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USA Mini Guide

Because the USA covers such a vast area we have a huge fleet of vehicles to suit all your needs and requirements when booking your car hire in the USA. Your chosen vehicle can be collected from a huge selection of locations including the capital cities of New York, Washington D.C, Miami, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Chicago and many, many more.

Age requirements for car hire in the USA

The minimum age to hire a car in the USA is 21, however some rental agencies will require drivers to be aged 25 or over. If you are under 25 and wishing to hire a car in the USA, a young driver surcharge is commonly added. This surcharge varies by rental agent, see below for current charges from the most popular rental agents.
Car hire supplier
Alamo
Budget
Dollar
Hertz
National
Thrifty
Minimum age
21
21
21
20
21
21

Young driver supplement/day
(under 25)

$27
$27
$27
$27
$25
$25
Visitors from the UK can hire a car in the USA with their UK issued driving licence. There is no need for an international driving permit in the USA for UK licence holders. Thanks to a bi-lateral agreement between the 2 countries UK visitors to the USA can hire cars and drive legally with their domestic licence and vice versa for US visitors to the UK.

A credit card in the main drivers name, passport and visa (ESTA) are still required.

Most popular US states to hire a car

Most popular airports for car hire in the USA

Most popular types of rental car in the USA


 

Cheapest car hire in USA

Mini Cooper Convertible

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 214.86 EUR/day
Mini Cooper Convertible

7 Days rental at 1504.07 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mini Cooper Convertible

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 214.86 EUR/day
Mini Cooper Convertible

7 Days rental at 1504.07 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 29.42 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 205.95 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Versa

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.12 EUR/day
Nissan Versa

7 Days rental at 217.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Fiesta

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.25 EUR/day
Ford Fiesta

7 Days rental at 204.77 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.54 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 206.82 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.54 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 206.82 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.94 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 209.58 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.12 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 224.86 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 34.77 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 243.41 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 36.17 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 253.23 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 36.60 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 256.26 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Impala

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.16 EUR/day
Chevrolet Impala

7 Days rental at 260.13 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Impala

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.16 EUR/day
Chevrolet Impala

7 Days rental at 260.13 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.48 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 262.38 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 37.99 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 265.97 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Impala

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.60 EUR/day
Chevrolet Impala

7 Days rental at 270.25 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 30.94 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 216.59 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.99 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 223.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.05 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 224.40 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 32.96 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 230.72 EUR from 20/06/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chrysler Pacifica

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.25 EUR/day
Chrysler Pacifica

7 Days rental at 295.77 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chrysler Pacifica

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.40 EUR/day
Chrysler Pacifica

7 Days rental at 296.85 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.99 EUR/day
Dodge Grand Caravan

7 Days rental at 307.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Pathfinder

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.69 EUR/day
Nissan Pathfinder

7 Days rental at 319.88 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in USA

  • Drive on the RIGHT-hand side of the road in the USA, the steering wheel is on the left
  • Fuel is cheap in the USA, you should be able to refill an average rental car for under $50
  • Speed limits are posted in MPH, they vary by state with Texas having the highest at a speedy 85mph
  • The minimum age to rent a car in the USA is 21, expect to pay a young driver surcharge if under 25
  • All rental cars in the USA are automatics, one less thing to worry about if driving here for the first time

Laws and rules of the road when driving in USA

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    variablemph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    variablemph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    97-129mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    USD  1.41/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    0-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    USD $

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in USA

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
225
8.1/10
8,141
€ 29.24
€ 59.65
€ 64.09
€ 64.24
 Enterprise
227
7.8/10
6,548
€ 62.99
€ 58.44
€ 67.57
 Sixt
73
7.8/10
1,405
€ 214.86
€ 98.83
€ 99.54
€ 100.23
 National
283
7.2/10
1,888
€ 30.01
€ 66.32
€ 61.77
€ 70.91
 Budget
805
6.9/10
52,525
€ 29.42
€ 30.94
€ 31.11
 Avis
1055
6.6/10
33,134
€ 31.83
€ 31.99
€ 33.33
 Hertz
1274
6.4/10
44,025
€ 31.12
€ 32.96
€ 36.11
 Dollar
106
6.1/10
3,913
€ 68.72
€ 64.07
€ 63.85
 Thrifty
71
5.9/10
2,266
€ 66.80
€ 66.93
€ 57.89

Car rental agent statistics in USA

  • 9.0/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ALAMO
  • 3.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DOLLAR
  • 153,845
    Total number of reviews in
    USA
  • 114
    Most Locations in USA:
    AVIS
  • 15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 10
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in USA

