Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Iran - practical tips

Before:
prepare e-visa online, with any agency it costs 20 EUR per person

Airport:
visa 75 EUR per person + official insurance obligatory on the airport 14 EUR per person

Transport:

Taxi 1000000 (7 EUR) to city center or take a metro (so cheap I can not even tell how much is is)


Metro in Teheran is very efficient (remember there are still some compartments only for women).

Airplane tickets domestic flights very cheap, easy to buy with any Iranian agency (https://welcometoiran.com/).


Taxi:

Install a Snap it app, you will need an Iranian cell number.

Internet:

At the airport buy a Iran sim card (passport needed) for 3 EUR and add dome data for 4 EUR per week unlimited.


Hotels:

better to reserve with an Iranian agency.


Thursday, 30 May 2019

Driving and renting a car in Lebanon

CAR RENAL: about 25 EUR per day from  companies on the airport,

INTERNET: buy the car for mobile internet before you leave the airport at the duty free zone.

EU driving license accepted. 

ROADS: Medium and bad road conditions, many obstacles on the road, not too many scooters, no speed radars. Beware crossing the mountain roads even in the end of May : a lot of snow.

TRAFFIC: crazy, Arabic, fast in towns, but not the worst on the planet. Driving lines not respected. Cars against the traffic, turning around on the roundabout against the traffic! The bigger car, more rights on the street it has.But you can do it. 

PARKINGS: in Beirut expect to pay 17 EUR per night at wallet parking. But for a short period of time you can park for free anywhere.

TOLLS: no toll roads.


PETROL STATIONS: cheap gasoline 1250 LBP. Pounds per liter = 0.8 EUR 

1 EUR = 1450 LBP





Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Driving and renting a car on Fiji

DRIVING: on the left side. 

CAR RENAL: rental at Nadi airport, all car rental companies in the Arrival hall.
We choose a local BULA BULA company.


 Price is about F$110 per day (Hawk)
Deposit  $700.00   (still not returned to my card  after the end of rental)
Fuel Policy Full to Full 

EU driving license accepted. 

ROADS: main roads in Medium, bad conditions, a lot of gravel roads, but no need of 4x4

TRAFFIC: moderate, intense in Nadi.

PARKINGS: free, very expensive paring in Denarau marina, $40 a day.




PETROL STATIONS: cheap gasoline $2,05  per liter

https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/Fiji/gasoline_prices/


ATTENTION: 
Many speed bumps almost all of them well marked. 








Driving and renting a car in Malayasia.




DRIVING: on the left side. 

CAR RENAL: rental at Kuala Lumpur airport, cheaper car  rental companies found on the airport parking, easy to walk, 4min from terminal. Price is about 25 EUR per day (Hawk)
Deposit MYR 500.00 including tax (returned to my card a few days after the end of rental)
Fuel Policy Full to Full 
EU driving license accepted. International Driving License for police control only.

ROADS: Medium, good road conditions, good and easy driving.

TRAFFIC: moderate

PARKINGS: inexpensive

HIGHWAYS: tall to pay by e/money cards Touch ‘n Go card (buy a card at Hawk ) a card cost 10,60 RM, easy to top up everywhere
Although it is said you can not pay bay card or cash, but in fact in every toll there is a cash/card paying gate.

https://www.comparehero.my/transportation/articles/tolls-cashless-malaysia


PETROL STATIONS: cheap gasoline 2,05 MR per liter

https://www.globalpetrolprices.com/Malaysia/gasoline_prices/




Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Driving and renting a car in Indonesia

CAR RENAL: about 25 EUR per day drom the independent companies, delivery to the airport costs additional 10 USD

EU driving license accepted. International Driving License for police control only.

ROADS: Medium, bad road conditions, many obstacles on the road, people, scooters, no speed radars. 

TRAFFIC: drive on the left side of the road, traffic very bad, like in Philippines, many scooters, chaotic transit, medium velocity of 20-50 km por hour (especially bad in city centers). Many locals waving small flags who control local transit. Driving lines not respected.

