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Verona

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Price band

Verona is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Verona? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Verona between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 9/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 6

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Verona using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Verona ?


  1. Good choice of flights and car hire options – Verona has had some interesting times with attempts to develop low-cost flights through the nearby Brescia airport, and then more recently through the main Verona international airport.
    Although the network here isn’t quite as comprehensive as it is in the much larger Milan or the much bigger tourist draw of nearby Venice, the flight selection is still surprisingly good. This in turn has meant that the combination of fly and drive from various different European cities can still represent excellent value when compared with Milan or Venice.
  2. North Italian road trip – Verona makes a natural point for starting a road trip around northern Italy, especially for touring the lakes and the Dolomites. Verona is also right at the foot of the Dolomites, and very close to Lake Garda, so the positioning is perfect.
  3. Public transport in the Dolomites is poor – if you are just travelling to and from a resort area, you won’t have a problem, especially in ski season. Travelling between different towns can be more troublesome, with long waits for connections.
  4. Cost of rail travel – train travel in Italy is generally good value for regional journeys on local services. It’s not so good value if you turn up on the day for more expensive express services, especially if you are travelling with enough people to fill a car.
  5. Older trains – apart from the brand new sleek high-speed services which run on dedicated tracks south of Bologna, but which still pass through Verona, it’s fair to say that most of the trains in Italy are old and not particularly comfortable.

[james]

Verona is one of those great northern Italian cities with which has played host to some famous stories, which has a beautifully preserved historic centre, and which also has more than its fair share of grotty suburbs.

This research was developed during a trip to northern Italy in October 2015, which involved spending one a night in Verona, and then continuing through the Dolomites and on to Venice. I could also have returned back to Verona with little difference in timing.

It would be relatively simple to plan a driving loop from Verona and to head around through the Dolomites and back to the city with no more than around 4 hours actually at the wheel. This same journey by train by a combination of train and bus ended up taking almost 12 hours. Much of this was highly scenic, but the trip still took a lot of planning, and working around long gaps between services.

In particular, if you are heading into the Dolomites when they are at their most beautiful, i.e. in the autumn, so you are outside both the peak summer hiking season and the winter ski season, then some bus services will only run as little as every 2 hours, if they run at all.

The Dolomites are famous for their hiking trails, but you can also pick out some amazing cycling routes round here too, and you shouldn’t need a hire car just to get to the trail heads.

It’s worth hiring a car in Verona if you want to spend more time enjoying the landscapes rather than the cities, although any choice here is going to be a matter of personal preferences – you shouldn’t have any major trouble getting around here, whatever form of wheels you choose.

[jamesend]

Why not? Visiting Verona without a car

Why don't you need a car in Verona ?


  1. Northern Italy by train – the network is extensive, service frequencies on most lines are usually very good, and with pricing simply based on a cost for each kilometre travelled, the trains are generally reasonable value.

 

  1. Verona as a base – Verona can sometimes act as a good value base from which to explore many of the other well known places in Northern Italy, and it’s possible to do so by taking day trips and never really having to spend more than about two hours on the training any one particular direction.
    Dotting around northern Italy in a circle from Verona can also take you to the highly underrated Bologna, and then onwards to magnificent Florence, in addition to nearby cities like Padua, Mantua and of course delightful but expensive Venice.

 

  1. Dolomites by bus – one of the most impressive hiking areas in the Dolomites is around Tres Cime (literally just Three Peaks). You can get here by bus from Cortina. To reach Cortina, you’ll need to get a train to Toblach (Dobbiaco) or Calalzo, then a local bus. It’s easy enough to find places to stay in Cortina during the summer. It would be worth hiring a car in Verona if that made it easier to get to Cortina, but once you are here it’s only going to stay in the parking lot, so it could be a high cost for a marginal gain.

 

  1. Cycling trips – Verona is also a good place from which to start a cycling Road trip, with two of Italy’s most impressive trails being accessible from the city.
    To the east, the former Dolomites railway has been converted into a truly impressive yet also extremely accessible cycle route which runs through Cortina. You can join the trail at either end by taking a train to Toblach (Dobbiaco) or Calalzo.

 

  1. Brescia Metro – although there is no metro or light rail in Verona, there is an ultra-modern metro in nearby Brescia, which can be handy if you are staying there.

 

Ratings: How does Verona compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Verona? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Verona, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

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Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Verona? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Verona (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Verona? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Verona airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Verona car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 7

2019 - 6

2021 - 6

Average score - 6

Notes:

 

 

It’s worth hiring a car in Verona if your focus in mainly on rural locations, or simply if you are part of a group that can fill a car, or at least make the cost of car hire good value compared to taking the train or other public transport.

