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By Jojo Protheroe
Feb 6, 2013
On top of a rock in Italy
So I was planning a trip from Milan Italy, Slovenia, Austria, and Germany. What are some cheap ideas for transportation? Is it possible to buy a second-hand car as a foreigner? We should be carrying a full trad rack + alpine gear and was wondering if it would be feasible to go by train?

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By Pitty
From Marbach
Feb 7, 2013
My cool Elly....
Buying a car as a non resident is impossible in Germany - I think in the other countries you named too.
Travelling by train is possible but from the railwaystation to the climbing areas you'll need a car.
I think the only way to realize what you are planning is to rent a car. For long therm rentals you might get very good offers. If the period is the right one, you might rent a camper so you will save the hotel costs.
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By Fat Dad
From Los Angeles, CA
Feb 7, 2013
Having traveled a fair bit in Italy and climbed some too, but far less than I might (because of lack of transportion), you'll want to rent a car to maximize the time you have. Public transport works well for getting where you want to go in the middle of the day, but it doesn't work for alpine starts or to places other than the center of the town near the trailhead you want to be at. Perhaps if you found a town that serves as a nice base where you could rent a bike and get around that way. I did that successfully in Arco for about two weeks (albeit with a light sport rack). But on my most recent trip there, to the Dolomites, we were pretty limited to what we could do just relying on the local bus system. Lots of good climbing missed there. It was my honeymoon, so I still had fun, but it was tantalizing in a bad way to see so much rock so close that I couldn't access.

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By Jojo Protheroe
Feb 7, 2013
On top of a rock in Italy
Are you aware of the rental age required for any of these countries? We're 21.

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By Brian in SLC
Feb 7, 2013
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch
Jojo Protheroe wrote:
Are you aware of the rental age required for any of these countries? We're 21.


You might check with individual car rental agencies, but, 25 is the age that makes a big difference.

Edit to add, from Hertz at MXP:

Minimum age is 25 years old
Can be rented from 23 years old with a young driver surcharge of EUR 19.96 (including tax) per day with a maximum charge of EUR 199.65 (including tax)


Its not a rental age by country, but, typically by rental agency. You might have to search for an agency that rents to your age group. In Europe, that might be tough.

Europcar would work but might be pricey:

In most countries, you must be aged 21 or over to rent a car and have held a driving licence for at least one year. However, the age requirements may vary according to the country and to the vehicle category considered (see section ‘Specific Terms'). A young driver surcharge may be applicable in some instances (see section 3 YOUNG DRIVER SURCHARGE). The above requirements are also applicable to all additional drivers if any.

When renting a vehicle, a driver qualified as a "young driver" pays a specific charge (according to the Terms and Conditions of the country of rental) - the "Young Driver Surcharge".

Terms and conditions of the applicable Young Driver Surcharge may vary from one country to another: it is therefore strongly recommended to consult the relevant terms and conditions either at time of booking online, via your local Europcar Reservation Office or at time of rental.




How long is the trip and where are your start and end points?

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By RyanO
From sunshine
Feb 7, 2013
I just spent 3 months in Spain, and I rented a car for the entire time period for about 1500 euros. I believe the minimum age was 21 with the company that I used, and I would highly recommend them - Sixt. I had a Peugot Partner, named Betxi, and a piece of my heart will always be travelling around in Catalunya with her :)

You guys are certain to have an amazing time! Buena suerte!

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By Pitty
From Marbach
Feb 8, 2013
My cool Elly....
Jojo Protheroe wrote:
Are you aware of the rental age required for any of these countries? We're 21.


Yes, it is 18 for small cars, for medium sized 21 and if you want to have a Ferrari, then it is 25.

avis.de/Mietinformationen/Kund...

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