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Car Hire in UK

A rich tapestry of culture, history, and arts, the U.K. beckons travellers from around the globe. Its well-developed network of roadways reaches every nook and cranny, criss-crossing such diverse landscapes as the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and the breathtaking beaches of Norfolk and Sussex. Opting for a car rental gives you the freedom to explore the U.K. at your own rhythm, unlocking the door to a bouquet of delightful experiences along the journey.

Choosing Dollar car rental in UK means you are all set for a convenient and safe travel experience. Imagine driving from the verdant scenery of Edinburgh to the famed winding roads and idyllic countryside of the Lake District. Equally enthralling would be driving along the legendary streets of Stratford-upon-Avon, soaking in the quaint medieval architecture and literary heritage.

With Dollar car hire offices located conveniently across the U.K. at airports in major cities such as London, Glasgow, Birmingham, and Oxford, travelling across the length and breadth of the U.K. promises to be hassle-free and comfortable.

Dollar Car Hire in UK boasts an outstanding fleet of cars, prioritising affordability, eco-friendliness and sustainability. We offer a variety of hybrid, electric, and non-electric models. In a post-COVID world, a rental car can be an asset, making sure your travels are safe and convenient.

Driving in the U.K.

City Roads and Highways: The U.K. has an intricate and well-connected motorway system, making travel across the region easy and swift. City roads make exploring easy, and highways provide ample connectivity across towns and counties. Some popular routes for road trips include:

  • Birmingham to Cheddar Gorge on the M5 – Car Hire UK and experience a transition from the industrial heartlands of Birmingham to the surreal limestone gorge in the Mendip hills.
  • Manchester to Shrewsbury on the M6 - Enjoy the Georgian and Tudor architecture in Shrewsbury, a bustling market town near the Severn River, with a rental car in the U.K.

Speed Limits

  • The speed limit in built-up areas in the U.K. is 30 mph (48 km/hr).
  • On single-carriageways, the speed limit is 60 mph (96 km/hr).
  • The speed limit on dual carriageways and motorways is 70 mph (112 km/hr).
  • All single and dual carriageways with street lights have a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h), unless specified otherwise.

To drive safely in the U.K., here are some regulations to follow:

  • Children below 12 years or under 135cm in height must travel in child car seats appropriate for their age and height.
  • Children over 12 years or more than 135cm in height must wear a seat belt.
  • Only overtake on the right on U.K. roads; never overtake on the left.
  • Do not use the hard shoulder for overtaking.
  • To rent a car, you must be at least 23 years old.

Cars you can hire in UK

Where to Car Rental in UK

Dollar car Hire in UK has car hire centres in major cities across the U.K. Here’s where you can Rent a car in UK

  1. London: Dollar Car hire centres in London are located at Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick airports.
  2. Edinburgh: Find Dollar Car Rental’s office conveniently located at Edinburgh Airport for a great start to the journey of discovering the marvels of Scotland’s capital.
  3. Glasgow: Hire a car in Glasgow upon arrival at the Glasgow Airport to kickstart your adventure.
  4. Birmingham: The Dollar Car Rental office in Birmingham is located at the Birmingham Airport.
  5. Bristol: Rent a car at Bristol at the Bristol Airport to begin your exploration of the southwest.
  6. Manchester: Begin your trip to this vibrant city at the car hire centre located at the Manchester Airport.
  7. Oxford: Make the car rental outlet in downtown Oxford your starting point for uncovering this historical city.

Frequently Asked Questions

A selection of questions regarding Dollar car rental in the United Kingdom.

Are there any restrictions to hiring a car in the U.K.?

For car hire in UK, drivers typically must be above 23, and hold a Driving Licence valid in their home country, for at least a year. We have no upper age to drive in the UK (excluding NI). A renter can drive over 69 providing they have a valid driving licence.

Which city in the U.K. is easy to drive in?

Cities such as Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry, and Reading have the least congestion. However, all U.K. cities boast well-developed roads, enabling easy and smooth car journeys.

Are there adequate electric charging points in the U.K.?

Yes, the U.K. has an extensive electric vehicle charging infrastructure. You can access thousands of public and private electric charging points, which make it convenient for E.V. users to charge on the go.

Which side of the road should I drive in the U.K.?

In the U.K., you should drive on the left side of the road. Always remember to keep to the left, especially at roundabouts and junctions.

When do petrol stations open and close in the U.K.?

Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Shell, and BP are some of the biggest petrol station operators in the U.K. While most petrol stations open at around 6 AM and close around midnight in the U.K., many others stay open 24/7.

How much does it cost to hire a car in the UK?

The cost of car hire in UK can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of vehicle you're looking to rent, the duration of the rental period, and the time of year. At Dollar Car Rental, we pride ourselves on offering competitive rates starting from as little as £10 per day for our economy vehicles. Prices may fluctuate, so we recommend checking our website for the most current deals and discounts on car rental in UK.

Which is the best UK car hire company?

While there are many options for car hire in UK, Dollar Car Rental stands out for its exceptional customer service, a wide range of vehicles to suit every need and budget, and transparent pricing. We've been recognised for our commitment to providing a seamless rental experience, making us a top choice for both tourists and locals looking to rent a car in UK.

How to rent a car cheap in the UK?

To rent a car in the UK, here are a few tips: 

  • Book in advance: Prices tend to be lower when you book your rental car ahead of your travel dates. 
  • Look for promotions: Dollar Car Rental frequently offers special deals and discounts on our website. 
  • Choose economy models: Opting for smaller, economy vehicles can significantly reduce your rental costs. 
  • Avoid airport pickups: Picking up your rental car away from the airport can save you money on additional fees.

Why is car hire so expensive in the UK now?

The cost of car hire in the UK has seen fluctuations due to a variety of factors such as increased demand, especially during peak travel seasons, and the global impact on vehicle availability. At Dollar Car Rental, we understand the importance of value for money, which is why we continue to offer competitive pricing and work diligently to keep costs as low as possible for our customers, ensuring that you can find affordable car rental in the UK options without compromising on quality or service.

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FOR RENTALS IN ITALY - from 15th Nov to 15th Apr many cities in specific Italian regions are required by law to restrict rentals to only those vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. To comply with these regulations, Dollar equipped vehicles with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges as Winterisation fee. Hence, for these vehicles there’s NO NEED TO BOOK snow chains as Extra.

IMPORTANT: Please check the rate details of your quotation on the right of this web page to verify if your booking includes Winterisation fee before booking snow chains in Italy.