Depending on which time of year you are travelling, trying to get around by public transport alone may need a great deal of additional planning.

A lot of the advice that we would give for visiting the Dolomites would also apply for people arriving in Venice – a city where we like to trumpet car hire as an option, simply because it’s such a huge contrast to actually visiting the historic centre of Venice itself.

Needless to say, Venice is a location which is of course completely inaccessible by car, and it’s also a very easy day trip from Verona. The only reason to want to drive there instead of taking the train would be because it was better value for you travelling as a group. However, you would still need to fork out around €10 for the day to park your car in one of the vast car parks on the edge of Venice. This is still going to be great value, as it’s a lot cheaper to stay in Verona, or anywhere else nearby, than it is to stay in Venice, where the sheer weight of tourism in such a tiny historic centre keeps prices artificially high.

If ou’re coming to Verona and you’re already planning on hiring a car, then the chances are that you’ve got a fairly good idea about some of the most scenic places to see which are near the city, and that idea is going to include both the Dolomites and Lake Garda and so on. There’s no reason here for us to suggest that hiring a car in Verona would be a be bad idea in this case.

However, if your starting point is that you don’t really know whether or not it’s worth hiring a car in Verona, then we’d suggest looking at a few other options first. You’ll have no issues with any of the other major cities which are nearby. The Dolomites by train and bus can take a bit of planning, but that’s more of a problem if you are looking off season.

Above all else, the cycling and hiking experiences in the Dolomites are too good to miss. You don’t need a car for either of these – although a car can always be useful.

Ultimately, the balance has to tip very slightly towards not getting a hire car here, but it’s a fairly soft recommendation, and is naturally going to go down to your own preferences.

Is it worth hiring a car in Verona? Verdict – yes.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Verona ?

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Austria

Vienna

Europe > Austria > Vienna

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Vienna is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Vienna? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Vienna between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:9/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

The Austrian capital remains one of Europe’s most impressive cities to visit, and even if you can’t easily find direct flights there, you can always travel to nearby Bratislava just across the border in Slovakia, and pop across to Vienna from there. Given that these two venues can easily make a combined dual city break, is there really any need to even consider getting a hire car?

Why? Visiting Vienna using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Vienna ?


Why should you hire a car in Vienna?

  • Flexibility — as with anywhere else, Vienna car hire will give you the flexibility to drive wherever you wish, but that goes without saying.
  • Scenic Alpine drives — of course, you can drive west towards the Alps, where the scenery is absolutely stunning, but if you want to do this, you would be much better off looking at flights to Salzburg or Innsbruck and picking up a hire car from there, especially as it is actually much easier to find flights to these cities that it is to find flights to Vienna anyway, or it is from the UK at least! However, Vienna is still the main gateway for long haul flights to Austria.
  • Drive south — if you are a fan of the architect Hundertwasser (see below) and you really want to do the complete tour, then you will need to drive south on the E autobahn towards Graz, and to include the Bad Fischau service station on the way. Considering how terribly drab most motorway service stations are, the idea that somebody can turn such a dull building type into a work of art is actually quite refreshing!
  • Hundertwasser tour – Is there any contrast more startling between the formality of Imperial Vienna’s imposing palaces and the apparent randomness of the architectural delights of Frederick? Hundertwasser? Whilst it is easy to go round a tour of his most notable buildings within Vienna, the true aficionado will also want to make an excursion to the fabulous spa at Bad Blumau.
  • Pedestrian paradise – the sheer scale and order of Vienna’s architecture make it perfect for a walking tour, which might end up taking several days to do the city justice. As ever, sturdy shoes recommended!

Why not? Visiting Vienna without a car

Why don't you need a car in Vienna ?


