Rental Cars & Other Vehicles, Car Sharing in Finland
Car rental in Finland - Introduction
Conditions and charges vary from company to company; always check the details before making a rental agreement. Complaints in Finland are few, and usually about "unexpected" charges which were shown in the contract.
Things to consider :
- Minimum age: Check the minimum age for a driver
- Experience: Check whether drivers must have been licenced for a minimum number of years
- Young drivers: Check if additional fees apply for drivers under a certain age
- Additional drivers: Check whether a charge applies for additional drivers
- Insurance: Understand the full cost, and what it actually covers
- Fuel and mileage: Understand the costs and your refuelling responsibilities
- Credit card: You will almost certainly need a credit card, even if it is not used for payment
- Foreign licence: Check that your licence is accepted by the rental company when making the agreement
See also Driving in Finland for road rules, traffic signs, additional foreign licence information
- See Driving Tips & FAQ's for special considerations about driving in Finland, including a moose warning!
Chinese Driving Licences:
Visitors with Chinese licenses will soon be able to drive in Finland - not allowed now because China is not a signatory to the Vienna Convention. Chinese tourists will also be able to rent, for example, snowmobiles in Lapland.
Update 09.11.17: Trafi advises "...the negotiation will conclude some time in 2018."
This page refers to rental car companies and brokers in Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Hämeenlinna, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kotka, Kuopio, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Oulu, Pori, Rauma, Riihimäki, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Seinäjoki, Tampere, Turku, Vaasa and more
Car Rental Companies versus Car Rental Brokers
The basic difference is that car rental companies have their own vehicles, while car rental brokers do not. Brokers work with multiple car rental companies, who act as suppliers. Searching a broker's site therefore provides more choice than the offerings from a single rental company. Additionally, because brokers rent a large volume of vehicles from the suppliers, they receive better rates than an individual customer. They can therefore 're-rent' those same vehicles to customers at competitive rates - sometimes for less than renting directly from the car rental company. Vehicle availability data at reputable brokers' sites is updated from suppliers in real-time, so your search results should be accurate.
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Car Hire Companies
These companies have physical locations in Finland. They are predominantly car hire companies although some offer vans, mini-buses and other vehicle types. Cars can often be delivered to a pick-up point specified in the reservation, or picked up at one location and dropped off at another. Bookings can usually be made online or by phone.
- Auto Alex: www.autoalex.fi Helsinki - En, Fi, Ru
- Avis: www.avis.fi - En, Fi, Ru
- Budget: www.budget.fi - En, Fi
- Europcar: www.europcar.fi - Fi
- FiRent: www.firent.fi - En, Fi, Ru
- Green Motion: www.greenmotion.fi - En, Fi
- Hertz: www.hertz.fi - En, Fi
- Lacara: www.lacara.net Helsinki - En, Fi
- Scandia Rent: www.scandiarent.fi - En, Fi, Ge, Ru, Sw
- Sixt: www.sixt.fi - En, Fi
This section lists companies offering specialised vehicles such as motor homes and limousines, though they may also offer standard car rentals.
- Limousine Service: www.limousineservice.fi Chauffeur-driven limousines, luxury vehicles, minibuses and minivans - En, Fi
- Lacara Limousine: www.lacara.net Chauffeur-driven executive sedans - En, Fi
- Touring Cars: www.touringcars.eu Camper van, motor home, mobile home rentals - En, Fi
Pick-up and drop-off in Helsinki, Rovaniemi, Stockholm, Oslo and Reykjavik
City Car Club (CCC) is a car sharing service which began operating in the Helsinki region since 1999. With small city cars, family cars and even minibuses and vans available 24/7, and over 100 pick-up points, car sharing can be an economical and easy solution for people who need a car just a few times a week, or companies looking for an environmentally friendly transport solution. The City of Helsinki provides various benefits to CCC, such as parking, and HSL Transport deals. CCC has received numerous environmental awards.
City Car Club www.citycarclub.fi - Fi, En
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- Driving in Finland: Expat Finland's page on foreign driving licences, road rules, traffic signs & more
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