Baltics - "Open jaw" car rental
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2012 1:50 PM Last Post By: finn_nl
Jan 7, 2012 12:47 PM
Baltics - "Open jaw" car rentalWe'd like to visit the three Baltic states for about two weeks this summer, flying into Vilnius or Tallinn and driving from one to the other via Riga.
To do this, we'd prefer to rent a car at one end and drop it off at the other -- either in Tallinn or in Vilnius.
Does anyone know whether this is doable, and if so, will it be prohibitively expensive? I know that it's probably tricky to rent a car in one country and drop it off in another, but it just seems pointless to drive 8 or more hours only to return a car.
Thanks for any informed advice!
Jan 7, 2012 1:16 PM
Jan 7, 2012 5:35 PM
2You don't necessarily pay a big premium to drop off in different places assuming they are within the same country but you will find few companies that will let you drop off in different countries.
Whether it is pointless to drive 8 hours depends upon your budget. Are you sure that you really need a car? Bus transport is pretty good in this part of the world. Having a car can be a nuisance in the cities where parking is limited.
Jan 8, 2012 2:41 PM
3Ask http://www.addcarrental.com/ - they are based in the Baltics.
Jan 9, 2012 1:57 PM
4Ollex based in Vilnius will let you do it, not entirely sure the fee for one-way rental would be though. I do not work for the company in any way, but do know the owners - if of any interest to you, I can ask for you likely cost.
Probably the big international rental companies would also permit it.
The alternative is to do a circular tour of the baltics, simply start and finsih inthe one city, but take different routes north and sout, checking out the interior one way, the coast the other.
Jan 13, 2012 10:35 AM
5Thanks for all the tips.
Bukutis - yes, I would definitely be interested in learning more about this company Ollex, and what it might cost to do a one-way rental, if you could find out. We would like a medium-sized, 4- or 5-door car, if that makes any difference.
Also, if they have a website, could you provide a link to it?
Thanks in advance!
Mar 14, 2012 1:57 PM
7I work for a car rental company and our company allows RIHLIT (Rent it here, leave it there) but it is expensive.
Don't know the exact rates, as I work in HR and really don't have anything to do with the rental bit, but if you check the websites for big rental companies you can probably get a quote
Mar 31, 2012 1:50 PM
8Just researched this for a trip to the Baltics this summer. All major car rental companies that I checked (Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Budget) allow this "open-jaw" rental. The downside being that, as mentioned, you pay a premium (called "One-Way Fee" or something) that can be 150 EUR.
From my personal experience (but this may not be useful to you):
For me (situation: I'm coming from Ireland to also see these three countries (as much as comfortably possible), unfortunately in the limited period of just ten days) in the end it actually made more sense to fly both into and out of Riga (much more convenient for me in terms of AirBaltic and Ryanair flights and scheduling) and hire a car from there, bearing in mind that a few rental companies seem to not mind you driving a car abroad as long as you stay within the Baltic States, and 150 € is a lot of money that you save by both picking it up and dropping it off in Riga.
For me that outweighs the inconvenience of having a backtrack a bit - the region is relatively compact anyway and it's not like there's nothing to see... Just a thought for your consideration.
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