  • Excellent public transport – Vienna has a comprehensive network of buses, trams, underground and suburban rail. One thing I like about turning up at some of the metro stations I have used in Vienna is that the running information is displayed at the station entrance, rather than just on the platforms. This is the sort of nice little detail that always helps make a system more usable. However, it is worth familiarising yourself with a metro map of Vienna on arrival, because the lines don’t always intersect with each other in the way you might expect. Sometimes a bus or tram might be much quicker than trying to take the metro over a short distance and having to change twice.
  • Gasometer – this dramatic retail and leisure district has been built out of the interior of 2 former gasometer units. You might recognise it from the Bond excursion “the living daylights” as a place from which 007 escapes in a Harrier jump jet. As with the Hundertwasser tour, this iconic brick built structure with contrast in steel and glass adaptations makes a great contrast to the formality of the rest of the city.
  • Prater wheel – need we make any film references here?
  • Hundertwasser tour – some of the organic architect’s most impressive works are in Vienna, whilst the Bad Blumau resort mentioned above can also be reached by train.
  • Opera in the Quarry – for a truly spectacular “bucket list” experience, go to a performance of an opera in Europe’s largest outdoor stage. This is at St Margarethen, around 70km due south of Vienna, near the Austrian border. There’s no need to hire a car just to get there, as a return shuttle coach is available. Make sure you book the whole lot well in advance. Note that if you already have a hire car, you can park here for free.
  • Airport Express – Vienna International airport is easily accessible from most of the city, and like most major European airports, it has its own railway station on site. I don’t personally recommend taking the airport express, as this is a very expensive premium service that is unlikely to save you more than 5 to 10 minutes, especially as the local S-bahn services provide better connections anyway.

Ratings: How does Vienna compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Vienna? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Vienna, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Vienna? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Vienna (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Vienna? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Vienna airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Vienna car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

It would be easy to sum Vienna up by saying there’s just no need at all to get a hire car, but when I visited, I spent a day and a half in the city itself, and then picked up a hire car at Vienna airport and drove down to Bad Blumau. I was planning to exit via Graz anyway, and having a hire car made a lot of sense to travel between the two places.

Should I hire a car in Vienna? Naturally, a car will give you more options for excursions, but for the most scenic parts of the Austrian Alps, we would recommend taking flights to Salzburg or Innsbruck in the first place. We’ve covered a lot of Alps, including western Austria in our Zurich car hire guide.

Another option would be to pop across to Bratislava in neighbouring Slovakia, which has some of the worst driving standards in Europe. Much better to stick to trains and trams!

Although there are a few other options for excursions in a hire car from Vienna, there are plenty of options for getting out and about by rail too, made all the more easy by the new central station.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Vienna ?

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Poland

Warsaw

Europe > Poland > Warsaw

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If your plan is just to visit the city of Warsaw, then it’s easy enough to get around using local public transport. A hire car is probably going to be useful for heading out elsewhere beyond the city.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Warsaw car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Warsaw is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Warsaw? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Warsaw between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 2

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Warsaw using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Warsaw ?


  • This might well depend on the size of your group. The Polish railway network is in significant need of investment. It’s still excellent value if you’re travelling on your own or just as a couple, but if you’re travelling as a family and going to fill a car, the chances are that you’ll be better off taking that option.
  • Whilst Poland is a country perhaps best noted for its historic cities, there are also numerous national parks and other scenic areas around Warsaw which are best visited with a car.

Why not? Visiting Warsaw without a car

Why don't you need a car in Warsaw ?


  • Public transport is still high quality. You have the choice of buses, trams, metro and local trains.
  • The Polish train network is comprehensive, if a little old!

Ratings: How does Warsaw compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Warsaw, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Warsaw (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Warsaw? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Warsaw airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Warsaw car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 6

2019 - 7

2021 - 2

Average score - 4

Notes:

 

Do you need a car in Warsaw? Since Warsaw is the natural starting point for a longer trip around Poland, especially for visitors arriving from further afield, we think a hire car is something that might be worth looking into.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Warsaw ?

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USA

Washington D.C.

North America > United States > Washington DC

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This will depend on what you want to see, and how long you plan to stay. There are good reasons to rent a car in Washington, but there are also plenty of things to see and do without one:

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Washington DC car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Washington DC is in car rental price band: 5/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Washington DC? 

Sometimes. Economy rental prices are average by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Washington DC between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:8/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Washington DC using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Washington DC ?


