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Driving In Greece For Tourists- Ultimate Guide

Driving in Greece for the first time can seem a little overwhelming, even for tourists visiting from neighboring countries. Some of the local traffic laws and regulations aren’t as common as you may think. That’s why it’s best to come prepared. We’re here to help! Check out all you need to know about driving as a tourist in Greece.

For maximum convenience, this blog post is divided into the following parts (click the links to quickly jump to each section)

Looking for more travel inspiration? While you’re at it, check out some of our top hand-picked destinations around Greece, perfect for your next holiday.

You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driving license to drive in Greece. The driver must also have their ID or passport, depending on the country they’re coming from.

Always make sure that all the required paperwork is in order before getting behind the wheel. If not, you risk losing all insurance in case of a collision.

Note that an International Driving Permit may be required, depending on where you’re coming from. More on that below.

Do You Need An International Driving Permit in Greece?

Yes, you do need an international driving permit to drive in Greece.

Unless your driving license was issued in EU and EEA countries. If not, you will need to get an IDP to legally drive a car in Greece.

An International Driving Permit is essentially a translation of your domestic license. Note that it has to be presented alongside your original state-issued license to be valid.

While many local rental agencies throughout Greece will accept foreign licenses without an IDP, this process is not lawful. Driving in Greece without an International Driving Permit (except for those issued in EU and EEA countries) can land you in quite a bit of trouble.

Speed Limits in Greece

Below you’ll find the standard speed limits. Follow them, unless signs state otherwise.

  • Urban Areas- 50km/h (30mph)
  • Outside Urban Areas- 90-110km/h (55-70mph)
  • Motorways- 120km/h (75mph)

Think twice before speeding in Greece! Violations up to 20km/h over the limit are subject to a fine between 40 and 100 euros. If you’re caught going 50km/h and above over the limit, your license can be suspended for 60 days. Serious speeding can be punished by as much as 350 euros, as well as court for the most serious offenses.

Regulations and Traffic Laws in Greece

Traffic in Greece is on the right-hand side of the road. Check out some more useful regulations that you should be aware of before driving in Greece.

Seatbelts

All occupants in a car must have their seatbelts on at all times. Those who fail to comply risk getting a 350 EUR penalty.

Overtaking and Lane Changes

It is illegal to overtake at junctions, pedestrian crossings, bottlenecks, speed bumps, bends, and whenever the visibility is too poor to execute the maneuver safely. Crossing solid line markings on the road is forbidden, too.

Changing lanes at junctions and pedestrian crossings is illegal, much like overtaking.

Drivers should remain on the right-most lane of multi-lane roads unless overtaking slower vehicles. The left lane is strictly for overtaking only.

Right Of Way

Cars on your right-hand side have the right of way at an intersection unless signs state otherwise.

This also applies to roundabouts- cars that are already on the roundabout must yield to those entering. However, most of them have signs that state otherwise and force the entering cars to yield instead.

Turning Right On Red

Turning right at a red light is strictly forbidden in Greece. Some traffic lights have a separate light for right-turning cars- either a green arrow or a flashing yellow one.

Children, Child Seats & Restraints

It is forbidden for kids under the age of 10 to ride in the front seat of an automobile.

All children until the age of 12 must be placed in a child restraint that fits their size. Furthermore, kids aged 4 and under must have a child seat.

Children that are either older than 12 or over 1.35m tall don’t need a child restraint anymore.

Headlight Use Regulations

If the visibility is poor during the daytime, drivers are required to switch on dipped headlights.

Full beam headlights cannot be used in urban areas.

Drink & Driving

The maximum permitted level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05%. Anything above the said limit is considered driving under the influence.

Naturally, this is very illegal and strictly enforced. Drink driving is not only incredibly dangerous but also a serious crime. Never drink and drive.

Toll Roads in Greece

There are only two toll roads in Greece, both located on the mainland. One of them is the route from Athens to the Peloponnesus, while the other is a highway from Athens to Thessaloniki.

All other roads in Greece can be driven on for free.

Local Tips For Driving In Greece

  • Don’t use your horn unless it is crucial to do so. Unnecessary use of the horn can be punished with a ticket
  • Most drivers won’t stop to let pedestrians cross at zebra crossings. If you do so, prepare to get honked at, or even rear-ended in the worst-case scenario
  • Locals use hazard lights when preparing to park, especially in large cities like Athens or Thessaloniki
  • Look out for motorbikes, as many riders tend to not follow the laws very carefully. Steer clear!
  • Potholes are plentiful, especially in remote parts of the country. Look out!
  • Driving in Athens is very chaotic. If you’re only going to visit Greece’s capital, consider using public transport and taxis instead

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23 Of The Best Beaches In Croatia

Looking for the best beaches in Croatia? We’re here to help! Check out 20+ of our favorite destinations for beachgoers in Croatia.

We’ve grouped these beaches based on their locations. This travel guide is divided into the following sections (you can click the links below to quickly jump to each one)

Note that while most of the beaches along the Adriatic Sea are either pebble or fine gravel, we’ve also hand-picked some of our favorite sandy beaches in Croatia. These are a lot harder to come by, though. The beach type is written in bold letters for every beach on our list.

You can also check out all of the best beaches in Croatia using the interactive map below.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some of the best beaches in this part of Europe!

Best Beaches In North Croatia

Brioni Beach, Pula

Brioni is a pebble beach in Croatia. Aerial view of the resort town and beach.
Aerial view of Pula

We kick off our list with a hidden gem near the resort town of Pula, at the Northern tip of Croatia. Like most beaches in the country, Brioni is a rocky beach. Some parts are paved for easier access, however.

The proximity to touristic resorts makes Brioni Beach the perfect spot for watersports and activities for the entire family. You can also go for a dip in the crystal-clear waters, all under daily lifeguard supervision. This is the ideal alternative when the nearby Hawaii Beach gets too busy.

Hawaiian Cove Beach, Pula

Hawaiian Cove Beach is one of the nicest secluded pebble beaches in Croatia.

Hawaiian Cove Beach, often simply called the Hawaiian Beach, is perhaps the most popular one near the resort town of Pula. This pebble beach is surrounded by rocks from both sides, making for a very pretty and cozy setting.

Nearby facilities are plentiful. After all, Pula is a resort town full of hotels, restaurants, bars, and shops. You can easily spend the entire day here!

Don’t miss the nearby Verudela Canyon, too.

Pinizule Beach, Premantura

Pinizule Beach is a quiet pebble beach in north Croatia, perfect for swimming.

This gorgeous beach is an absolute must when visiting the Kamenjak National Park. It lies just a short drive south of Pula. This is another gorgeous pebble beach that tends to get crowded, especially during peak tourist season.

This beach is rather cozy and there isn’t too much space. It’s best to come here early in the morning to get the best spot and beat the crowds. The local snack bar is the perfect spot to recharge your batteries, cool down in the shade, or grab a quick bite.

Klancac Beach

This gorgeous pebble beach is located roughly an hour out of Rijeka. Visiting Klancac Beach is well worth it, even for the drive itself. The coastal road from Rijeka is one of the best drives in this part of Croatia.

Klancac Beach is a little pebble cove, surrounded by rocks and wonderful scenery. There aren’t any amenities here, so make sure to bring your own snacks and water. Despite not having any facilities, this beach can still get pretty crowded during peak season.

Sveti Ivan Beach

Sveti Ivan Beach is difficult to access, but the glorious views and lack of crowds pay off. One of the best beaches in north croatia.
by Tim Ertl

Let’s get one thing straight- this gorgeous beach is not easy to access. You’ll have to drop your rental car off at the hilltop car park and then make your way to the coast on foot. It may not sound too appealing to most tourists, making Sveti Ivan rather calm and not overcrowded.

The hike is well worth it, though. This pebble beach is renowned for its gorgeous natural setting and turquoise waters, ideal for a dip or snorkeling. There are no amenities here whatsoever. It’s just you and nature, enjoy!

Mali Bok

Mali Bok is a tiny pebble beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs from both sides.
by Tim Ertl

When it comes to accessibility, Mali Bok Beach is similar to the Sveti Ivan Beach mentioned above. Both beaches require a bit of a walk to reach. In fact, the two beaches lay directly opposite each other!

Once again, those who decide to take the hike will be rewarded with a gorgeous, secluded pebble beach. Mali Bok is a popular tourist spot despite its remote location, so it’s best to arrive early and get the best spot.

You can drop your car off at the hilltop car park and then make your way down to the coast. The walk should take under half an hour each way. Mali Bok does not have any amenities onsite.

Kacjak Beach

This pebble beach is one of the top picks among locals and tourists alike. Kacjak Beach lies just a few kilometers up north from Dramalj.

This spot features affordable sunbeds, a waterfront snack bar, a shop, and plenty of space for everyone. Kids can spend time at the floating water park, or play a round of mini-golf. Kacjak Beach is the perfect spot for a fun-filled day with the entire family.

Oprna Bay- Stara Baska

Oprna Bay is a wide pebble beach on the Krk Island in north Croatia.

This is by far the nicest beach on Krk, a Croatian island in the Northern part of the country. Oprna Bay, also referred to as Stara Baska, is a quiet pebble cove which is the epitome of a dreamy beach on the Adriatic Sea.

Despite the remote setting of the beach, you can still rent sunbeds and umbrellas from the local bar to enjoy some shade. Note that there isn’t any car park here. You’ll need to drop your car off at the side of the road, as mentioned by Hitched to Travel, and walk on down to the coast.

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a sandy beach in North Croatia. Sandy beaches are rare in the Adriatic Sea, this is one of just a few.

Paradise is easily the most appropriate word to describe this gorgeous beach. This is a relatively wide sandy beach, which is quite rare in Croatia. If you’re looking for soft sand rather than pebbles somewhere in the Northern Adriatic Sea, this is the spot!

The beach stretches for 2 kilometers, there’s enough space for everyone. It’s also packed with fun things to do and amenities of all kinds, including beach volleyball, parasailing, and even parties once dusk falls.

Reaching Paradise Beach is a bit of an adventure in itself, as the beach is located on a small island. You can drive down the coast, south from Rijeka, and hop on the ferry in Stinica. Alternatively, you can hop on a ferry from Krk Island and drive across Rab Island till you reach Paradise Beach.

Beautiful Beaches Near Zadar

Zrce Beach

Zrce Beach is a gorgeous pebble beach, famous for its festivals and party scene, near Zadar in Croatia.

Party animals take notes, Zrce Beach is known for its clubs. Lots of different festivals take place here throughout the year. Partygoers can enjoy the music, and then cool off in the crystal-clear waters of this gorgeous pebble beach.

You can check the list of upcoming festivals and events on the Zrce Beach website. This party hotspot lies around halfway between Rijeka and Split, and just an hour drive away from Zadar.

Kraljicina Beach

Kraljicina Beach, which translates to Queen’s Beach, is one of the best sandy beaches in all of the Adriatic Sea. This dreamy destination stretches for around 8 kilometers, full of soft golden sand and plenty of activities.

What makes Kraljicina Beach so special, apart from its jaw-dropping natural setting and soft sand, is the proximity to the largest mud springs in the country. You can go for a mud treatment first, and then cool off in the turquoise waters of the sea. As this is a gorgeous lagoon, the waters are calm and free from strong currents.

Sakarun Beach

Once you arrive at Sakarun Beach, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled somewhere to the Caribbean. Make no mistake, this spot is truly special. This sandy beach looks like something out of a fantasy. Soft sand, crystal-clear waters and a gorgeous natural setting all make this one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Croatia.

The beachline of this gorgeous lagoon stretches for about a kilometer. You can grab a meal at one of the two waterfront restaurants and make use of other amenities, such as showers and locker rooms to store your belongings. Expect this spot to get crowded during peak season.

Podvrske Beach

Podvrske Beach is a dream-like pebble beach near Zadar, roughly an hour’s drive south of the city. It’s renowned for its unique oval shape. There’s a sandy beach directly on the other side of the cove, too. That way, you get the best of both worlds.

You can grab a quick bite to eat at the local snack bar, too. Those who love this area so much can spend the night at the nearby campground.

Best Beaches Near Split

Mala Raduca Beach

Mala Raduca Beach is a vibrant city beach, one of the nicest pebble beaches in Primosten, Croatia.

Travelers who enjoy combining a beachday with city life need to visit Mala Raduca Beach. This pebble beach is located in the heart of Primosten, a colorful town on the Croatian coast. It may not be the biggest, though it surely is one of the most vibrant beaches ideal for people watching.

Mala Raduca Beach is favored among locals, especially those who live in Primosten. The town itself is home to various local eateries, bars, and other cool places to hang out.

Stiniva Beach

Stiniva Beach is a small pebble cove famous for its gorgeous natural setting- the beach is covered by tall cliffs from both sides. One of the nicest beaches in Croatia.
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This is it- one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stiniva Beach is an absolute must-visit. It’s located on Vis Island, and the best way to access it is by boat, for example on a boat tour from Split.

This pebble cove is surrounded by dramatic cliffs. As a result, you won’t need any umbrellas as there’s natural shade here. The opening between the two cliffs is just a few meters wide, making the waters calm and free from rapid tides and large waves. After a day at the beach, you can enjoy a meal at the local tavern right off the coast.

Velika Beach

Velika Beach is a grand beach near Split. Many people come here beacuse the shore is sandy, which is uncommon for Croatia.

Yet another sandy beach in this part of Croatia. Travelers who come to Velika Beach can expect lots of space, umbrellas, sunbeds, and plenty of attractions and amenities. Once dusk falls, you can cross the street and pop by one of the waterfront bars and eateries. This is also one of the best spots for watersports near Split.

Note that the sand here is fine, and not exactly the soft kind you would expect at the Caribbean. Nonetheless, it can be a good break from all the pebble beaches in the area.

Golden Horn Beach

Golden Horn Beach is a fine gravel beach famous for its postcard-like looks and crystal clear waters. One of the most famous beaches in Croatia.

If you were to only visit one beach during your time in Croatia, it should be this one. Golden Horn Beach is one of the most legendary beaches in all of the Adriatic, and our personal favorite beach in Croatia.

Contrary to popular belief, this beach is not sandy. Instead, the coast is covered in very fine gravel. The texture is quite similar to sand, and it is easy to confuse at first sight. Golden Horn Beach lies just two kilometers away from the port in Bol, where restaurants and shops are plentiful.

Punta Rata

Punta Rata is a popular pebble beach near Split, and also one of the nicest beaches in Croatia.

Punta Rata is quite a unique beach. The shore is pebble, though once you enter the water you’ll notice that the seafloor becomes sandy.

This award-winning beach has received the Blue Flag for its clear waters. The local beach bar serves quick bites and drinks, as well as ice cream. Activities available here include a selection of watersports, tennis, volleyball, and even indoor football.

Makarska Beach

The Makarska Riviera is one of the most famous destinations among beachgoers in all of Croatia. This part of the Adriatic coast is famous for its gorgeous natural setting and quiet pebble coves surrounded by dramatic coastline. The beach with the same name is arguably the best one here. Note that it is also one of the most popular ones in the area, so expect plenty of people enjoying Makarska Beach during the summer.

The Makarska Beach is a vibrant city beach that’s bound to be full of life whenever you go. The pebble shore stretches for kilometers, and the seemingly endless beach is full of activities and amenities. After a day at the beach, you can stroll over into the city and enjoy the best of what this region has to offer.

Most Beautiful Beaches Near Dubrovnik

Betina Cave Beach

Dubrovnik is often called the city of caves for a reason. Tourists who come here can enjoy a drink at a cave bar, sleep in a cave hotel, and even spend a day at the magical pebble Betina Cave Beach. This may not be the biggest beach in the country, but it sure is one of the most unique and best beaches in Croatia!

Betina Cave Beach is by far one of the most difficult ones to reach, despite being situated near the heat of Dubrovnik. It can only be accessed by water- you’ll need a boat to get here. The magical setting inside of a cave, as well as the unbeatable privacy makes this very worthwhile, though.

Banje Beach

Looking for the best beach club in Croatia? Or perhaps a beachside restaurant, as opposed to a pretty basic snackbar that can be found at most public beaches? Either way, Banje Beach in Dubrovnik is worth at least a short visit!

The upscale restaurant and beach club is what makes Banje Beach stand out from the crowd. Come here after dusk falls and enjoy one of the wildest parties in Dubrovnik, or unwind during the day and go for a swim in the gorgeous waters of the Adriatic. This is the place to party in town, both day and night.

Divna Beach

Divna Beach is one of those postcard-like, perfect beaches in all of Croatia. The color of the water is simply unbelievable and it will surely amaze you every single time you come to this beach.

The pebble shore stretches for a few hundred meters, there’s plenty of space to sunbathe. Don’t let the nearby trees fool you, there isn’t any natural shade here nor sunbeds available for rent- you’ll have to bring your own. You can purchase basic foods and drinks at the local snack bar.

Sunj Beach

It really doesn’t get much better than this. Many travelers would argue that Sunj Beach is one of the best beaches in Croatia. After all, this gorgeous spot seems to be the perfect balance between a secluded spot and a vibrant one. Sunj offers a little bit of both!

You’ll need to hop on a boat from Dubrovnik to reach Sunj Beach, as it’s situated on Lopud Island. A sandy shore, calm tides and plenty of amenities draw in hundreds of tourists every day. There’s also a naturist section of the beach up on the left-hand side of the cove, if that’s your thing.

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20 Of The Best Driving Roads In The World

Scenic drives are the core of any great road trip. Check out 20 of the best driving roads ever. How many of them are on your travel bucket list already?

We’ve compiled a list of 20 of our favorite roads in Europe and the US. Some of them offer spectacular views along the way, while others are simply a joy to drive on.

Check out the map below to see exactly where each road is located. That way, you can easily plan your next road trip around these locations. Take a look at our travel guides for more travel inspiration around some of the best locations worldwide.

The list goes as follows:

10 Best Driving Roads In Europe

  1. Furka Pass
  2. Stelvio Pass
  3. The Ring Road
  4. Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway)
  5. Transfaragasan
  6. Gorges du Verdon
  7. Route Napoleon
  8. North Coast 500
  9. Schwarzwaldhochstrasse
  10. Nurburgring

10 Best Driving Roads In America

  1. Going To The Sun Road
  2. Pacific Coast Highway
  3. Million Dollar Highway
  4. Overseas Highway
  5. White Rim Road
  6. The Tail of The Dragon
  7. Mulholland Drive
  8. Pikes Peak
  9. Artists Drive
  10. Monument Valley

Without further ado, let’s jump into each one of the best driving roads in the world!

The 10 Best Driving Roads in Europe

Picking just one as our favorite driving road would be nearly impossible, let alone sorting them from best to worst. Instead, the roads below are listed in random order.

Furka Pass- The Best Mountain Pass in Europe

Furka Pass mountain pass seen from a nearby highway. Furka in Switzerland is one of the best mountain passes in the Alps.
by Jason Parker

Picking the best mountain pass in Europe is a difficult task, as there are so many jaw-dropping drives to choose from.

The Swiss Furka Pass, however, has got to be one of the best mountain passes in the entire world. The 35-kilometer road will take you along tens of chicanes, all while overlooking the Swiss Alps.

abandoned Belvedere Hotel in Furka Pass, Switzerland. The hotel located at a hairpin turn is an eerie photo opportunity for those who drive down Furka.
by Maartenpinj

One of the highlights of the Furka Pass is the abandoned Belvedere Hotel which sits at one of the hairpins. Over the last years, this eerie structure became favored among photographers. Don’t forget to stop and take a photo of this hotel!

Length: 35km/22miles

Location: South of Switzerland, near Andermatt

Stelvio Pass

Scenic mountain road in the Dolomites. Stelvio Pass is a famous driving road that you can see during our Italy road trip.

We consider the famous Stelvio Pass to be an absolute must-visit point on any road trip around the North of Italy.

This Italian mountain pass features a continuous 25-kilometer long climb. When driving here, you’ll see many cyclists who challenge themselves to make it all the way to the top.

Stelvio Pass is ideal for fans of tight hairpins, as there are 48 of them in total! Expect beautiful scenery along virtually the entire journey.

Length: 25km/15miles

Location: North of Italy, Eastern Alps

Iceland’s Ring Road

A road in iceland through the endless plains, snowy mountains in the distance. The Ring Road loops around the beautiful country of Iceland.

Iceland is a truly fascinating country. The landscapes found here are unlike any other in the world, hence Iceland should definitely land on the bucket list of any traveler.

The best way of getting around the country is by car, as it’s the most convenient way to access all parts of the island. Some of the must-visit natural beauty here is rather remote, and it is barely possible to get around without a private car.

The main road in Iceland, also known as the Ring Road, will conveniently take you around the best spots in the country. Expect absolutely jaw-dropping natural beauty. The landscapes will be spectacular nearly every single kilometer of the journey, and there are over 1300 of them in total.

Once you visit Iceland for the first time, you’ll definitely keep coming back for more. You have been warned.

Check out our curated Iceland road trip itinerary around the Ring Road.

Length: 1300km/800miles

Location: Iceland

Atlantic Ocean Road

Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Cars crossing a bridge over the ocean, with greenery in the distance and some tourists on the coast in the foreground.
by Hay Smits

The Atlantic Ocean Road in the northern tip of Norway is the shortest road on our list. In fact, it is merely 8 kilometers long. Don’t underestimate it based on its length, as it is nothing short of astonishing!

This scenic drive is a part of County Road 64, the rest of the route features great views of lush greenery and cute villages, while also opening up to the ocean practically the entire time. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel is further down the road, too.

The surrounding area is worth a visit, too. Once you’re here, be sure to keep driving along the coast for some more unforgettable scenery.

Length: 8km/5miles

Location: North of Norway, near Elnesvagen

Transfagarasan

transfaragasan highway, one of the best driving roads in the world, seen from above. The hairpins and tight chicanes surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges are a favorite among travelers in Romania.
by Gavia26210

Until recently, the Transfagarasan was very underrated. Afterall, most travelers head to the Alps to drive down the most spectacular mountain passes. Believe it or not, one of the best driving roads in the world is actually located in Romania.

This mountain pass rose to fame after being featured in 2009 in BBC’s Top Gear. The hosts actually praised the highway and dubbed it the best driving road in the world.

Unsurprisingly, the Transfagarasan quickly became one of the most frequently visited destinations in the country.

The Transfagarasan is the ideal extension of a Balkan road trip. We happen to have a travel guide around the Balkan coast, curated for those who travel by car.

Length: 150km/95miles

Location: Central Romania, 3 hours away from Bucharest

Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon, often called the European Grand Canyon, is a beautiful national park in the south of france. Turquoise water in France, green trees and large mountains.
by Tom und Nicki Löschner

Gorges du Verdon is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe. In reality, its landscape is very different from the one in Arizona.

This national park in the South of France is known for its turquoise-colored water and vibrant greenery, all situated between dramatic cliffs and mountains. These are not the views you’d expect in the South of France, that’s for sure!

You can expect jaw-dropping views of endless natural beauty, at some points 800 meters below the road you’re driving on. Not the best place to be if you fear heights!

What’s best, the next road is just a drive away from Gorges du Verdon. This means you can see 2 of the best driving roads in Europe in one day.

Length: 100km/60miles

Location: South of France, 2 hours 20 minutes from Nice

Route Napoleon

scenic driving road outside of nice, cote d'azur, france. Single-lane paved road with a right-chicane, surrounded by low trees and green bushes, cliffy mountain in the background. clear, sunny day in the french riviera.

The famous Route Napoleon is perhaps the most famous driving road in France. It has earned a spot on our list, as it is one of the best drives in Europe.

