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Car Rental in the United Kingdom

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Man.
SIXT
$12.84 per day
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Belfast International Airport Car Rental
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
SIXT
$15.53 per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • Man.
SIXT
$15.57 per day
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Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$15.84 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Belfast City Airport Car Rental
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$16.32 / per day
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Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Compact
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$17.67 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$18.64 / per day
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Aberdeen Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$18.71 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:27 on 2021-10-19. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.4

Why rent a car in the United Kingdom?

United Kingdom is a great country for renting a car. Its unique and distinct cities and regions can be explored for weeks, as can its green nature and northern mountains. Despite this diversity, the driving distances are generally short and the road network is in great shape.

United Kingdom Car Rental

One-way Car Rentals in the United Kingdom

Here are the most popular one-way rental options for pickup in the United Kingdom and drop off in another country:

  • From United Kingdom to Ireland - 194 offers from US$ 38.93 per day

Top ways to enter United Kingdom

  • London Heathrow Airport: One of the busiest in the world, Heathrow Airport handled over 80 million travelers in 2019. It hosts flights by tens of airlines, offering connections with destinations all over the world. Although the largest, Heathrow is by no means the only airport serving the capital region - others include Gatwick Airport, Luton Airport, Stansted Airport, London City Airport, and Southend Airport, all of which also offer rental cars to arriving travelers.
  • Manchester Airport: With nearly 30 million travelers served annually, Manchester Airport is the largest in the northern part of England and the busiest in the UK outside London. Other notable airports in Central and North England include Birmingham Airport, East Midlands Airport, Leeds-Bradford Airport, and Liverpool Airport.
  • Edinburgh Airport: Serving the capital of Scotland, it is its largest airport, although by no means the only one - other international Scottish Airports include Glasgow Airport, Prestwick Airport, Aberdeen Airport, and Inverness Airport.
  • Belfast Airports: Two small, but well-connected international airports serve Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, namely, the Belfast International Airport and the Belfast George Best City Airport.

Top cities and places to visit

  • London: One of the most important cities in Europe and, indeed, the world, London is home to countless landmarks and cultures.
  • England: The largest of the four “home countries”, England is home not only to London, but to other famous cities like Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol, as well as historic and distinct regions.
  • Scotland: Wild and remote Scottish Highlands will take your breath away, but do make time to also discover beautiful Edinburgh.
  • Wales: Its towns are picturesque and cozy, but the real attraction of Wales is the mountainous Snowdonia region in the north.
  • Northern Ireland: Its countryside boasts unmatched hospitality while the capital Belfast is quickly becoming one of Europe’s most interesting city destinations.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in the United Kingdom is the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Fiat 500 and the VW Polo.

Driver license requirements

  • The United Kingdom only recognizes foreign driver’s licenses that are printed in a Latin script and if you are visiting as a tourist on a trip that’s shorter than 12 months. If you’re staying in the country for a longer period or are residing there permanently, you need to obtain a local license instead.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in another alphabet than Latin (e.g., Cyrillic or Arabic), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) too.
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you also need to keep your original license on you as you will be required to provide both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

The United Kingdom only has a land border with the Republic of Ireland via Northern Ireland. As of June 2021, both countries are part of the Common Travel Area, and border control is not enforced. Citizens of the member states of the European Economic Area, as well as many other western countries, can enter both countries without a visa.

Citizens of some other countries may be permitted to visit the United Kingdom but might need a separate visa to visit the Republic of Ireland or vice versa. We advise you to get in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out whether you need a visa to visit either the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom.

Citizens of China and India are an exception and can use their short-term British visa to also visit the Republic of Ireland.