Do you need a car in Washington DC – things that are better done with one:

  1. Gettysburg – this famous battlefield that secure the result of the American Civil War can easily be visited in a day trip from Washington DC, but getting a rental car is going to give you a lot more flexibility than being confined to a tour bus. Additionally, Gettysburg bus tours only operate on certain days of the week, so they may not fit in with your itinerary. Driving to Gettysburg also gives the option of exploring various state parks on the way.
  2. Monticello – the home of the third US President Thomas Jefferson provides a fascinating insight into the life of this ingenious polymath. Jefferson didn’t just live in Monticello, he designed it himself, and the house was built so that it could adapt naturally to the challenging local climate.
    Monticello sits just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and the house can easily be reached in a day’s excursion from Washington DC, together with a visit to Ash Lawn-Highland, the estate of the 5th president James Monroe. This estate is just 2km from Monticello, but that short trip in a rental car is an agonising walk in any kind of heat, on roads which are not made for walking.
    In a rental car, you also have the flexibility to visit the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, which was also designed by Jefferson. On foot, you will need to walk in the other direction from Charlottesville Amtrak / bus station for around 1 kilometre to reach the campus.
    Trying to visit Monticello and the other nearby houses together by public transport is so much hassle that it’s only going to be considered by people who don’t have a rental car as an option. There is only one coach each day plying this route, and these will get you as far as Charlottesville, from where you could walk to Monticello, which is on the outside of the town, although a taxi would be considerably easier.
    If you want to do this by train, firstly, you need to get to Charlottesville from downtown Washington, but if you want to do this by Amtrak, then the first trains don’t arrive until mid-afternoon, whereas trains back to Washington leave in the morning, so you’d actually have to stay two nights in Charlottesville to make this possible.
  3. Shenandoah National Park – this extremely scenic and rugged area can be reached within a 2 to 3 hour drive from downtown Washington DC. There are a number of recommended driving routes through the park, and needless to say, it’s all but impossible to try and get here using transit.
    Shenandoah National Park is also part of the much longer Appalachian trail walking route, short sections of which can be undertaken with relative ease on a day excursion from Washington.
  4. Skyline Drive – this is the most popular route through the Shenandoah National Park, and it covers some 109 miles in its entirety. Skyline Drive is also popular with cyclists, and it is particularly impressive in the fall.
  5. Skyline Caverns are an impressive cave system, which can be visited as part of an excursion to Shenandoah National Park (see above), or as a day trip in their own right. Shadow Caverns are situated at the top of Skyline Drive, just to the south of Front Royal, Virginia.
  6. Udvar – Hazy Center at the National Air and Space Museum (near Dulles International Airport) – this center, which features a number of historic aircraft including an Air France Concorde, is much easier to get to if you rent a car than it is if you try to use transit.
    However, if you opt to combine a visit to the center with your in or outbound flight from Dulles, then you can at least save yourself the most arduous part of the trip. By bus, you will need to take the interconnector service from either the airport terminal or from the Wiehle / Reston metro station.
    If you are arriving by car, bear in mind that although admission is free, the center charges $15 for parking, unless you arrive after 4pm, in which case parking is free.
  7. Mount Vernon – situated on the banks of the Potomac River and on the edge of the town of Alexandria, George Washington’s Plantation home of Mount Vernon is certainly well worth a visit, but it’s also a lot easier to get to by car. The site also provides ample free car parking. Mount Vernon can be reached by bus, but it is a lot more hassle – see Washington without a rental car below).
  8. Delmarva Peninsula – situated directly to the east of Washington DC is the highly scenic Delmarva Peninsula, which takes its name from the three states which it straddles (Delaware, Maryland and Virginia). The Delmarva Peninsula offers some great coastline views, delightful small towns and several scenic recreation areas, of which Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is the most impressive.
    Scheduled bus services only operate from Washington DC or from Dover Delaware to the most important towns on the peninsula, so naturally, this is not much of an option for touring around.
  9. Hotels with free car parking – one key factor which might swing any choice whether or not to get a rental car is the availability of hotel car parking. Although downtown Washington DC certainly does not lack car parking spaces, you can expect to pay through the nose during weekday daytimes, and there’s just no point doing this if you are going to spend several days visiting downtown attractions which are within easy walking distance.
    However, most hotels outside downtown Washington and away from airport areas will offer their guests free car parking for the duration of their stay. Look out for suburban hotels which offer a combination of both free car parking and are within easy walking distance of a Washington Metro station, so that you can easily get downtown on days you want to do this – ideally find one which is actually within walking distance, rather than which just provides a shuttle, as that is a lot of extra hassle. Places such as New Carrolton at the end of the Orange Line should be able to provide the best of both worlds.
    A search for Washington hotels on a major travel broking website found 427 hotels, of which 116 offered free parking. Unsurprisingly, all of these hotels were in suburban Washington, although many were still in locations which offered a combination of free parking and metro access nearby.
  10. Cherry Blossom Trails – both Washington DC itself and much of the surrounding area in neighbouring Virginia and Maryland have some fantastic displays of cherry blossoms during the spring. Although The National Mall itself and several of DC’s downtown parks are great locations in their own right for enjoying the cherry blossoms, getting a rental car is naturally going to make it much easier to get out and be out out and about in rural locations beyond the city and the Beltway.
  11. Washington DC in the fall – Washington DC also has some spectacular fall (autumn) foliage, and as with the Cherry Blossom trails mentioned above, any of the sites around The National Mall can look perfectly impressive in their own right, but getting hold of a rental car and heading outside of the city is naturally going to give you more options
  12. Airport connections – because there are a total of three different airports which serve the Washington DC metropolitan area, scheduled air service is divided between them, and this in turn means that rail or bus services are much less viable than they might otherwise have been if Washington only had one airport.
    For example, although you will have no problem getting from any of the airports to downtown Washington, or from BWI (Thurgood Marshall) airport to downtown Baltimore, trying to reach any other destination that is not on the direct transit route between these airports and their respective city centres is always going to be a lot more difficult.
    On the plus side, Washington Reagan National airport has its own Washington Metro station right outside the terminal, whereas BWI airport has its own light rail terminus for access directly to downtown Baltimore, and it also has a shuttle bus connection to the nearby BWI airport Amtrak and MARC station.
  13. Terrible trains – Washington DC’s Union Station might sit at the centre of a seemingly substantial railway network, but in reality, many of the local lines only operate during the peak during the peak commuter period.
    Train services to the south-west are operated by Virginia Railway Express (VRE), whereas trains to the north are operated by MARC (Maryland Area Regional commuter), although neither of these operators provide links to any of the most important tourist destinations outside the city of Washington DC itself. If you really want to see anywhere to the south or west of the city, you really do need to pick up a car in Washington DC. However, within the capital Beltway area, the Washington Metro is an extremely useful way of getting around – see below for tips.