Back in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte took this exact route when returning from Elba. He had 1200 soldiers with him, ready to conquer Paris and to be ruled by Napoleon once again. 

This chicane-filled drive spans 315 kilometers in length, beginning right outside of Cannes. Continue driving uphill all the way until Grenoble. From there, you can either head back to the coast or continue deeper into France. You may also head East into the Swiss Alps for a total change of scenery.

Length: 315km/195miles

Location: South of France, begins outside of Cannes

North Coast 500

the NC500 is a famous driving road in Scotland. The 500-mile route loops around the Scottish Highlands.

It goes without saying that Scotland has to land on the bucket list of any traveler. The North Coast 500 is just another reason to visit this magical land. Oh, and this road happens to be one of the best driving roads in the world, too!

This scenic drive will take you on a 500-mile long journey around the Scottish highlands, accompanied by waterfront views for a large chunk of the journey.

It’s best to begin the trip in Inverness, as you can enter the road there. Go in either direction, and you will end up back in Inverness 500 miles later.

Length: 830km/500miles

Location: Northern tip of Scotland

Schwarzwaldhochstrasse

motorcycles parked in front of wooden hexenlochmuhle building restaurant famous in black forest germany

Good luck typing in the name of this street into your GPS app. Surely, The Black Forest High Road is easier to remember than the lengthy Schwarzwaldhochstrasse.

This scenic drive, just like the entirety of The Black Forest, remains massively underrated. While the majority of the tourists flock to Bavaria, this beautiful forest is often overlooked.

The recommended way to drive down the B500 is by starting in the spa town of Baden-Baden. Then, make your way uphill and continue through the hairpin-filled High Road.

Check out this guide to find out the best places to visit in the Black Forest. You’ll also see some must-visit spots in Strasbourg and Northern Switzerland, too.

Length: 40km/25miles

Location: South-west Germany, near Strasbourg

Nurburgring

race cars driving down the Nurburgring Green Hell race track on a cloudy rainy day. Porsche 991 GT3 in front, followed by a BMW M4 and a BMW Z4.
by Mibro

I know what you’re thinking- isn’t the Nurburgring a race track?

Well, it is theoretically classified as a one-way toll road. At least by insurance companies.

The Nurburgring may not have the panoramic views as the other roads on this list. However, it is one of the best driving roads on the planet. Given that you classify it as a road and not a race track, that is.

The Nurburgring hosts frequent Touristenfahrten, or public track days. On those days, virtually any driver can test their skills on this challenging track.

Many insurance companies don’t cover driving on the ring. Double-check before coming on the track, as crashes here happen rather frequently.

Length:20km/12miles

Location: 1 hour South of Cologne, Germany

Are you looking for more of the best driving roads in Europe? Check out our short guide on Instagram, where we showcase a different selection of our favorite drives in The Old Continent!

 
 
 
 
 
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The 10 Best Driving Roads in America

The USA is filled with scenic driving roads scattered essentially all over the country. Once again, the roads below are listed in random order. Decide which one is your favorite.

Going To The Sun Road

natural tunnel in a mountain road. Going to the sun road, in Glacier national Park in Montana, is considered to be one of the best driving roads in the world.
by Mcfisher

A drive-through National Park? This sounds like one of the best National Park road trip ideas, and it is just that!

This otherworldly scenic drive will take you right through the very heart of the Glacier National Park in Montana. The Going To The Sun Road is actually one of the best attractions in this park, and the main route that connects the must-see points in Glacier NP.

Expect wonderful scenery that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the heart of the Alps, all while actually being in Montana.

Don’t miss the cute Red Jammers. This fleet of red buses from the 1930s continue to offer guided tours of the road. You’re bound to see them as you drive along.

You simply cannot miss the Going To The Sun Road, as it’s one of the best scenic drives in the US.

Length:80km/50miles

Location: Glacier National Park, Montana

Pacific Coast Highway

Bixby Creek Bridge is an iconic Big Sur bridge along the iconic Pacific Coast highway. This coastal drive in California is one of the best driving roads in the US.
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You will have definitely seen the Bixby Creek Bridge in at least one Hollywood movie. Afterall, this part of the Pacific Coast Highway in California was the shooting location for countless films, including Iron Man or the Fast & Furious.

No wonder this coastal highway is considered by many, including us, to be one of the best drives in the US. It should come as no surprise that we’ve included it on our Ultimate California Road Trip guide.

The entire Pacific Coast Highway is actually over 1000 kilometers (600 miles) long, making it the longest state route in all of sunny California.

Renting a convertible and driving off into the sunset as you watch the Pacific Ocean is surely a mesmerizing experience, no doubt.

Length:1000km/600miles

Location: Coast of California

Million Dollar Highway

The Million Dollar Highway is a scenic route that takes you up to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in the heart of Colorado. It’s easily one of the most beautiful roads in America.

No wonder it is a must-visit point on any Colorado road trip.

When passing the town of Durango, turn into the US 550 and head north up towards Montrose. You’ll drive along the 25-mile Million Dollar Highway.

Once you’re in Colorado, don’t forget to drop by Mesa Verde and the Rockies. We consider this to be one of the best national park road trip itineraries in the country!

Length:40km/25miles

Location: Western Colorado

Overseas Highway

The road that connects the scenic Keys to the rest of Florida is simply breathtaking.

Take the US1 south from Homestead and continue down the Overseas Highway. You’ll see turquoise water, scenic Keys, and the iconic 7-Mile Bridge. Key West lays at the end of the road, which is the Southernmost point of the Continental US.

We believe this magical drive deserves a spot as one of the best roads in the US. Naturally, we’ve included it in our Florida road trip itinerary.

Length:170km/105miles

Location: South of Florida, 1 hour from Miami

White Rim Road

White rim road is an off-roading trail that spans 160 kilometers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
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Utah is quite a dramatic change of scenery from the coast of Florida, that’s for sure. If you haven’t seen these kind of landscapes before, you may feel as if you were on the surface of another planet.

The White Rim Road should land on the bucket list of any off-roading enthusiast. This 100-mile (160km) long trail will take you around the natural beauty of Canyonlands National Park. Expect to stop nearly all the time, as the photo opportunities are just endless.

Visitors who obtain permits can spend multiple days on the trail and camp at the designated campgrounds along the White Rim Road. Spend up to 3 days to explore this region to the fullest!

The unique natural beauty of Utah is unlike any other place in the world. There are tens of parks worth visiting scattered around the state. Check out this curated travel guide and plan your ideal Utah road trip, seeing the best of what the state has to offer along the way.

Length:160km/100miles

Location: Canyonlands NP, Utah

Tail of The Dragon

This road is an absolute treat for any petrolhead visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. This exciting driving road is only a short drive away from the Smokies!

The Tail of The Dragon (US129) is praised as America’s #1 driving road for sports cars and motorcycles. It packs a whopping 318 curves in total along the 11-mile route. Expect to see hundreds of fellow petrolheads roaming up and down the road, especially during peak season.

Length: 160km/100miles

Location: west of The Great Smoky Mountains NP, NC

Mulholland Drive

Iconic LA overlook at Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive is the ideal getaway for a scenic joyride away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. One of the best driving roads in this part of California also doubles as a great tourist attraction, as there are plenty of overlooks that offer panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Mulholland Drive is only around 35 kilometers (21 miles) long and it is the perfect spot to spend an hour or two. Don’t forget to take your camera as you enjoy the views at one of the overlooks!

As far as the driving itself goes, expect a ton of chicanes and a couple of switchbacks. Perhaps it’s not as extreme as the White Rim Road in Utah, but it can still offer plenty of fun within the LA area.

Length: 34km/21miles

Location: Los Angeles, California

Pikes Peak

Chicane at pikes peak overlooking Colorado. Pikes Peak highway is an intesne uphill driving road in Colorado. The annual Hill Climb motor racing event is held right here.
by Mike Goad

Pikes Peak is a well-known name for any car freak. Every year, the world-class Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is organized on this road. Hundreds of racing drivers attempt to drive up to the peak as fast as possible, every year since 1916.

The route winds around over a hundred curves before making its way to the summit, some 31 kilometers (19miles) later. The majority of the Highway remains open-year round, depending on the amount of snow.

Driving up the Pikes Peak Highway is a must-do on any Colorado road trip.

Length: 31km/19miles

Location: Colorado, 2 hours south of Denver

Artists Drive

Artists Drive scenic drive in Death VAlley, California, considered to be one of the best driving roads in the world.

The Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park is yet another chance to witness absolutely otherworldly landscapes, somewhat similar to the ones you can find in Utah.

While Artists Drive is nothing short of an amazing attraction, it is certainly worth visiting for the panoramic views. It may not be as good of a driving road as The Tail of The Dragon, as it’s a one-way 10-mile long road with a low speed limit. The road lacks tight chicanes that are adored by motorcyclists and sports car owners alike.

Star Wars fans may recognize this area. Parts of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope were filmed within this National Park.

We recommend paying Artists Drive a visit during a road trip around Death Valley. No matter whether you choose to drive further into California or explore the beauty of Nevada, Death Valley is an absolute must.

Length: 16km/10miles

Location: Death Valley National Park, California

Monument Valley Scenic Drive

Monument Valley is an iconic road in the US. Straight road on a cloudy day, surrounded by the Arizona wilderness with large orange boulders in the background.
by Christoph Partsch

Highway 163 that cuts through Monument Valley could be the most iconic road in the country, perhaps except for the historic Route 66. The seemingly endless straight road is a far cry from the mountain passes of Europe or winding Colorado hill climbs. Instead, this road is all about the views.

Monument Valley is one of those places that you have to visit to really grasp their enormous scale. The desert-like landscape is nothing short of monumental, and the large boulders that dominate the skyline simply complete the experience.

Expect dramatic views and not many corners.

Monument Valley is a must when passing through Arizona and Utah.

Length: 100km/60miles

Location: Utah, Arizona

There you have it! Those are the 20 best driving roads in the world. Looking for more travel inspiration? Be sure to check out this blog post on 7 of the longest roads on the planet.

Be sure to add them to your travel bucket list!

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The best Baltic Road Trip Itinerary for the Summer

The best Baltic road trip for the summer

Whenever you think of a summer getaway in Europe, you probably think of Italy, Cote D’Azur, or the Turkish Riviera. This summer, spice things up and go on a road trip around the underrated Baltics! This travel guide will help you plan your ultimate road trip around Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

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Summary (Click the red pins for directions):

Tallinn to Haapsalu- 100 kilometers (60 miles) 📍

Haapsalu to Parnu- 110 kilometers (65 miles) 📍

Parnu to Riga- 180 kilometers (110 miles) 📍

Riga to Jurmala- 40 kilometers (25 miles) 📍

Jurmala to Klaipeda- 255 kilometers (160 miles) 📍

Klaipeda to Kaunas- 215 kilometers (135 miles) 📍

Kaunas to Vilnius- 100 kilometers (60 miles) 📍

1000 kilometers (600 miles) in total

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

The overall length of this road trip is a little over 1000 kilometers. Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least 6 days (5 overnight stops) for this adventure at the very least.

To truly experience the best of what each destination has to offer, spend at least 10 days on the road.

What is the best time to visit the Baltics?

The best time to visit Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is definitely during the Summer (June-August) or late Spring (from May).

The tourist season peaks during the Summer break, which is from late June till the end of August. Expect some spots to get crowded, and hotel prices to be higher than off-season.

You can pick up your rental car directly as you arrive in Tallinn, and drop it off in Vilnius before leaving.

Browse through car rental options that support airport pick-up and drop-off at another location via Rentalmoose. Add excess coverage, just in case.

When picking up your rental car, use the Rentalmoose app to take check-in photos of the condition of the vehicle.

If you take check-in photos of the car, you can qualify for a 50% rebate from the excess coverage fee.

Trip Extensions

Explore the Baltics even further with these two road trip extensions, curated by Rentalmoose.

The Manors of Estonia

Did you know that Estonia has over 400 beautiful manors and castles? Many of them have been turned into unique hotels, restaurants, or museums.

Drive across Estonia and visit the best manors around the country. Click here for the guide.

Rental Moose mascot posing with the facade of Kau Manor in Estonia.

Poland

Once you’re in Vilnius, Poland is just a few hours away. Scenic natural beauty, sandy beaches and vibrant cities await.

Plan your Polish getaway with this Rentalmoose travel guide to Poland.

Can tourists drive in the Baltics?

Definitely! Keep in mind that the road regulations may slightly vary depending on the country you’re in.

Estonia

Estonia – the country where Rentalmoose, Skype, and TransferWise all come from – accepts most of the driving licenses in the world. International Driving Permits (click to learn all about them) are not mandatory when driving in Estonia.

Latvia

Tourists from most countries, including EU-citizens and Americans, can use their domestic license to drive in Latvia. If you’re unsure, contact your local government office, or get an IDP.

Lithuania

You can use your domestic driving license in Lithuania as long as it has a photo. If not, you need to have a photo ID along with the driver’s license. International Driving Permits are not mandatory.

All three nations have right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Baltic road trip!

Tallinn

Tallinn old town, vibrant square full of outdoor restaurants and tourists wandering around. Large medieval cathedral in the background and traditional architecture.

Tallinn’s old town photographed by Erkko Vuorensola.

Welcome to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia and the birthplace of Rentalmoose! For maximum convenience, pick up your rental car directly from the airport and explore this vibrant city.

What are the best places to see in Tallinn?

The Old Town

While you’re in town, be sure to visit Tallinn’s famous old town. It’s one of the best-preserved medieval cities in this part of Europe, hence it’s a highlight for practically all tourists visiting this city. Here are some of the best attractions in the old town.

Raekoja Plats

The heart of the old town, the Town Hall Square, is certainly worth a stroll. Step inside one of the numerous cafes and enjoy the medieval architecture. Visiting in winter? Be sure to attend the magical Christmas market!

Kohtuotsa Viewing Point

Take in the best view of the city from the Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform. Walk up the hill and enjoy the panoramic views. The city’s skyline makes for a perfect backdrop for photos.

Remember to post your best photos online using #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a free rental car!

Admission to the viewing platform is free of charge.

If you have the extra time, visit the Town Hall Pharmacy and St Olav’s Church.

Balti Jaam Market

Satisfy your shopping needs at the Balti Jaam Market, Tallinn’s go-to market. You can find nearly everything there, ranging from clothing to fresh produce and delicious street food.

The market is open Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Sundays.

Noa Chef’s Hall

Getting hungry? Book a table at Noa Chef’s Hall, Tallinn’s exquisite fine-dining restaurant. Enjoy a selection of delicious dishes from their wine-tasting menu paired with aromatic wine all while looking at the Bay of Tallinn.

As this top-rated restaurant can get crowded, be sure to book ahead of your visit. Tables can be booked via Noa Chef’s Hall’s website.

Restaurant Moon

Traveling on a tighter budget?

Give Restaurant Moon a shot, it’s one of the best places in town where you can find modern Russian cuisine. As this is one of the top picks in town, be sure to book a table in advance.

Open from noon to 11 PM Monday to Saturday, and between 1 and 9 PM on Sundays. 

Looking for more attractions in Tallinn? Check out our travel guide through Estonia’s castles and manors to find more fun things to do in town!

What are the best hotels in Tallinn?

Hotels in the Old Town

Sophisticated travelers can choose from a variety of high-end hotels in Tallinn. Some of the Rentalmoose favorites include The 3 Sisters Boutique Hotel, Schlössle, or Hotel Telegraaf.

Hotels in the City Center

If you’d rather stay in the city center, consider booking a room at the Swissotel or Hilton. Both of them are conveniently located in the heart of Tallinn!

Radisson Blu Tallinn, one of our favorite properties in town, is currently closed. The hotel is expected to re-open in Q1 2022.

Next on your Baltic road trip: Haapsalu, 1 hour 20 minutes

Haapsalu

haapsalu cute white buildings with red roofs, seen from haapsalu castle. City view, surrounded by trees and baltic sea in the background.

View from the top of the castle in Haapsalu photographed by Tiia Monto.

Is Haapsalu worth visiting?

For sure! This charming town was once the go-to vacation getaway for the Russian aristocracy. Today, the town is known for its beautiful promenade, traditional streets, great restaurants and a picturesque railway station.

Haapsalu Promenade

Stroll down the waterfront promenade in Haapsalu. Step inside the Old Haapsalu Town Hall where you can learn more about the region’s history. Tickets cost 4 Euros per person, open until 5 PM between Wednesday and Sunday.

After a visit to the museum, enjoy delicious lunch at Wiigi Kohvik. This restaurant, located along the promenade, offers tasty desserts, colorful drinks, and affordable meals, enjoy them with a panoramic view of the sea.

Haapsalu Castle

Later, head inland and wander around the narrow streets of the cute town of Haapsalu. Be sure to visit the Haapsalu Castle. Guests can climb the top of the castle to get the best views of this town! Open daily between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Next on your Baltic road trip: Pärnu, 1 hour 20 minutes

Pärnu

aerial view of parnu. waterfront buildings and parks, bridge connecting to mainland. sunset in estonia.

Aerial view of Pärnu, shot by Kristian Pikner

What can you do in Parnu?

Parnu Beach

Be sure to visit the sandy Parnu Beach, a true highlight of this Estonian town. Located just 15 minutes away from the city center, the large sandy beach offers everything a beachgoer needs: calm sea, white sand, surfing equipment rentals, and stalls that sell snacks and refreshments. 

Tervise Paradiis Spa & Water Park

Traveling with kids? Visit the Tervise Paradiis Hotel, an action-packed property in Parnu. Thrill-seekers can spend their day at the water park (admission starts at 18 Euros per adult). Alternatively, you can relax a the spa or go for lunch in the hotel restaurant.

What are the best places to eat in Parnu?

Superlsaksad

Once you get hungry, consider heading to Supelsaksad. Although the restaurant serves great regional food, they are famous for their freshly-prepared cakes and desserts. Open until 10 PM on weekdays and 11 PM on weekends.

Rentalmoose order tip: Their lamb salad is to die for!

If you’d rather go to a different place, consider booking a table at Villa Ammende, Villa Wesset, or Mon Ami.

Which hotel should you book in Parnu?

Luxurious hotels

Sophisticated guests will find themselves at home at the classy Villa Ammende. Would you rather stay at a beachfront hotel? Take a look at the Hedon Spa. if you haven’t fallen in love with these two hotels, book a room at Rosenplanter

Budget-friendly hotels

Would you rather stay at a more affordable hotel? Consider checking into the beachfront Rannahotell, Strand Spa & Conference Hotel, or the Estonia Medical Spa.

Next on your Baltic road trip: Riga, 4 hours 30 minutes

Riga

Medieval buildings in the heart of the old town of Riga, Latvia. Panoramic view of riga's old town from above on a sunny day in the Baltics.

The heart of Riga photographed by the talented Ecksplorer.

After a four and a half hour drive from Parnu, you will arrive in the capital city of Latvia. Welcome to Riga!

What to see in Riga?

Old Town

When in Riga, make sure to visit the picturesque old town. A quick look around will be enough to realize why people often call Riga “Paris of the North”. Soak in the vibe from one of the vibrant cafes or wander around and admire the architecture.

House of The Black Heads

Step inside the House of The Black Heads, a famous museum and venue for countless exhibitions and events. Look at the building’s facade or step inside and follow the trails of history along the decorative rooms and chambers. Open daily from 10 AM to 6 PM.

St. Peter’s Church

You can’t miss the monumental St. Peter’s Church in the heart of Riga’s old town. There are regular concerts at the church, be sure to check the official website for the schedule!

Open daily until 7 PM.

Riga Central Market

Rentalmoose loves heading to local markets in cities around the world. Riga is no different, the Central Market is actually Europe’s biggest market! 

Riga Central Market is so iconic that it has earned itself a spot as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most important places in all of Latvia, and a must-see for tourists.

Stroll around the bazaar and check out the vendors who sell all kinds of goods and souvenirs. Open all week between 7 AM and 6 PM. 

Portofino

Take a break from regional cuisine and head for lunch to Portofino, the best Italian restaurant in Riga. Choose from a variety of Italian dishes, including fresh oysters, aromatic pizza, or vegan alternatives. 

Rentalmoose insider tip: As this is one of the most popular eateries in Riga, booking in advance is recommended.

Open 7 days a week from noon until 11 PM.

What is the best hotel in Riga?

Pullman Riga Old Town

If you’re looking for the most exquisite and luxurious stay in Riga, check-in at the Pullman. This prestigious 5-star property features spacious rooms and suites, delicious cuisine at the restaurant, and lots of amenities.

Tallink hotel

Traveling on a tighter budget doesn’t necessarily mean having to stay at bad hotels. In fact, Tallink Hotel is one of the best-rated hotels in Riga, yet the room prices are beyond reasonable. 

Art freaks take note: The Latvian National Museum of Art is a short 15-minute walk from the hotel!

Next on your Baltic road trip: Jurmala, 40 minutes

Jurmala

jurmala sunset at beach. Beautiful orange sky reflects in the surface of the baltic sea, sandy beach and one person standing in the water in the distance.

Sunset at Jurmala Beach photographed by Egor-220.

Jurmala is a scenic resort town just half an hour away from Riga. Head here on your way to Klaipeda, or on a separate day trip from Riga. Either way, Jurmala is worth a visit!

Why should you visit Jurmala?

Jurmala Beach

Jurmala is best known for its long, vibrant Jurmala Beach. You definitely have to visit it during your road trip!

Sunbathe on the golden sand, go for a dip in the Baltic Sea, or come in the evening and attend one of the legendary parties. Speaking of parties, check out this next location.

Legend Restaurant & Beach Club

If you’re a fan of luxurious beach clubs, be sure to visit Legend when in Jurmala. Once you’re inside, you might feel like you’ve entered Nikki Beach or a vivid beach club in Miami.

Legend features a top-rated restaurant with seafront dining, a heated outdoor pool, and a selection of drinks as well as shisha.

Enjoying the vibe at Legend does come at a high price, though. Sunbeds start at 30 euros, while poolside beds cost 120 euros.

Faces

When you’re hungry, head into the city and go for lunch or dinner at Faces. This trendy eatery is one of the best spots in town to enjoy fresh seafood. Great service and an unforgettable experience are guaranteed!

Open all week until 11 PM. 

Next on your Baltic road trip: Klaipeda, 3 hours 20 minutes

Klaipeda

white church in klaipeda, lithuania. beautiful architecture, church is surrounded by green grass and trees lurking into the frame. sunny day.

Photography by Drakonas

After you leave Jurmala, it’s time to enter the next country on this road trip. Say hello to Lithuania! Your first stop here is the town of Klaipeda.

What are the top attractions in Klaipeda?

Lithuanian Sea Museum

Admire and learn about all kinds of marine life when you visit the Lithuanian Sea Museum. The museum consists of different aquariums, exhibitions, and a dolphinarium. You can even book your own individual session with the dolphins!

Admission tickets start at 7 euros per adult and 3.5 euros per child. Purchase your tickets online to save time.

Curonian Spit

Spend a day out in nature when you visit the Curonian Spit National Park. The impressive sandy peninsula is almost 100 kilometers long in total, and it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural beauty.

Ferry

The easiest way to get to the park is via a ferry from Klaipeda to Smiltyne. The ride only takes a few minutes, click here for the ferry schedule.

Note that there are two different ferry terminals in Klaipeda. The old terminal, located in the city center, is just for travelers on foot and bicycles. The new ferry terminal, located further from the city center, is for cars as well as travelers on foot, bicycles, trucks, and buses.