ItemPercent
January€ 77
February€ 75
March€ 71
April€ 71
May€ 77
June€ 78
July€ 76
August€ 69
September€ 69
October€ 68
November€ 78
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 75
February€ 73
March€ 68
April€ 66
May€ 73
June€ 75
July€ 74
August€ 69
September€ 69
October€ 68
November€ 76
December€ 84
ItemPercent
January€ 125
February€ 115
March€ 108
April€ 100
May€ 106
June€ 111
July€ 113
August€ 107
September€ 108
October€ 110
November€ 114
December€ 132
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 85
March€ 79
April€ 75
May€ 82
June€ 85
July€ 91
August€ 85
September€ 82
October€ 81
November€ 89
December€ 104
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 107
March€ 95
April€ 88
May€ 98
June€ 98
July€ 115
August€ 114
September€ 109
October€ 109
November€ 117
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 87
March€ 98
April€ 49
May€ 49
June€ 50
July€ 67
August€ 48
September€ 44
October€ 43
November€ 85
December€ 144
ItemPercent
January€ 98
February€ 94
March€ 88
April€ 80
May€ 89
June€ 92
July€ 100
August€ 93
September€ 90
October€ 89
November€ 98
December€ 117
ItemPercent
January€ 210
February€ 196
March€ 200
April€ 162
May€ 178
June€ 173
July€ 219
August€ 214
September€ 208
October€ 215
November€ 218
December€ 235

Select category to see average car hire prices in USA

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in USA

DieselUnleaded
May , 2022

€ 1.35

€ 1.15

Apr , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.10

Mar , 2022

€ 1.23

€ 1.11

Feb , 2022

€ 0.95

€ 0.93

Jan , 2022

€ 0.88

€ 0.88

Dec , 2021

€ 0.83

€ 0.85

Nov , 2021

€ 0.86

€ 0.88

Oct , 2021

€ 0.82

€ 0.85

Sep , 2021

€ 0.75

€ 0.80

Aug , 2021

€ 0.74

€ 0.79

Jul , 2021

€ 0.73

€ 0.79

Jun , 2021

€ 0.72

€ 0.77

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
May , 2022 1.35 1.15
Apr , 2022 1.24 1.10
Mar , 2022 1.23 1.11
Feb , 2022 0.95 0.93
Jan , 2022 0.88 0.88
Dec , 2021 0.83 0.85
Nov , 2021 0.86 0.88
Oct , 2021 0.82 0.85
Sep , 2021 0.75 0.80
Aug , 2021 0.74 0.79
Jul , 2021 0.73 0.79
Jun , 2021 0.72 0.77

Car rental price statistics in USA

  • € 204.75
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 800.80
    Highest daily price:
    Chevrolet Suburban
  • 7,528
    Total cars available
     
  • 572
    Most popular model:
    Volkswagen Jetta
  • 358
    Location with most cars:
    Tampa - Airport
  • € 29.3 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - US - Monrovia - Ca

FAQs about car hire in USA

How much does it cost to hire a car in USA?

Car hire in USA starts from just €29.30 per day for a (economy) class car from Budget. The average price to hire a car in USA is just €131.70 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in USA is a Chevrolet Suburban car for a (premium) class from Sixt costing €800.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in USA?

We often have special offers on car hire in USA including free additional drivers, for example, Hertz is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Ventura (california) for €29.54 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in USA?

Car hire prices in USA are kept low thanks to the 9 car hire companies across the country. With over 216 car hire locations and 37,521 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in USA.

Who is the best car hire company in USA?

Based on over 153,845 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in USA Is Avis who score on average 6.6/10 across all locations in USA.

What is the most popular car hire location in USA?

The most popular locations to hire a car in USA is Tampa - Airport with 9 car hire companies and 358 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in USA?

Current fuel prices in USA are €1.151/ltr for petrol and €1.35/ltr for diesel as of 2 May 2022, it’ll cost on average €46 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €54 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in USA?

Speed limits in USA are in MPH and are generally 30 MPH on urban roads, 60 MPH on rural roads and 85 MPH on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in USA?

Budget is the cheapest car hire company in USA offering a (economy) class car such as the Ford Fiesta for as little as €205.10 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in USA?

The most popular car hire category in USA is the Toyota Corolla available from 4 car hire companies in over 208 locations.

Can I hire a car in the USA with UK driving licence?

Visitors from the UK can hire a car in the USA with their UK issued driving licence. There is no need for an international driving permit in the USA for UK licence holders. Thanks to a bi-lateral agreement between the 2 countries UK visitors to the USA can hire cars and drive legally with their domestic licence and vice versa for US visitors to the UK.

A credit card in the main drivers name, passport and visa (ESTA) are still required.

 

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€31.5
 
 
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€31.5
 
 
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€32.1
 
 
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