Some car rental providers allow you to take the rental car between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (it’s common to travel between Belfast and Dublin with a rental car). You can find those providers that allow one-way rentals by entering your car pick-up and drop-off locations on our search. Alternatively, check the rental conditions to see which suppliers allow crossing the border (but returning to Northern Irelandafterwards)

Similarly, some companies permit rental car trips between continental Europe and the United Kingdom via the Eurotunnel (e.g., from Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam to London). Keep in mind, though, that the United Kingdom is no longer a part of the European Union and has never been a part of the Schengen Agreement. This can be especially relevant for foreign visitors of the European Union as, depending on their citizenship, many of them will need a separate visa to visit the United Kingdom. Be sure to get in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance to learn more about the entry requirements for your nationality.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in the United Kingdom is a mini. Travelers also tend to pick compact and economy cars a lot. 

Top driving routes

  • Cornwall. Being remote is not always a bad thing, and in the case of the southwestern duchy of Cornwall, it's probably one of the main contributing factors to the region’s uniqueness. The Cornish tongue can still be heard in the region’s villages and pubs, and the same is true for Arthurian stories, pirate tales, and Celtic legends. Other attractions include splendid coastline, the futuristic Eden Project, and even arguably the best surfing in the United Kingdom. Last but not least, Cornwall is not as far as it might seem - it only takes about five hours to reach it from London, four from Southampton, and three from Bristol and Cardiff.
  • North Wales. Another sparsely populated region with amazing scenery, the border of North Wales is just west of metropolises like Liverpool and Manchester. The region’s resort towns like Colwyn Bay and Llandudno have been acknowledged since at least the Victorian times and remain deservedly popular destinations, but the really curious travelers will go even further west to discover natural wonders like the Snowdonia National Park and Isle of Anglesey.

Car Rental Prices

  • Station wagons - from $91 per day
  • Large cars - from $58 per day
  • Medium cars - from $45 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $120 per day
  • Premium cars - from $106 per day
  • Small cars - from $33 per day
  • SUVs - from $73 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in United Kingdom:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting United Kingdom is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 31% cheaper than the yearly average.

 

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in the United Kingdom

  1. Car Rental in London from $18.79 per day
  2. Car Rental in Edinburgh from $19.70 per day
  3. Car Rental in Manchester from $20.77 per day
  4. Car Rental in Glasgow from $22.91 per day
  5. Car Rental in Luton from $19.70 per day
  6. Car Rental in Birmingham from $29.32 per day
  7. Car Rental in Inverness from $47.52 per day
  8. Car Rental in Bristol from $20.77 per day
  9. Car Rental in Liverpool from $14.69 per day
  10. Car Rental in Leeds from $28.80 per day
  11. Car Rental in Newcastle from $24.33 per day
  12. Car Rental in Aberdeen from $17.54 per day
  13. Car Rental in Southampton from $23.94 per day
  14. Car Rental in Cardiff from $29.28 per day
  15. Car Rental in Bolton from $43.37 per day
  16. Car Rental in Bournemouth from $27.20 per day
  17. Car Rental in East Midlands from $25.13 per day
  18. Car Rental in Leicester from $18.64 per day
  19. Car Rental in Brighton from $22.17 per day