Klaipeda ferry service is the best way to get to the Curonian Spit. Ferry boat seen from above, leaving the old ferry port in the center of Klaipeda

Once on the Spit, drive down the road (there is only one road that can be accessed by car, bicycle, or on foot) and observe as the sand dunes and forests roll by. You can even cross into Russia, as long as you are not on foot.

Keep in mind that there is an ecological charge of 20 euros when entering the park.

Klaipeda Castle

Return back to city life and visit the monumental Klaipeda Castle. This Teutonic castle’s history dates back all the way to the 1200s, making it a true gem for history fans. Step inside the chambers and enjoy a trip back in time as you wander around the museum.

Admission costs below 2 euros per adult, guided tours are available at an extra cost.

What are the best hotels in Klaipeda?

Michaelson Boutique Hotel

If you’re looking for a hotel right opposite the Klaipeda Castle, look no further than the Michaelson Boutique Hotel. The elegant property offers spacious, stylish rooms, as well as an onsite restaurant with delicious food. The perfect location within the old town and right opposite the castle is the main highlight, of course.

Amberton Hotel Klaipeda

A bit of luxury doesn’t always have to come at a high price. In Klaipeda, budget travelers can treat themselves and stay at the 4-star Amberton Hotel Klaipeda. The hotel features modern rooms, an outdoor pool, a spa, and a fitness center!

Next on your Baltic road trip: Kaunas, 2 hours 10 minutes

Kaunas

old town kaunas, traditional architecture and large brick church in the middle of the frame. tourists walking around on this sunny day in lithuania

Photography by Makalu.

What can’t you miss in Kaunas?

Laisves Avenue

When in Kaunas, you absolutely can’t miss strolling down Laisves Avenue. The walking street runs through the heart of the city, connecting the old and new districts together. 

The total length is a little over 1.5 kilometers long, and there are countless cafes and restaurants you can stop at to recharge your batteries.

Devil’s Museum

Devil’s Museum is exactly as fascinating as the name suggests. The museum consists of a collection of sculptures portraying devils around the world. See how different cultures picture the eerie devil, be sure to photograph the artifacts.

Open 7 days a week from 11 AM. Admission is below 4 euros per person.

Numan

For lunch, consider heading to Numan, one of the trendiest places to eat in Kaunas. The delicious beautifully-presented meals are served in a classy, yet casual setting. 

Rentalmoose order tip: After lunch, be sure to try one of the sweet desserts to complete the experience. Then, it’s time to hit the road one more time.

Vilnius

the skyline of vilnius across the river. aerial view, some modern skyscrapers and traditional buildings provide a diverse architectural style. sunny day with some clouds in the distance.

Vilnius’ skyline photographed by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke

This road trip (if you don’t choose to extend it) finishes here, in the capital of Lithuania. Welcome to stunning Vilnius!

Is Vilnius worth visiting?

Of course! Vilnius is one of the most history-packed cities in this part of Europe, and it is most certainly worth spending at least a day here.

Old Town

When walking through the Old Town in Vilnius, you will soon realize that it is hard to define one architectural style of this well-preserved district. You’ll pass by Gothic churches, baroque houses and of course, the neoclassical Town Hall and the medieval castle.

Gediminas Castle Tower

For the best views of the area, climb up the Gediminas Castle Tower. Panoramic views offer a great photo opportunity, remember to post your best photos online using #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a free rental car!

Admission to the tower costs 5 euros per adult, there are also museums you can visit directly below the tower.

Museum of Illusions

Challenge your brain when you visit the Museum of Illusions. All sorts of fascinating illusions, inventions, and gadgets are scattered around the 400 sqm museum, making it perfect for a trip with kids.

Entry tickets cost 11 euros per adult and 9 euros per child. Children below 7 enter free of charge!

Amandus

Head to Amandus for the ultimate gourmet experience in Vilnius. The tasting menu will take you on a journey across a variety of flavors, and can be paired with aromatic wine. Keep in mind that the tasting dinner has to be booked in advance, check out their website for more details.

Amandus is open Tuesday to Saturday between 7 PM and 10 PM for dinner service.

What is the best place to stay in Vilnius?

Grand Hotel Kempinski

Sophisticated travelers don’t have to leave the old town when picking their hotel. Spend the night at the Grand Hotel Kempinski, a luxurious 5-star hotel right in the very heart of Vilnius. Relax at the swimming pool or spend your evening at the onsite bar. As expected, it isn’t the cheapest hotel in Vilnius.

Esperanza Resort

Stay in a retreat just out of Vilnius when you check-in at the Esperanza Resort. The 5-star property features a stunning lakeside location with a private beach, stylish decor, a pool, a spa and wellness center, and more. Vilnius and its old town are just 40 kilometers away.

Drop-off

When you’re ready to head back home, simply drop your rental car off directly at Vilnius International Airport. Browse through rental car options that support airport drop-off via Rentalmoose.

Win a free rental car

Whether you’re chilling at the beach club in Jurmala or wandering the streets of the old town in Vilnius, be sure to take lots of photos during your Baltic road trip.

Post the best photos from your Baltic road trip online using #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a Rentalmoose discount or even a rental car free of charge!

panoramic view of the heart of florence large basilica and hills in background during sunset

Tuscany By Car- Italy Road Trip Itinerary

Experience the best of Tuscany by car during this fascinating Italian road trip around Tuscany. Plan your perfect Italy road trip with Rentalmoose.

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Florence to Poppi- 60 kilometers (40 miles)📍  

Poppi to Arezzo- 40 kilometers (25 miles)📍 

Arezzo to Siena- 60 kilometers (40 miles)📍 

Siena to San Gimignano- 40 kilometers (25 miles)📍 

San Gimignano to Livorno- 80 kilometers (50 miles)📍 

Livorno to Pisa- 30 kilometers (20 miles)📍 

Pisa to Florence- 80 kilometers (50 miles)📍 

390 kilometers (240 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Italy, Scenic Driving, History, Short Trip

The bucket list of every traveler. Picturesque cities full of historical landmarks, delicious cuisine, aromatic wine, scenic roads, and immaculate natural beauty. Tuscany has it all, and this travel guide takes you through the absolute best of it during an exciting Italian road trip.

This road trip itinerary takes you on a journey through the most scenic parts of Tuscany, exploring the best of what this region of Italy has to offer.

Begin with a day of sightseeing the historical landmarks in Florence, then let the scenic roads take you through hills and valleys off the main tourist tracks until you reach the peaceful towns of Poppi and Arezzo before arriving in Siena for the night.

On the second day, admire the “medieval skyscrapers” of San Gimignano and feel the Mediterranean breeze in the port town of Livorno. Later, make one last stop in Pisa before returning back to Florence.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

The total driving distance is below 400 kilometers, with roughly an hour of driving between each stop.

That said, Rentalmoose recommends dedicating two days for this road trip, plus an extra day to explore Florence, at the very least.

To explore each spot thoroughly, add overnight stops in Siena and Pisa.

Road Trip Extensions

Northern Italy

Continue your Italian adventure even further and drive up north to Milan. Explore the fashion capital of the world, stroll down the streets of Lake Como, swim in the crystal clear Lake Garda, and more! Click here for the Northern Italy Travel Guide.

Southern Italy

You can also extend the adventure and explore the picturesque Southern part of Italy. Drive across the Amalfi Coast, go beneath the ground and hike in the eerie catacombs in Naples, or relax at one of the pristine beaches. Check out the Rentalmoose Southern Italy Travel Guide.

When is the best time to visit Tuscany?

The best time to visit Tuscany is right before and directly after the tourist season peaks in the summer.

Consider going on this trip between April and May or September and October, when you can still enjoy a bit of the summer weather without massive crowds.

The weather is the hottest between June and August, but it is also the peak of the tourist season.

Why should I book a rental car in Tuscany?

Tuscany is one of the best destinations to pick for an Italian road trip. Some of the less popular destinations, such as Poppi or Arezzo, lack a convenient public transport connection. What’s more, there are tons of spots between the suggested stops that are waiting to be discovered, including local villages and scenic vineyards.

The roads are also well-developed and offer spectacular views along the way. What more could a road trip lover ask for?

When driving in Italy, keep in mind that it is common for others to squeeze into extremely tight parking spots. An occasional scratch here and there could happen, therefore Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car in Tuscany.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Italy? 

Absolutely! Tourists in Italy need an International Driving Permit to drive here unless they have an EU-issued domestic license. These can easily be obtained in your local country and are mandatory for non-EU driver licenses when driving in Italy.

Where can you get an International Driving Permit? How much does an IDP cost? Check out this blog post to learn all you need to know regarding International Driving Permits.

Driving in Italy for the first time might be quite a hectic experience. Getting around large cities is chaotic and driving around tight cobblestone streets can be a nightmare.

On top of all this, the locals don’t really seem to be following the speed limits.

Speeding is common among drivers in Italy. Tourists in Italy have to pay the fine on the spot to the police and can additionally be charged by the car rental company. 

Going up to 21km/h over the limit on the highway will cost you around 150 Euros, while breaking a “no-parking” rule will cost you around 80 Euros.

Traffic in Italy is on the right-hand side of the road.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into this exciting Italy road trip!

Florence

florence skyline city view from above during sunset colorful basilica and mountains in background. See Florence during our Italy road trip itinerary around Tuscany

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Your Italian road trip across the incredibly picturesque region of Tuscany begins in an equally charming city of Florence. Despite its size, Florence feels like a little welcoming village. Rentalmoose recommends spending at least a day in this fascinating city before departing further.

For maximum convenience, pick up your rental car directly at the Airport of Florence. Car rentals that support airport pick-up can be found via Rentalmoose.

Once you’ve got your car, it’s time to explore Florence!

What is Florence famous for?

Galleria Dell’Accademia

Florence, like all of Italy, has an extremely rich history which is reflected in the region’s attractions.

When in town, you can’t skip the Galleria Dell’Accademia, a world-class gallery that hosts some of Europe’s most precious artwork.

While the museum is home to some admirable Florentine paintings from the 14th and 15th centuries, the undebatable highlight is the “David” statue created by Michelangelo.

The iconic statue has made the Galleria Dell’Accademia the most frequently visited museum in Florence, it’s best to book your tickets online ahead of your visit. 

Driving in Florence- ZTL Area

Driving within Florence can get very expensive if you don’t pay attention to the road signs. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For this very reason, the heart of Florence is a part of the ZTL area.

What is the ZTL area, you ask? You can only drive inside with a proper permit (it’s very likely that your rental car won’t come with one). If your hotel is within the ZTL, you may come in for a limited time in order to unload your car. In that case, be sure to let your hotel know that you’re arriving by car.

What is the best car park in Florence?

Santa Maria Novella

The best place to park your rental car is at the Santa Maria Novella train station. Drop your car off for roughly 2-3 Euros per hour and stroll down to the city center.

Florence Cathedral

Head to the monumental Cathedral, the third biggest church in the entire world. Observe the decorative facade that dates back to the late 13th century, or step inside and explore the interior of the historical structure.

Admission to the Cathedral itself is free of charge, but you will need to purchase a ticket to access the nearby museum, baptistery, dome or bell tower.

Ponte Vecchio

Walk south from the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral for roughly 10 minutes until you reach Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence connecting two banks of the Arno river.

The bridge has been a symbol of the city for centuries. The present Ponte Vecchio was constructed in the 1300s after a flood destroyed its previous version, though the initial Ponte Vecchio dates back as early as the 900s. 

Today, the bridge is a vibrant tourist hotspot lined with cute souvenir shops and prestigious jewelers, where you can purchase some glamorous Florentine necklaces, rings and more.

Trattoria Sabatino

Visit the Trattoria Sabatino for a traditional Italian dining experience. The eatery has been serving delicious regional dishes ever since it first opened in 1956 and has become one of the favorites among locals and tourists.

The family-run trattoria is surprisingly affordable, too. You can order a meal for less than 5 euros.

Where can you stay in Florence?

Luxury travelers should consider staying at Villa La Vedetta, a prestigious 5-star villa-turned-hotel near Florence. Choose from one of the elegant rooms and suites, relax at the outdoor terrace that overlooks the city or go for a dip in the outdoor pool. The hotel’s incredible restaurant is worth mentioning, too.

Traveling on a budget? The city is scattered with unique hotels that are relatively affordable, keeping in mind that Florence is one of the most expensive cities to visit in Italy.

That said, consider booking a room at the historical Palazzo Guadagni. The 3-star hotel is situated in a palazzo that dates back to the early 1500s and is just a walk away from Ponte Vecchio. Elegant rooms and great service aside, the hotel’s Loggia roof bar offers sensational views of the city.

Next on your Italy road trip: Poppi, 1 hour 20 minutes

Poppi

medieval tower and buildings in poppi town surrounded by trees and green fields in tuscany italy on a cloudy day

Photography by Joakant/Pixabay.com

Depart Florence and follow the scenic SR70 route across the endless greens. After a little over an hour, you will reach the charming village of Poppi.

Is Poppi worth visiting?

Poppi is a tiny village with less than 10000 inhabitants, hence it is often overlooked by tourists traveling around Tuscany. The reality is that the cute village is definitely worth visiting, especially to see its historic castle without hordes of tourists.

Castello dei Conti Guidi

The winding streets will take you to the Castello dei Conti Guidi, a local landmark in Poppi. The 13th-century castle remains very well-preserved and can be explored both inside and out. The top of the tower opens up to panoramic views of the town and its scenic surroundings, making a perfect photo opportunity.

Open daily until 6 PM.

Badia San Fedele

After exploring the castle, make your way to the Badia San Fedele just a stroll away. The historic abbey was home to monks from Vallombrosa and was constructed back in the 10th century.

Today, it is one of the most significant landmarks in the Casentino valley. The structure is also filled with precious artwork which is worth at least a quick peek. The peaceful church is the perfect spot to simply relax and enjoy the silence.

Gelateria Paradice

No trip to Italy would be complete without an ice cream stop in a local gelateria (Italian ice cream cafes), and Poppi happens to be home to Gelateria Paradice, one of the best in the Casentino valley.

Open between 11 AM and midnight, closed on Mondays.

Next on your Italy road trip: Arezzo, 40 minutes

Arezzo

empty piazza grande main square in italy well in foreground and medieval  buildings in background during sunrise in arezzo italy

Piazza Grande photographed by Elena/Pixabay.com

The 40-minute drive from Poppi, though not the most scenic in this journey, is immensely fun. Follow the winding roads of SP70 and SP71 until you reach Arezzo, another sweet Italian town worth visiting.

What can you do in Arezzo?

Piazza Grande

Observe the life of the city at Piazza Grande, the true heart of Arezzo. Admire one of Tuscany’s best-preserved medieval squares, surrounded by colorful buildings full of local eateries and shops.

The cozy streets around the square make it the perfect spot to wander around and discover local treasures.

Cinema fans will likely recognize Piazza Grande, as the opening scenes of “La Vita E Bella”, the 1997 award-winning film by Benigni, were shot right here. 

Arezzo Antique Fair

Take part in the famous Arezzo Antique Fair, one of the biggest fairs of this kind in Italy. The fair attracts hundreds of exhibitors from across the country. Stroll around the fair, as there are thousands of antiques, including priceless books, artwork, and jewelry.

The fair takes place every first Sunday of the month and the Saturday before.

Arezzo Cathedral

Don’t forget to drop by the 15th century Arezzo Cathedral. Admire the well-preserved medieval facade or step inside the monumental building, where you will find beautifully painted ceilings, the Gothic tomb of Guido Tarlati and a precious portrait of Mary Magdalene.

The Piazza del Duomo by the cathedral is the perfect spot to photograph the panoramic views of Arezzo, as it is the highest point in town.

Admission to the church is free of charge.

Next on your Italy road trip: Siena, 1 hour

Siena

torre del mangia red brick medieval tower symnetrical photo seen from nearby square in siena italy

Photography by Samuele Schiro.

The historic center of Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Similarly to Florence, this part of the town can’t be accessed by car as it is a ZTL area.

Rentalmoose recommends leaving your car at the private Il Campo Car Park, located within walking distance of the center of Siena. There are nearly 600 spaces available and the hourly rate is around 2 Euros.

Piazza del Campo

Once you’ve left your car, walk to the monumental Piazza del Campo. The unique shell-shaped square serves as the heart of the city ever since it was first constructed in the 13th century.

Feast your eyes on the well-preserved historical buildings or pop by the local cafes and eateries. The fact that the square is less busy than the heart of Florence makes the streets of Siena even more enjoyable to get lost in.

Palio di Siena

Piazza del Campo is turned into a horse racetrack and the famous Palio di Siena race takes place two times every year. The highly anticipated race is the biggest event in Siena, and one of the most significant gatherings in the entire country.

Check the official website for the schedule and more details on ticketing.

Torre del Mangia

Travelers can, and quite frankly should, climb the stairs to reach the top of Torre del Mangia. The monumental tower stands 87 meters above the ground and provides some of the best spectacular views in all of Tuscany.

Keep in mind that you have to cover 400 steps to reach the top. The journey to the top can get tiring, but the views are absolutely worth it!

La Taverna di San Giuseppe

All the sightseeing will probably drain your energy, visit La Taverna di San Giuseppe for a lunch stop. The menu is made up of lots of regional dishes from Tuscany as well as other parts of Italy.

Try some of the locally-made, fresh pasta or choose from a selection of Italian wines. The delicious cuisine was appreciated by critics and has earned the restaurant a spot in the Michelin guide.

Siena is packed with historical sites waiting to be explored, that’s why Rentalmoose recommends making at least one night stop in this history-filled city.

Looking for the ultimate luxury hotel near Siena?

Consider booking a room at the Castel Monastero. The prestigious 5-star resort is situated in a renovated monastery around 20 kilometers east of Siena. Choose between elegant rooms and suites, relax in one of the three outdoor pools or enjoy a massage in the spa and wellness center.

Castel Monastero is the go-to secluded getaway in the heart of the Tuscan countryside.

An affordable alternative in Siena would be the Relais la Corte Dei Cavalieri. The 3-star hotel features classy rooms, free wi-fi and a perfect location near the heart of Siena. Keep in mind that the hotel doesn’t provide a private car park for guests.

Next on your Italy road trip: San Gimignano, 50 minutes

San Gimignano

medieval brick towers in sam gimignano skyline city view from a distance and green tuscan fields landscape in foreground

Photography by SilvanoCosta/Pixabay.com

The next stop on this Italian road trip is San Gimignano, a wonderful town known as “The City of Towers”. Over 70 towers were constructed here in the 12th century. Sadly, just 14 remain today, though the site remains spectacular nonetheless.

Is San Gimignano worth a visit?

Sam Gimignano is quite literally the embodiment of Tuscany: a historical hilltop town surrounded by green vineyards and fields. If you’re on a road trip through Tuscany, you simply can’t skip it.

Scenic old architecture in Sam Gimignano, often called the medieval manhattan, a small town in Florence Italy. See it during our Italy road trip itinerary around Tuscany
San Gimignano at night is unbeatable.

Torre Grossa

As the town is known for its 14 dramatic towers (a sort of medieval skyscrapers, if you will), the only way to begin exploring it is by climbing the highest one of them.

Head to the Torre Grossa, the 54-meter tower was built in the 1300s and is proudly representing the city to this day. The climb, similarly to Torre del Mangia in Siena, is quite lengthy. Just like in Siena, the rewarding views from the top make the effort absolutely worth it.

A 2-day admission pass costs below 10 Euros per person and includes access to all museums in town.

Gelateria Dondoli- the best Gelato in San Gimignano

Try the city’s best gelato (Italian ice cream) at the Gelateria Dondoli. The award-winning ice cream parlor remains one of the favorites among locals, the frequent lengthy queue proves it. Gelateria Dondoli is conveniently situated near the heart of town along Piazza della Cisterna.

The Gelateria also offers ice cream classes, during which you will be taught to make your own delicious gelato. Click here for more details.

Gelateria Dondoli has the best gelato in San Gimignano, perhaps the best gelato in all of tuscany. Gelato is Italian ice cream.

La Rocca

San Gimignano is famous around the world for its aromatic white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Head to La Rocca for a one-of-a-kind wine experience. Discover the history of the region’s wine during a fascinating interactive exhibition.

Of course, guests can try the wine as well, or book a more-detailed guided tour. Find all of the details on the official website.

Next on your Italy road trip: Livorno, 1 hour 20 minutes

Livorno

rocks on livorno coast calm sea and coastside building during sunset in tuscany italy

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After exploring the hills and never-ending greens of Tuscany, it is time to head to the coast. Drive for around an hour and twenty minutes until you reach Livorno, a port town along the western coast of Italy.

What is there to do in Livorno?

Terrazza Mascagni

Feel the breeze of the Mediterranean as you wander down the Terrazza Mascagni, a wide waterfront terrace in the southern part of the city. The area acts as a promenade and is a favored hangout by locals.

On-street parking is available on the main road right by the waterfront.

Observe the sun setting over the horizon or pay a visit to the nearby Livorno Aquarium. Examine the exotic sea creatures daily from 10 AM. Admission to the aquarium costs up to 17 Euros per person. 

New Venice

Did you know that Livorno has its own Venice? In the 1620s, the city desperately needed an expansion plan. The area between the existing districts was separated by moats, the architect’s workaround was copying Venice’s design and using waterways instead of roads. The newly designed district was then named “New Venice”.

Today, it is one of the most picturesque parts of the city. Take a boat tour or stroll around the neighborhood on foot.

Don’t miss the Fortezza Nuova, a historic fortress in the heart of the district.

La Perla dell’Ostricaio

As you are in a port town afterall, it only makes sense to try some fresh local seafood for lunch. Head to La Perla dell’Ostricaio, one of the best seafood restaurants in Livorno just a walk away from Terrazza Mascagni.

Rentalmoose order tip: Try the locally-caught fish, shrimps or octopus.

Open all week between noon and 3 PM for lunch, then between 7 PM to midnight for dinner. 

Grand Hotel Palazzo Mgallery Livorno illuminated by the sunset. the best 5 star luxury hotel in Livorno italy
La Perla Dell’Ostricaio is located at the beautiful Grand Hotel Palazzo MGallery. Looking for the best hotel in Livorno? Spend the night here.

Next on your Italy road trip: Pisa, 30 minutes

Pisa

The famous leaning tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. The tower can be seen during our Italy road trip itinerary around Tuscany


Is Pisa worth visiting?

A short 30-minute drive will take you to Pisa, the city that’s home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, along with other historical treasures. As overcrowded as the city gets during peak tourist season, its landmarks are certainly worth visiting.

Where to park in Pisa?

Via Camneo

Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your car at the Via Camneo private car park, just a short stroll away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The car park, as of 2020, costs 2 Euros per hour.

Another major historical town in Italy means more inaccesible ZTL areas. Be cautious not to enter the limited-access center of Pisa, or you might end up paying a hefty ticket.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Once you’ve left the car, walk towards the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of the most significant landmarks in the entire world. Admire the monumental tower from Piazza del Duomo, a photo of you holding up the leaning tower is a must, too!

For around 20 Euros, travelers can climb the stairs atop the tower for the best views of Pisa. Lots of people want to do it, so expect long queues. 

The Cathedral

Walk across the Piazza del Duomo to the massive Cathedral. In fact, it was the biggest church in Europe at the time of its opening in the 14th century. You can admire the well-preserved, decorative interior completely free of charge, too.

The cathedral is surrounded by beautiful green lawns, where you can sit down and relax after all the driving all while admiring the heart of Pisa.

