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Top tips when hiring a car in UK

  • Drive on the LEFT side of the road in the UK, unlike most of mainland Europe
  • Speed limits are in MPH, the maximum limit in the UK is 70mph and only found on motorways and dual carriageways
  • There are toll roads in the UK, although not many and it's wise to carry some cash although all offer card payment facilities
  • Fixed and mobile speed cameras are prevalent in the UK, observe the speed limits or expect a speeding fine

UK car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in UK

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

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    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    GBP  1.12/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    GBP £

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.7/10)

Cathy

United Kingdom

4/10
Car wasn't as d

Car wasn't as described when I picked it up. It was fine for what we needed but still wasn't what I was expecting.

27/02/2020
Evan L

United Kingdom

4/10
Booking the car

Booking the car online was fine but the staff at the Enterprise desk weren't the most helpful or friendly.

17/02/2020
Mr Maguire

United Kingdom

4/10
Car wasn't what

Car wasn't what I booked and the staff at the desk weren't very friendly or helpful at all.

11/02/2020

Compare car rental agents in UK

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Arnold clark car & van
40
8.2/10
1,466
€ 34.41
€ 44.11
€ 82.98
 Alamo
28
8.1/10
4,042
€ 20.47
€ 23.78
€ 30.25
€ 33.07
 Sixt
53
8.1/10
12,913
€ 13.75
€ 19.64
€ 28.61
€ 26.49
 Enterprise
33
7.8/10
2,705
€ 20.67
€ 24.26
€ 30.87
€ 31.80
 Flizzr
19
7.8/10
190
€ 22.40
€ 28.51
 Hertz
82
7.8/10
29,816
€ 15.55
€ 19.24
€ 22.94
 Budget
51
7.6/10
6,762
€ 13.76
€ 19.00
€ 27.14
 Europcar
136
7.5/10
59,235
€ 20.04
€ 25.40
€ 27.51
€ 30.83
 Firefly
18
7.4/10
1,352
€ 14.21
€ 19.65
€ 28.95
 Avis
53
7.4/10
5,360
€ 16.12
€ 19.99
€ 25.37
€ 38.50
 Keddy by europcar
116
7.3/10
24,564
€ 19.57
€ 24.58
€ 29.54
€ 33.86
 National
28
7.3/10
728
€ 22.33
€ 26.20
€ 33.34
€ 36.67
 Easirent
21
5.5/10
2,278
€ 20.08
€ 21.75
€ 37.99
€ 43.87
 Green motion
36
5.3/10
13,984
€ 16.50
€ 17.95
€ 20.33
€ 21.26

Car rental agent statistics in UK

  • 9.4/10
    Highest rated agent:
    BUDGET
  • 3.0/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 165,395
    Total number of reviews in
    UK
  • 127
    Most Locations in UK:
    EUROPCAR
  • 17
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 17
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in UK



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Fuel prices in UK

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Apr , 2020 1.32 1.27
Mar , 2020 1.33 1.26
Feb , 2020 1.53 1.48
Jan , 2020 1.57 1.51
Dec , 2019 1.52 1.45
Nov , 2019 1.53 1.47
Oct , 2019 1.52 1.46
Sep , 2019 1.48 1.43
Aug , 2019 1.46 1.41
Jul , 2019 1.44 1.39
Jun , 2019 1.46 1.43
May , 2019 1.54 1.46

Car rental price statistics in UK

  • € 96.25
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 489.31
    Highest daily price:
    Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
  • 12,203
    Total cars available
     
  • 742
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 301
    Location with most cars:
    Manchester - Airport
  • € 13.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    BUDGET - Belfast - Airport - International

FAQs about car hire in UK

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

Car hire in UK starts from just €17.90 per day for a (economy) class car from Hertz. The average price to hire a car in UK is just €100.50 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in UK is a Mercedes C Class Estate car for a (fullsize) class from Europcar costing €529.90 per day.

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

We often have special offers on car hire in UK including free additional drivers, for example, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Bristol - Airport for €65.37 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in UK?

Car hire prices in UK are kept low thanks to the 14 car hire companies across the country. With over 203 car hire locations and 69,738 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in UK.

Who is the best car hire company in UK?

Based on over 116,563 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in UK Is Europcar who score on average 7.6/10 across all locations in UK.

What is the most popular car hire location in UK?

The most popular locations to hire a car in UK is Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon with 10 car hire companies and 274 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in UK?

Current fuel prices in UK are €1.27/ltr for petrol and €1.32/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €51 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €53 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in UK?

Speed limits in UK are in mph and are generally 30 mph on urban roads, 60 mph on rural roads and 70 mph on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in UK?

Hertz is the cheapest car hire company in UK offering a (economy) class car such as the Opel Corsa for as little as €125.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in UK?

The most popular car hire category in UK is the Opel Astra available from 7 car hire companies in over 157 locations.

Where can you hire a car in the UK?

Wherever you are in the United Kingdom you won’t be far away from a car hire location. Car hire availability spans the whole of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man with over 500 rental pick-up and drop-off points on offer. Whether you want a cheap rental car in the UK to get around a city, or a luxury UK rental car for business, you'll find a wide range of rental cars at refreshingly affordable prices. Search and compare car hire deals in the UK from leading car hire companies such as Avis, Budget, Enterprise and Thirfty.

