Road trip across the Europe – 10 things you need to know

If you are an adventurous person and you see Europe as your perfect holiday destination, this following lines will help you to plan your trip without unpleasant surprises.

Europe is the top world destination to visit. Places such as Paris, Rome, Venice or countries like Greece, Switzerland attract each year more visitors and percent of them each year decide to spend the whole summer driving and learning about this amazing continent. Here are 10 very important tips you need to know for a road trip across the Europe.

Currency. Europe is divided into two groups of countries: the EU and non-EU countries. EU consists of 28 members across the continent, and although the euro as a currency is accepted almost in all of them, it is not an official currency everywhere. So, in countries like Croatia or Czech Republic, do exchange dollar or euro to Kuna or Korona to be able to enjoy without complication. Switzerland is not an EU country and it has a frank. UK uses pound.

Highways. Driving across Europe means that you need to know in which countries to pay a fee for using their highways. In most of them, this fee is known as a vignette. So, for example, if you’re driving through Austria, you need to buy a vignette, but if you are a foreigner and driving through the Netherlands, you don’t need to buy anything. It’s completely free.

Gas stations. Like everywhere, you’ll find gas stations by the road wherever you’re going. The thing is, that prices of the gas throughout the continent are different. In some countries, you’ll pay more, in some less for the same type of gas. In Austria, for example, for approximately 35 liters of Super FuelSave 95 type of gas, your bill will be around 45 euro. (Data updated for November 2013).

Languages. Most Europeans, throughout the continent speak English, but in the whole continent, English is official only in the UK and Ireland. The best suggestion is to learn a few basic words in domestic language of the country you’re currently in because there’s a good chance you’ll somewhere meet someone who doesn’t speak English at all. Languages with the biggest number of speakers in Europe are German, French, Italian and a big number of closely related Slavic languages.

Travel insurance. European car travel insurance is a must for people who like to travel without the stress that sometimes might happen on the road. Contact your travel insurance company and buy travel car insurance for the whole Europe.

Navigation. Modern tools such as navigation are something that will help a lot. We live in an online world today, and this kind of tools will help you find the right road. Be cautious! Sometimes navigation can be wrong, so it’s very wise to have a regular car map of Europe in your car, as well.

car navigation

Help on the road. All European highways have an SOS telephone on highways. If you’re experiencing any problem, don’t hesitate to contact the official Help on the Road Company of the country you’re in at the moment.

Hotel booking. If your plan is to travel through a couple of countries per day, visit online hotel booking service to book a hotel/hostel/motel in your target place for that day. Finding available hotel room once you get to your target place can be very expensive. In Germany, for example, you’ll pay 30 euro at the cheapest price per night, if you don’t book the room earlier.

Quality of roads. As Europe is a place of dozens of countries, each country has different infrastructure, so in some of them the quality of roads is on a higher level than in others. Higher quality is always the safest option. Check the best route online.

What to see? – Europe is an amazing place. Don’t just try to visit the most popular destinations, ‘cause you’ll miss a lot of sincere Europe. Make a stop while driving whenever you feel to, because it’s the best way to make your holiday probably the best one you had in your life.

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