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Like Australia, driving in the UK is on the left-hand side of the road. Stick to the left-hand lane unless you are ready to overtake. Residential and built-up areas have a typical speed limit of 30mph (48km/hr). Speed limits are well signposted if it deviates from the norm, for example school zones or two-lane roads. On the motorways the maximum speed limit is 70mph (112km/hr) and many motorways now operate average speed cameras. Beware of large trucks as they are limited to 60mph (96km/hr).
All of our rental bookings include Value Added Tax (VAT) and third-party liability insurance. You can also have peace of mind with 24 hour emergency roadside assistance and 24/7 phone support.
Australians are allowed to drive on a valid, full (no probationary licences) licence issued from an Australian state or territory, for up to 12 months from entry in to the United Kingdom.
Tolls and Freeways
The M6 motorway which runs north-south in central England is the only toll road. There are many toll bridges and tunnels which can be paid for with cash. Prices vary and can have peak and off peak rates so it is best to plan ahead to avoid any surprises. Central London and Durham operate a congestion charge zone, and if you are driving around Central London 7am-6pm during the week, expect to budget about £10 each day.
You can find details and compare all the great cars available for hire in Ireland by checking out our fleet guide. Please note that not all cars are available from all locations.
Driving between England, Scotland and Wales is permitted and there are no customs or border check points between these countries. If you plan to take your rental car between Northern Ireland and mainland UK you will need to check that the supplier permits their vehicles to be transported by ferry.
Compared with some of the distances between Australian cities, most towns and cities in the UK are very accessible by car and just a short drive away from each other. You can drive the entire length of the island between John o'Groats and Land's End in 1350km if desired. If not, there is much to be seen and experienced in between! Immerse yourself in the steaming Roman Spa in Bath, savour some local Cornish ice cream and if you're feeling brave, have a paddle in the Atlantic ocean.
Further north, there are many major cities all relatively close. Music lovers can head to the home of the Beatles and walk down Penny Lane in Liverpool, or dance away in the popular nightclubs in Newcastle. Cruise up to Scotland, see if you can spot the Loch Ness monster and perhaps enjoy a round of golf in St Andrews, the oldest course in the world. With so much to see and do, don't forget to scope out some of the remarkable royal residences and historic castles on the way.