Baptistery of San Giovanni

Another major landmark along the Piazza del Duomo is the Baptistery of San Giovanni. The round structure dates back to the 1100s and stands at over 50 meters above the ground.

The monumental building blends in together with the equally beautiful Cathedral and, of course, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Ristorante Le Bandierine

Once you get hungry, be sure to visit the Ristorante Le Bandierine. One of the best regional restaurants in Pisa, Le Bandierine is especially famous for its incredible spaghetti dishes.

The restaurant is just a walk away from the Arno river, which is another spot worth visiting when in Pisa.

Le Bandierine is open daily for dinner between 7:30 PM and midnight.

Next on your Italy road trip: Florence, 1 hour 10 minutes

Drop-off

Drop off your car at the Florence Airport right where you picked it up. Browse through car rental companies that support airport drop-off via Rentalmoose. Don’t want your Italian adventure to end? Extend the trip to the North of Italy, or the stunning Southern Coast.

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Interlaken panoramic view small town near blue lake and alps mountains in the summer

Around The Alps- Switzerland Itinerary By Car

Curated Switzerland road trip. Check out our ultimate Switzerland itinerary by car!

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Geneva to Chillon Castle- 100km (60 miles) 📍 

Chillon Castle to Interlaken- 160km (100 miles) 📍

Interlaken to Andermatt- 120km (75 miles) 📍

Andermatt to Lugano- 110km (70 miles) 📍

Lugano to St Moritz- 120km (75 miles) 📍

St Moritz to Zurich- 200km (120 miles) 📍

810km (500 miles) total

Tags: Travel guide, Drop-off at another location, Switzerland, Alps, Winter

This Switzerland itinerary takes you on a road trip through the Swiss Alps, one of the most scenic regions in Europe. The road trip begins in the city of Geneva and continues across the Geneva lake and Interlaken with an overnight stop in Andermatt. On day two, head to Lake Lugano before arriving in St. Moritz. The Swiss road trip finishes in Zurich.

The Switzerland road trip is a little over 800 kilometers in total and is divided into segments ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes each.

In order to discover the most of each destination, Rentalmoose recommends adding at least one overnight stop along the way, plus a night at Geneva and Zurich.

If you have the time, add extra overnight stops in Interlaken and St. Moritz.

Road Trip Extensions to Germany

The Black Forest

Do you want to explore the region even further? This road trip can be merged with our Black Forest Road Trip. Once you arrive in Zurich, continue to Basel and cross into Germany to discover the beautiful region of Schwarzwald.

Munich and its surroundings

Alternatively, you can head up to Munich and explore the best of Bavaria and Austria, including the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle. Click here for the guide.

Is Switzerland expensive to visit?

Switzerland is the continuous leader as the world’s most expensive country to visit. Zurich and Geneva are also among the most expensive cities to live in on the entire planet.

It’s best to budget your Switzerland trip carefully.

Check out this short video we shot in the beautiful town of Verbier.

What is the best month to visit Switzerland?

Winter and summer are both good parts of the year to visit Switzerland.

Between May and September, most of the snow has melted away and the hiking trails are open to the public, cable cars are in service and the weather is more moderate.

The peak of the winter season is around January and February. Check out this beautiful video to see why you should visit Switzerland in winter!

Why should you get a rental car in Switzerland?

Despite high petrol prices and strict traffic laws, a rental car is the best way of getting around during this road trip. There are lots of scenic driving roads along the way, and the freedom of modifying the route can only be achieved by traveling in a car.

Switzerland can be best explored by car.

Various rental companies support drop-off at a different location, browse through available options on Rentalmoose.  

When booking your rental car, do not forget to add excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose for extra protection.

After picking up the car, be sure to take check-in photos of the vehicle and qualify for a 50% discount from the excess cover fee.

Can tourists drive in Switzerland?

Absolutely! Switzerland is a part of the open-border Schengen Zone, this means crossing countries is quick and hassle-free. However, if your license isn’t in English, German, French or Italian you are required to have an International Driving Permit when driving in Switzerland. 

Check out this Rentalmoose blog post to learn all you need to know about International Driving Permits.

Swiss motorway vignette system

In order to drive on Swiss highways, cars, as well as motorcycles, are required to have a vignette. Rental cars available in the country have a vignette already, so you do not need to purchase one. For extra safety, it is best to double-check with the rental company before setting off.

Are traffic laws strict in Switzerland?

Switzerland is generally regarded as a strict country, and the nation’s traffic laws are no exception. Driving even just a few kilometers over the speed limit can land you a speeding ticket, and the roads are filled with speed cameras. When driving in Switzerland, be sure to follow all of the traffic rules carefully.

Real-life example: a student who drove around 20km/h over the speed limit got a minimum ticket of 2500€. Speeding ticket penalties depend on your income. The higher the salary, the bigger the ticket.

Once you’re ready, it’s time to dive into this Switzerland itinerary by car!

Geneva

geneva switzerland city seen from lake clear day water fountain

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Welcome to the picturesque city of Geneva, situated at the western tip of the country. The city is a hotspot for luxury shopping and fine dining, and it is the starting point of your Switzerland itinerary.

What is there to do in Geneva?

Patek Philippe Museum

Fans of prestigious watches should be familiar with Geneva, as some of the world’s most expensive timepieces are manufactured around the city. Pay a visit to the Patek Philippe Museum, where visitors can learn about five centuries of watchmaking.

The museum is located within the heart of Geneva, you can stroll around the area or go for a coffee in one of the nearby cafes.

As of 2020, the Patek Philippe Museum admission tickets cost below 11 euros.

Geneva International Motor Show

If you’re visiting during the beginning of March, Rentalmoose highly recommends going to see the Geneva International Motor Show. The GIMS is among the most important automotive events in the entire world, guests from across the planet come to admire hundreds of cars that are showcased during the show.

Parking is available around Palexpo, where the show takes place. The annual expo can get quite full, it is best to buy your admission tickets in advance. The motor show is a must on any Switzerland itinerary!

Parc des Eaux-Vives

Go for a relaxing walk in Parc des Eaux-Vives, a lakeshore park on the east side of the city. Inside the park, there is a monumental residence that was built in the mid-1700s that has been turned into a hotel and a prestigious restaurant.

The upper side of the park is home to the Geneva Tennis Club

Where can you find the best food in Geneva?

Gusto

Once you get hungry, go for lunch at Gusto, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in the Metropole Hotel. The upscale venue is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a meeting. Open Monday to Friday till 10 PM.

Where should you stay in Geneva?

La Reserve Geneva

Sophisticated travelers should consider staying the night at La Reserve Geneva. The luxurious 5-star hotel offers a seaside villa rental, chic rooms and suites as well as a pool, and a wellness center. Free parking is available for hotel guests.

Hotel Des Tourelles

Guests on a tighter budget can choose the Hotel Des Tourelles, a 2-star hotel with an amazing location right in the vibrant heart of Geneva. The hotel may not have luxury amenities, but it is valued for excellent service and its perfect location. Parking is available at an extra charge.

Next on your Switzerland itinerary: Geneva to Chillon Castle, 1 hour 20 minutes

Chillon Castle

lake geneva boat with swiss flag approaching chillon castle switzerland

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Set off from Geneva early in the morning. Then, head east along Lake Geneva until you reach a historic structure on the edge of the lake. The castle may look familiar to Disney fans, as Prince Eric’s castle from Little Mermaid was inspired by the Chillon Castle.

The Castle

This magical structure dates back to the medieval times, it was designed by James of Saint George. Inside the castle, there are thousands of historic items on display.

The castle is open to visitors every day of the week between 9:30 AM and 5 PM, admission tickets are priced at below 15 CHF (14 EUR) and can be purchased either online or at the entrance.

Complimentary parking is available by the castle.

Clos de Chilon- local wine

The Chillon Castle is home to local red and white stored in the castle’s cellars, made from grapes grown at the local vineyards. Clos de Chilon can be purchased within the castle, guests can also book a guided wine tour that includes wine-tasting.

Bella Vista

Bella Vista is a delicious Italian restaurant situated practically across the street from the castle. Head inside for a fresh pizza or dessert while enjoying panoramic views of Lake Geneva.

Rentalmoose order tip: Give Bella Vista’s pizzas a shot, you will not be disappointed!

Next on your Switzerland itinerary by car: Interlaken, 1 hour 40 minutes

Interlaken

interlaken in the summer seen from above the alps mountains town and blue lake switzerland

Enrique Lopez Garre/Pixabay.com

Why is Interlaken famous?

Interlaken is regarded as Switzerland’s capital for adventure junkies, as there are lots of action sports opportunities available throughout the small town. Its picturesque surroundings make Interlaken heaven for photographers, make sure to bring your camera along!

Outdoor Interlaken

Thrill-seekers should have a look at Outdoor Interlaken before heading to town. The company offers various adventure-packed activities for both summer and winter, ranging from canyoning and skydiving to skiing and winter sports. Take a look at their official website for more information on available activities.

Unterseen

Visit the picturesque village of Unterseen for an authentic, historic feel of Switzerland. Some of the beautiful historic buildings are dating back to the middle ages.

Pay a visit to the Stadtkeller, where you might just run into a live musical or theatrical performance. 

Jungfraujoch Summit

Head up the mountains to Jungfraujoch- The Top of Europe. The highlight of the Alps is surrounded by glaciers and snow, making for a truly unforgettable view. Head into one of the shops or admire the spectacular views from the observation deck. 

Rental Moose Mascot posing in front of swiss alps panoramic view with local employee. Photo at the summit, winter in Switzerland.


Schilthorn Summit

James Bond fans should also visit the summit at Schilthorn. The unbeatable panoramic views can be observed from the viewing deck atop the mountain.

Schilthorn was one of the filming locations for the 1969 “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, making it a must-see for James Bond fans.

Rentalmoose pro tip: The Jungfraujoch, as well as Schlithorn, can only be accessed by rail, park your car near the Lauterbrunnen railway station and take a train up the mountains.  

La Terrasse

If you’re craving a tasty meal, go to La Terrasse located within the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel. The upscale restaurant offers a wide selection of regional dishes that changes every season, along with a separate menu for desserts.

Next on your Switzerland itinerary: Andermatt, 1 hour 40 minutes

Andermatt

andermatt ski resort town in winter with alps in background

The driving time from Interlaken to Andermatt highly depends on the season, the fastest route goes along the A11, though the pass is only open around the summer.

During the colder months, taking the A8 is the fastest.

The mountain village situated nearly 1500 meters above sea level is home to central Switzerland’s largest ski resort. The town’s narrow streets are lined with traditional buildings, local eateries, and shops. Andermatt is truly the perfect mountain getaway.

Where can you ski in Andermatt?

Ski Arena Andermatt-Sedrun

Start at the Ski Arena Andermatt-Sedrun. Andermatt is a famous ski destination in the Swiss Alps and there are various resorts to choose from.

The two ski areas have over 50 different slopes, along with facilities such as numerous sun terraces and restaurants. Skiing and snowboarding equipment can be rented by the slopes.

Passes can be purchased online.

Gotthard Pass

Drive up the scenic Gotthard Pass, an absolutely breathtaking driving road outside of the village. The road is favored by petrolheads, bikers, cyclists, and hikers from around the world.

Drive across the Tremola and pass the Devil’s Bridge and admire the out-of-this-world scenery. Post photos from the Pass with #rentalmoose, the best ones will be rewarded with a Rentalmoose discount or even a rental car free of charge!

Andermatt Golf Course

If you’re visiting during the Summer, play a round of golf at the local Andermatt Golf Course. The 18-hole course is beautifully designed between the mountains and offers a picturesque setting during your game, with slight winds as an additional challenge.

Experienced players can participate in one of the tournaments.

Where to stay in Andermatt?

Andermatt is perfect for luxury hotel fans, as one of the best hotels in the country is located near the center of the village.

The Chedi Andermatt

The Chedi Andermatt is a prestigious 5-star hotel that offers beautiful rooms with panoramic views, as well as complimentary amenities such as spa and pool access, a fireplace in each room, 7 bars and restaurants and “a ski butler service”. 

Schweizerhof Hotel

A relatively affordable, at least for Swiss standards, alternative is the Schweizerhof Hotel. The hotel consists of 28 cozy rooms, as well as an atmospheric restaurant that serves delicious regional dishes.

Next on your Switzerland itinerary: Lugano, 1 hour 30 minutes

Lake Lugano

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Lugano is a beautiful lake in southern Switzerland surrounded by monumental mountains, often regarded as one of the most beautiful destinations in the country. A visit to this part of Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without a stop here!

What to see in Lugano?

Piazza Riforma

Begin by exploring the cute town of Lugano. Leave your car at Autosilo Motta, a large multi-story car park close to the heart of the city (the cost is around 25CHF for a day).

Stroll around the narrow streets, visit some of the local shops or cafes placed along the Piazza Riforma.

Trattoria Galleria

Head to Trattoria Galleria for a delicious Italian lunch, a short walk away from Riforma. Afterall, Lugano is a mix of Swiss and Italian cultures and it is reflected in the local cuisine.

The Lakeside Promenade

After lunch, continue walking south until you reach the shore. The clear view of the lake and the mountains surrounding it is truly unreal.

Admire the scenery while walking along Lugano’s beautiful promenade.

Then, turn away from the lake and into Via Nassa, the town’s go-to shopping destination. Some of the stores here date beyond the 17th century.

FoxTown

Shopping freaks should consider paying FoxTown a visit. The luxury outlet is filled with high-quality clothing and accessories at discounted prices. A visit to FoxTown requires a minor, 20-minute detour south towards Italy.

The outlet is open daily between 11 AM to 7 PM

Gandria

Leave the town and drive a couple of minutes west until you reach Gandria, a beautiful untouched lakeside village. The beautiful facades of well-preserved historic buildings make Gandria a beautiful backdrop for photography, located at the foot of Monte Brè.

Next on your Switzerland itinerary: Saint Moritz, 2 hours 40 minutes

Saint Moritz

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The next stop on your journey is Saint Moritz, a prestigious alpine resort town favored by the rich and famous. The town’s elegance does come at a high price, as Saint Moritz is repeatedly rated as one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world.

What can you do in Saint Moritz?

Ski Resorts

If you’re visiting St. Moritz in the winter season, you should definitely experience what the town is famous for: ski resorts.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro, a beginner or anywhere in between, St. Moritz is the place to go. 58 ski lifts and 350 kilometers of slopes make the town absolute heaven for winter thrill-seekers.

Detailed information about ski resorts can be found here.

Some tourists believe that a ski resort town doesn’t offer much other than slopes. While this may be true for some towns, it is certainly not the case with Saint Moritz.

What can you do in St. Moritz except skiing?

Ice Skating

Every winter, the frozen lake by the town is transformed into a natural ice rink. Skating on a frozen lake while admiring the magnificent glaciers is another unforgettable experience during this road trip.

What’s more, the natural ice rink is very affordable. Admission costs below 15 CHF per day, children can enter for half the price.

Skates can be rented directly at the rink for around 5 CHF. Visiting in the summer? Head to Eisarena Ludains by the lake for an artificial rink open all year long.

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking fans will find themselves in paradise upon arriving in Saint Moritz, as the resort town is home to thrilling world-class mountain biking trails. Choose from hundreds of kilometers of trails, you can find the best ones in Red Bull’s MTB Destination Guide

Mountain Biking Equipment Rental

Do you want to try out mountain biking? You can visit the St Moritz Bike Center, where visitors can rent different types of bicycles and necessary equipment. Pick up your bike and head up to the mountains!

Mountain Restaurants

If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to enjoy the panoramic views, visit one of the Mountain Restaurants by Suvretta House Hotel. Restaurants Chasellas and Trutz both offer breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps as well as delicious cuisine.

Which restaurant to pick?

Trutz features a variety of traditional Swiss dishes, while Chasellas has more of a Mediterranean cuisine.

Where to stay in St. Moritz?

Badrutt’s Palace

Luxury seekers can spend the night at the prestigious Badrutt’s Palace. This extraordinary 5-star hotel has been welcoming guests since 1896, making it one of the oldest hotels in Europe!

Its impressive history is present throughout the property. The hotel’s restaurant (Le Restaurant), for example, was once home to Europe’s first indoor tennis court.

The legendary property features classy rooms overlooking the mountains, 6 restaurants, an indoor pool, a spa and fitness center and more.

As expected, all this luxury comes at a hefty price tag, it most certainly isn’t the top pick among budget travelers.

Next on your Switzerland itinerary: Zurich, 2 hours 50 minutes

Zurich

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The last segment of this trip is a drive to Zurich, the global capital for banks and financial institutions. The city, however, has a lot more in stock for you.

What is Zurich famous for?

Zurich is known around the world as the go-to Swiss city for luxury shopping and fine dining, banking and consuming as much Swiss chocolate as possible. The city is also very historical, with tens of museums and art galleries scattered around the streets.

Seebad Enge

Are you in town during the summer? If so, go to Seebad Enge, one of the city’s best spots where you can go for a swim in Lake Zurich. The water in the lake is very clean, and the surroundings make for extraordinary views.

There is also a sauna available during the winter, as well as a restaurant and bar.

Admission costs below 10 CHF per person as of 2020.

Bahnhofstrasse

Don’t forget to visit Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s vivid hotspot for shopping. Walk down the busy streets, get some of the local delicacies at numerous cafes and bakeries or shop for a luxury Swiss timepiece.

If you happen to be in Zurich during the Christmas season, you can admire the magical Christmas decorations that are lighting up the street or visit one of the seasonal Christmas markets.

Are you looking for more attractions in Zurich? Click here to read more about the city, including the best restaurant in town. You don’t want to miss it during your visit!

What are the best hotels in Zurich?

Widder Hotel

For your night in Zurich, consider staying at the prestigious Widder Hotel in the heart of Zurich’s Old Town. The 5-star hotel is situated in a 15th-century townhouse and is home to one of the best bars in town. Unique decor in each room, fine dining, and a beautiful library are also parts of the unique experience.

A private car park is available for hotel guests.

Kameha Grand

A more affordable alternative is the Kameha Grand. This 4-star boutique hotel is a part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection and features a stylish, Middle-eastern inspired decor and a good location near the airport, as well as very good service.

A private car park is available. 

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The Best Things To Do in Poland During A Road Trip

A Summer Getaway in Poland- Road Trip Itinerary Through Northern and Central Poland.

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Warsaw to Mikołajki- 220 kilometers (140 miles)📍  

Mikołajki to Malbork– 240 kilometers (150 miles)📍  

Malbork to Gdańsk– 60 kilometers (40 miles)📍  

Gdańsk to Toruń– 170 kilometers (100 miles)📍  30 PLN Highway toll (6.6 EUR)

Toruń to Łódź– 180 kilometers (110 miles)📍  

Łódź to Warsaw– 130 kilometers (80 miles)📍  

1000 kilometers (620 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Poland, Summer

When planning a summer road trip in Europe, you probably don’t think of Poland. In reality, Poland is the perfect under-the-radar tourist destination in this part of Europe. 

Wander around the world’s biggest castle, admire the Leaning Tower in Torun or party till the morning in Lodz’s renovated factories. Discover the best of what Poland has to offer in this travel guide!

This travel guide takes you on a road trip through central and northern Poland. Your adventure begins in Warsaw, the country’s capital.

After spending a night in town, drive across the picturesque Masurian Lake District and relax in Mikołajki, a local resort town. Then, head to the Tricity, stopping at the world’s biggest castle in Malbork on the way.

After a memorable night in Tricity, drive south to the Medieval Town of Torun and explore the historical streets. Make an overnight stop in the trendy city of Lodz before returning to Warsaw.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

The driving distance is nearly a thousand kilometers in total and the route is divided into shorter segments, each one takes around two hours to complete. Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least four days for this road trip, with overnight stops in Mikołajki, Gdańsk, and Łódź. If you have the time, add extra nights in Gdańsk.

Road Trip Extensions

Berlin

Your journey in this part of Europe doesn’t have to end! Check out the Berlin to Warsaw travel guide that will take you through southern and western parts of Poland, before finishing off in the capital of Germany.

Discover the underground chambers of a fascinating salt mine, admire the medieval architecture in the Old Towns and find the best Kebap in Berlin. Click here for details.

Summer in the Baltics

Explore the Baltics even further during this perfect road trip around Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Relax on sandy beaches, party your heart out in beach clubs, or wander around the old town of Riga. Click here for the travel guide.

When is the best time to visit Poland?

The weather is the hottest during the summer (late June-August), if you want to swim in the Baltic Sea it’s best to go during those months. However, keep in mind that it is also the peak of the tourist season.

The beaches around Gdańsk, as well as the Masurian Lake District, both get very crowded during the summer.

Go in the first weeks of June or the beginning of September, when you can still catch a glimpse of the summer weather without the hordes of tourists.

Why should I book a rental car in Poland?

As the points of interest are all scattered within driving distance of each other, getting a rental car is the most convenient way of getting around during this trip.

The roads in Poland are well-maintained (except for some B-Roads in remote parts of the country), and the route across the Masurian Lakes is quite scenic. What’s more, the ability to freely alter the itinerary on the go can only be achieved when traveling by car.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Poland? 

Absolutely! If your driving license was issued in an EU country, you can drive in Poland without any limitations.

Driving licenses issued in countries that are mentioned in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (list here) are valid for 6 months, as long as the driver is over 18.

 If your driving license was issued in a different country, you will have to obtain an International Driving Permit before coming.

To learn more about International Driving Permits, check out this blog post.

Poland, is a member of the open-border Schengen zone, meaning crossing the borders is quick and hassle-free shall you extend the trip to other European nations.

Check out this blog post to read about tips that will definitely come in handy when driving in Poland, including information about speed limits, penalties for offenses and common roadside scams. You definitely want to read this post before going on a road trip to Poland.

Traffic in Poland is on the right-hand side of the road.

Are highways in Poland free?

Some of the highway segments in Poland are paid. The total toll cost for this trip doesn’t surpass 30 PLN or 6.6 Euros. Fees can be paid directly at the toll gates scattered along the A1 highway, either in Polish Zloty, Euro or US Dollars. Click here for the current fee calculator on the A1.

Warsaw

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This road trip begins in the capital of Poland, welcome to fascinating Warsaw! This history-rich city is an up-and-coming tourist hotspot in this part of Europe. For maximum convenience, pick up your car directly from the Warsaw Chopin Airport and head into the city.

What is there to do in Warsaw?

Warsaw is a fascinating city with unique art galleries, museums, and trendy nightlife spots. It is the biggest city in Poland, it is most certainly worth a visit! Although not as popular among tourists as Kraków.

Wilanów Palace

Visiting the Wilanów Palace is a must when in Warsaw. The monumental structure is surrounded by a colorful park which is perfect for an afternoon stroll. Travelers can step inside and admire the glamorous interior while learning about local history at a selection of exhibitions.

Purchase your tickets here. Prices vary depending on the exhibition you decide to visit.

Warsaw Rising Museum

Don’t miss the Warsaw Rising Museum, where you can discover the most devastating parts of the nation’s history. The interactive exhibition showcases all aspects of life during the uprising, including day-to-day life during the war.

Admission tickets can be purchased either online via the official website or directly upon entrance. Entry tickets cost under 30 PLN per person (6.5 EUR). 

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Where to eat out in Warsaw?

Na Lato

Once you get hungry, consider going to Na Lato for lunch. The restaurant offers a wide selection of delicious dishes, including pizza, fish and chips or burgers. Enjoy your meal at the seasonal outdoor terrace.

What’s more, the trendy restaurant transforms into a club on weekend nights. Open until midnight on weekdays and up to 5 AM on weekend nights.

