United Kingdom car hire

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Cheap car hire in the United Kingdom

Economy€14/day
Compact€15/day
Intermediate€18/day
People carrier€34/day
Full-size SUV€36/day
Mini€13/day
Premium€44/day
Passenger van€75/day
Luxury€49/day
Compact SUV€17/day
Compact estate car€20/day
Intermediate SUV€20/day
Standard estate car€27/day
Luxury SUV€66/day
Supplier choice€209/day
Standard SUV€283/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in the United Kingdom

  • Hiring a car in the UK offers the freedom to explore at your own pace. You can visit the picturesque countryside, historic landmarks, and charming villages that are not easily accessible by public transportation. It allows you to customise your itinerary and discover hidden gems off the beaten path. Additionally, having a car provides convenience for carrying luggage and shopping, especially when travelling with a group or family.
  • When travelling with children in the UK, it's essential to prioritise their safety. Make sure to bring your child's car seat or arrange one with your car hire company. UK law requires children under 12 or 135 cm in height to use an appropriate child restraint. Always double-check that the car seat is securely installed before setting off on your journey. Most car hire companies offer car seats as an additional service you can choose during the booking process.
  • If you plan to cross the border while driving in the UK, keep in mind that the mainland UK (England, Scotland, and Wales) has no internal border controls. However, if you're travelling to Northern Ireland, you will need to pass through customs and border checks. Ensure you have the necessary travel documents, such as your passport and relevant visas, as border regulations may apply. Familiarise yourself with the specific requirements before your trip.
  • Driving in the UK has some unique conditions to be aware of. If you're used to driving on the opposite side of the road, spend time familiarising yourself with being on the opposite side of the car before driving. Take extra care when navigating roundabouts, as they are commonly used. Pay attention to road signs, especially speed limits and parking restrictions. Keep in mind that many cities have congestion zones where charges may apply. Lastly, rural roads often have narrow lanes, so drive cautiously and be prepared for occasional encounters with livestock.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in United Kingdom for €31 or less
  • Book your car hire in United Kingdom at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in United Kingdom are around 117% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Mini car hire in United Kingdom are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in the United Kingdom

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in the United Kingdom?

    On average a car hire in the United Kingdom costs €42 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in the United Kingdom?

    Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in the United Kingdom.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in the United Kingdom?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at DRIVALIA (€14/day), GREEN MOTION (€16/day) and keddy by Europcar (€22/day).

  • How can I find car hires near me in the United Kingdom?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in the United Kingdom?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in the United Kingdom are Manchester (84% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in the United Kingdom), Bath (1%) and Truro (1%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in the United Kingdom?

    On average a car hire in the United Kingdom costs €277 per week (€40 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in the United Kingdom?

    On average a car hire in the United Kingdom costs €1,188 per month (€40 per day).

  • What is it like to drive in the UK?

    Driving in the UK offers a unique experience shaped by its driving style and culture. In the UK, you must drive on the left, and the driving style can vary depending on the location. In busy cities like London, expect heavy traffic and congestion, while rural areas offer more relaxed driving conditions. It's essential to be aware of roundabouts, as they're prevalent and require proper navigation. The UK also has a network of toll roads and bridges, such as the M6 Toll, which may incur additional charges. The roads are filled with a variety of vehicles, ranging from compact cars to larger vehicles.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in the UK?

    To hire a car in the UK, you must be at least 21 years old, although the age requirement may vary depending on the car hire company and vehicle category. Some companies impose additional charges or restrictions for drivers under 25 years old. It's advisable to check with your chosen car hire provider for their specific age policies and any associated fees. Always ensure you hold a valid driving licence, preferably in English, and an International Driving Permit if applicable to your situation.

  • What are petrol prices like in the UK?

    Petrol prices in the UK can vary depending on location and prevailing market conditions. As of the current information, the average petrol prices range from £1.30 to £1.40 per litre. However, it's important to note that prices are subject to change due to factors like oil prices, taxes, and local competition. To keep track of fuel costs, consider using smartphone apps or online platforms that provide up-to-date petrol price information. Additionally, fuel stations are widely available across the country, including major motorways and urban areas.

  • What are the speed limits in the UK?

    The speed limits in the UK vary depending on the type of road you are driving on. In built-up areas, such as towns and cities, the speed limit is typically 30 mph (48 km/h). On single-carriageways, the limit is 60 mph (97 km/h), while on dual-carriageways and motorways, it is 70 mph (113 km/h). However, it's important to note that certain places, such as school zones, residential areas, and roadworks, may have reduced speed limits indicated by signs. Always pay attention to the posted speed limits and adjust your speed accordingly to ensure a safe and legal journey.

Car hire directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    470 Locations

  • free2move

    Free2Move car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    363 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    336 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    264 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    244 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    197 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    166 Locations

  • flizzr

    FLIZZR car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    120 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    119 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    106 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    102 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in the United Kingdom

    100 Locations

Good to know

Most popular agency

GREEN MOTION

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

€40/day

Good deal

€31/day

When to book a rental car in the United Kingdom

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Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.