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

The cost of renting a car in the United Kingdom depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in the United Kingdom
$39.67
January
$39.60
February
$42.57
March
$55.62
April
$69.79
May
$53.33
June
$63.45
July
$51.92
August
$52.55
September
$52.63
October
$63.52
November
$79.20
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in the United Kingdom is February — prices start from $39.60 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 28% cheaper than the yearly average and 50% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $79.20 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in the United Kingdom?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in October — an average of 16 days. The shortest are in February — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in the United Kingdom
9
January
4
February
4
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
6
September
16
October
6
November
4
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in the United Kingdom?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in the United Kingdom. The most popular month is March, while the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Rental in the United Kingdom by Monthly Searches
30%
January
231%
February
278%
March
38%
April
45%
May
31%
June
48%
July
47%
August
59%
September
64%
October
173%
November
156%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
Surprice VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 Aircross 5 3 Small cars
SIXT Toyota Aygo 2 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Vauxhall Crossland
August 26, 2021
It is difficult to imagine a more efficient, convenient or friendly service. Excellent in all respects.
Ireland
Kia Ceed
August 26, 2021
Visited Hampshire…lovely cultural areas and welcoming people
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
August 23, 2021
Visiting family but enjoyed every place we visited
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
May 26, 2021
Great price, pick up to and from airport. Great, friendly service
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
May 18, 2021
Travelling from Edinburgh to Stoke to see a friend after lockdown, so didn't see any sites.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
April 8, 2021
Good, easy, convenience, competitive price.
Norway
Fiat 500
October 22, 2020
Driving in Scotland is an adventure. From Highways to stiff Hills and curvy Mountain Roads. Great scenery! From "Stone" towns to old Castles and great untouched wild nature. Something that everyone should have on their "Bucket List".
United Kingdom
Volvo XC60
October 1, 2020
I was travelling to Hastings
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Corsa
September 15, 2020
A car is a must for travelling outside of the city and seeing all that Scotland has to offer!
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 9, 2020
For edinburgh a car is not needed - only if you go out from the city. Then it is a necessity to stop and see and explore
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
September 2, 2020
Most places you can use local transport in London but if you want to get away from Central London then would recommend car.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
August 29, 2020
All easy and perf
United Kingdom
Mercedes Benz Vito
August 17, 2020
When renting a car through these people I would look to park your vehicle as far away from other cars as possible due to the high level of deposit taken. We parked outside Edinburgh and used the tram system, which is very efficient
Poland
Ford Focus
August 7, 2020
You should consider that this rental company is located about 5 miles from the airport. There is a free shuttle bus but the transfer takes about 15 mins + wait time.
Ireland
Vauxhall Corsa
August 6, 2020
Whether you go through the on line process or go in off the street. The staff are helpful and friendly. Very reasonable prices and very nice cars
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
August 3, 2020
Parking is an issue i wasn't aware of, to be honest at least on this trip we could have done without the car although i still give you your independence.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
June 22, 2020
London greatest city of all!
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
June 21, 2020
If you're going to book a car from London, do it from the outskirts of the city. DON'T book from a city center location because the congestion charge is now basically 24/7.
Isle of Man
Ford Fiesta
March 14, 2020
Leave plenty of time at start and end of car hire.
Ireland
Ford Fiesta
March 9, 2020
I used the car to drive through the highlands so I didn't really go anywhere around Edinburgh.
Spain
Fiat 500
March 6, 2020
everything was very efficient from the transport to the car rental depot to picking up the rental car
United Kingdom
VW Golf
March 4, 2020
Bristol is very nice 👍
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
February 23, 2020
Recommend you check car rental location when you book, S9ome can be difficult to find- as also where the cars are.Recommend full-to-full for fuel and take it back full! Or you coulod be overcharged.You have to take document6s each time- as rental firms do not store youir details.
Ireland
Toyota Aygo
February 12, 2020
London is my home. It's changed a lot. If you are not used to driving in fast paced traffic, get public transport.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
February 7, 2020
a little bit away from the airport but no great hassle ad very quick collection/drop off
Singapore
Ford Fiesta
January 31, 2020
Very convenient to drive in the UK.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
January 29, 2020
Public transport in NI is poor.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
January 6, 2020
Super busy. If you don't mind driving in traffic it's fine. It can be cheaper than paying for public transportation. I hate to say that because I'm pro public transit but not at that cost.