Rentalmoose order tip: Try Na Lato’s delicious pizzas. Though not a regional dish, it is truly delicious!

The Christmas Market

Are you in Warsaw around Christmas? Be sure to head to the Old Town and attend the charming Christmas Market. Wander around the stalls selling Christmas decorations, mulled wine, juicy grilled sausages, and accessories of all sorts.

Christmas at the Wilanów Palace

Alternatively, go to the garden by the Wilanów Palace to see a magical light display. Admission to the Warsaw Christmas Market is free, meanwhile the Royal Garden of Light at the Wilanów Palace costs around 20zł per person (4.4 EUR).

Warsaw is packed with adventures and things to do, including a vibrant nightlife scene, that’s why Rentalmoose highly recommends spending at least one night in town before departing further.

What are the best hotels in Warsaw?

Bristol Hotel

Luxury seekers should consider checking into the Bristol Hotel, a member of Marriott’s Luxury Collection. The historic 5-star hotel features elegant rooms and suites, an indoor pool, a spa and wellness center and a perfect location along Krakowskie Przedmieście, just a short walk away from the Old Town.

Hampton by Hilton

Traveling on a tighter budget? Spend the night at the Hampton by Hilton near the center of Warsaw. The 3-star hotel offers well-equipped rooms, a complimentary breakfast, and a convenient location near the heart of Warsaw all at a reasonable price tag.

Looking for more fun attractions in Warsaw? Check out the Berlin to Warsaw travel guide, where you can find more things to see in town, such as the wonderful medieval Old Town or a trendy eatery in the heart of the city.

Next on your Poland road trip: Mikołajki, 3 hours

Mikołajki

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Photography by Marcin Lewicki.

Leave Warsaw and hop on the S8 expressway up north to the scenic Masurian Lake District. After around three hours, you will reach the cute resort town of Mikołajki.

The Sailing Village

As Mikołajki is the Polish hotspot for sailing, you should definitely check out the Sailing Village in the harbor. Stroll down the picturesque promenade lined with shops and eateries, step inside one of the restaurants and enjoy fresh fish as you observe sailing boats pulling in and out of the busy harbor.

The public beach

Cross the bridge and go for a dip in the lake at the public beach. Your rental car can be left at the designated on-street parking spots along Michała Kajki street. Alternatively, try this car park.

Watersport and yacht charters

Adrenaline junkies will be happy to hear that there are plenty of jetski, boat and paddleboat rentals available in the Sailing Village.

Experienced sailors can also charter a sailing yacht in advance and sail out on the beautiful lake. Most boats can be rented directly from the jetty, though some may require an upfront reservation. 

Stare Sady- Peaceful Chillout by the lake

Relax at Stare Sady, a calm lakeshore resort a few kilometers north of the busy center of Mikołajki. Go for a swim at the sandy beach, grab lunch at the local restaurant or head out onto the lake and try flyboarding or waterskiing.

Where to eat in Mikołajki?

For lunch, consider heading to the New Island across next to Mikołajki’s Public Beach. The restaurant is a part of the 5-star Hotel Mikołajki and offers a delicious, upscale dining experience with unbeatable views of the lake.

During the summer, guests can dine in the seasonal outdoor area. The New Island is open daily from 1 PM to 11 PM.

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What are the best hotels in Mikołajki?

Hotel Mikołajki

Looking for the best luxury accommodation in Mikołajki? Check-in at Hotel Mikołajki, an elegant hotel next to the heart of town. The 5-star property features well-equipped rooms with lake views, 2 pools, a spa and wellness center and onsite restaurants, as well as a bar with a pool table and bowling alleys.

Hotel Santa Monica

Hotel Santa Monica is a budget-friendly alternative to some of the more expensive hotels in the area. The 3-star hotel offers spacious rooms and an outdoor pool at an affordable price. A car park is available at an extra cost.

Next on your Poland road trip: Malbork, 2 hours 40 minutes

Malbork

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Photography by Jan Nijman.

Depart Mikołajki and drive west along the twists and turns towards Malbork, a city that is home to the largest castle in the world measured by land area.

The largest castle in the world

The Malbork Castle and fortress is considered the largest in the world measured by land area. Its history dates back to the 13th century when it was constructed by the Teutons. Today, the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes curious visitors and tourists.

Admire the castle’s massive facade and the well-preserved fortress. Then, experience a trip back in time as you step inside the authentic medieval interior. Visit tens of historic rooms and magnificent chambers, learn about the castle’s history at various exhibitions or wander around the terraces.

The self-guided walking tour of the castle takes around 3 hours to complete.

Admission costs below 50 PLN per person (11 EUR), with reduced prices in winter and a 10 PLN discount (2.2 EUR) when entering after 5.15 PM.

During the high season between July and August, travelers can attend a guided tour in English every day at 11:30 AM. Click here for more info about tickets.

Next on your Poland road trip: Gdańsk, 40 minutes

Gdańsk

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Photography by Makalu.

Head north from Malbork for around 45 minutes until you reach the port city of Gdańsk. The two neighboring cities (Sopot and Gdynia), along with Gdańsk make up the Tri-City, one of the main tourist hotspots in the country.

Is Gdańsk worth visiting?

Gdansk is certainly worth visiting! Wander down the cobblestone streets in the Old Town, sunbathe on one of the public beaches or explore some of the other attractions throughout Gdańsk as well as the rest of the Tri-City.

The Old Town

You can’t skip the historical Old Town, the very heart of Gdańsk. Your rental car can be dropped off nearby at one of the designated on-street spots. On busier days, try this car park instead for around 5 PLN (1.2 EUR) per hour.

Stroll around the vibrant streets lined with colorful medieval buildings, make your way down to the Długi Targ (Long Market), the main walking street in the Old Town. Get a photo with the popular Neptune Fountain, then continue along the marina and admire the historical crane.

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The Pier in Sopot

Drive north along the Tri-City until you reach the famous Pier in Sopot. Stroll down the longest pier in the Baltic Sea (over 500 meters long) and feel the refreshing sea breeze.

Watch the street performers or step inside one of the fish bars, where you can find locally-caught grilled fish. If the weather allows it, you can head to the public beach right by the pier and go for a dip in the sea.

Admission to the pier costs below 10 PLN per person (2.2 EUR).

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Photo by Aleksander Filip

Bohaterów Monte Cassino Walking Street

You will find the heart of Sopot right opposite the Pier. Walk down the Bohaterów Monte Cassino walking street, lined with vivid pubs, clubs, and restaurants of all sorts. Step inside some of the top attractions, such as the Sopot Wax Museum and the picturesque Crooked House.

Visit the area during the evening to experience the best of the local nightlife, it really is the place to be.

Your rental car can be dropped off at designated on-street parking spots. Beware of the “private car parks” in the area, as they might try to scam tourists and ask for crazy amounts of money.

On a busy day, drop your car off at Sheraton’s underground car park (around 10 PLN per hour, 2.2 EUR).

Where can you find the best food in the Tri-City?

Eliksir

When you get hungry, go for dinner at the Eliksir restaurant and cocktail bar in Gdańsk. The award-winning restaurant is known for food-pairing its unique dishes with creative cocktails, and is considered one of the best places to dine in the entire Tri-City.

Choose from a tasting menu and pick your favorite from a wide selection of beverages. Open from 4 PM onwards on weekdays and 2 PM and 1 PM on Saturdays and Sundays respectively.

The Tri-City is filled with fun activities and spots worth seeing, that’s why Rentalmoose highly recommends spending the night in town.

Luxury travelers should check-in to one of the beachfront hotels in Sopot. My personal favorite is the 5-star Sheraton, located in the very heart of Sopot directly by the pier. Admire the sea views from the hotel’s modern rooms and suites, relax at the indoor pool, book a treatment at the serene spa and wellness center or dine at the restaurant. A private car park is available at an extra cost.

Traveling on a tighter budget? The Smart Hotel in Gdańsk might just be the perfect choice for you. The affordable property features modern rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and a restaurant. A car park is available at an extra cost.

Next on your Poland road trip: Toruń, 1 hour 40 minutes 30 PLN Highway toll (6.6 EUR)

Toruń

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Hop on the A1 highway and drive south, leaving the Tricity behind. Keep in mind that on Summer weekends there can be extremely heavy traffic on the highway, resulting in long queues by the toll points. Drive on weekdays to avoid the traffic.

What is Toruń famous for?

Toruń was the hometown of Copernicus, a famous Polish astronomer who lived in the 1400s. Today, the medieval heart of the city is perfect for a trip back in time, and the historical buildings are often home to museums that showcase local history and culture.

The charming city is often overlooked by international tourists, though it is most certainly worth a visit!

The Medieval Town

When in Toruń, you can’t skip the Medieval Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical buildings are very well-preserved and the cobblestone streets are perfect to get lost in.

Wander around until you reach the monumental Old Town Hall, which has been turned into a museum after the Second World War. Step inside and walk through the exhibitions located within the wonderful historical interiors.

Travelers can climb the Town Hall tower to get the best view of the city.

Admission tickets cost 15 PLN (3.3 EUR) per person, entry is free of charge on Wednesdays. Tickets to the tower cost an additional 15PLN per person.

The Leaning Tower… Of Toruń

Did you know that Poland has its own equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa? It may not be as large or as famous as the one in Italy, though the Leaning Tower of Toruń is a landmark worth visiting nonetheless.

Admire the medieval tower from the outside, sadly the interior is not accessible to the public. From the tower, you can follow the large defensive walls that protected the city in medieval times.

The Planetarium

Travelers who wish to learn more about astronomy should pay a visit to the Planetarium. The attraction offers astronomical shows along with two interactive exhibitions.

Check the official website for the daily show schedule. An admission ticket costs below 15 PLN (3.3 EUR) per person.

Next on your Poland road trip: Łódź,1 hour 50 minutes

Łódź

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Photography by Marcin Polak.

Hop back on the A1 highway and continue south. In around 2 hours, you will reach the city of Łódź (or Lodz in English), the last stop on the journey before making your way back to Warsaw.

What can you do in Lodz?

Łódź isn’t a popular tourist destination in Poland, despite being one of the largest cities in the country and just an hour and a half west of Warsaw. The times when Łódź was just an industrial town are long gone, and the city’s countless trendy hangouts and cultural venues prove it.

Piotrkowska Street

When in Łódź, you should definitely stroll down Piotrkowska Street, the longest commercial street in the entire country and the cultural heart of the city.

Some travelers may not be willing to walk down the whole street, as it is over four kilometers long. In that case, be sure to at least visit the northern part of the street as that’s where all the busy bars, restaurants and shops are situated.

Visit the street after dusk falls and experience Lodz’s vibrant nightlife in one of the numerous clubs or bars.

Off Piotrkowska Center

When you’re exploring Piotrkowska, be sure to turn into the Off Piotrkowska Center. The trendy venue is home to unique shops and exotic restaurants all located in and around a renovated industrial factory. Even if you’re not in the mood for dining, the spot is worth visiting solely for its cool industrial vibe.

Manufaktura

Be sure to drop by Manufaktura, another factory-turned-cultural spot in Łódź. Guests can satisfy their shopping needs at the local shopping gallery, dine at one of the restaurants, learn about the city’s history in the museums or wander around the outdoor area and simply enjoy the architecture.

Your rental car can be dropped off at the car park off Drewnowska Street, there are over 3500 complimentary parking spots.

What is the best restaurant in Łódź?

Anatewka

For dinner, consider going to Anatewka. The unique restaurant just off Piotrkowska Street serves traditional Jewish cuisine. Łódź has historically been a melting pot of four cultures, and the eatery focuses on the Jewish culture and its delicious dishes. Open daily between 11 AM and 11 PM.

Which hotel should you pick in Łódź?

Vienna House Andel’s

Spend the night at the Vienna House Andel’s Lodz, an elegant 4-star hotel near the heart of the city. The property features modern rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness center, a spa and wellness center, and a stylish interior design. A private underground car park is available at an extra cost.

Boss Hotel

A good budget-friendly alternative in Łódź is the Boss Hotel. The hotel features well-equipped rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and a bar and restaurant. Guests can relax at the seasonal outdoor terrace. A car park is available at no extra cost.

Next on your Poland road trip: Warsaw, 1 hour 30 minutes

Drop-off

Your Polish adventure doesn’t have to end here! Click here for our travel guide that will take you through Kraków, Wrocław, and Poznań before finishing in Berlin.

If you choose to end the trip here, drop off your rental car directly at Warsaw Chopin Airport before leaving. Car rental companies that support airport drop-off can be found via Rentalmoose.

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Andalucia by Car- Spain Road Trip Itinerary

This travel guide takes you on a road trip across Spain’s Andalucia region, starting in Malaga before continuing up north to Granada and Ronda, then heading back down to Costa del Sol, Marbella and to the tip of Europe: Gibraltar. Explore the best of Andalucia with our Spain road trip guide!

The route then winds back up to Malaga. The recommended duration for this trip is at least 3 days, with the first night in Malaga and an overnight stop in Granada and Marbella.

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Malaga to Nerja– 60km (40 miles) 📍 

Nerja to Granada– 95km (60 miles) 📍

Granada to Antequera– 100km (60 miles) 📍

Antequera to Ronda– 90km (60 miles) 📍

Ronda to Marbella– 65km (40 miles) 📍

Marbella to Gibraltar– 80km (50 miles)📍 (9.55 EUR Highway Toll)

Gibraltar to Malaga– 140km (90 miles) 📍 (9.55 EUR Highway Toll)

630km (390 miles) total

Tags: Travel guide, Spain, Costa del Sol, Southern Europe, Beach, Summer, Short Trip

Planning- Before You Leave

Before you set off on your Spanish road trip to Andalucia, take a look at some of the essential information listed below.

Why should you visit Southern Spain?

Andalucia is an exciting part of Spain in Southern Europe. The region is known for its beautiful beaches on Costa del Sol (Coast of The Sun), rich multicultural history, beautiful landscapes and mouth-watering food. This trip is perfect for travelers who enjoy beaches, sightseeing and Mediterranean delicacies.

Simply put, it’s the perfect destination for your summertime road trips.

When is the best time to visit Spain?

Costa del Sol has an average of 300 sunny days every year. The water in the Mediterranean is the hottest during the summer, however, it is also warm enough for swimming in late Spring and early Autumn. The water temperature gets colder in the west of Costa del Sol, as the Mediterranean mixes with the Atlantic.

 The perfect time for a road trip to Spain, while avoiding the summertime crowds, would be between April to early June, as well as late August to October.

Why to get a rental car in Spain?

The points of interest along this road trip are located within driving distance of each other. It’s best to travel by car during this trip to Spain.

Although most milestones on this journey could be accessed by public transport, it is nowhere near as convenient as traveling by rental car. That’s what makes Andalucia the perfect destination for a road trip in Spain.

 Scenic routes along the coast and mountain pass roads make this road trip one of the best driving tours in this part of Europe. 

For extra peace of mind during your trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. What’s more, you can qualify for a 50% discount from the excess cover fee if you take check-in photos when picking up your rental car.

Road Trip Extension to Basque Country

Your road trip in Spain doesn’t have to end in Andalucia.

Drive north for around 8 hours until you reach Bilbao, a fascinating city known for its delicious cuisine and rich history. Then, make your way across the Basque region before finishing in Bordeaux.

Click here for the Rentalmoose travel guide to Basque country and plan the ultimate Spanish road trip.

Can tourists drive in Spain?

Spain is a member of the European Union, therefore most foreign driving licenses are accepted as long as the driver is 18 years old and above. International Driving Permits are recognized, but not mandatory. 

Check out this blog post to learn more about International Driving Permits.

Make sure to follow the speed limits carefully when driving around Spain. There are lots of speed cameras set up all over major roads, some of them are nearly impossible to spot.

International tourists are required to pay their fines on the spot, or online via the DGT website. Keep in mind that if you decide to pay online, the price will be two times higher. Speeding tickets range from 50 to 250 Euros, depending on the excess speed and the road type.

Excessive speeding can land you in jail. If you are caught going over 201km/h on the motorway or over 111km/h in an urban zone, you will either receive an enormous fine based on your salary, or will be sent to prison for up to 6 months.

Traffic in Spain is on the right-hand side.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Spain road trip itinerary!

Málaga

malaga city panorama stadium green park harbor sea in background sunny day spain

Your road trip in Spain begins in the second biggest city in Costa Del Sol, Málaga. This exciting city has transformed from being a gateway to Andalusia into a vibrant hotspot packed with cultural experiences, local cuisine and vivid nightlife all waiting to be discovered. 

 Once you arrive, pick up your rental car directly at the airport for maximum convenience and head down into the city. 

What to do in Málaga?

Mercado Central

Rentalmoose loves local food markets. We think they’re one of the greatest ways to take in the hustle and bustle of any city or town. No matter whether you’re in Athens, Cameron Highlands, or Tallinn, the local market is the vibrant heart of the local life.

Indulge yourself in local culture at Málaga’s famous central market, Mercado Central. This authentic Andalusian market has a rich history, it has once been a storage warehouse, weapon’s arsenal, and military warehouse, before becoming a local market once again in the 1800s. 

Mercado Central is perfect to satisfy your local shopping needs, here you can find anything from fresh olives or fruit through to souvenirs and jewelry. 

Mercado Central is a great place for lunch, head into one of the food stalls for local seafood or North African pastries. You can leave your car opposite the market at this multi-story carpark for 15 euros per day.

Museo Picasso

Find out first-hand why Pablo Picasso fell in love with this part of Spain. Head towards the heart of the city and admire pieces from Spain’s most famous painter in Museo Picasso

The venue itself is breath-taking, as the museum is situated in a renovated 16th-century mansion. Inside, there are over 120 works made by Picasso alongside various temporary exhibitions. The museum is open daily from 10 AM, admission tickets cost 9 Euros and can be purchased here.

I recommend going in the afternoon, no sooner than 3 PM, as there are a lot more visitors in the morning.

Playa Pedregalejo

Take a break from the busy city and relax on one of the city’s sandy beaches. Visit Playa Pedregalejo, a long sandy beach in the eastern part of Málaga

Take a dip in the sea or sunbathe. Costa del Sol gets an average of 300 sunny days per year, so you can be sure it won’t rain.

For a post-beach day meal stroll over to El Balneario, where you can enjoy fresh seafood right by the shore. Click here for the menu.

seafood fresh grilled squid vegetables on white plate spanish food


What are the best hotels in Málaga?

As Málaga is filled with attractions, I recommend spending at least one night in town before continuing on. Travelers who want to enjoy the comforts of a 4-star hotel with a pool, fitness center and a perfect location near the Centro district will feel at home at Barcelo Málaga. Prices start at 96 Euros per room.

Gran Hotel Miramar

Sophisticated travelers looking for the most top-of-the-line experience available in Malaga can stay at Gran Hotel Miramar.

This luxurious 5-star hotel offers anything a guest can look for in the perfect hotel: spacious and chic rooms, a spa and wellness center, a restaurant serving delicious food, a bar, and great service. This high standard does come with a hefty price tag, rooms start at 250 euros per night. 

When you’ve spent enough time in Malaga, it’s time to head out and begin your road trip in Spain!

Next on your Spain road trip: Nerja, 45 minutes

Nerja

nerja beach aerial view blue sea water walking street palm trees buildings spain costa del sol

The first leg of the journey is a scenic coastal drive along the Mediterranean to Nerja. The city of Nerja is one of the most popular hotspots in Costa del Sol, and it is easy to see why. 

It is Spain’s paradise for beachgoers with a variety of beaches, from secluded coves to wide, vivid beaches in the heart of town. Nerja, however, offers a lot more than sandy beaches, as you are about to discover.

What is the best beach in Nerja? 

Burriana Beach

The most frequently visited beach in Nerja is Burriana Beach. Located east of the town, this sandy beach is filled with seashore restaurants, bars, and shops as well as watersport activities.

You can try to park your car along the streets for free, though on-street parking is usually full during peak season. There is a public car park available right by the beach entrance, average cost is around 2 euros per hour. 

Playa del Pino

Crystal-clear waters make the Playa del Pino a perfect spot for snorkel and diving fans. This quiet beach is more secluded, with zero seashore restaurants or frankly any other facilities. Clothing is optional, bear this mind if you do not wish to see nudists.

Frigiliana

After a calming stay at the beach, drive up to the village of Frigiliana, just a few kilometers away from Nerja (click for directions). Beautiful, whitewashed houses and picturesque streets make up Frigiliana, renowned as the most beautiful village in all of Costa del Sol. 

Stroll around the streets and feel as if you’ve been taken back in time by this authentic town. Your rental car can be dropped off at the public car park right across the street.

Nerja Caves

Beaches are certainly not all Nerja has to offer, and the Nerja Caves (Cueva de Nerja) and Frigiliana village are the prime examples. 

This massive, 4-kilometer long cave system is a must-see in Costa del Sol. Admission tickets cost 11 Euros and are definitely worth every cent. You can purchase tickets right here.

Next on your Spain road trip: Granada, 1 hour 20 minutes

Granada

granda alhambra palace with mountains in background during sunset spain tourism

Drive east out of Nerja and then north along the A-44 until you reach the city of Granada, a historical city at the foot of Sierra Nevada. It’s a must-visit during any proper road trip in Spain.

What to see in Granada?

The Alhambra

Begin your tour of Granada by visiting the most popular monument in the entire country: The Alhambra. This monumental palace is a true Spanish treasure. 

It used to be a fortress, and it served as the residence of Nasrid sultans between the 13th and 15th centuries. As this palace is very popular among tourists from across the globe, I recommend visiting near closing times. 

Admission tickets cost 14 Euros and can be purchased here. The Alhambra is open daily from 8:30 AM to 8 PM (6 PM in winter, between October and March).

Generalife

Next, head over to the Generalife. These colorful gardens are especially lively in spring, but visiting during any other season will be just as breath-taking. 

Within the gardens, you will find lots of monumental fountains and pools as well as the Generalife Palace. If you are planning to visit the Generalife as well as the Alhambra, you can purchase combined tickets for a reduced price. Generalife Gardens tickets cost 7 Euros per person and can be bought here

Flamenco shows- a must

Flamenco is essentially the heartbeat of Granada. The city is packed with beautiful Flamenco Shows that are often accompanied by delicious local dinner. 

There are lots of venues to choose from, one of the best in town being the Zambra Maria la Canastera, located in the traditional Sacromonte neighborhood that is another attraction in itself. 

The 1-hour show takes place in a traditional whitewashed cave and is performed daily. Tickets cost 24 Euros per person and can be bought via flamencotickets.com.

Where to stay in Granada?

The absolute best place to stay in Granada would be the Parador de Granada. Located in a 14th-century palace, the venue itself is astonishing and rich in history. Its excellent location is directly within the Alhambra. It does not get better than this. The rooms start at 230 euros per night.

Gar Anat Boutique Hotel is a more economical choice for travelers on a tighter budget. This cozy hotel is in a perfect location within the city’s central district. The building itself is a restored 16th-century hotel. The Granada Cathedral (another tourist attraction worth visiting) is just minutes away. The rooms start at below 100 euros per night.

Next on your Spain road trip: Antequera, 1 hour 20 minutes

Antequera

antequera alcazaba fortress castle fields in background spain

Head west out of Granada and follow the A-92 for about a hundred kilometers. After roughly an hour and a half, you will reach “el corazón de Andalucía” (the Heart of Andalucia), the city of Antequera.

What are the best places to visit in Antequera? 

Antequera is a city often referred to as the heart of Andalusia, and it is perfect for travelers who are keen on history, natural beauty and, of course, delicious cuisine.

