € 37.50 €38.55/rental € 37.50  
Autoroute Permit Not Required Not required Not Required  
CDW/Theft Insurance Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary  
Child Seat €28/rental €10-30/day-€150 Max. €13-46/rental  
Domestic One Way None None € 65  
Eco Tax None None None  
Environmental Sticker None None None  
GPS* €8.40/day-€41.84/wk €12/day-€144 Max. €17/day-€78 Max.  
Road Tax €3/day-€24 Max. €3.15/day €3/day-€24.15 Max.  
Ski Rack Not Available €35/rental Not Available  
Winter Tires Not Available Not Available Not Available  
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination

Germany

  Avis Europcar Hertz  
Additional Drivers €17/day-Max. €119 €6day-Max €30** €9.55/day-Max €143  
Airport/Rail Station Pickup Included in rate Included in rate Included in rate  
Autobahn Permit Not required Not required Not required  
CDW/Theft Insurance Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary  
Child Seat €6/day-Max €42 €8/day-Max. €40 €16/day-Max. €47  
Domestic One Way None None € 20  
Eco Tax None None None  
Environmental Sticker Free with rental Free with rental Free with rental  
GPS* €4/day-Max €40 €4.65/day €16.7/day-€78/wk  
Road/License Fee €1.25/day-Max. €25 €1.05/day €1/day-Max €20  
Ski Rack €6/day-Max €42 €7/day-Max €45 €17.85/day-Max €107  
Winter Tires €14/day-Max €140 €15/day-Max €105 €15/day-Max €120  
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination
**Europcar does not charge an additional driver fee for immediate family members (spouse, son, daughter, etc.) with same last name.

Italy

  Avis Europcar Hertz  
Additional Drivers € 7/day-€ 35/wk-€ 58.30/mo €10day-Max €155 €7.50/day-Max €135  
Airport/Rail Station Pickup Included in rate Included in rate Included in rate  
Autostrade Permit Not Required Not required Not required  
CDW/Theft Insurance** Included in rate Included in rate Included in rate  
Child Seat €49.50 per rental €50 per rental €24/day-Max €72  
Domestic One Way None None None  
Eco Tax None None None  
Environmental Sticker Free with car Free with car Free with car  
GPS* €14.40/day-€144 Max. €8/day-€160 Max. €17/day-€78 Max.  
Road Tax €2.10/day-18 days Max. €3.50/day-€70 Max.. €2.16/day-15 days Max.  
Ski Rack Not Available €42 per rental €62 per rental  
Winter Tires Not Available Not Available Not Available  
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination
** CDW and Theft insurance are mandatory in Italy and included in the rate

Switzerland

  Avis Europcar Hertz  
Additional Drivers CHF12.95/day-Max. CHF130 CHF12/day-Max. CHF120 CHF 15.12/day-Max. CHF151  
Airport/Rail Station Pickup Included in rate Included in rate Included in rate  
Autobahn Permit (Switz) Free with car Free with car Free with car  
CDW/Theft Insurance Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary  
Child Seat CHF65/rental CHF56/rental CHF17-CHF65/rental  
Domestic One Way None None None  
Eco Tax None None None  
Environmental Sticker Not Required Not Required Not Required  
GPS** CHF22/day-CHF108/wk-CHF183/mo Not Available CHR32/day-CHF150/wk  
Road/License Fee CHF4.85/day Included in rate CHF4.75/day-Max CHF100  
Ski Rack CHF54/rental CHF56/rental CHF50/rental  
Winter Tires CHF9.7/day Included in rate CHF11/day-Max. CHF226  
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination

U.K.

  Avis Europcar Hertz National
Additional Drivers GBP9/day-Max. GBP90 GBP5/day-Max. GBP50 GBP13.5/day-Max. GBP129 First Extra Driver Free***
Airport/Rail Station Pickup GBP17 Included in rate GBP20 Included in rate
Motorway Permit Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
CDW/Theft Insurance Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary Optional-rates vary
Child Seat GBP 7.5-8/day-Max GBP80 GBP 3.5-8/day-Max GBP56 GBP 3-9.5/day-Max GBP66 GBP 3.5-8/day-Max GBP56
Domestic One Way None None None None
Eco Tax None None None None
Environmental Sticker Not Required Not Required Not Required Not Required
GPS** GBP13/day-Max. GBP130 GBP10/day-Max. GBP100 GBP20/day-GBP76.5/wk GBP10/day-Max. GBP100
Road/License Fee•• GBP1.5/day GBP1.65/day GBP1.41/day GBP1.6/day
Ski Rack Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Winter Tires Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
* GPS units frequently do not work outside the country in which they are rented and there is usually a charge if the GPS is not returned to its point of origination
** Congestion fees of approximately GBP8-10/day are charged for driving in central London at certain times of the day.
*** Restricted to certain dates

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