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    Car Hire United Kingdom

    United Kingdom Car HireHome to iconic monuments and tourist attractions like Big Ben, The Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and Stonehenge, the UK is at the top of many must-see destinations around the world. Due to its ideal size, you can take a leisurely road trip anytime of the year!

    Compared with some of the distances between Australian cities, most towns and cities in the United Kingdom 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 which are 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.

    Like Australia, driving in the UK is on the left-hand side of the road. You must stick to the left-hand lane unless you are ready to overtake. In residential and built-up areas, they have a typical speed limit of 30mph (48km/hr). 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). For additional information, we encourage our clients to refer to our specialised UK Driving Tips page.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring a Car in the United Kingdom


    What is the Congestion Charge in the UK?

    This is a fee charged to those that drive their vehicles within certain areas during periods of peak demand. It is used to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution. So far in the UK, London and Durham currently charge congestion fees. The daily charge for driving or parking within these areas between 7.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays starts from £10. For more information, visit Transport For London page.

    Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in the UK?

    An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required when hiring a car in many countries around the world. An IDP is a special licence for tourists as proof that you hold a current driver's licence in your home country. It allows you to drive in the specified country without further tests or applications, providing your home country driver's licence is valid. IDPs are issued through state and territory motoring clubs and costs vary between these clubs. IDPs cost from $35 per permit. To find out more, refer to your local authority's website: NRMA, RACQ, RACV, RAA, RAC, RACT or AANT

    Contact Auto Europe - United KingdomCan I drive between borders in the UK?

    Yes - driving between England, Scotland and Wales is permitted and there are no customs or border checkpoints between these countries. If you plan to take your car hire to Northern Ireland, Ireland, or continental Europe you will need to check that the supplier permits their vehicles to be transported by ferry.

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    Useful Driving Distances and Day Trip Ideas in London

    • London to Cardiff - 243km (approx. 2hr 40mins)
    • London to Edinburgh - 652km (approx. 7hr)
    • Bath to Cornwall - 260km (approx. 2hr 45mins)
    • Manchester to Sheffield - 62km (approx. 1hr 15mins)
    • Newcastle to York - 144km (approx. 1hr 45mins)

    Alternatives To Car Hire in the United Kingdom

    Allow Auto Europe to provide you with the ideal mode of transportation for your travel in the United Kingdom. While we are known for our guaranteed best rates on car hires, we additionally offer travel options such as luxury, motorhome, van hires and more. Whether you are planning on a lengthy road-trip or are simply in need of alternate transportation during your time in town, you can find the perfect vehicle to suit all of your travel needs!

    Luxury Car Hire United Kingdom
    Luxury Car Hire United Kingdom -  Those looking for a stylish, comfortable and premium travel experience in the United Kingdom should look no further than a luxury car hire. With available models such as Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati and more, you can choose the perfect vehicle for your travel plans.
    Van Hire United Kingdom
    Van Hire United Kingdom -  Don't let a large travel party or heavy luggage slow down your travel plans. Auto Europe offers fantastic rates on small, medium and large van hires well-equipped to accommodate nearly any travel party.
    Motorhome Hire in the United Kingdom
    United Kingdom Motorhome Hire -  For an unforgettable travel experience, consider a motorhome or RV hire in the United Kingdom. In a motorhome, travellers can venture off the beaten path and become truly immersed in everything the United Kingdom has to offer.