Alcazaba of Antequera

Begin by visiting the Alcazaba of Antequera (pictured above), a historical fortress near the center of the city. It was built in the 14th century to counter the Christian Army, which was advancing towards Antequera from the north. 

This monumental fortress remains a historical gem. Guests can step inside the interior and explore the fortress by themselves or get a guided tour. Admission costs 6 Euros per person and can be purchased upon entrance. There is a 50% discount for kids between 7 and 16 years of age, and children below 6 years old can enter for free.

Parking (public) is available right outside the walls of Alcazaba.

Torcal de Antequera

An absolute must-see during your visit is Torcal de Antequera. This national park west of the city features unbelievable, natural rock formations that can be experienced on different hiking trails. 

The trail network includes many hikes that can be walked through for free, there are also guided tours that can be booked via the official website. The national park is home to the Iberian Ibex, which can be seen across the area. Free parking is available beside the entrance.

Where to dine in Antequera?

Foodies certainly won’t be disappointed in Antequera, as there are lots of local restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re craving a delicious Paella, Gambas Pil Pil or a slice of Jamon Serrano, the city has got you covered! 

Head over to Restaurante Plaza de Toros for a tasty local meal. This magical restaurant is located in a bullring, dining here is a once in a lifetime experience. Delicious Mediterrreneanen food and an out of this world atmosphere guaranteed!

Next on your Spain road trip: Ronda, 1 hour 20 minutes

Ronda

ronda spain cliff bridges and waterfall town costa del sol

Ronda has got to be one of the most beautiful towns in all of Spain. Located on two monumental rocks, there are historical bridges that connect the two districts.

The best views of Ronda

There is a quiet spot where you can get the best ground-level views of Ronda, I recommend going there before heading into the city. 

Drive up to the viewing point. Take caution, as the drive there can be tricky: it’s a rather tight dirt road with steep slopes. 

Once you get to the viewing point, park your car and enjoy the scenic views of the bridges, the rocks, and vineyards in the surrounding area in this picturesque spot.

Next, head up into town. You can leave your car at one of the public car parks in the historic part of Ronda, the rates are around 2 euros per hour. Continue strolling on foot and walk over to the Mirador de Ronda viewpoint, this time to get a view of the region from above.

After getting the best panoramic views at Mirador de Ronda, take a walk to the Bullring

Which bullring is the oldest in Spain?

Plaza de Toros

Ronda’s bullring called Plaza de Toros was the first one ever built in Spain, back in 1785. The controversial show now takes place just once every year, there are multiple guided tours every day that tour the historical arena. 

If you are interested in learning about the history of bullfighting, visit the Bullring Museum. Admission costs 8 euros.

De Locos Tapas

After strolling around the magical town, go for a taste of delicious local food in De Locos Tapas, one of the best tapas bars in Ronda. This restaurant serves some of the best delicacies in town, therefore it can get quite crowded. I recommend booking in advance right here.

Ascari Race Track

Visting the Ascari Racetrack is a must for every car enthusiast in the area. The resort includes a private racetrack, often rated as one of the best in Europe, as well as a country house.

There are multiple racing experiences you can book. Each one includes at least 80km of track driving, a professional instructor, a mechanical team and equipment, a garage tour, and food and beverages.

Next on your Spain road trip: Marbella, 1 hour 10 minutes

Marbella

marbella puerto banus port yachts luxury boats on blue sea whitewashed buildings in background costa del sol

Head south from Ronda, along a scenic mountain pass down to the coastal city of Marbella.

What can you do in Marbella?

Marbella is Costa del Sol’s hotspot for luxury, featuring ports filled with enormous yachts, luxury clothing stores, golf courses, fine dining restaurants and expensive villas overlooking the city.

Puerto Banus

Begin with a visit to Puerto Banús, the city’s vibrant modern center. Stroll through the marina and admire massive luxurious yachts, or go shopping in one of the marina’s countless high-end boutiques. 

Puerto Banús is the hotspot for nightlife, if you are visiting in the evening you can head into one of the local clubs or bars.

La Sala By the Sea is a great beach club minutes away from the marina, where you can enjoy exceptional drinks and food on the beach. Sunbed pricing starts at 15 Euros per person and can be booked via the official website.

Golfing in Marbella

Golf is extremely popular for both locals and tourists in Marbella, there are over 30 golf courses in the city to choose from and La Quinta Golf and Country Club is one of the most popular ones. 

This 27-hole course is one of the most attractive courses in the region and is suitable for both beginners and advanced players. 

Pricing starts at 100 euros, though there are various sales and discounts throughout the year. This country club also features a Best Western hotel. Prices start at 150 euros per night.

Where is the best party in Marbella?

Playa Padre

When you are looking for a nightlife, then the hidden gem for that is Playa Padre. It’s a small and stylish place where mostly locals go or the people who know it. Some well known DJ’s have performed here, such as Solomun and Black Coffee.

It’s hard to find for tourists, which makes it even more exclusive. If you are into house music then this is a paradise. Best parties on Sunday evenings, check out the Playa Padre website and social media accounts for upcoming events.

Where to stay in Marbella?

As Marbella is the top luxury destination in Spain, incredible hotels are a common sight. Travelers looking for the best 5-star hotels have plenty of options to choose from, I recommend the Villa Padierna Palace. This lavish resort includes 130 rooms, suites and villas surrounded by 3 golf courses, pools, and a spa center. Rates start at 250 euros per night.

A more budget-friendly alternative would be The Urban Villa, 10 minutes away from the city. This hillside villa offers 5 suites with incredible views, as well as a semi-secluded location, authentic food, and a pool. The rooms start at 70 euros per night.

Next on your Spain road trip: Gibraltar, 1 hour 10 minutes

Gibraltar

rock of gibraltar big mountain on small island city in background sunny day calm blue sea

Drive down the AP7 from Marbella to Gibraltar. The tolls along this route add up to 4.3 euros and can be paid directly as you are driving through. 

A toll-free alternative (around 20 minutes longer) would be the coastal A7. Although the drive is longer, practically the entire route runs along the coast, so panoramic views are guaranteed. 

As Gibraltar is a British territory, there is a passport control upon entry and exit, and you might find yourself stuck in a long queue during the weekends. You can leave your car at La Linea Car Park in Spain and walk over to Gibraltar on foot, too.

What are the attractions in Gibraltar?

Rock of Gibraltar

The most famous attraction in Gibraltar is the gigantic Rock of Gibraltar. You can drive up atop the famous rock by car, although this drive is recommended for experienced drivers. 

The way up is an exciting tight road filled with alpine-style hairpins and steep slopes. At the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of Gibraltar, Spain and Africa. 

You can also take the Gibraltar Cable Car. The ride up takes 6 minutes and costs 16 pounds per adult and 7 per child.

The Main Street

After visiting the Rock of Gibraltar, head down to the Main Street in the heart of town. The vivid streets are lined with all sorts of restaurants, pubs and shops. 

Some duty-free products, such as perfume, are available at lower prices than in Spain. After shopping, head over to Cafe Rojo for a British lunch, open from 10 to midnight Tuesday to Saturday. Your rental car can be parked here.

Next on your Spain road trip: Malaga, 2 hours

Return to Málaga via the AP7.

On the way back to Malaga, you can stop for an unforgettable lunch or a dinner in Los Marinos Jose Restaurant, which is located after Fuengirola. It is one of the best seafood restaurants in Spain.

Drop-off

Enjoy a few more days in the sunny city or return home. Your rental car can be dropped off at Malaga Airport for maximum convenience. Browse through car rental options via Rentalmoose.

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amalfi coastal village colorful hillside whitewashed buildings and pebbly beach on a clear day

The Sunny South of Italy- Road Trip Itinerary

Explore the South of Italy with our curated Italy road trip itinerary.

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Bari to Gargano- 150 kilometers (90 miles)📍 

Gargano to Naples- 230 kilometers (140 miles)📍 14.7 EUR highway toll

Naples to Amalfi Coast- 70 kilometers (40 miles)📍 2.1 EUR highway toll

Amalfi Coast to Matera- 220 kilometers (140 miles)📍 

Matera to Lecce- 170 kilometers (105 miles)📍 

Lecce to Bari- 150 kilometers (90 miles)📍 

990 kilometers (615 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, South of Italy, Beaches, History

This travel guide takes you on a magical road trip around Puglia, Campania, and Basilicata regions of Southern Italy. Explore the best parts of Italy by rental car, guided by our curated Southern Italy road trip itinerary.

Begin by exploring Bari, then drive along the coast to Gargano, where you will find some of the most jaw-dropping beaches in the whole world. Continue west until you reach Naples, a historic city guarded by the spectacular Mount Vesuvius.

Then, make your way across the winding roads of the glamorous Amalfi Coast before heading inland to Matera, known as “the City of Caves”. After an unforgettable night in a cave hotel, drive back to Bari through Lecce.

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off on your South Italian road trip, take a look at the essential information below.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

There are lots of attractions worth dropping by in Southern Italy, and this travel guide only highlights some of them.

Rentalmoose recommends dedicating at least 3 nights for this road trip.

In order to discover each town, add an extra night in each major city. 

When is the best time to visit The South of Italy?

The best time to go on a South Italian road trip is in Spring (April to June) or Autumn (September to October), when the weather is moderate and there aren’t too many tourists.

The hottest weather is during the Summer between late June and August, but it is also the peak of the tourist season. 

Why should I book a rental car in Italy?

The South of Italy is perfect to be discovered via a rental car. The spots worth visiting are all located within driving distance of each other, and the freedom of changing your itinerary during the trip can only be achieved when traveling by car.

Driving enthusiasts are in for a treat, as the coastal roads of Puglia and Amalfi Coast are along the most scenic in the whole world. 

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Road Trip Extensions

You can easily continue exploring Italy’s immaculate natural beauty, fascinating history and delicious cuisine even further!

Explore Tuscany and the region’s picturesque countryside, stroll down cute medieval towns or indulge in some of the best wine ever. Click here to check out the Rentalmoose travel guide around Tuscany.

Alternatively, head further north and go on a shopping spree in Milan, relax at the scenic Lago di Garda before finishing in Venice. Check out this Rentalmoose travel guide to North Italy and plan your ideal Italian road trip.

Can tourists drive in Italy? 

Yes! You need an international driving permit to drive in Italy along with your domestic license unless you are an EU-citizen. These can easily be obtained in your local country and are mandatory for non-EU driver licenses when driving in the country. 

Check out the Rentalmoose blog post on International Driving Permits to find out all you need to know about IDPs!

Driving in Italy for the first time might be quite a hectic experience. Getting around large cities is chaotic and driving around tight cobblestone streets can be a nightmare. On top of all this, the locals don’t really seem to be following the speed limits.

Speeding is common among drivers in Italy. Once you get caught, you will probably realize it was not worth it. Tourists in Italy have to pay the fine on the spot to the police and can additionally be charged by the car rental company. 

Going up to 21km/h over the limit on the highway will cost you around 150 Euros, while breaking a “no-parking” rule will cost you around 80 Euros.

The traffic in Italy is on the right-hand side of the road.

Are there tolls in Italy?

The Italian highway system is not toll-free. Fees can be paid at toll gates by cash or credit card, alternatively using a prepaid Viacard that can be purchased at gas stations and roadside shops. The map of toll highways and a toll calculator can be found here.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to dive into this exciting Southern Italy road trip itinerary!

Bari

beautiful small italian sandy beach surrounded by whitewashed buildings and cliffs blue sea near bari south of italy sunset

Photography by Giancarlo Composto.

Your Southern Italy road trip begins in the gorgeous city of Bari. For maximum comfort, pick up your car directly from Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport. Car rentals that offer pick-ups at the airport can be found via Rentalmoose.

Is Bari worth visiting?

Sunny Bari is one of the most important cities in the South of Italy. The city has a lot in store for travelers, it is especially ideal for history lovers, beachgoers and foodies. It is most certainly worth a visit!

Get started with a visit to the city’s historic district, Bari Vecchia. Wander around the narrow streets, admire the Adriatic Sea from the old port or admire the monumental facade of the Basilica of San Nicola. 

Getting hungry? Bari Vecchia has some of the best street food in all of Italy! All sorts of local eateries are lined around the cute streets, serving regional delicacies such as focaccia or panzerotti.

Although the city of Bari itself is fascinating, Rentalmoose highly recommends exploring some of the best spots nearby.

Discover the picturesque coastal town of Polignano a Mare. The cute town is home to Lama Monachile, a famous beach surrounded by cliffs. Snorkel in the turquoise waters or go for a boat tour of the eerie caves along the shore.

Your rental car can be parked on-street near the beach, white-marked spots are free and blue ones need to be paid for at the nearest meter. Yellow spots are strictly for local residents.

Grotta Palazzese

For an unforgettable dining experience, book a table at the magnificent Grotta Palazzese. The restaurant’s jaw-dropping terrace is situated in a natural cave, offering guests spectacular views and making for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Rentalmoose insider tip: The restaurant does get very busy during peak season, it’s best to book a table prior to arrival.

Alberobello

Continue south for another half an hour until you reach Alberobello. The fairytale-like village is made up of over 1500 of Trulli houses, making it the biggest concentration of Trulli in the region. The picturesque town is perfect for a stroll.

It’s best to visit Alberobello on a weekday, as the town tends to get overcrowded by tourists during peak hours.

Are you looking for the best place to stay near Bari? Consider booking a room at the elegant Grotta Palazzese, previously mentioned for its breathtaking restaurant. The 5-star hotel features modern rooms and suites with an unbeatable sea view, private crystal-clear beach access, and complimentary parking.

A budget-friendly alternative near the heart of town is the 2-star Hotel City Bari. The affordable hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and a paid car park.

Next on your South Italy road trip: Gargano, 2 hours 

Gargano

gargano pebble beach crystal clear sea white sandstone cliffs tourists swimming and sunbathing forest in background sunny day south of italy

Photography by Gianni Crestani.

Where are the best beaches in Italy?

Don’t forget to take your swimwear when you depart Bari, as you are about to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe. The two-hour drive leads along the coast, scenic views along the way are guaranteed.

Mattinata Beach

Take a break at Mattinata Beach, one of the most popular pebble beaches in the region. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear sea or wander along the coast. It is best to visit during the week, as Mattinata Beach tends to get very busy on weekends.

Mattinatella Beach

One of the most picturesque beaches in the Gargano region is Mattinatella Beach, just minutes away from Mattinata. The beach is famous for the crystal-clear water and breathtaking scenery. If you’re planning to swim in the sea, it is recommended to take footwear, as there are many rocks beneath the water.

Continue driving North along the twisty roads and explore the other beaches in the area.

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Where can you find the best food in Gargano?

Like all of Italy, Gargano is home to loads of delicious regional restaurants. Drive up to the small town of Monte Sant’Angelo. Inside, you will find Li-Jalantuumene.

The restaurant serves traditional food with a modern, creative twist. It is the perfect spot to take a break from beach-hopping all day.

Next on your South Italy road trip: Naples, 3 hours

Naples

naples dramatic coast small pier sunset skyline traditional buildings mount vesuvius in background italy. Naples is a must-visit city on a Southern Italy road trip.

Photography by Antonio Speranza.

Depart Gargano and drive across to the west coast of Italy. You will know you’re close as soon as Mount Vesuvius will emerge on the horizon. The active volcano is looking over Naples, one of the most important cities in the country.

Is Naples safe for tourists?

Naples, Italy’s third-largest city, is often seen as an unsafe city, especially for international tourists. While the city does have some uglier, dodgy districts (which major city doesn’t?), the biggest danger for tourists is the chaotic traffic. 

If you use common sense, there is no reason to feel unsafe in Naples.

What should you do in Naples?

Naples is favored among travelers as it isn’t spoiled by tourism as much as Venice, Rome or Florence. The narrow, cobbled streets are filled with local eateries and cafes, vibrant markets and cute shops.

Head to the city’s mysterious underground world: The Catacombs of Naples. The historical sites are scattered around the city. Catacombs of San Gennaro, for example, are a 2-floor complex around the Basilica of Sant’Agrippino.

The catacombs’ ambient lighting highlights the eerie vibe and makes for a one-of-a-kind experience. Purchase your tickets online prior to visiting.

Every traveler visiting Naples should get up close to Mount Vesuvius, Europe’s only volcano that has erupted within the last century. Drive up the mountain road and park your car at the end of Piazzale di Quota 1000, you will have to hike for roughly 30 minutes to get to the very top. The hike is well worth it, as the panoramic views of Naples and the volcano’s crater are just unforgettable.

What makes the experience even more exciting is the fact that the frightening volcano that has completely devastated Pompeii will eventually erupt once again.

SSC Napoli Football Team

Football fans will be happy to hear that Naples is home to the SSC Napoli, a famous Italian soccer team. You can find more information, including match dates and tickets, on their official website.

Pompeii

 Learn all about the Roman civilization while strolling around the Ruins of Pompeii. The ancient city became forgotten after it was covered by ashes following a massive volcano eruption.

It was discovered in the mid-1700s and has become one of the most important archeological sites in the entire world. The ruins can get crowded, your rental car can be dropped off at Parking Zeus directly next to the entrance.

What are the best hotels in Naples?

Grand Hotel Vesuvio is a seafront 5-star hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1882. The hotel features stylish rooms and suites, 2 panoramic restaurants with perfect views of Mount Vesuvio, as well as luxurious facilities such as an indoor pool and fitness center.  

Looking for a comfortable stay in Naples without breaking the bank? Consider checking into The Bellini House. This boutique bed and breakfast attracts travelers with a convenient location near the historic center of the city, retro decor and delicious breakfast.

Next on your South Italy road trip: Amalfi Coast, 1 hour 40 minutes

Amalfi Coast

amalfi coastal village beach tourists and ships traditional italian village on seaside cliff hills in background

Photography by Andreas Precht.

As you leave Naples, prepare to drive across some of the world’s most scenic roads. Rentalmoose recommends making a slight detour and driving along the SS145 and SS163 coastal roads that lead to the picturesque Amalfi Coast. 

Which towns should you visit on the Amalfi Coast?

Before you reach the town of Amalfi, make a stop at the colorful town of Positano. Admire the unreal scenery from one of the viewpoints along SS163 (Amalfi Drive) before driving into the heart of the village.

Stop for a snack or breakfast in one of the eateries scattered around the winding streets. Like all of the Amalfi Coast, it is best to go early in the morning to avoid massive crowds and traffic jams.

On your way across the coast, be sure to make a stop at Grotta Dello Smeraldo. The beautiful cave was named “Emerald Cave” because sunlight enters the cave under the water, illuminating it in a magical color. Travelers can enjoy the unique vibe during an affordable (roughly 5 EUR) boat tour. 

There is an elevator next to the SS163 coastal road. Park your car nearby and head beneath the ground into the caves.

Amalfi

Make your next stop in the town of Amalfi, the main tourist hotspot on the coast. Prepare for tons of tourists and long traffic jams leading to the city. The unbeatable views, however, are absolutely worth the wait!

Visit the scenic Piazza Duomo and admire the Amalfi Cathedral. The busy beach may not be the most secluded in the country, but it is a spot worth at least a quick peek.

Where can you find the best authentic food in Amalfi?

Head for lunch at the cute Antica Trattoria Barracca, a local restaurant located inside the town of Amalfi. The eatery dates back to 1945 and continues to serve some of the best Italian dishes in town, including fresh seafood and delicious tiramisu. The food is surprisingly affordable compared with other restaurants in town.

Rentalmoose order tip: After a mind-blowing lunch, be sure to try Tiramisu accompanied by a cup of real, Italian coffee.

Where to park in Amalfi?

Try leaving your car at Luna Rossa, a large multi-story car park outside the town, which costs below 5 EUR per hour. If there are no spots, try your luck parking along the street; lots of locals do it and as long as you’re not blocking any gate or road you should be fine.

Parking in Amalfi can get tricky, especially during peak season.

Next on your South Italy road trip: Matera, 3 hours

Matera

matera city of caves italy stone buildings traditional town during sunset

Photography by blank76 from Pixabay.com

Continue inland, leaving behind the glorious Amalfi Coast. Head east until you reach Matera, a historic Italian city situated in the hills of the Basilicata region.

The third oldest continuously inhabited city in the whole world, Matera has gone full circle from an important ancient city to an Italian slum and has now become one of the most significant landmarks in the country.

What can you see in Matera?

Belvedere di Murgia Timone

Visiting the historic part of Matera will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. The City of Caves is best admired from Belvedere di Murgia Timone, a viewing point that overlooks Matera. Head there and enjoy the panoramic views before you enter the town. Your rental car can be left at the public car park directly by the viewpoint.

Casa Noha

After you’ve seen the city from a distance, it is time to head inside. Begin with learning the city’s fascinating history at Casa Noha. The exhibition reveals the culture, art, and history of the Sassi as well as the local people.

Sassi di Matera

Park your rental car at one of the public car parks within Sassi di Matera and continue exploring the town on foot. Wander around the winding streets whilst admiring the unique rock-cut architecture. Appreciate the caves, many of which have remained untouched since the 20th century, or peek inside some of the refurbished ones that have become stylish boutique hotels and eateries.

Cathedral of Saint Mary ‘della Bruna’ and Saint Eustace

Step inside the magnificent Cathedral which dates back to the 13th century. The cathedral looks more elegant than ever following a 10-year restoration project. The interior features a remarkable decorative style.

When you get hungry, go for lunch at Baccanti Ristorante, a traditional Italian eatery situated in an ambient cave in the heart of the historic district of Matera. Enjoy a selection of local meat and cheese along with a variety of Italian dishes. The pricing is higher than the average restaurant in town, but the delicious cuisine and a unique atmosphere are absolutely worth it.

What is the best cave hotel in Matera?

The historical town offers unforgettable stays in unique hotels situated within the caves. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind night at the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. The extraordinary 4-star hotel features fabulous rooms and suites within the caves, as well as a wellness center and a perfect location in the historic part of Matera.

If you’re looking for a unique cave-hotel experience on a more affordable budget, check-in at the Caveoso. The 3-star hotel offers rooms and suites that open up to the panoramic Sassi and a private car park available at an extra cost.

Next on your South Italy road trip: Lecce, 2 hours

Lecce

lecce seaside cliffs crystal clear sea during sunset. Lecce is a must on any Southern Italy road trip.

Photography by Luigi Martina.

Leave Matera and continue east back into the Puglia region. Head near the southeastern tip of the country and enter the charming city of Lecce.

What is there to do in Lecce?

Lecce, although nowhere near as historically significant as Matera, is certainly swinging by. Filled with 18th-century baroque architecture, the charming city is another example of well-preserved history in the South of Italy.

One of the best ways to experience the old part of Lecce is a stroll around Piazza del Duomo and its surroundings. Getting lost in the maze of narrow streets lined with local businesses is a pure treat.

Admire the architecture, which is a fascinating mix of medieval and baroque styled-buildings.

Photograph the monumental facade of Basilica Cattedrale di Maria Santissima Assunta or step inside for a guided tour of this significant cathedral.

Grotte della Poesia

Escape the busy city and drop by the astonishing Grotte della Poesia. The majestic caves surrounded by crystal-clear, turquoise water make for a marvelous view. Take a break from driving at the nearby sandy beach.

As this is one of the main attractions in the region, do not get fooled by the photos that might make the cave seem like a secluded spot. Expect crowds, especially during the weekends.

Castro

Find out why Castro is called the “pearl of the Salento” as you head inside the sweet town. Stroll along the vibrant Castro Marina, feel the Adriatic breeze as you observe the traditional fishing boats.

