There's a lot of moving pieces when visiting a new place. Between navigation, foreign driving rules, and getting the feel of a new vehicle, there's no doubt you'll want to minimize your distractions. Booking an automatic transmission car rental for your trip to Europe helps you focus on the road and enjoy your surroundings. Even those who can drive a manual often choose to rent a vehicle with automatic transmission out of convenience, especially when renting in cities or places where you drive on the left side of the road.
Automatic transmission car rentals are less common when you begin traveling outside of the U.S. Most Europeans drive manual cars as they are typically cheaper to purchase and less expensive to insure. Because of this, automatic vehicles often sell out as you get closer to your travel dates, especially if you are traveling during the peak summer season. We recommend booking your rental car as early as possible, especially if no one in your party can drive manual transmission.
No one wants to spend the time to plan a dream road trip only to find out there are no more cars available! There's no fee to change or cancel your automatic car rental with Auto Europe up to 48 hours before your pickup time. You can book your car early even if your plans aren't 100% finalized, knowing you can alter your booking if your travel plans change. It's always a good idea to lock in the car you may want today to avoid missing out or paying a higher rate later.
Due to demand and availability, it should come as no surprise that automatic car rentals can often be more expensive than their manual counterparts. This is another great reason to make your car rental booking early in your trip planning process. Adding an automatic transmission rental into your budget from the beginning may save you from a shock later after all of the lower-priced automatic vehicles get rented.
On the plus side, the old rule stating that manual cars always get better gas mileage is not the case anymore, with many automatics now as efficient or even more so.
Auto Europe's booking engine makes it easy to compare automatic and manual quotes to find the right vehicle for your trip. If you wish to view both automatic and manual rental vehicles, select both under Transmission Type as you begin to fill out your trip specifications. If you wish to find only automatic transmission rental cars you can select that option from the drop down menu as well.
Additionally, we have a helpful filter in our search matrix that allows you to toggle between transmission types and insurance coverage options. Selecting only manual or automatic separately gives you a clear idea of the difference in price between the two in your destination.
Browse our car rental fleet either by country or car class to get an idea of the vehicles available for your trip. You can see which cars come in automatic, manual, or as both, in addition to specs, dimensions, and luggage capacity. It's important to consider all of these aspects in addition to your rental car's transmission based on your type of trip you're planning. Luggage space and fuel economy are also very important to keep in mind when packing and budgeting for your upcoming trip. Our goal is to arm you with all the information necessary to having a safe and affordable road trip in Europe or worldwide!