Why not? Visiting Washington DC without a car

Why don't you need a car in Washington DC ?


Do you need a car in Washington DC – things you can do fine without:

  1. The National Mall – obviously enough, all of the major attractions on and around The National Mall can easily be reached by a combination of walking and/or transit, including local bus services and the Washington Metro.
  2. Museum land – Washington has an excellent range of museums, centred on the various different buildings and departments that make up the Smithsonian Institution. These are readily accessible directly off The National Mall, or by Metro via Farragut West station.
    The haunting but highly informative Holocaust Museum is also situated just to the south of The National Mall, again easily accessible on foot or by Metro, this time via Smithsonian station. However, one museum that is not so easy to get to by public transport is the air and space extension of the Smithsonian Museum, which is in the grounds of Washington Dulles airport, and can only be reached by shuttle bus connection from the terminal.
  3. Monuments – numerous different monuments are situated both on The National Mall itself and slightly off the main axes. The George Washington monument sits right in the middle of The National Mall, so if you don’t want to reach this on foot, then the closest metro station is Smithsonian. At the western end of The National Mall is the Lincoln Monument, and shortly to the south of this you will find the Martin Luther King (MLK) Memorial. The nearest metro station for the monuments at the western end of The National Mall is actually Arlington Cemetery, just across the Potomac.
  4. Airport rail connections – although Dulles airport notably lacks a direct rail connection (this is due to open in 2017), both Reagan National Airport and BWI (Thurgood Marshall) airport offer rail connections to downtown Washington DC. Reagan National airport is on the blue and yellow lines of the Washington Metro, whereas BWI airport offers a short shuttle bus connection to the nearby BWI airport Amtrak and MARC station, from where frequent trains are available to downtown Washington.
  5. Potomac river cruises – a variety of excursions are available, including a 90 minute cruise to Mount Vernon. Apart from Mount Vernon itself, all departure points are a short walk from local metro or bus stops.
  6. Arlington National Cemetery – the Arlington National Cemetery contains thousands of military graves, together with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Marine Corps War Memorial, with its iconic statue based on the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
    Although a limited amount of paid garage car parking is provided, the cemetery entrance can easily be reached by metro to Arlington Cemetry station or by regular scheduled bus service from downtown Washington.
  7. Alexandria – Alexandria has a delightful small town America feeling to it, despite being situated within the Washington Beltway area. Alexandra can easily be reached by taking the Washington Metro to King Street, which is slightly confusingly named, as the adjacent Amtrak station just uses “Alexandra” instead.
    Downtown Alexandria is easily walkable from King Street station, and here you will find a number of museums and historic properties. Alexandria also has a number of streets which front onto the Potomac estuary. Slightly further afield and on the edge of Alexandria is George Washington’s house of Mount Vernon – this is ideally visited in a car, but to reach Mount Vernon from Alexandria, take one of the local Loudoun county bus services, or take the metro to Huntingdon Avenue for a transfer.
  8. Georgetown – another delightful neighbourhood within the Washington DC capital area is Georgetown, which is also home to George Washington University. Unfortunately, the centre of Georgetown has no metro service, but regular buses provide easy connections to downtown Washington, and you can also walk to the Georgetown Park shopping center in around 15-20 minutes from Foggy Bottom GWU station.
  9. Downtown Washington neighbourhoods – the city has some attractive areas to eat and stay within a relatively short distance of The National Mall. Washington was laid out by Pierre L’Enfant as a network of grids with diagonals, very much inspired by the French capital Paris, and also similar in layout to the Spanish city of Barcelona, although the architectural styles are very different! This has led to some very attractive neighbourhoods to the north, often centred around a local square or in many cases a circle, such as Dupont Circle (also Metro station of same name).
  10. Pentagon, Fords Theatre and Watergate – to see any of the historic locations which are not directly accessible from The National Mall, the the easiest way to get around is to use the Washington Metro.
    The Pentagon has its own metro station which is also a junction between the yellow and the blue lines – but tours need to be booked well ahead (14-90 days), see Pentagon tours website.
    For Fords Theatre, use Metro Center station – regular self guided tours and presentations are available, although this venue is best appreciated for what it is, a live venue with regular evening performances!