There are countless secluded coves and caves in the area and the best way to see them is during a boat tour directly from the marina.

Castro isn’t a major tourist hotspot and finding an empty parking spot along the streets shouldn’t be a challenge.

Marevivo- The best seafood in Castro

As Castro is a village known for fishing, indulge in the fresh local seafood at one of the town’s restaurants. Head for lunch at Marevivo, one of the best eateries in the area. A wide selection of fish and other seafood awaits!

Torre Sant’Andera

The Lecce province is home to some paradise-like beaches and dramatic coastlines. Torre Sant’Andera is most definitely worth a stop.

The picturesque spot offers unbeatable views of unique rock formations surrounded by crystal-clear water. The nearby beach is perfect for a swim, though Rentalmoose recommends going in the morning to avoid crowds.

Next: Bari, 1 hour 40 minutes

Drop-off

For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your car directly at the Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport before leaving. Rental companies that support airport drop-off can be found via Rentalmoose.

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The Ultimate North of Italy Road Trip Itinerary

Weekend Getaway Through Northern Italy. Explore the best of it with our North of Italy Road Trip Itinerary.

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Milan to Lake Como– 51km (32 miles) – 1.7 EUR highway toll 📍

Lake Como to Bergamo– 62km (39 miles) 📍

Bergamo to Lago di Garda– 92km (57 miles)- 5.7 EUR 📍

Lago di Garda to Verona– 73km (45 miles), 2.2 EUR 📍

Verona to Venice– 116km (73 miles), 8.8 EUR 📍

360km (224 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Italy, Drop-off at another location, South of Europe, Lombardy

 This travel guide takes you on a 360 km Italian road trip starting in Milan, the fashion capital of the world, through picturesque regions of Lombardy to the Garda Lake continuing to Verona before finishing in Venice.

 The road trip itinerary is divided into short sectors roughly an hour of driving each. Dedicate at least two full days to this road trip to have enough time to discover every point along the way.

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off on your road trip in Italy, take a look at some of the essential information listed below.

Why should I rent a car in Italy?

Italy is perfect to be discovered by a rental car, the country has moderate traffic outside cities and getting around by car is a lot more convenient than using trains or buses. Italy is perfect for a European road trip!

 Your rental car can be picked up from different spots in Milan, such as the Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan Bergamo Airport, or the Milano Centrale Railway Station. Browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

 When booking your rental car, do not forget to add excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose for extra protection. 

After picking up the car, be sure to take check-in photos of the vehicle and qualify for a 50% discount from the excess cover fee.

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Can tourists drive in Italy?

You need an international driving permit to drive in Italy unless you are an EU-citizen. These can easily be obtained in your local country and are mandatory for non-EU driver licenses when driving in Italy. For more information on International Driving Permits, click here.

Driving in Italy for the first time might be quite a hectic experience. Getting around large cities is chaotic and driving around tight cobblestone streets can be a nightmare.

On top of all this, the locals don’t really seem to be following the speed limits.

Speeding is common among drivers in Italy. Once you get caught, you will probably realize it was not worth it. Tourists in Italy have to pay the fine on the spot to the police and can additionally be charged by the car rental company.

Going up to 21km/h over the limit on the highway will cost you around 150 Euros, while breaking a “no-parking” rule will cost you around 80 Euros.

Traffic in Italy is on the right-hand side.

Road Trip Extensions

Travelers willing to explore Italy further can head south to Tuscany and the coastal southern tip of the country, extending their Italian road trip. Check out the Rentalmoose guides to Tuscany as well as the Sunny South of Italy and plan your great Italian road trip!

You can also experience a total change of scenery and head north into Switzerland. Drive across alpine mountain passes, ski in the world’s most luxurious resorts and explore the absolute best of the Swiss Alps. Click here for the guide.

Fancy a different route? Check out this travel guide for a different, adventure-filled guide from Milan to Venice through Switzerland.

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The Toll System in Italy

 Keep in mind that highways in Italy are not free. The total cost of tolls for this trip does not exceed 20 Euros. You can find all paid highway sections in the country here.

 Fees can be covered by cash and credit card directly at the highway entrance, or using a prepaid Viacard that can be purchased at gas stations and roadside shops.

When is the best time to visit Italy?

The perfect time to visit this part of Italy is spring (from late March until early June) and fall (September to November). As the peak of the tourist season is in the summer, most places will be too crowded for enjoyable sightseeing.

If you want to go for a swim in Garda Lake while avoiding massive crowds, I recommend going in late May just before the summer starts.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Italy road trip itinerary!

Milan

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Milan Cathedral at night. Photo by Cococc/Pixabay.

The adventure begins in the fashion capital of the world, Milan. Pick up your rental car directly at the airport and head into this fascinating city. 

What to see in Milan?

Piazza del Duomo and Milan Cathedral

Don’t forget to visit the Piazza del Duomo right in the heart of the city. You can park your car just beside the square and take a short stroll to the Milan Cathedral

 Admire the beautiful facade or step inside for just 3 EUR per person [buy tickets here]. 

Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

 Directly next to the Cathedral, you will see the Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. If you are a fan of luxury shopping, this Gallery is the perfect place for you.

 Head into one of the numerous cafes and restaurants in the area. I personally recommend Signorvino, offering delicious pizza, cheese boards, and a perfect view of the Cathedral [Click here for the menu].

Next on your Italy road trip: Lake Como, 1 hour, 1.7 EUR highway toll

Lake Como

traditional medieval italian hillside village overlooking lake como blue water surrounded by mountains on a clear day

Lake Como. Photo from Pixabay

 Take the A9 up to Como, a magnificent lake surrounded by the Dolomites. The area offers truly breathtaking landscapes, it is regarded as the most beautiful place in all of Lombardy. 

What is worth visiting in Lake Como?

Enjoy the panoramic views from ground level in the cute town of Como, or take the Funicolare train up the mountain to Brunate and enjoy the scenery from above. 

 A return ticket costs just 6.7 Euros per person and can be purchased at the ticket booth directly before boarding the train. 

Art enthusiasts can enjoy an exhibition in Villa Olmo, an impressive palace built in the late 1700s. Visitors can check out various exhibitions or admire the monumental architecture. This venue also features green gardens surrounding the villa that can be visited free of charge.

Al Veluu- Fine Dining by Lake Como

If you are looking for a very sophisticated culinary experience be sure to visit Al Veluu, a fine-dining restaurant just a short drive up the mountain west of Como. Signature dishes include fresh lake fish, juicy mountain cuts and incredible tiramisu. Take a look at the menu here.

Al Veluu also has luxury suites if you wish to spend the night near the lake.

Next on your Italy road trip: Bergamo, 1 hour 30 minutes

Bergamo

bergamo citta alta historical italian town traditional architecture and medieval church on a clear day

Bergamo’s città alta. Photograph from Pixabay

How to get to Bergamo?

Whilst the fastest way to Bergamo is the A9/E64 highway which passes through Milan, there is a much more interesting route. It’s a minor detour that will extend the trip time by just 20 minutes, though during the drive you will be able to experience the less-touristy side of Lombardy. 

Take the SP342 directly from Como and follow it all the way through to the city of Bergamo. Along the way, you will pass through plentiful cozy villages filled with authentic trattorias and cafes undiscovered by tourists. 

If you choose to take the faster route instead, there is an extra cost in the highway toll (4.50 Euros). 

Armani Designer Outlet

Shopping freaks can take a small detour south of Como and visit the Armani designer outlet. Inside, you will find a wide selection of clothes and accessories from previous seasons. Some of the items are discounted up to 80% off the regular price!

What should you see in Bergamo?

The city of Bergamo is truly fascinating. Its incredibly rich history is reflected especially in Città Alta, the old part of town.

Visiting the Palazzo Della Ragione and Santa Maria Maggiore is essentially a must. Città Alta’s are lined with many local shops, trattorias (a casual type of restaurant), and gelaterias (ice cream shops).

This part of Bergamo is best explored on foot, you can park your car practically anywhere along Viale Delle Mura. Parking spots that are marked using blue paint have to be paid at the nearest meter, while spaces marked in white are free of charge.

Pay a visit to Piazza Vecchia, the vibrant heart of Bergamo. A portion of ice cream from Caffé del Tasso is a must, as it is considered to be the best gelateria in town. It is one of the oldest cafes in all of Bergamo, it opened back in 1476! Once you’re there, make sure to post it on social media using hashtags #rentalmoose and #caffedeltasso. 

Next: Lago di Garda, 1 hour 20 minutes 5.7 EUR highway toll

Lago di Garda

Yellow, traditional italian buildings and a small piazza in Sirmione right by the crystal-clear Lago di Garda. See the best parts of northern italy with our italy road trip itinerary.

Garda Lake seen from Sirmione

 Lago di Garda is the biggest and cleanest lake in all of Italy, it is the country’s hotspot for family attractions and watersports. Some of the places worth visiting in Lake Garda include secluded beaches, Gardaland and the town of Sirmione. It’s a must on any road trip in Italy.

Sirmione

 The town of Sirmione is just off the E70 highway. Follow Viale Guglielmo Marconi all the way until you reach the castle, then turn left and leave the car at the carpark

 The historical part of town can only be accessed on foot. The 13th-century Scaligero Castle acts as the gate to Sirmione, and can be explored inside and out. 

 You can climb its tower and enjoy panoramic views of the lake from a higher point. Admission tickets to Scaligero Castle start at 5 Euros per person.

Where to stay in Sirmione?

Continue further into the town where you will find chic cafes and hotels. I recommend staying at Hotel Sirmione right in the very center of the town. Rooms start at 150 Euros per night, though there are frequent discounts. 


Beautiful green flowers and plants in front of crystal-clear Lago di Garda lake in north of italy. See the best parts of italy on our italy road trip itinerary.

What are other attractions in Lago di Garda?

 Thrill-seekers and families can spend a day at Gardaland, a theme park filled with rides for all ages, an aquarium and an upcoming Legoland water park (opening in 2020). Located on the south-west side of the lake, Gardaland is open all year round. 

An entry ticket to the theme park costs 25 euros per person (and 16 euros for the aquarium), which is a good deal compared to other parks in Europe such as Disneyland or Europa Park. 

 The park often offers discounts during the off-peak season, so you can score entry tickets for an even better price.

 If you are looking for a more relaxing way to spend your time in Lake Garda, consider going for a swim in Aquaria Thermal Spa, located within the town of Sirmione. 

 This spa and wellness complex is open daily and features thermal pools, saunas and a variety of massages and treatments. Entry tickets start at 39 EUR per person and can be purchased here.

Garda Lake is famous for its crystal clear water and a number of beaches. There are many to choose from but I strongly recommend heading to Parco Baia Delle Sirene

 It is a rather quiet beach in the eastern part of the lake, perfect for a swim or sunbathing. Admission starts at 6 Euros after 3 PM, click here for details on pricing.

Next on your Italy road trip: Verona, 50 minutes 2.2 EUR highway toll

Verona

verona traditional historical town medieval stone buildings and bridge over adige river at sunset in italy. See Verona on an italy road trip

Verona’s Adige River. Photo by Henrique Ferreira via Unsplash.

 Verona is the second biggest city in the Veneto region of Italy and definitely shouldn’t be missed on any Italian road trip. 

Driving around the central area of Verona can be a nightmare because of its tight one-way roads, lack of parking spaces and the overall amount of cars, so consider leaving the car at the outdoor car park in Piazza Cittadella and strolling around the area instead.

What to see in Verona?

Arena di Verona

 Arena di Verona, the city’s main historical attraction, is just a 5-minute walk from the carpark. The monumental colosseum is just as spectacular as the one in Rome, constructed back in 30AD. 

 You can walk inside the arena, where many public gatherings and events have been held for thousands of years. Check the official website for events during your visit.

Ponte di Castelvecchio

 Continue to stroll through the city center until you reach Ponte di Castelvecchio, another true landmark in Verona. Situated on top of River Adige, this spectacular bridge is a part of Castelvecchio.

The bridge and castle date back to the 13th century and can act as a stunning backdrop for your photos. Step inside the castle which has been turned into a museum for just 6 Euros per person, tickets can be bought directly at the entrance.

ponte di castelvecchio red stone bridge over adige river on a clear sunny day in verona italy. See it on an Italy road trip

Ponte di Castelvecchio. Photography by Paul Arps from Flickr.com

Juliet’s House

 As you keep walking East of the castle, you will find yourself next to Juliet’s house. It was believed to be the house of Juliet from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.

 Although lots of people find this attraction overrated, along with proof that this was in fact not the real house of Juliet, it remains one of Verona’s landmarks that’s worth at least a quick peek.

Where is the best pizza in Verona?

This leg of the trip wouldn’t be complete without trying real, Italian pizza. Where can you find the best pizza in Verona? I recommend going to Pizzeria Tutti Gusti, hands-down one of the best pizzerias in town.

Have you been there? Be sure to let us know in the comments if you agree with us. [Click here for the menu]

Next on your Italy road trip: Venice, 1 hour 20 minutes 8.8 EUR highway toll

Venice

venice empty grand canal surrounded by colorful traditional buildings and parked boats italy


Getting to Venice

 The last leg of this road trip is a 120km drive from Verona to Venice via the A4 highway. There are massive multi-story car parks right by the entrance to the city, so don’t worry about finding a spot.

A parking spot costs 21 euros per day, with lower rates for the short-term. Detailed rates can be found here. You can then get to the city by the waterbus (2nd line), they’re available right by the carparks. 

 Get off at the first stop right in front of the Ponte della Constituzione bridge. Cross the bridge and enter the magnificent town. You can then head towards Ponte Degli Scalzi and continue exploring on foot.

What are the best attractions in Venice?

Rialto Bridge

 A sight not to be missed is the Rialto bridge. It is one of the most recognizable spots in Venice, and is filled with tourists. 

 The area surrounding the bridge is packed with all kinds of restaurants, cafes, and shops, where one can find anything from high-end clothes to traditional handmade masks. 

The number of people can be overwhelming and in my opinion, Ponte di Rialto is best when admired from a distance, therefore I recommend heading down to Al Buso

 Directly next to the bridge, this restaurant will prepare a delicious Italian meal with a view of the bridge and Canal Grand.

St Mark’s Basilica and St Mark’s Square

 St Mark’s Basilica and St Mark’s Square are the most visited attractions in Venice, and one of the most popular tourist hotspots in all of Italy. 

 Known for its breath-taking architecture, Saint Mark’s Basilica is situated within Saint Mark’s Square. The Basilica has been a landmark in Venice ever since its opening back in 1094. 

 Don’t get discouraged by the queues waiting to enter the church, as visiting the interior is absolutely worth it.

 You can purchase entry tickets online [Purchase tickets], skip the queue and walk right in for just 3 Euros per person. 

 Skip the line service is available only during the highest peak season from April till November, as during other months the queues are much shorter.

La Biennale di Venezia

Art enthusiasts should definitely visit La Biennale di Venezia. The venue hosts different exhibitions during the year, including art and architecture exhibitions, film and dance festivals and theatre shows. Tickets for various events by Biennale can be purchased here.

What are the best hotels in Venice?

 Venice has all sorts of luxury, boutique, or budget hotels available throughout the islands. If you are looking for the absolute best of Venice’s luxury experience, Hotel Belmond Cipriani is the hotel of your dreams. 

Definitely the best place to stay in Venice, this 5-star hotel offers luxury accommodation, a great location and gourmet dining.

If you are traveling on a tighter budget, consider staying at the B&B Bloom Settimo Cielo. Located within walking distance of the Rialto Bridge, the highlights of this cozy hotel are beautiful interior decor and a very good location, just a 10-minute walk away from Saint Mark’s Square [Book a room here].

Travelers who wish to stay at the beach can take the Vaporetto Water Bus to Lido island directly from Venice. Le Ville del Lido is a cozy, affordable hotel just across the street from the beach. The hotel features an outdoor pool, classic decor and a beautiful garden. 

traditional colorful handmade carnival masks on display in local store in venice italy

Drop-off

Your rental car can be dropped off directly at the airport for maximum convenience. Browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

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Don’t forget to book your rental car via Rentalmoose for your next Italy road trips. On our platform, you can find the top rental companies at the best price, along with tens of curated travel guides around the globe. Get your car from Rentalmoose!

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The best day trips in Munich, Germany by rental car

The best day trips from Munich, Germany by rental car.

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Summary (the distance is one way) :

Munich to the Neuschwanstein Castle- 110 kilometers (70 miles)📍  

Munich to Salzburg and The Eagle’s Nest- 180 kilometers (110 miles)📍

Munich to Nuremberg- 170 kilometers (105 miles)📍

Munich to Stuttgart- 230 kilometers (140 miles)📍

Munich to Passau- 190 kilometers (120 miles)📍

880 kilometers (550 miles) in total + returns to Munich

Tags: Travel guide, Day Trips, Germany, Short Distance

Bavaria is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe. Visit fairytale castles, Nazi-hideaway-turned-restaurants, medieval towns and a lot more on the best day trips from Munich.

This travel guide takes you on short day trips from Munich. Alternatively, you can change the itinerary into a single road trip between each milestone. Rentalmoose recommends adding a few days to explore The Black Forest, you won’t regret it!

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off on the best day trips from Munich, take a look at some essential information listed below.

When is the best time to visit Southern Germany?

Enjoy the hottest weather when you visit during the Summer. Keep in mind, however, that the tourist season peaks in the heart of Summer (July through August). During that time, some attractions might get overcrowded. If you go during the “shoulder season” before or after the Summer, you may be able to catch the best weather without the hordes of tourists.

Trip Extensions

Munich is only a few hours away from the picturesque Black Forest, one of the most underrated travel destinations within Germany. Extend your trip and drive through the scenic Black Forest High Road, wander around the ruins of a monastery and observe the tallest waterfall in the country, before heading off to Switzerland. Click here for the guide.

You can also head south into the Swiss Alps and explore the glorious mountains, drive up to the top of Europe or ski in the world’s most prestigious resorts. Check out the Swiss Alps Travel guide and plan your ideal road trip.

Why should I book a rental car in Germany?

Germany, especially the southern part of the country, is absolutely perfect to be discovered via a rental car. The toll-free German highway network (Autobahn) is very well-developed and maintained. What’s more, spectacular roadside views are guaranteed around Neuschwanstein, Salzburg and the Eagle’s Nest.

Germany and Austria are both members of the open-borer Schengen zone, therefore border crossing is quick and hassle-free. When driving in Austria, you are required to have a highway vignette. The routes suggested in this guide avoid highways in Austria. In this case, a vignette is not necessary.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car. Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Germany? 

Absolutely! Tourists above the age of 18 can freely drive using a foreign driver’s license for up to 6 months, without the need for an International Driving Permit.

When driving on the German Autobahn, remember to stick to the right lane unless overtaking. Some segments of the Autobahn have no speed limits, it is especially crucial not to block the overtaking lanes on unrestricted segments.

Speed limits are enforced quite strictly in Germany. You may come across well-hidden radars, especially in urban zones. Pay attention to road signs at all times and stay within the limit.

If you do happen to get a speeding ticket, you will be pleased to hear that the fines are rather low.

Getting caught at 11-15km/h (6.8-9.3 MPH) above the limit outside of urban zones will result in a 40 Euro ticket.

Germany, as well as Austria, have right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into the best day trips in Munich!

Munich

munich old town medieval church seen from above next to traditional bavarian buildings on a cloudy day germany. Enjoy the best day trips in Munich with Rentalmoose

Photography by Ian Kelsall.

This adventure begins in one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. The picturesque city is loved by tourists for its medieval architecture, rich history, plentiful cultural venues, and various outdoor activities. Football fans are in for a treat, as Munich is home to FC Bayern. 

This city will serve as the base for your day trips from Munich. Make sure you explore the fascinating city first, before setting off on Munich day trips.

For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly from Munich Airport, Munich Hauptbahnhof Train Station, or the central bus station. Browse through rental companies that support airport pick-up via Rentalmoose.

Don’t forget to take check-in photos using the Rentalmoose app once you’ve picked up your rental car to qualify for a 50% rebate from the excess coverage fee. 

Is Munich worth visiting?

Absolutely! Munich is a fascinating historic city that is filled with attractions for history lovers, art aficionados, foodies, photographers and shoppers of all kinds. Also, don’t forget the region’s football culture and intense matches that take place at the world-class Allianz Arena.

When in Munich, you can’t skip a visit to the Marienplatz, a historic square that has been the heart of the city since the 1100s. Admire the golden statue of the Virgin Mary in the middle of the square or grab a coffee at one of the local cafes. Stroll around the area and feel the real medieval vibe.

Foodies should definitely head to the Viktualienmarkt just a walk away from the main square. The former farmer’s market has been around for hundreds of years and has all sorts of deliciousness in store for you, ranging from local Bavarian specialties to exotic fruit.

The market operates between Monday and Saturday from 10 AM onwards. Closed on Sundays.

When visiting Marienplatz and its surroundings, it’s best to drop off your rental car at one of the spacious multi-story car parks located just a short walk away from the heart of the city.

Rates vary between 2 and 6 Euros per hour.

Wandering around the glamorous Munich Residence, the stunning structure was originally built in the 1380s. The vast majority of the residence was destroyed during the Second World War, though it has been carefully reconstructed in the 1980s.

Today, the complex consists of 130 charming rooms and 10 colorful courtyards. Admission costs below 10 EUR per person, tickets can only be purchased by cash or credit card upon entrance.

Oktoberfest

If you’re visiting Munich in the second half of September, be sure to drop by the famous Oktoberfest. The festival is filled with countless food stalls, theme park rides, local souvenir shops, parties, and parades.

Of course, the highlight is beer which is available all over the place. Check for details on the official website.

Experience Bavarian cuisine and hospitality at the Hofbrauehaus. The famous beer hall has been welcoming guests since the late 1500s and is the favorite go-to tavern among locals as well as tourists.

Guests can choose from a variety of local Bavarian dishes and beverages (including non-alcoholic beers).

Rentalmoose order tip: Be sure to try the favorites, such as Pretzels and Wiener Schnitzels.

What are the best hotels in Munich?

Luxury travelers should consider checking into the Mandarin Oriental Munich. The elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of Munich’s Old Town features prestigious rooms and suites, as well as luxurious amenities such as a spa and wellness center and a fine-dining restaurant that offers a mix of exceptional Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.

In the summer, guests can relax at the terrace that offers panoramic views of the area.

Traveling on a tighter budget? The Achat Hotel Muenchen Sued might be the perfect choice for you. The 4-star hotel offers modern, well-equipped rooms as well as a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar, all at an affordable price tag. A private car park is available for hotel guests.

Once you’ve spent enough time in the city, begin your Munich day trips.

First day trip from Munich: Neuschwanstein Castle, 1 hour 50 minutes

Neuschwanstein Castle

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The Neuschwanstein Castle is a magical structure located less than 2 hours away from the city, making it the perfect destination for a day trip from Munich.

Why is Neuschwanstein Castle famous?

The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the entire world, commissioned by King Ludwig II in the 19th century. 

King Ludwig II was known for fairytale-like buildings, and the Neuschwanstein Castle remains the most famous structure commissioned by him. The king was meant to live in the castle, but he ended up dying before getting the chance to move in. 

The magical Neuschwanstein Castle has been a symbol of Germany ever since. It even inspired Walt Disney’s fairytale castle found in Disneyland parks.

Admire the castle and its scenic surroundings from the nearby viewpoint, or head to the Skywalk to observe the view from a different perspective.

Afterward, head to the ticket center in the Hohenschwangau village near the castle, as it is the only place to purchase tickets to the Neuschwanstein Castle.