Most popular UK airport car hire locations

Most popular UK city car hire locations

Popular types of UK car hire

Can I hire a car in the UK and drive to France?

It is possible to take a hire car from the UK and drive into France, however additional charges can be applied. It is recommended that you discuss your requirements with the car hire company at the time of booking; they will be able to discuss any additional fees, such as insurance premiums, and advise of any other special requirements. If you are wishing to leave the car in France, a hefty drop off fee can be applied. The cheaper option is usually to return your car to its original pick up point. Read more here on taking a UK hire car to France.

Can I hire a car in the UK and drive to Ireland

It is possible to rent a car from the UK and take to Ireland, however it can be an expensive option with most car hire companies charging additional fees for insurance and for ferry crossings. It is necessary to inform your car rental company of any plans you have to ensure you are covered accordingly. If you are planning on returning the car to the original pick up point in the UK, the fee shouldn’t be too large. It could also be worth looking into hiring one car in the UK and another in Ireland.

UK Mini Guide

London is the capital city of the United Kingdom, and is one of the largest urban areas in the world. Greater London covers an area of over 600 square miles with a staggering population count of almost 8,000,000, which makes it the most highly populated city in Europe. London is served by no fewer than five international airports, which are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, London Luton and London City Airport right in the city centre. Almost every area of Greater London can be reached via the underground train network or by using the excellent public bus service.

Visitors to London will be overwhelmed by the amount of sites and attractions that can be found just within the city centre. Almost everybody will be familiar with landmarks such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. All of these popular tourist spots can be reached easily and quickly utilising relatively inexpensive public transport. People considering the use a private hire vehicle during their stay in London need to be aware that in recent years a toll system has been introduced, with a nominal charge collected for those who wish to drive their vehicle through parts of the city centre which are prone to congestion.

The United Kingdom is a popular place to visit for Europeans and American travellers.  The UK is made up of Scotland with the capital being Edinburgh, England with the capital being London, Wales with Cardiff as its capital and Northern Ireland - Belfast. Airports are located throughout the UK so depending upon which part you are visiting you will easily find a local airport to suit.  There is a wide network of motorways throughout the UK enabling fast and easy travel between cities, the speed limit on the motorway is 70mph and most motorways only have three lanes although the M25 is an exception to this and still remains notoriously busy and even inspired a song by Chris Rea entitled "The Road to Hell".

Queen Elizabeth has many residences including Buckingham Palace. If the Queen is in residence you will see 4 sentries on guard and you can also watch the Changing of the Guards here, Windsor Castle, Sandringham and Balmoral. Prince Charles' main residence is at Highgrove which is near the small village of Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Although London may be the most well-known city in the UK, there are several other large cities of note which have much to offer the visitor.

Of course the UK is not all about city life and there are a whole host of other places and sites of interest which anybody visiting the United Kingdom should consider as possible places worth sampling. Straddling Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire and taking its name from a small village close by, is Silverstone circuit. Silverstone is famous for being the host of the British Grand Prix each year, a tradition which started in 1948 and has continued annually since 1987.

As we can see the United Kingdom has much to offer the visitor, from some of the most impressive cities in Europe to some of the most beautiful natural landscape in the world. The UK is a relatively small nation and visitors will find that they are able to visit many of the sites and attractions dotted around the country even if they are on a fairly tight schedule.  Ensure you take advantage of hiring a car in the UK as you will be able to see so much more.

United Kingdom Factfile

  • The United Kingdom is a country in its own right and it consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Many famous scientists and engineers have originated from the UK including Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Alexander Fleming, Charles Darwin and Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  • The Prime Minister of the UK is David Cameron MP
  • The flag of the UK is called the Union Jack and was first created in 1606
  • The largest airport is Heathrow Airport, followed by Gatwick Airport and then London Stansted Airport
  • If you're hiring a car in the UK, you can choose from leading international rental agents such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty or any of our preferred local suppliers

Hassle free car hire in the UK

Hiring a car in the UK need not be complicated or stressful so here at Rhino we do everything we can to make the process as simple and trouble free as possible. Whether you are travelling around the UK for business purposes or perhaps on a holiday with the family, we will have a vehicle that meets your requirements. We are able to offer a wide range of optional added extras to add onto your booking, such as sat nav, child seats and an additional driver. We supply cars at all the major towns and airports in the UK, so if you are looking for Manchester Airport car hire check out our special offers.

When hiring a car in the UK you are not restricted to just the UK however, you can take your rental car to Ireland and also France (see terms as restrictions / fees apply). So if you need to hire a car in the UK and take abroad, you can use your car hire in France, Ireland and most other European countries.

Fuel Prices in UK

  • Price of petrol in UK in April

    € 1.27/Ltr

    ($ 1.56/Ltr | 1.12/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in UK in April

    € 1.32/Ltr

    ($ 1.62/Ltr | 1.16/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in UK in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Compact € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Full Size € 63.50  ($ 77.76) | € 66.00  ($ 80.82)
SUV € 76.20  ($ 93.31) | € 79.20  ($ 96.99)
Carrier € 88.90  ($ 108.86) | € 92.40  ($ 113.15)

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