Iceland ranks as the most expensive country to rent a vehicle with an average of $1,383.24 per week, according to a Confused.com study, an insurance comparator. This price includes the rental of a vehicle for one week and the filling of a fuel tank.
Iceland was followed by New Zealand, which costs $1,258.34 per week to rent a vehicle. Argentina, Jamaica and Israel round out the top five most expensive locations, with car rental cost ranging from $762.71 to $1,069.66 per week for rental and fuel expenses.
In addition to Iceland, several other European countries are among the top 10 most expensive places to rent a vehicle, including Switzerland, Austria and Ireland, where average costs exceed $656.41 per week, according to the ‘study. European countries dominated the top 20 most expensive countries for rental cars, with 10 European destinations listed.
The United States ranks 16th most expensive, where it costs $604.59 a week to rent a vehicle, less than half the cost of renting a car in New Zealand or Iceland, according to the study.
Thailand won the title of the cheapest country to rent a vehicle. On average, it costs $164.77 to rent a vehicle for a week and fuel, the study said. Azerbaijan closely follows Thailand, with average weekly rental costs of $208.62, and Lebanon, with weekly costs of $244.49.
“Driving around your chosen vacation destination can be a great way to see a city on your own terms. With the right playlist, a good selection of snacks, and a nice car to drive, a road trip really can be the best way to travel,” said Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com. “However, if you’re considering renting a car overseas, it’s important to do your research beforehand and be prepared.”