United Kingdom
Ford Mondeo
November 27, 2019
Using easirent in Manchester is an easy option as long as you’ve every you need We all get stressed after a flight but there just doing there job
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
November 7, 2019
quick and seamless process start to finnish
Australia
Ford Mondeo
October 11, 2019
Give London a miss and go to Cornwall
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Astra
September 22, 2019
We rented from Edinburgh and drove to Scotland's west coast. Fantastic drive and many memorable stops.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus 5d
September 13, 2019
allow longer than you think to drive to your destination
United Kingdom
Skoda Octavia
September 4, 2019
Picking up a rental at Glasgow airport was very easy and convenient - particularly given proximity to the motorway. In terms of places to visit, I'd thoroughly recommend the Science Centre if you have school age kids.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i30
August 26, 2019
I always use a car in UK so would book whichever airport I arrived at.
Cyprus
Toyota Yaris 5d
August 25, 2019
Like going home
United Kingdom
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA
August 20, 2019
My only complaint is that I booked a diesel car and that was stated clearly on my booking form, however I was given a petrol car
Switzerland
VW Sharan 6+1
August 1, 2019
Because the car rental office is off site it takes about an hour to get the car
United Kingdom
VW Polo
July 31, 2019
Great city and people 😊
Spain
Ford Focus 5d
July 17, 2019
Lots of lovely places to see around Aberdeen. Banchory, Stonehaven, the seals at Newburgh. Cairn o Mount, Ballater etc. Much easier with a car.
South Africa
Ford Focus
July 8, 2019
London is a great place,such a great tourist attraction City, everything is within your reach,transport and all, i had a blast
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Corsa
July 4, 2019
Had a slight hiccup on way back and missed the junction to get off Tomtom not up to date confused us.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C4 Cactus Auto.
July 1, 2019
You do not need a car in London. Outside London...yes.
Malaysia
Ford Focus
June 26, 2019
London town itself is very busy therefore it is better to use public transport. It is more advisable if the car is rented to travel longer distances outside of London.
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
May 30, 2019
We traveled all over the northern coast.as a member of the National trust also had time to visit six places. Not to mention all the villagers.
South Africa
Ford Focus
April 2, 2019
In all of UK traffic flows because of roundabouts. I was not always sure which lane to take. On the motorways the arrows above the road did not always correspond with the lanes.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai i30
March 20, 2019
The M roadways are too clogged to be consistently useful.
United Kingdom
FIAT 500
December 19, 2018
Depends on the shuttle service and location of the rental office
France
Hyundai i10
November 24, 2018
Stupid question..i donot know about ALL other companies at Luton ..I do know some are not good and the constant on going renovations are dreadfu lWith Green motion yes
United Kingdom
VW Polo
November 14, 2018
Check feedback and make a proper inspection before picking car
United Kingdom
Ford Focus 3d
October 1, 2018
Very easy to find free bus drops you outside office cars I’ve had in the past have been great I think they have been very busy as the car I had was not cleaned very well and the last hirers I think they have been smoking well not being a smoker it did smell of cigarettes but had it cleaned fine great service overall
United Kingdom
VW Polo
September 26, 2018
I usually use the Rental Village at Stansted but used Green Motion Stansted for the first time. Very helpful and efficient.
South Africa
Nissan X-Trail
September 20, 2018
Not for driving in London unless essential
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
August 26, 2018
Do explore other cities, towns apart from.
United Kingdom
Volvo V40
July 11, 2018
Nothing wrong with Glasgow as such.
Canada
Vauxhall Astra
June 14, 2018
Excellent venue and centre for touring

Top 15 Suppliers in the United Kingdom in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+4401619042363
Ringway Rd, Manchester M22 5WH
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
01743444777
107 WHITCHURCH ROAD, SHREWSBURY
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+4401614983300
Car Rental Village Man Airport M22 5WH, United Kingdom
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+441582390969
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843420
ARRIVALS, TERMINAL BUILDING
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+442070188246
534-538 High Road
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446025
Prestwick Airport
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
01614983300
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4407969107021
BOUNDARY ROAD
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
01619042334
Rental Cabin, Car Rental Village Car Park Ringway Road
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+441612600420
Boundary Farm, Styal Rd, Manchester M22 5YA
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+441743297967
Dale House, Ennerdale Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 3LD
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:09:00-12:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / 442038980140
InterRent/Goldcar Cabin, Car Rental Village, Ringway Road, Wythenshaw, Manchester Airport Manchester, M22 5XN
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+441614883000 / +448778223872
Manchester M90 1QX
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+443300949033 / +447523232343
Spiritwood, Broadbridge Ln, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9RF
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
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