Car rental Great Britain

Car rental Great Britain

General information and regulations

To rent a car you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some rental companies have a maximum age as well: 69 years.

Seatbelts are mandatory, as well as child's seats for children up to 3 years. Driving on the left side of the road takes some time to get used to, although this is made easy by the decent driving style in the UK. Special attention goes to the roundabouts, many tourists take these in the wrong direction.

The speed limits are: in the city 30mph/50kph, local roads 60mph/96kph and highways 70mph/112kph.

Driving in Great Britain with a rental car

You can make a lot of nice trips can be made in England, Scotland and Wales, depending on the city of arrival. Most of the cities are interconnected and a daytrip from London to Birmingham (about 160 km) is easily arranged. The Victoria Square in central Birmingham is well worth a visit.

Furthermore, cities such as Liverpool and Leeds are worth a daytrip. The harbor in Liverpool is listed under UNESCO since 2004. Another option from London is a visit to the county of Kent. With your own car, many of its castles can be visited without effort.

The drive from London to Glasgow is interesting as well, although it is recommended to divide the trip over 2 days. Along the way, which is about 550 km you will find numerous Bed and Breakfast's for your overnight stay.

A trip to Wales (from London) is easy as well. It is 300 km to the town of Harlech, with charming castles and the national park of Snowdonia, which are well worth the visit.

Renting a car in Great Britain

At the airports of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and London (among others), several car rental companies can facilitate in car rental. These companies include Avis, Alamo, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

It is possible to rent a car through EasyTerra as well. This website compares the rates of multiple car rental companies for your convenience.