Getting around in a foreign city doesn’t just tend to be expensive, it’s also often complicated, especially if you do not speak the local language. Anyone planning a trip in Europe should consider carsharing alongside the traditional choices such as taxis, public transport or car hire.

Carsharing services such as Drivenow and Car2go have hit many European capitals, including Copenhagen, London and Lisbon, where branded cars wait for their next driver on near every street.

Tourists can even use a carsharing service to get from the airport to the city and back. For example, the journey from Vienna to the airport cost some 25 Euros. Split between a group, this could prove cost effective.

Still, carsharing remains more expensive than public transport in most cases. But there are times, such as with families and small groups taking short trips costing between 3 and 10 Euros, when a bus or train is both more expensive and more complicated. For longer excursions, a rental car will probably work out cheaper.

As well as the big international names, watch out for smaller companies in selected cities. For example, carsharing service Flinkster cooperates with companies in eight northern Italian towns, in the Dutch town of Weert and Switzerland.