    The Watergate complex is best reached via Foggy Bottom station, but the real reason to go here should be to appreciate (or loathe) the giant concrete 1970s modernist structures, especially since the is little to see in terms of the historic Watergate scandal itself. However, as a private estate, there is still only limited public access to areas within the complex.
  11. Washington bus tours – another popular way to see the most popular sites in the city is to take a Washington city bus tour, which will include the locations above and many more.
  12. Explore Baltimore – this often underrated city can be reached in as little as half an hour by direct train from Washington DC. The Baltimore harbour front has experienced a lot of redevelopment in recent years, and is well worth an excursion. Both the centre of Baltimore and the harbour front are within reasonable walking distance from the main Baltimore Penn station, with local light rail and bus services also being available.
  13. Northeast corridor – a visit to Washington DC can easily be combined with a visit to other major cities in the Northeast corridor, continuing by train beyond the Baltimore to Philadelphia (typically around three hours) or New York (typically 4 to 5 hours).
    These cities can also be visited by air shuttle, but neither of them are particularly attractive places to drive to using the I95 corridor – public transport is certainly better if you are combining these into the same itinerary.
  14. Washington Metro – the Metro system in Washington provides an excellent way to get to and from most of the major attractions within the District of Columbia and surrounding suburbs in Virginia and Maryland. The system is fast and frequent, with a well-developed network now spanning six different routes (3 trunk tunnels through the city centre). The Washington Metro is also a notable attraction in its own right, and the only such system to have its stations cited by the AIA (American Institute of Architects) in its list of the top 150 American structures.The network is particularly notable for its highly impressive concrete barrel vaulted junction stations, such as L’Enfant Plaza, Metro Center or Gallery Place – Chinatown.
  15. Cherry Blossom by metro or bike – within the capital, there are many great places to see cherry blossoms, and there is also the annual DC cherry blossom festival. If you are simply happy walking around any of the excellent parks that the city has, then you will still see plenty. However, for getting anywhere further out, you rerally do still need to get a car in Washington.
  16. Bus tours to Monticello are available from Washington DC, and the itinerary may incorporate all three of the presidential houses which are around Charlottesville, but you will be restricted to a package which only operates on one day each week. You might also be able to take a wine tour incorporating Monticello – something that is always best done when somebody else is driving!
  17. To get to Mount Vernon by bus you have to take services operated by the local Loudon county, and at the time of writing, these connect with downtown Washington DC once every half hour, taking around an hour and a half. Alternatively, take the metro to Huntington Avenue, the final stop on the Yellow Line, and take a bus transfer from there (half hourly service taking half an hour).
  18. Cycling or walking trails – Washington has a surprising number of cycling and walking trails, many of them on traffic free greenways through a variety of linear parks which run along several different river courses within the beltway area.
  19. W & OD Trail – Of particular note is the Washington and Old Dominion (W &OD) trail, which follows a 45 mile route along a former railway line from Arlington right the way out to Purcellville, Virginia.
  20. Shenandoah by bike – although the parkways are primarily used by motorists, they can be cycled, but some organisation is needed to arrange bike hire and get to the start point. Bike the valley lists events, whereas the Shenandoah National Park lists “permitted businesses”, most from well outside the area.
    You’ll probably still end up renting a car anyway.
  21. Bike hire – like many major cities, Washington DC now has its own automated cycle hire system. Companies such as Bike and Roll also provide cycle hire for longer periods from several locations in Washington DC and Alexandria.
  22. DC Ducks – see DC on and off water!
  23. Union station – this grand edifice in the Beaux Arts and other styles is undoubtedly one of the finest railway terminals in the world, made even more impressive by the fact that the design was taken directly from Milan’s Central Station, yet Washington’s Union Station has managed to dramatically upstage it.
    Union Station is far more than just a shed for trains – the station’s vast halls contain a huge number of interesting shops and restaurants, and the complex even used to contain a multiplex cinema!
    If you don’t get to pass through Union Station on your way in or out of Washington, then it is certainly well worth a visit at any other time. Simply take the red line on the metro, or one of any number of local buses. Even if you have decided to get a rental car, ample (paid) parking is available at Union Station.

