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A Guide to Car Hire UK 

UK Car Hire: Your Journey Starts Here


Welcome to Rhinocarhire – the premier choice for car hire across the UK.

With over 500 convenient pick-up and drop-off points, we offer cheap car hire services throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. Whether you're after budget-friendly options for city exploration or luxurious rides for business, we have you covered.

Enjoy a hassle-free car rental experience in the UK with Rhino. Enhance your booking with extras like GPS navigation, child seats, and additional drivers to make your journey even more enjoyable. Take advantage of our flexible rental options allowing travel to Ireland and France (terms apply).

Why Choose Rhinocarhire for UK Car Hire?


Extensive Fleet Selection: From compact city cars and eco-friendly hybrids to luxury sedans and spacious SUVs, we have a vehicle to suit every journey and budget.

Transparent Pricing: No hidden fees, no surprises. What you see is what you pay.

Convenient Locations: With pick-up points in all major cities, airports, and train stations, we make it easy to start your journey wherever you are in the UK.

Customer First: Our team is available 24/7, ensuring you have a smooth and hassle-free car hire experience.

Exploring the UK by Car: Top Destinations


London: The capital's iconic landmarks, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, await. Navigate the historic streets with ease in one of our city-friendly cars.

Edinburgh: Experience the charm of Scotland's capital, from Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Mile.

The Cotswolds: Drive through picturesque villages and rolling countryside. Perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Lake District: Explore England's largest national park with its stunning lakes, mountains, and beautiful scenery.

Cornwall: Discover coastal paths, sandy beaches, and traditional fishing villages.

Car Hire Tips for the UK:


Drive on the left side of the road.   See our full Drive Smart UK Guide here!

Remember to familiarise yourself with UK road signs and speed limits.  Check out the UK Road Signs here!

Always carry your valid driving licence, car hire paperwork, and any other necessary documentation.

Be aware of Congestion Charges in major cities like London.

Book in advance for best rates and availability.

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to hire a car in the UK?

If you hold a driving licence issued outside the European Economic Area (EEA), you might need an IDP to hire a car in the UK. Always check with us in advance.

What is the minimum age to hire a car?

Typically, drivers must be at least 23 years old, but this may vary depending on the vehicle type.

Are there any additional charges for dropping the car off at a different location?

There may be a one-way rental fee if you wish to drop off the vehicle at a different location than where you picked it up. Please contact us for specific details.

Can I take my Hire Car 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 us at the time of booking; we 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. 

Testimonials:

"Hiring a car with Rhino was seamless. From booking to return, the process was smooth, and the staff were friendly and professional." – Sarah J., Manchester

"The vehicle selection was impressive, and I loved how transparent the pricing was. No hidden fees, no surprises." – Tom K., London


Ready to Hit the Road?
Book your UK car hire today with Rhinocarhire and explore the best of Britain at your own pace.

Rhinocarhire:  Premier Car Hire at UK Airports

Travellers seeking convenience and reliability when touching down at any UK airport will find Rhinocarhire as their go-to solution. Renowned for its commitment to top-notch service and an expansive fleet of vehicles to cater to every need, Rhinocarhire ensures that your journey, be it for business or leisure, starts without a hitch. Operating from every major airport across the UK, our seamless car hire process means you can transition from air travel to the road effortlessly. With competitive pricing, tailored options, and a dedicated support team on standby, Rhinocarhire sets the benchmark for airport car hire services in the UK.

Our Most popular UK Airport Car Hire Locations:


Cheapest car hire in UK

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.35 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 149.47 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.42 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 149.95 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.52 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 157.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 152.93 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.92 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 153.45 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.08 EUR/day
Kia Ceed Estate

7 Days rental at 161.62 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.44 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 150.14 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.52 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 150.64 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Stonic

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 22.05 EUR/day
Kia Stonic

7 Days rental at 154.35 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.49 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 367.49 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 53.02 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 371.20 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 53.02 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 371.20 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.30 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 163.10 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.37 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 163.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.30 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 177.14 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.92 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 265.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.92 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 265.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.67 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 424.71 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 331.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 331.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.84 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 376.93 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in UK

  • Valid Driving Documents: Ensure you have a valid driving license. If you are from outside the EU or EEA, you may also need an International Driving Permit (IDP) alongside your national driving license. Always carry these documents, along with your rental agreement and passport, when driving.

  • Understand Local Driving Laws: In the UK, you drive on the left-hand side of the road, and the driver's seat is on the right-hand side of the car. Familiarize yourself with UK road signs, speed limits (usually expressed in miles per hour), and local driving laws, such as those prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving and mandatory seatbelt use.

  • Choose the Right Vehicle: Consider your needs when selecting a rental car. Narrow roads and compact parking spaces are common in UK cities and towns, so a smaller car might be more convenient if you're planning to stay in urban areas. If you're traveling with family or planning to explore rural areas, you might need a larger car or one with more luggage space.

  • Check Insurance and Breakdown Cover: Make sure you understand the insurance coverage provided with your rental car. Consider whether you need additional coverage such as Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW). Also, check if your rental includes breakdown cover, which can be very helpful in case of an emergency.

