How And Where Do I Pick Up My Rental Car?

This obviously depends on where exactly you have booked your rental car . Usually this is at the airport and it can differ depending on the size and reputation of the company. Major car rental companies such as Alamo and Budget (almost) always have an office in the airport itself , so on arrival you just have to follow the arrows to ‘Car rental’ and you will see the counter of your chosen company. However, less well-known companies often have an office outside the terminal and you often have to take a (free) shuttle bus for this.

When booking your rental car, please provide your flight number so the company can see if there would be any delay. It may happen that if you can only pick up your car a few hours later, it has been rented out again and you have to pay extra for a larger model. Also allow enough slack if you still have to wait for your luggage and take the shuttle bus to the office of your rental car company.

Also pay attention to whether you do not have to pay extra for picking up a car at a certain time. For example, a number of offices close after eight in the evening, but for an extra amount it may be possible to pick up your rental car outside the normal times.

Finally, it is essential that you can present your driver’s license , identity card or passport and your credit card , all in the name of the renter (and driver) of the car.
Note that in some countries (outside Europe) you must be able to present an international driver’s license.

Rent a car with an international driver’s license

If you are going to rent a car outside of Europe, you will usually need an international driver’s license.
You can request this from your municipality and it costs between 16 and 25 dollars. Don’t forget that you also need a passport photo for this.

Please note that this is not a replacement for your driving license, but only an addition. You must therefore be able to present both driving licenses at every car rental company.

In principle, you are rarely asked for this international driving license when you are going to rent a car abroad, but if there is a police check, you must be able to present this.

Have you forgotten to apply for an international driver’s license or have you lost it (I speak from experience!), Then keep calm.
After all, in most countries a sworn translation of your driving license is also sufficient. Nowadays you can request this quickly and easily online.