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Can I drive the autobahn in Germany to Prague?

I want to drive the autobahn in Germany. We plan on taking a train right now from Berlin to Prague, but would it be possible/advisable to rent a car and drive it into Prague? Would this work when travelling into the Czech Rep.? We are also headed from Prague to Vienna. Then to Venice, then to Zurich. My first stop is Amsterdam, right now we have a flight to Berlin, how about driving that instead?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Whether the rental car company approves of driving into other countries--and whether the insurance covers it there--depends entirely on the rental car company and possibly the available packages they have. If you do wish to drive, ensure those things first; make sure you have an international driver's license; familiarize yourself with the route via roadmap, and get the smallest possible car you can get by with--they're less expensive to rent AND are generally better with gas mileage.

    I've driven all over Germany and to all of the countries you've mentioned, from Germany. I haven't necessarily driven on the same routes you've listed, per se; but I've driven to all of those places from where I used to live in Germany. Trains are *sometimes* cheaper, but not always... it depends on the route and on the type of train.

    I might suggest looking into cheap European airlines, too, like Ryanair, SkyEurope, or EasyJet. We don't really have anything like those in the U.S.--and US air carriers would probably have a conniption if we did anyway.

    Driving IN those cities you've mentioned is tricky; driving TO them is relatively simple. Depending on your budget you might want to look into a cheap hotel or something on the outskirts of the larger cities that are situated close to a bus line or Metro or city train stop, rather than trying to drive into/around in the city during your stay there.

    The drive from Amsterdam to Berlin would be a relatively long one... you'd be looking at roughly a five to six hour drive, or thereabouts. Berlin is a little closer to Prague... I'd estimate along the lines of perhaps a 3-hour to 4-hour drive between those two cities. You'd be looking at a 4, maybe 5 hour drive from Prague to Vienna... and from Vienna to Venice, 5 to 6 hours. Crossing the mountains, depending on the time of year and the amount of other drivers on the road, can add to that potentially--the same for driving from Venice to Zurich, which is a toughie to estimate... I'd put it in the ballpark of 6 or 7 hours, give or take. All of those figures are ballpark, however... the trains might take less time, depending on how direct they are between those locations. Bear in mind that for the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland, you'll need a vignette sticker on your windshield to be able to drive there (Switzerland and Austria use the revenue from the vignettes for the upkeep on all the Alpine roads meandering through the mountains in their countries; eastern European countries often use them as a means for bringing in general revenue for upkeep of the rest of their roads). You can purchase them usually just before or after the border--although I recommend getting them just before the border, usually at the nearest available gas station just off the freeway before you cross.

    I can give you more tips, at least within my own experience. I have less experience with trains, though, and no experience with trains between different countries--I drove or flew everywhere I went.

    Source(s): Visited 17 European countries thus far, most of which by car.
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  • 1 decade ago

    If you drive on the A8 (or any 'A' road in the Czech Rep., you'll need a highway pass. Buy one at any petrol station. The road between the German border and Prague is most definitely not completed. But you should be able to follow the signs. The problems are these: the price of fuel is the equivalent of US$6.50 a gallon, and then once you get to Prague you have to deal with traffic there and parking, which is very expensive. You really are better off taking a train unless you intend to do a lot of driving around each individual country. But if you are only going to be hanging out in the major cities take the train.

    Source(s): Lived in the Czech Rep. for two years and drove a lot, including to Berlin.
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  • cimra
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Tell the rental agency you want to travel to the Czech Republic. Some rental agencys in W. Germany don't have insurance coverage to former eastern block countries, other rental places will limit the cars you can take there. No Mercedes, BMW or Audi. You will end up with a Peugeot or an Opel, I have no idea why they do this since there is no border between Gemany and the Czech republic anymore. If you dont already have a GPS rent or borrow one, its well worth it. The roads are good to all the places you describe, you will have no problems, but it will take you longer to drive than the distances alone suggest. The roads can be congested, lots of construction, you will be crossing the Alps twice, give yourself extra time for the drive.

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  • 3 years ago

    Driving From Prague To Vienna

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

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  • 3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Bernd
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    it's very easy to do so.

    you will land in Berlin Tegel

    take the A115,heading towards the south LEIPZIG and DRESDEN A10 is the next

    when you reach the A10, you go towards FRANKFURT/Oder (POLAND)

    after 25km you reach another crossroad, go on the A13 direction DRESDEN, stay on the A13...DRESDEN is the goal

    In DRESDEN you follow the raod signs to PRAG

    the A13 become the A4 and than you got to go on the A17

    direction PRAG

    In Czechia the Autobahn is not completely ready but most of it and its called the A8

    by the way: we have European numbering, all of the roads have a little green no. as well, the one from Tegel to Prag is the E55

    From PRAG you take the A1 to Bruno and than the A2 to Vienna.

    all very easy.

    From Vienna you take the A3 direction GRAZ

    you can stay on the A2 until you reach Italy.

    in Italy it becomes the A23 and leads you to Venice, stay on the same road.

    And by the way: of cause you can read all the road signs, they are international.

    Could be some weather in the mountains right now.

    safe travel


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  • 1 decade ago

    It is mostly cheaper to drive within one country.

    If I was wanting to drive so much, I would rent a car in Germany and take it for a tour, but just for one day and return it to the same place you picked it up.

    Driving long distances is mainly tiring and you can almost certainly travel cheaper by train. But it will be an experience to do a day trip and see the Autobahn yourself.

    Check for your expected travel times on a map, Google maps will find it for you. Expect to pay two times as much for

    petrol as you would do in the USA, (if you do come from there.)

    And add a hefty drop-off charge when you want to leave the car in a different European country.

    Source(s): I travel often in Europe, but I prefer the train.
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