No longer does budget travel mean roughing it: Travelers in Europe can now rent a car for cheaper than public transit.
French company DriiveMe links travelers with rental car companies who need their vehicles moved. For £1 (about $1.40), drivers can get behind the wheel of a rental car for up to 72 hours.
“Every day, thousands of vehicles need to be moved,” the DriiveMe website explains. “To reduce the cost of these transfers, DriiveMe offers an unprecedented solution to repatriate vehicles using private individuals.”
The £1 payment includes at least a 24-hour rental and enough miles to get from point A to point B (with some detours). The price includes “fully comprehensive insurance,” according to DriiveMe, and renters only pay for the cost of gas and any tolls on the road.
The only caveat is that drivers can only take the cars on predetermined routes. Once registered with DriiveMe, renters can set an alert to be notified when companies need vehicles transported along a desired route. Renters then must book the route before anybody else on DriiveMe snatches it.
The service — previously only available in France and Spain — has now expanded to the U.K. There are more than 17,000 routes available across the three countries, including Glasgow to London, Dijon to Paris and Barcelona to Madrid.