PARKINGS: expect to pay 2000/5000 por parking almost everywhere,

HIGHWAYS: tall to pay by e/money cards (a card cost 26 000, easy to buy in Indomaret or Alfamart)
Tall on Bali is 11 200 per 1 ride.


PETROL STATIONS: very cheap gasoline 7000/9000 IRN per liter




Thursday, 31 May 2018

Renting and driving a car in Cape Verde



CAR RENAL: very expensive, on the airport Hertz (hertz-praia@cvtelecom.cv) and Intercidades Rent a car, about 50-100 EUR per day, on rentalcars webpage even 110 EUR per day
Better to rent a car with your hotel reception, prices are 50-55 EUR per day, unlimited kilometers.



EU driving license accepted. No need for International Driving License.

ROADS: In good conditions, little traffic, no radars, limited number of road signs, take your GPS.

Rather safe and easy driving.

PETROL STATIONS: are everywhere,  gasoline expensive 1,2 EUR per liter.


ATTENTION: 
Many speed bumps, and some of them not ot badly marked. 



Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Renting and driving a car in Oman


CAR RENAL: about 25 EUR per day
rather quick and standard procedures on the airport.
EU driving license accepted. No need for International Driving License.

ROADS: In excellent conditions, many RADARS that watch maximum speed limit of 120 km/h (130 km/h seems to be a real limit). Almost all radars are marked on Openstreet maps.

Omanis drive very good, it is very safe driving.

PETROL STATIONS: are everywhere, very cheap gasoline 0,2 R (about 45 euro cents) per liter.


ATTENTION: 
Many speed bumps, and some of them not ot badly marked. pay attention and reduce speed to 5/10 km/h.



Many speed bumps.



Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Where to exchange money in Busan?

Small alley in the center of Busan holds a few exchange kiosk with best rates and no passport showing. The place I marked on the map below. Hope it helps.

https://www.google.co.kr/maps/place/Useongsa/@35.099491,129.0287187,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3568e9a0765ac54d:0x50a9da9747a228ac!8m2!3d35.099491!4d129.0292659?hl=pt-PT







Saturday, 11 March 2017

Renting a car and driving in New Zealand.



No roads fees (except for 2 toll roads with2.8 to 1.8 NZD per travel, Northern Gateway tall road 2,3 NZD, Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road 2 NZD, Takitimu Drive toll road 1.8 NZD, all in the Northern  island).
Speed limit 100 km/h. Little traffic except for the outskirts of Auckland at the rush hour. Very safe driving. NZ has good drivers.
EU driving licencie accepted.
High price for car rental o the North island (50 EUR per day) and normal at the South island (250-300 EUR por week).
Cheap mobile wi-fi to rent with a var 7 EUR per day.
Allow more time for travelling then you think.
Prices: diesel 1,3 NSZ. Gasoline: 1.9 NSZ per liter. Prices are higher in small towns and especially high in touristic locations.

Buy food at New World Supermarkets and get coupons for discount gasoline at BP stations.

(www.aerogrivecarrenal.com, 7 day rental with mobile wi-fi 364.10 NZD)







Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Renting a car and driving in Puerto Rico, USA.

1. Some roads are paid (Auto Espresso, no cash payment, no credit card payment, only automatic), rather cheap, we travelled 1 week and paid 10 USD. The rental company will give you a car with a automatic electronic sticker. You simply pass the gates and at the end of the rental you pay at your rental company. Easy, not complicated.



Auto Espresso gates.


2. Cheap gasoline 0,65 USD per liter.

3. All the road sings are in Spanish, speed limit in miles per hour.

4. Some roads are in good condition, but mostly the roads are full of holes, beware
 Some cars drive slowly on the left line but it is "normal" to overtake them on the right line.

5. Heavy traffic almost everywhere (mostly around San Juan with many kilometers of traffic congestion), calculate some extra time for you trips.

6. Lots of traffic lights / it will slow down your trip.