Car hire in Britain

Car hire

See Britain at your own pace

Hiring a car is a great way to travel around Britain at your own pace. You can use one for your whole visit or for a short part of it.

What documents do I need?

You'll need to have a full, valid licence issued in your country of residence and held for at least a year (some companies ask for 2 years). If your licence is not issued by an EC/ECA country, an International Driver's Permit may be required.

Regulations

The average minimum car hire age is 23 (21 with some companies), and the average maximum age is 70 (80 in some companies). There may be restrictions on the type and size of car younger drivers can hire. Rental rates may also be higher for younger drivers.

Most car hire companies provide emergency roadside assistance from AA (Automobile Association) or RAC in case of a breakdown, but check for this when you're booking.

Car hire companies

There are numerous car hire companies across Britain, many of them serving local regions. But there are also national companies available if you want to take your car around Britain.

Search over 200 leading and independent UK car rental companies for the best possible rates for your visit to Britain.

Car Pooling

If you want to save money and help the environment why not consider car pooling? Carpooling.co.uk is Europe’s largest car sharing platform available throughout the UK and Europe. You can register for free, then search for or list a car share to reduce transport costs by up to 75%. There are already 3.4million registered users and 600,000 listed lifts. The service is available in seven languages.


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