Booking Strategy

European Car Rental Companies Every Traveler Should Know

Most major car rental companies offer reliable and affordable overseas car rentals, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, and others. The following international companies specialize in European car rentals, and have proven reliable and reputable. Book via their websites or give them a call before your next Europe trip.

European Car Rental Companies

Auto Europe
(888) 223-5555

(877) 940-6900

(877) 820-0668

Renault Eurodrive
(888) 532-1221

(888) 749-8227

Other Companies Offering Europe Car Rentals

(800) 777-5500

(877) 222-9075

(800) 331-1212

(800) 472-3325

(800) 800-4000

(800) 654-3131

(877) 222-9058

Thrifty Car Rental
(800) 847-4389

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.

By Sarah Schlichter

Deputy Executive Editor Sarah Schlichter's idea of a perfect trip includes spotting exotic animals, hiking through pristine landscapes, exploring new neighborhoods on foot, and soaking up as much art as she can. She often attempts to recreate recipes from her international travels after she gets home (which has twice resulted in accidental kitchen fires—no humans or animals were harmed).

Sarah joined the SmarterTravel team in 2017 after more than a decade at the helm of Sarah's practical travel advice has been featured in dozens of news outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Budget Travel, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio. Follow her on Twitter @TravelEditor.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A journal. Even years later, reading my notes from a trip can bring back incredibly vivid memories."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "Road tripping and hiking through the rugged mountains of Patagonia."

Travel Motto: "'To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.'—Freya Stark"

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Aisle. I get restless on long flights and like to be able to move around without disturbing anyone else."

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