Ratings: How does Washington DC compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Washington DC? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Washington DC, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

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Do you need to hire a car in Washington DC? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Washington DC (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Washington DC? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

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Does Washington DC airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Washington DC car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 7

2019 - 7

2021 - 7

Average score - 7

Notes:

 

Washington DC is one of the longest pages of car hire advice within Carornocar, and this is because there are very good reasons to get a rental car, and there are equally good reasons not to bother.

So do you need a car in Washington DC? In the strictest sense, absolutely not. No visit to the capital itself is ever going to be hampered by not having a rental car. In fact, having a rental car right in the heart of DC is only going to run up parking garage bills.

Ultimately, although D.C may be very familiar to American visitors, there are a lot of places to consider for European visitors, who might not be aware of either the strengths or the limitations of the Washington subway network.

The decision on whether or not to advise people to rent a car in Washington is indeed very close to call, but on balance, we think it’s worth doing to get the full experience out of both DC itself, and out of the places which are worth visiting as day trips.

Verdict – yes 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Washington DC ?

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USA

Yellowstone

North America > United States > Yellowstone

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Many visitors to Yellowstone will come here by car in the first place, either because they are driving from elsewhere in the United States and Canada using their own car, or because they are visiting Yellowstone as part of a wider road trip around America’s great west.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Yellowstone car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

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Price band

Yellowstone is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Yellowstone? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Yellowstone between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 10/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 10

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

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If your plan is to do the latter, then popular places to pick up a rental car to do this include Salt Lake City in Utah or Denver in Colorado. This of course depends on how wide you want to cast your net – you could start this sort of trip anywhere from Chicago in Illinois through to Seattle on the Pacific coast, and at various other places in between, there is no shortage of different itineraries which could be spun to include the Yellowstone National Park.

Yet if you are travelling around the USA but generally aren’t planning on hiring a car, quite possibly because you are looking at travelling with an Amtrak pass, or because you are generally flying between the major cities, then Yellowstone can actually be quite a difficult place to reach, both in terms of getting here in the first place, and then getting around the national park.

Why? Visiting Yellowstone using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Yellowstone ?


If you are looking at flights to Yellowstone, then this is where everything gets confusing, with 3 different airports to choose from, all needing some sort of transfer to get to the entrance of the national park. Sometimes these transfers are going to have to be in a shared van, rather than by scheduled bus. As well as the price of the flights themselves, which tend to be operated by regional commuter jets, be prepared for expensive add-ons to actually get into the park.

Unsurprisingly, Yellowstone car rental services are available at each of the 3 airports which serve the national park, but bear in mind that some of the car hire facilities are situated off airport. Depending on which so-called “Yellowstone airport” you are using, you might well be arriving on the only commercial flight of the day, so it’s certainly best to make sure that a hire car (or other onward transport option) is booked well in advance.

On balance, we think it’s generally better to rent a car somewhere else and then drive to Yellowstone, taking advantage of the scenery on the way, as you are really spoilt for choice here, whichever direction you come from. This is also likely to give you a better value Yellowstone car hire package when compared to paying for the more expensive local flights and car rental services.

  • Yellowstone National Park isn’t just rural in itself – it’s a long way from any major city.
  • No rail services remotely nearby.
  • Poor bus services – very limited options.

Why not? Visiting Yellowstone without a car

Why don't you need a car in Yellowstone ?