  • Inspect the Vehicle and Plan Your Route: Before leaving the rental lot, inspect the vehicle for any existing damage and ensure it's all documented to avoid disputes later. Familiarize yourself with the car's controls and features, such as the lights, wipers, and heating system. Plan your route in advance, especially if you're not used to driving on the left, and consider using a GPS or map app to help navigate. Remember that in rural areas, roads can be narrow and winding, and conditions can vary with the weather.

 

Popular car hire destinations in UK

Laws and rules of the road when driving in UK

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    GBP  1.45/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in UK

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
198
9.0/10
12,537
€ 27.62
€ 30.74
€ 37.16
€ 48.33
 Alamo
27
9.0/10
4,752
€ 27.35
€ 30.43
€ 35.72
€ 67.98
 National
25
8.9/10
1,820
€ 35.75
€ 36.82
€ 40.13
€ 57.72
 Budget
39
8.7/10
10,370
€ 22.52
€ 31.55
€ 39.68
€ 58.62
 Keddy by europcar
105
8.6/10
56,117
€ 27.87
€ 29.50
€ 35.65
€ 49.28
 Avis
49
8.6/10
12,244
€ 22.61
€ 25.93
€ 39.68
€ 158.35
 Sixt
50
8.6/10
17,670
€ 33.33
€ 33.79
€ 41.33
€ 45.24
 Europcar
117
8.6/10
201,459
€ 30.12
€ 32.00
€ 39.26
€ 51.68
 Hertz
66
8.2/10
37,128
€ 29.71
€ 35.79
€ 48.96
 Dollar
21
8.2/10
237
€ 27.86
€ 35.79
€ 44.96
€ 59.75
 Surprice
2
8.0/10
102
€ 29.48
€ 32.36
€ 43.91
€ 44.08
 Green motion
32
7.8/10
28,455
€ 21.35
€ 21.84
€ 23.30
€ 22.87
 Drivalia
30
7.7/10
24,412
€ 27.19
€ 31.20
€ 36.53
€ 41.22

Car rental agent statistics in UK

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    9.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DRIVALIA
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    407,303
    Total number of reviews in
    UK
  • Most Locations Icon
    99
    Most Locations in UK:
    EUROPCAR
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    21
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in UK

ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 64
March€ 66
April€ 69
May€ 73
June€ 87
July€ 95
August€ 89
September€ 75
October€ 74
November€ 64
December€ 82
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 59
May€ 70
June€ 85
July€ 80
August€ 75
September€ 64
October€ 64
November€ 60
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 145
February€ 131
March€ 127
April€ 132
May€ 138
June€ 167
July€ 175
August€ 197
September€ 167
October€ 159
November€ 155
December€ 182
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 86
April€ 88
May€ 93
June€ 113
July€ 111
August€ 109
September€ 99
October€ 97
November€ 89
December€ 109
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 155
March€ 140
April€ 141
May€ 170
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 249
September€ 284
October€ 226
November€ 217
December€ 375
ItemPercent
January€ 49
February€ 50
March€ 51
April€ 49
May€ 54
June€ 65
July€ 69
August€ 63
September€ 60
October€ 62
November€ 49
December€ 63
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 112
March€ 117
April€ 118
May€ 127
June€ 162
July€ 171
August€ 162
September€ 134
October€ 124
November€ 119
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 106
March€ 109
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December€ 147

Select category to see average car hire prices in UK

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

Fuel prices in UK

DieselUnleaded
Apr , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

May , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.95

Jun , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 2.06

Jul , 2022

€ 2.32

€ 2.23

Aug , 2022

€ 2.31

€ 2.18

Sep , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

Oct , 2022

€ 2.07

€ 1.87

Nov , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 1.90

Dec , 2022

€ 2.13

€ 1.85

Jan , 2023

€ 1.96

€ 1.70

Feb , 2023

€ 1.91

€ 1.67

Mar , 2023

€ 1.88

€ 1.65

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Mar , 2023 1.88 1.65
Feb , 2023 1.91 1.67
Jan , 2023 1.96 1.70
Dec , 2022 2.13 1.85
Nov , 2022 2.17 1.90
Oct , 2022 2.07 1.87
Sep , 2022 2.12 1.96
Aug , 2022 2.31 2.18
Jul , 2022 2.32 2.23
Jun , 2022 2.17 2.06
May , 2022 2.12 1.95
Apr , 2022 2.12 1.96

Car rental price statistics in UK

  • Average Price Icon
    € 149.45
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 1744.73
    Highest daily price:
    Volvo XC60
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    7,875
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    589
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    269
    Location with most cars:
    Manchester - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 21.4 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    GREEN MOTION - London - Airport - Heathrow - Terminal 5
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Birmingham
€10.6
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €10.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €13.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €11.7 per day
Liverpool
€10.6
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €10.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €13.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €11.7 per day
London
€10.6
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €10.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €13.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €11.7 per day
Heathrow Airport
€10.7
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €10.7 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €13.5 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €12.1 per day