Train/Car rental from The Haque to Germany (Offenburg)
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 13, 2012 8:00 AM Last Post By: Fwoggie
Sep 11, 2012 5:40 PM
Train/Car rental from The Haque to Germany (Offenburg)In looking at options for transportation between Netherlands and Germany we are looking at economical options and also some advice.
The drop charges are very expensive as we will be leaving the car in Germany.We plan to rent a car in Germany for about 2 weeks in any event as we will be taking German friends around who do not have a car so we have a place to park at night.
One option was to take the train as far as Aachen or another city close to the Dutch border and rent a car from that point. Would you be able to offer any suggestions regarding other options or cities.
Since we have 2 people traveling the car rental is less expensive than the train as it is around $35. per day, plus petro. We have private insurance and a GPS.
Thanks for your ideas.
Sep 11, 2012 10:40 PM
1Before you chose the, IMHO rather inconvenient, combination of train+car, first compare prices to Aachen and to Offenburg on www.bahn.co.uk or www.nshispeed.nl. I haven't checked this now as you don't mention when you're going to travel, but if you can get a discounted train ticket to Offenburg, that'll almost certainly work out (much) cheaper than going to a border town by train and pick up a car there (in that case there'd also be a surcharge for one-way rental, although lower than for international one-way rental).
Sep 11, 2012 11:21 PM
2Use http://www.viamichelin.com to figure out how much the real cost of the car is, cos fuel is bastard expensive in Europe compared to N America.
Special offers exist on http://www.bahn.co.uk (already cited by #1) for group travel within Germany. Refer to the special offers page and look at both group travel and also regional travel offers. One example is the Schoenes Wochenende ticket, which grants you non stop travel for 5 people for 40 euros for 12am to 3am the following day, Saturday or Sunday only.
All of this said, it would help to know where you're going from exactly, whether this is a one way simple trip, or you're touring for 2 weeks, and when this is (the sooner it is the more expensive everything will be as transport is best booked in advance).
Sep 12, 2012 12:34 AM
3where you're going from exactly
The Hague - mentioned in the thread title (which I usually overlook, but happened to notice this time)
Sep 12, 2012 5:54 AM
4On the normal route from The Hague to Germany Oberhausen is the first big city. Traveling via Venlo Mönchengladbach or Düsseldorf are also options. But in any case you should check out for train specials from The Hague to Offenburg. With the cheaper specials train is for sure cheaper than by car.
Start: DEN HAAG
you may add Koblenz as a stopover for a cheaper and more scenic route
Via: Koblenz Hbf
Sep 13, 2012 6:50 AM
5Thanks everyone. We plan to take the train to Moenchengladbach and then rent a car from there. The connections from Den Haag are the best and the price is very reasonable, We also found a good rate on the website you provided to Offenburg from Den Haag, but decided as we plan to rent a car in any event we would use the train drive option.
We are also able to rent a small car from Hertz for about 20 Euros a day. Thanks for the comments on petro costs. We now pay over 1.50 per litre and since we are not driving at home the difference will be our holiday expense.
We will be taking public tranport in The Netherlands so just need to inform myself about all those options.
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