For the stubbornly independent minded who really do want to avoid getting a hire car, then the best option would be to take a bus transfer from Salt Lake City. The bus will drop you off at the western entrance to the national park, and you can then hike into Yellowstone from there. There are various different accommodation options around the park which make this sort of trip just about workable, but it isn’t particularly appealing if you are travelling around with large bags.

  • Various options to visit Yellowstone as part of an inclusive package – but less so using scheduled services.
  • Without a car, you can get to the edge of the park and hike, but options are still severely limited.

Verdict

So do you need a rental car to visit Yellowstone? Absolutely! Do not make the mistake of thinking that Yellowstone is remotely similar to a destination like the Grand Canyon, which you can visit quite comofrtably without a car. However, if you are still planning arriving directly into Yellowstone by air, then it still makes a lot of sense to hire a car for your visit to Yellowstone, rather than trying in vain to get around without one.

For European visitors looking at combining Yellowstone into a much greater American West road trip, then we would suggest comparing flights and car hire options into destinations further afield, such as Las Vegas or San Francisco, where a much wider choice of inward flights is available when compared with either Salt Lake City (limited Delta hub with no flights from Europe) or Denver (served by only a handful of flights from Europe).

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Burma

Yangon

Asia > Burma > Yangon

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Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Yangon car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

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Price band

Yangon is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Yangon? 

No. No online bookable car hire.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Yangon between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:5/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

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Why? Visiting Yangon using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Yangon ?


Why not? Visiting Yangon without a car

Why don't you need a car in Yangon ?


Ratings: How does Yangon compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Yangon? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Yangon, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

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Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Yangon? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Yangon (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Yangon? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

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As you start ....

Does Yangon airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Yangon car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Yangon ?

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Croatia

Zadar

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Generally, we would recommend getting a hire car here, especially for heading to the stunning Plitvice Lakes National Park, but also for driving along Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast and visiting the nearby islands.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Zadar car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

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Zadar is in car rental price band: 4/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Zadar? 

Sometimes. Car rental is slightly cheaper than global averages.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Zadar between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 6/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting Zadar using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Zadar ?



Why not? Visiting Zadar without a car

Why don't you need a car in Zadar ?



Ratings: How does Zadar compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Zadar? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Zadar, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Zadar? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Zadar (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Zadar? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Zadar airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Zadar car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 8

2019 - 8

2021 - 7

Average score - 8

Notes:

 

Despite a thriving nightlife and a slightly bizarre farting “Sea Organ”, Zadar remains one of Croatia’s more niche destinations.
For further car hire advice covering Croatia’s Adriatic coast, please see our longer car hire guides to Split or Dubrovnik.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Zadar ?

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Croatia

Zagreb

Europe > Croatia > Zagreb

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Zagreb is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Zagreb? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Zagreb between the peak and the off peak season?

9/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 5/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 7

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting Zagreb using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Zagreb ?



Why not? Visiting Zagreb without a car

Why don't you need a car in Zagreb ?



Ratings: How does Zagreb compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Zagreb? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Zagreb, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Zagreb? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Zagreb (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Zagreb? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Zagreb airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Zagreb car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 3

2021 - 7

Average score - 5

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Zagreb ?

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Greece

Zante

Europe > Greece > Zante

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Zante is in car rental price band: 1/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Zante? 

Yes. Extremely cheap car hire, if booking economy vehicle outside peak holiday period.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Zante between the peak and the off peak season?

7/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 


Why? Visiting Zante using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Zante ?



Why not? Visiting Zante without a car

Why don't you need a car in Zante ?



Ratings: How does Zante compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Zante? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Zante, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Zante? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Zante (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Zante? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Zante airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Zante car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 4

2021 - 3

Average score - 3

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Zante ?

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Switzerland

Zürich

Europe > Switzerland > Zürich

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Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Zürich car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Zürich is in car rental price band: 7/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Zürich ? 

No. Car rental is expensive by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Zürich between the peak and the off peak season?

1/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 8/10

Non car score:10/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

Rail travel in Switzerland remains expensive, but car rental only becomes good value when the car is full. This hasn't changed over time.

 


Why? Visiting Zürich using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Zürich ?



Why not? Visiting Zürich without a car

Why don't you need a car in Zürich ?



Ratings: How does Zürich compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Zürich ? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Zürich , and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Zürich ? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Zürich (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Zürich ? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Zürich airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Zürich car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 2

2021 - 3

Average score - 2

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Zürich ?