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Old 1st May 2013, 14:29   #31
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Am landing in Munich in the third week of May. Was looking at renting a SUV for about 10 days. Is it better to do it online or visit the rental counters there

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I have got the opportunity to ride around in Germany on my colleagues BMW G650GS, Can anyone let me know if I can ride a motor bike in Germany with an valid Indian national driving licence.
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I have got the opportunity to ride around in Germany on my colleagues BMW G650GS, Can anyone let me know if I can ride a motor bike in Germany with an valid Indian national driving licence.
Yes, you can as long as the Indian DL allows you to do so. Fact is, in Germany, Motorcyclists have a separate License but you can use your Indian License for 6 months both for 2 and 4 wheelers and then incase required get an extension for another 6 months at an extra cost of ~5o euros.

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Am landing in Munich in the third week of May. Was looking at renting a SUV for about 10 days. Is it better to do it online or visit the rental counters there

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Well, before you rent a Car, I am sure you would have gone through the driving rules which are far more stricter than elsewhere.

Anyways, You dont have to do it online, all major airports here have counters of EuropeCar, sixt, Avis or Hertz to say the least and IMO EuropeCar is the best. So just go to any one of them and get whichever car you want.

Sorry: The OP was way too old for a reply. pls ignore.

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Any idea if one can get his license renewed while on a business visa? had a DL from Germany, but exchanged it for a Canadian one while I was in Canada. Now would it be possible to exchange the Canadian one while I'm in DE on a business visit? would be staying at least for 2 weeks each time I visit.

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Any idea if one can get his license renewed while on a business visa? had a DL from Germany, but exchanged it for a Canadian one while I was in Canada. Now would it be possible to exchange the Canadian one while I'm in DE on a business visit? would be staying at least for 2 weeks each time I visit.

Any pointers appreciated, thanks.
AFAIK, It doesn't matter which type of Visa you are holding, You are still allowed to drive with your IDL for 6 months.

Check this website for which country/state visa are allowed for an exchange with a German DL. You might get your answer.

HowToGermany.com

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Hello everyone,

I am planning to visit my sister who lives in Bad Berka, Thuringia, Germany. I have a valid India driving license but plan on getting an IDP too, just in case someone demands it. I have a few questions -
  • Bad Berka is a small place and a cab ride from Frankfurt/Munich is far more expensive than renting a car from the airport. My apprehension is whether it is okay to start driving right away or should I wait a day or two to get familiar with the roads, road signs and the general system.
  • Is there a place where I can get a quick crash course of sorts about driving in Germany?
  • Has anyone tried renting cars from Turo?
  • Which rental companies have complete damage waivers? The ones where they don't charge you for the damage done as well as for the loss of revenue for the amount of time the vehicle is down for repairs if you have paid for the waiver/insurance?

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Hello everyone,

I am planning to visit my sister who lives in Bad Berka, Thuringia, Germany. I have a valid India driving license but plan on getting an IDP too, just in case someone demands it. I have a few questions -
  • Bad Berka is a small place and a cab ride from Frankfurt/Munich is far more expensive than renting a car from the airport. My apprehension is whether it is okay to start driving right away or should I wait a day or two to get familiar with the roads, road signs and the general system.
  • Is there a place where I can get a quick crash course of sorts about driving in Germany?
  • Has anyone tried renting cars from Turo?
  • Which rental companies have complete damage waivers? The ones where they don't charge you for the damage done as well as for the loss of revenue for the amount of time the vehicle is down for repairs if you have paid for the waiver/insurance?

Thankyou
I would wait a day or two. You could try a local driving school instructor who knows English and take 3-4 hours of tuition.

All the rental companies have waivers but they cost as much as the rental.

Pick up a policy from
https://www.worldwideinsure.com/car-...-insurance.php

It will cost less. You will need to initially pay and also get the repair invoices and submit for reimbursement. I have no idea how good they are though
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Hello everyone,

I am planning to visit my sister who lives in Bad Berka, Thuringia, Germany. I have a valid India driving license but plan on getting an IDP too, just in case someone demands it. I have a few questions -
[list][*]Bad Berka is a small place and a cab ride from Frankfurt/Munich is far more expensive than renting a car from the airport. My apprehension is whether it is okay to start driving right away or should I wait a day or two to get familiar with the roads, road signs and the general system.
Quick question - Have you driven in the US? If yes, I believe you need not have any apprehension on driving in Germany.

But, I would recommend you to go through the traffic signs, rules etc before you land in Germany.

I started driving on the second day of my arrival. My BIL drove an X4 from Frankfurt Airport to Paderborn. So, I quickly grasped the traffic manners/signs during the drive.

On the second day, I drove from Paderborn to Paris.

Also, I would recommend you to check SIXT for car rentals. They offered us a nice deal with full insurance for a 10 day trip.

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Quick question - Have you driven in the US? If yes, I believe you need not have any apprehension on driving in Germany.

But, I would recommend you to go through the traffic signs, rules etc before you land in Germany.
No, I have not driven in the US or anywhere outside of India for that matter. Hence, the apprehension to start driving straight from the airport.
I have started learning the road signs and rules online.

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Also, I would recommend you to check SIXT for car rentals. They offered us a nice deal with full insurance for a 10 day trip.
I will check them out, however I plan on renting a car for a month. I read somewhere that a short term lease is also a good option if one plans to rent a car for longer than 3 weeks. Any idea about those?

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