The admission to Neuschwanstein Castle costs below 15 Euros per person, children younger than 18 can enter free of charge. Walk through the castle’s monumental rooms and decorative chambers.

 After a visit to the castle itself, travelers can hike across the monumental mountains surrounding the castle. Hike along the allgaeu hiking trails. Be sure to bring your camera with you, as there will be plenty of scenic viewpoints along the way!

If you’re lucky, you might spot some of the local wildlife too.

Next day trip from Munich: Salzburg, 1 hour 50 minutes

Salzburg & The Eagle’s Nest

salzburg town on two banks of calm river surrounded by alps seen from distant field in snowy winter

Photography by Gerald Lobenwein.

What is Salzburg known for?

After a day of exploration at the Neuschwanstein castle, make your way over to the Austrian border and the picturesque city of Salzburg. The famed city is known for being the birthplace of Mozart, and plenty of attractions in town pay homage to the great composer. 

The drive from Munich to Salzburg takes less than 2 hours one way, consider taking the A94 and then the B20, it will cost you just around 10 more minutes but you will avoid Austrian highway tolls (vignette).

The best place to begin your Salzburg exploration is the Old Town, one of the largest UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites on the planet and one of the best-preserved historic districts in this part of Europe.

Stroll around the busy streets, admire the magnificent baroque and medieval architecture or step inside one of the local cafes for a refreshing coffee. 

The Old Town (Altstadt in German) is the perfect spot to satisfy your shopping needs, too. Head to Getreidegasse, where the picturesque street is lined with stores selling anything from souvenirs and antiques to high-end clothing and jewelry. The area is filled with eateries and cafes, don’t hesitate to visit some of them for a slice of freshly-baked cake or an aromatic tea. 

Parking around Salzburg’s Old Town can be stressful, especially during the weekends when the area gets extremely busy. Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car at this Contipark car park, just a short walk from the heart of town. Most of the city’s best attractions are located within the Altstadt, it’s best to leave your car at the car park and continue exploring on foot.

Stroll around the vibrant Old Town until you reach Mozart’s Residence situated on the Makartplatz. The residence was reconstructed after it had been completely destroyed during World War 2.

Today, Mozart’s Residence is a museum filled with the great composer’s memorabilia, as well as a variety of facts about the artist’s family life and the house itself. A visit is an absolute must, not just for Mozart fans.

Open daily between 9 AM and 5:30 PM.

The Eagle’s Nest

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The Eagle’s Nest photographed by John H.

As your day trip from Munich comes to an end, make a slight detour and visit one of the most unique attractions in the region, located in Germany right next to the Austrian border.

The Eagle’s Nest was constructed as a mountain hideaway during the Third Reich era. The eerie structure has since been turned into a unique restaurant atop the mountain. Indulge in regional German cuisine while admiring breathtaking views of the Alps, or enjoy the cool breeze at the outside terrace.

History fans can book a guided tour around parts of the former Nazi hideaway that are off-limits to restaurant guests.

The Eagle’s Nest strategic location makes it impossible to reach by car. Travelers can either hike up to the building (roughly 2 hours one way) or leave their cars at the Documentation Center car park and take the bus up to the end of the road. From there, walk through an eerie tunnel and take the elevator up to the top.

Private cars can’t go further than the Documentation Center. What’s more, the Eagle’s Nest is seasonal and remains closed in winter. 

Next day trip from Munich: Nuremberg, 2 hours

Nuremberg

nuremberg medieval weinstadel structure next to river and green trees on a hot sunny day in germany

Photography by Bluefish_Japan/Pixabay.com

Did you know that one of the oldest cities in all of Bavaria lies just 2 hours north of Munich? The city’s historical significance dates over 900 years back. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip from Munich.

Is Nuremberg worth visiting?

Most definitely! The charming medieval city was bombed during World War II and has been carefully reconstructed. Today, it looks better than ever. The historic streets are absolutely perfect to get lost in.

Begin by exploring the heart of the city’s historic district. Drop off your rental car at the Hauptmarkt car park (current rates on the website) and explore the area on foot. Get a photo by the Weinstadel (photographed above), a medieval wine warehouse.

Admire the structure’s facade and wander around the area, as the warehouse itself is not open for public viewing.

For a panoramic view of the heart of Nuremberg, walk to the Kaiserburg Castle in the northern part of the Old Town. Apart from stunning views of the area, the 11th-century castle has major historical significance.

The castle used to be one of the most important buildings of the Holy Roman Empire and remains one of the city’s landmarks. Photograph the exterior or step inside for a tour revealing the castle’s fascinating secrets. Current admission costs can be found here.

Bratwurst Roeslein

Foodies will find themselves in paradise in Bratwurst Roeslein, the world’s biggest sausage restaurant located in the heart of Nuremberg’s old town.

The eatery has been serving delicious sausages ever since it first opened in 1431 and remains one of the best spots to get a taste of real Franconian cuisine, both traditional and with a modern twist.

Open daily between noon and 8 PM.

Explore the less-comfortable, infamous part of German history at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds in the southeastern part of Nuremberg. The vast majority of the large complex can be explored by visitors, guests can also gather insight at the exhibition located inside the Documentation Center.

The Rally Grounds serve as a reminder of the horrendous part of German history during World War II.

Next day trip from Munich: Stuttgart, 2 hours 30 minutes

Stuttgart

porsche museum main building modern architecture seen from nearby street at night time

Photography by Gabriele Bendler.

Why should you visit Stuttgart?

Stuttgart is on the bucket list of many tourists as it can be considered the birthplace of the automobile. The city is home to the headquarters and factories of two German automotive tycoons: Mercedes Benz and Porsche. The city also offers a wide array of attractions beyond automobiles. The attractions make Stuttgart perfect for a day trip from Munich.

An absolute must-see in Stuttgart is the famous Mercedes Benz Museum. The museum consists of over 1500 exhibits covering 16 500 square meters in total. Learn about the automobile first invented by Carl Benz in 1886 and the invention’s fascinating journey to the modern era.

The engaging exhibits make the museum an exciting spot worth visiting, not just for die-hard petrolheads.

Continue your journey through automotive history when you visit The Porsche Museum. Although much smaller than the Mercedes Benz Museum, it is just as captivating.

Admire more than 80 iconic Porsche automobiles. Some date all the way back to the 1800s, whilst others are among the rarest in the world.

Porsche enthusiasts (or Porschephiles, if you will), can even book an unforgettable drive in a modern Porsche. Details available here.

Art enthusiasts can’t skip paying a visit to the Staatsgalerie. The gallery first opened in the 1840s and holds some of the best artwork in the entire country. Inside, guests can find temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent collection of pieces by artists such as Salvador Dali, Rembrandt, Picasso or Henri Matisse.

The museum in itself is worth mentioning as well, as the artworks are placed inside a monumental Neoclassical building with a Post-Modern extension added in the 1980s.

Next day trip from Munich: Passau, 2 hours

Passau

passau small old town medieval buildings and white decorative church seen from across river with cruise boats

Photography by Kathian Leviasa.

What to do in Passau?

Passau is a cute historic city situated by three rivers, hence it’s often referred to as “The City of Three Rivers”. Located minutes from the Austrian border, Passau is another perfect day trip from Munich.

The charming town is famous for its architecture, which is a mix of gothic and baroque styles, as well as its stunning natural setting between mountains and on the banks of three rivers.

Drop off your rental car here and stroll around the historic part of town on foot.

Step inside the local Glass Museum, which hosts the world’s largest and most diverse collection of Bohemian glass. Admire the collection all week between 9 AM and 5 PM. Admission costs below 10 Euros per person as of 2020.

Continue wandering around the picturesque heart of Passau until you reach the Cathedral of St Stephen. The monumental baroque church is magnificent both inside and out.

Inside, among the decorative interior and historic artwork, guests can find the largest pipe organ in all of Europe and the second-largest in the world. The instrument is a spectacular sight, consisting of over 17 thousand pipes and is magical to see and hear.

Every day at noon (except Sundays), concerts take place at the cathedral. Consider arriving early to purchase tickets as they are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, the ticketing booth opens around two hours prior to the concert.

Enjoy a regional lunch at the Wirsthaus Bayerischer Loewe, one of the best local eateries in Passau. The restaurant is located in the heart of the old town and serves delicious German dishes, such as various types of local sausages, Schweinshaxe, Schnitzel and more!

Open daily until midnight, including Sundays.

Once you’ve ticked off all the best day trips from Munich, it’s time head back. For maximum convenience, drop off your rental car directly at the Munich Airport right before leaving. Car rental companies that support airport drop-off can be found via Rentalmoose.

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The Complete Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Explore the natural wonderland of Iceland. See the country’s majestic glaciers, massive waterfalls and mountains, all while following one of the most scenic roads in this part of the world. This travel guide takes you on an exciting road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road, discovering the country’s best attractions along the way.

1350 kilometers (840 miles) in total

Before You Leave For The Iceland Ring Road

Before setting off on your road trip in Iceland, have a look at some of the essential information listed below.

Is Iceland Worth Visiting

For starters, the remote country is home to some of the most dramatic, untouched landscapes on the entire planet, and the lack of civilization is beyond fascinating. 

Explore the best of this country during an epic road trip in Iceland, with a start and finish in Reykjavik, the capital city. Admire the monumental waterfalls, photograph the astonishing glaciers, and relax in the never-ending green fields all around the country.

Best Time To Visit Iceland

If your main priority is experiencing the best weather, consider going between June and August. Keep in mind that it is also the peak tourist season and some of the spots might get relatively crowded.

Planning a road trip to Iceland between September and November? That’s when the weather gets harsher, though there are fewer tourists and you will have a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Book A Rental Car in Iceland

Driving around Iceland is an absolute pleasure, the scenic driving roads provide spectacular views and are very well-maintained. What’s more, the freedom to change your itinerary, skip a city, or extend the road trip whenever you please can only be achieved when traveling by car. 

Car rental companies in Iceland offer a range of cars, from budget-friendly compacts through to buffed-up 4×4’s that will get through any terrain. 

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Don’t forget that driving off-road is illegal in Iceland. Don’t wander off paved roads or gravel paths. 

Tourists Driving In Iceland- Practical Information

International Driving Permit Is Not Required In Iceland

Tourists can drive in Iceland as long as their domestic driver’s license is written in the Roman alphabet. If your license is in a different alphabet, i.e. Arabic or Mandarin, you will need to obtain an International Driving Permit in your home country before leaving. Click here to learn everything you need to know about IDPs.

Remember that you always need to present your driver’s license along with your International Driving Permit.

 Additionally, UK driver license holders need to provide evidence of any driving endorsements.

Fines For Speeding In Iceland

Think twice before speeding in Iceland. Not only is it very dangerous due to the roads’ unpredictable conditions, it can also drain your trip budget. Penalties for speeding in Iceland vary between 180 and 630 Euros. 

If you do happen to get caught speeding in Iceland, there are two options for tourists to pay their fines.

If you’re pulled over by a police officer, you can choose to either pay on the spot (the penalty is then reduced), or pay the full price once you receive your ticket in the mail.

 You can dispute a speeding ticket and go to court if you believe you were fined unfairly.

Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Reykjavik

reykjavik iceland calm town skyline panoramic view from distance with large mountain and water in background on a sunny day

Photography by Marcel S.

Your trip around Iceland’s Ring Road begins in Reykjavik, the capital of what is probably the most remote country in Europe. Pick up your rental car in town and begin exploring the marvelous country of Iceland!

Things To Do in Reykjavik

  • Hallgrimskirkja
  • Einar Jonsson Museum
  • Blue Lagoon

Hallgrimskirkja

Hallgrimskirkja is a monumental, unique church in the heart of Reykjavik and the second tallest building in Iceland. Its strange architecture is inspired by the country’s nature, travelers can admire the exterior or take the stairs atop the tower that overlooks the entire city. Admission costs around 1000 ISK (6.7 EUR).

Einar Jonsson Museum

Walk across the street from Hallgrimskirkja cathedral and you will end up in the Einar Jonsson Museum. The artist offered all of his works as a gift to the people of Iceland in 1909, in return for receiving a museum to house the art. The idea followed through and the museum has remained open ever since.

Examine the sculptures inside of the gallery, as well as the ones scattered around town. The museum is open all week except Mondays between 12 PM and 5 PM.

Blue Lagoon

Drive south for roughly 40 minutes until you reach Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s most famous geothermal spa.

Admission costs around 7000ISK (46 EUR) per person. Go for a swim in the warm outdoor pools, have a drink at the in-water bar or relax in the sauna.

The Blue Lagoon is open all year round.

Looking for more attractions in Reykjavik?

If you’re looking for more fun things to do, check out this insightful travel guide by Ecksplorer.

Where To Stay in Reykjavik

  • Ion Adventure Hotel
  • Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel

Ion Adventure Hotel

For your first night in Iceland, consider checking in at the remote Ion Adventure Hotel.

The stylish 4-star hotel is a getaway situated around 45 minutes from the city, featuring spacious rooms and suites with a panoramic view as well as an outdoor pool and a spa, along with a selection of day tours and adventures. Guests can unwind at weekly yoga sessions, perfect before an exhausting day.

Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel

Would you rather stay in the city?

Spend the night at the affordable Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel.

The 3-star hotel offers 18 elegant rooms, either ensuite or with a shared bathroom, as well as a convenient location along one of Reykjavik’s main shopping streets.

Next on your Iceland road trip: Vik, 2 hours 30 minutes

Reykjavik to Vik

Seljalandsfoss waterfall captured by Ecksplorer.

As you head towards Kalfafell, there are multiple hotspots that are worth at least a quick peek. Set off from Reykjavik early in the morning to have enough time to see all of the attractions.

Iceland Ring Road- Reykjavik To Vik

  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Skogafoss
  • DC-3 Airplane Wreck
  • Reynisfjara Beach

Seljalandsfoss

The first stop on your road trip is at Seljalandsfoss, a gorgeous 60-meter tall waterfall. It is one of the most popular waterfalls among tourists, as it can be admired from every angle. Tourists can walk inside the cave to get behind the powerful stream of water and appreciate it from a unique perspective.

Keep in mind that although admission is free, visitors are required to pay 700ISK (5.7 EUR) for parking. The funds are used to maintain the car park and nearby facilities.

Skogafoss

Continue along the Ring Road for another 30 minutes until you reach another, equally monumental waterfall: the Skogafoss. This waterfall features a drop 2 meters longer than the Seljalandsfoss and is situated along the former coastline.

On the right-hand side of the waterfall, you will find a hiking trail that will take you up the cliff where you can photograph Skogafoss from above.

Unlike Seljalandsfoss, the parking at Skogafoss is free of charge.

dc-3 plane wreck tourist attraction on black pebble beach seen on a misty day in iceland

The DC-3 plane wreck is a photographer’s dream. Photography by Steve Riot.

The DC-3 airplane wreck

Follow the Ring Road for another 10 minutes. To be completely honest, this attraction is very easy to miss as it is not visible from the road at all. Roughly 10 kilometers away from Skogafoss, you will see a car park and a gate in the middle of the field. Park your car and follow the black sand trail for around 50 minutes.

If you pass any tourists on your way, you are probably in the right place. At a certain point, you will see an eerie plane wreck emerge on the horizon.

The DC-3 had crash-landed on the beach (everyone onboard survived) in the 70s and remained in the same place ever since,  becoming one of the country’s photography hotspots.

Reynisfjara Beach

A sight you can’t miss in the South Coast of Iceland is Reynisfjara Beach. Located just 20 minutes from the car park leading to the DC-3 wreck, the glorious black sand beach is unlike any other place on the planet.

Stroll along the black sand beach, examine the surreal rock formations or watch the view while enjoying a sip of coffee at the Black Beach Restaurant.

Then, continue along the South Coast of Iceland to the town of Vik.

Where To Stay in Vik

  • Hotel Kria
  • Farmhouse Lodge

Hotel Kria

Spend the night in Vik, a peaceful village by Reynisfjara Beach. Consider checking in at the Hotel Kria, a stylish 3-star hotel that features modern rooms and suites with a breathtaking view, a bar and restaurant, and a complimentary car park.


Farmhouse Lodge

Hotels in Iceland are relatively costly, therefore it may be crucial for some travelers to find budget-friendly accommodation.

Book your room at the cozy Farmhouse Lodge, a property roughly 10 minutes away from Vik and just 250 meters off the Ring Road. Parking is available at no extra cost.

Next on your Iceland road trip: Höfn, 3 hours 30 minutes

Vik to Höfn

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Svartifoss Waterfall. Photography by Ronile.

As you continue along the road, make sure you have enough petrol prior to leaving Vik. After Vik, there is no gas station for around an hour.


Iceland Ring Road Attractions- Vik To Hofn

  • Fjadrarljufur
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach

Fjadrargljufur

Make your first sightseeing stop of the day at Fjadrargljufur.

The massive river canyon is believed to be almost ten thousand years old. Game of Thrones fans might recognize it, as the canyon was featured in the series.

The canyon stretches for around 2 kilometers and is roughly 100 meters high. The slight detour from the Ring Road is definitely worth it!

Skaftafell National Park

The next spot that’s worth a visit is the Skaftafell National Park, specifically the Svartifoss Waterfall inside of it (pictured above).

The waterfall’s surroundings are green, despite being situated near the glacier.

The hike between the car park and the waterfall itself is below 1 hour each way and can be challenging compared to Seljalandsfoss.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

No Iceland road trip would be complete without a stop at the Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon.

Turn left right as you cross the monumental bridge and park your car at the car park. From there, you can choose to go on a boat tour around the lagoon or explore the ice caves (seasonal) on a guided tour.

The current pricing can be found here. There is a cozy cafe by the car park where you can choose from a selection of snacks and beverages. 

If you’re not in a rush, cross the road onto the beach. The area was named “The Diamond Beach”, as there are large chunks of ice resting on the black sand all over the coastline. Rentalmoose wouldn’t qualify the beach as an absolute must-see, but it is worth dropping by if you’re already at the Ice Lagoon.

Where To Stay in Hofn

  • Milk Factory
  • Aurora Cabins

Milk Factory

Stop for the night in Hofn, one of the largest towns in Southeastern Iceland. Consider booking a room at the cozy Milk Factory. The guesthouse features 17 recently-renovated modern rooms with spectacular views of the Vatnajokull glacier, great hospitality, and a complimentary car park.


Aurora Cabins

If you want to experience a night in a cozy cabin, and have slightly deeper pockets, book your stay at the Aurora Cabins.

The cabins feature modern interior, a sun terrace and unbeatable views of the area. Complimentary parking is available for all guests.

Next on your Iceland road trip: Egilsstadir,3 hours 30 minutes

Höfn to Egilsstadir

Vestrahorn Mountain captured by Ecksplorer.


Set off from Hofn in the morning, your first stop is not far out of town. Turn right from the Ring Road right when you see the small sign for Stokksnes (directly before a large left turn) and follow the road all the way to the end.

Ring Road Attractions Between Hofn and Egilsstadir

  • Stokksnes
  • Hengifoss

Stokksnes

You can park your car and take a stroll along the beach, with a perfect view of the Vestrahorn mountain in the background. Tour the village that was part of the “Vikings” hit series filming set. If you’re lucky, you might spot a sea lion or too.

The entry fee to Stokksnes is below 1000ISK (6.6 EUR).

Next, enjoy a scenic drive along the Ring Road all the way up to the town of Egilsstadir, the largest town in Eastern Iceland. Be prepared, as there isn’t much civilization between Hofn and Egilsstadir, make sure you are topped up on petrol before continuing the trip. Enjoy the absolutely unreal views, if you’re lucky you might spot reindeers and sheep.

Hengifoss

 If the weather allows it, you can take a detour from the Ring Road and visit Hengifoss, one of the tallest waterfalls in the entire country, prior to your arrival in Egilsstadir.

The waterfall is roughly a 50-minute hike from the car park, and there are lots of activities available nearby. Adventure junkies can go on ATV tours, relax at the hot springs or discover the ruins of a 16th-century monastery at the Skriduklaustur cultural center.

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Hengifoss Waterfall photographed by Jacqueline Macou.

Once dusk falls, consider spending the night at the Valaskjalf Hotel.

The cozy hotel offers clean rooms in a quiet part of town. Enjoy a daily breakfast buffet or a fun evening at the hotel bar. Complimentary parking is available.

Next on your Iceland road trip: Akureyri, 3 hours 20 minutes

Egilsstadir to Akureyri

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Unbelievable Hverir geothermal site. Photography by Adrian Kirby.

Don’t Miss These Spots On The Iceland Ring Road

  • Dettifoss
  • Hverir
  • Godafoss

Dettifoss

Depart from Egilsstadir and continue along the Ring Road, crossing the country’s glorious mountain passes and highlands. Turn right at a junction onto route 864 and follow it for roughly 30 minutes until you reach the Dettifoss Waterfall car park.

Hike down for around 15 minutes and you will get a clear view of Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Half a million liters of water plunge down the 44-meter drop every single second. The sight is truly spectacular.

If you follow the 864 gravel route until it finishes, then turn left onto route 85 and turn left to visit the Asbyrgi, a breathtaking glacial canyon. Enjoy one of the hiking trails or photograph the lake in the middle of the canyon.

Hverir

Once you get back on the Ring Road, make a stop at Hverir right before the lake of Myvatn. The fascinating geothermal site sits at the foot of the Namafjall volcanic mountain. Observe the out-of-this-world hot springs, steam vents and many more.

The site looks like the surface of another planet and can’t be missed when in Iceland!

Godafoss

Next, make a stop at the Godafoss Waterfall, meaning “Waterfall of the Gods”. This natural wonder is located just off the Ring Road, no detour is necessary. The hike to get the best view of the waterfalls may be challenging as the rocks are wet and slippery, mind your step! 

It’s a must on any Iceland road trip!

The hiking trail loop to Godafoss is just below 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) in length.

godafoss wide short waterfall ice and snow covered in winter iceland

Godafoss Waterfall photographed by Nathan from Pixabay.com

For your night in Akureyri, consider checking in to Hotel Kea.

The 4-star hotel is located in the center of town and is a great alternative to the remote hotels around the country. Modern rooms, breakfast buffet included in the room rate as well as complimentary parking make Hotel Kea an attractive choice in town.

Next on your Iceland road trip: Reykjavik, 5 hours

Akureyri to Reykjavik

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Photography by Marcel S.

The final day is also the longest, with almost 400 kilometers to cover. The West of Iceland is the most remote part of the country and the majority of attractions here require a major detour off the Ring Road.

Iceland Ring Road- Attractions Between Reykjavik and Akureyri

  • Grabrok Crater
  • Borgarnes
  • The Settlement Center

Grabrok Crater

Don’t miss the Grabrok Crater on your way to Reykjavik.

The massive crater rises around 170 meters above ground level, so it is hard to miss. Park your car at the public car park and hike up to the stairs for the best view.

The hike up the crater and back to the car will take you under an hour in total and is most definitely worth doing.

Borgarnes

As you approach Reykjavik, be sure to stop by the cute town of Borgarnes.

The little village is situated on a picturesque peninsula, if you’re lucky you can spot two glaciers from Borgarnes.

Stroll around the colorful streets, enjoy the view from the coast and indulge in the town’s peaceful atmosphere.

When you get hungry, go for lunch at the Settlement Center.

The restaurant, one of the oldest in the area, serves a variety of Icelandic dishes, such as fresh fish and lobster tails. After lunch, enjoy one of the exhibitions hosted at The Settlement Center, where you will gather insight about the region’s history and culture.

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