Hiring a car in Europe
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We offer car hire in over 40 European countries and over 25,000 locations from industry favourite car hire companies like Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar. Whether you are driving in Europe for the first time, or a regular driver in Europe's roads, you can be assured of the best value car hire in Europe with Rhino.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest car hire in Europe?
Rates vary depending on when and when you need to hire a car in Europe and which rental agent you use. Premium rental agents based at Europe's largest airports like Heathrow, Amsterdam Schiphol and Milan Malpensa will carry the highest rates, however budget, off-airport suppliers offering rates from as low as 3 EUR per day!
What is the best car rental agent in Europe?
Our customers have rates Sixt as the best car rental agent in Europe with an average score of 9.1/10 across all locations. Hertz and Avis both score very highly from our customers with scores of 8.6 and 8.4 respectively.
How much is car rental in Europe?
Car rental in Europe can start from as low as 3 EUR per day. During low season in Europe like January and February car rental agents in tourist locations are keen to rent out their cars and slash rates to encourage visitors to rent cars, it can often work out costing less than public transport.
What is the most popular rental car in Europe?
The Nissan Qashqai is Europe's most popular rental car, offered in nearly all countries, it's a great option for couples, families and groups offering practicality and comfort, capable of seating 5 adults and carrying 3 sets of luggage at an affordable price. The rise in demand for SUV rentals across the globe has seen rental fleets expand to meet demand and prices tumble. Automatic car hire in Europe
is popular all year round with visitors from the USA and Canada in particular.
Minimum age requirements for car hire in Europe
The minimum age for hiring a car in Europe varies according to the rental supplier, however in most cases the minimum age requirement is 21. There are some car hire companies that will rent a car to 18-21 year olds. The rental companies add a young driver supplement to the car hire price. It is worth asking what this supplement is at the time of booking as the charges can vary significantly between companies. We have found that young driver supplements in Europe can vary from as little as €5 a day up to €32 a day.
Tips when renting a car in Europe
What side of the road to drive?
Generally driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Europe, the UK, Cyprus and a few others drive on the left. Make sure you are 100% certain on what side to drive in Europe before taking to the roads. As a useful guide, the steering wheel will always be on the opposite side of the car to what you drive. If the steering wheel is on the right, drive on the left, if it’s on the left, drive on the right.
What are the speed limits?
Speed limits in Europe are generally in kph, only the UK uses mph and speed limits are often vigorously enforces by both fixed and mobile cameras.
Are there roundabouts?
If you’re new to driving in Europe, you’ll likely encounter lots more roundabouts than you are used to, they are very common in many European countries, with mini roundabouts and double mini roundabouts requiring your full attention. Priority is to the left in my countries (where driving is on the right) and to the right when driving in the UK or Cyprus. Approach and enter / exit roundabouts with caution.
Are there traffic lights?
Unlike the USA and other countries, you are not permitted to turn right on a red light (left in the UK). A red light means stop. Full stop.
What do I need to know when driving with children?
Most countries require children up to the age of 12 to use a suitable child restraint seat when travelling by private car (including rental cars). You can hire a suitable car seat in Europe from your rental agent or consider taking your own to save costs as they can be expensive to rent.
What are the drinking and driving laws?
The legal alcohol limit to drive in Europe varies by country, with the UK having a 0.08% BAC but more of mainland Europe just 0.05%. You are required to carry a breathalyser kit in the car in France at all times.
Are there toll roads?
Most countries operate toll roads in Europe and usually on the motorway network. Toll roads are generally in excellent condition and free of heavy traffic making them an excellent route to cover large distances. Costs can mount up and you’ll miss some of the more scenic views, however for ease and time efficiency, toll roads are recommended.