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Compare the best car hire prices in thousands of locations

Whether you are going on holiday, making a UK trip or travelling on business, cheap car hire in your chosen destination can make a real difference. So, if you are looking to rent a car, stop right there and use our comparison service to find you the best deal, whatever your budget.

Our powerful search tool will save you time and money by checking the price and availability from more than 25 of the leading car hire brands, with many of them acting as brokers for the hundreds of smaller rental companies around the world. We make cost-effective car rental our business.

Which destinations can I hire a car from?

TravelSupermarket covers a huge range of both international and UK car hire destinations…

So, whether you're heading to a Mediterranean hotspot such as Malaga or Alicante, or flying off on a long-haul adventure to Florida’s Orlando and Miami or California’s Los Angeles and San Francisco, you’ll be able to search for budget car rental deals with TravelSupermarket.

Our car hire comparison allows you to search for airport and non-airport locations such as city centres (often referred to as downtown locations), beach resorts and railway stations. Wherever you want to be able to pick up your car, our search will have a location within striking distance for your convenience.

Popular holiday destinations such as the Algarve’s Faro and the Spanish islands of Majorca, Tenerife and Lanzarote have many affordable car hire options, along with other rental points such as Nice on the Cote d’Azur and Pisa, the gateway to Tuscany in Italy.
If mountains are more your thing, Geneva is one of our most searched-for destinations. And Ireland’s Dublin is also hugely popular with our customers with airport pick-ups regularly in our top 10 of searches.

Of course it’s not all about overseas locations. Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports attract huge numbers of searches allowing us to bring car rental deals to those flying into UK airports as well as downtown locations across London itself.

What should I look for when comparing?

First of all, remember that the cheapest car hire deal may not necessarily be the best one for you...

Rather than concentrating solely on price, think about what you will need from your hire car - for example, how many passengers and bags do you need to fit into the vehicle?

If you're travelling with children, you may want a car with five doors, while if you're travelling to a destination with high temperatures, air conditioning might be your top priority.

Our results clearly list key information alongside the price and the name of the rental company, so take into account everything that is important to you. 

How do I find the best hire car deals?

Simply fill in the search box in the top left-hand side of this page with your pick-up point, dates and the age of the driver, and our service will do the rest of the work for you, bringing back the best deals available today for your rental date.

Rental cars come in all shapes and sizes, from the most cost-effective mini economy cars to robust 4x4s, and even luxury vehicles. So, if you have a preference, you can fill this in too. If, however, you leave the car type blank, you can see all cars available.

Remember, though, that a larger car may not blow your car hire budget, so do check the costs of both small economy size cars as well as larger models to get best value for money. And don’t be tempted to just look for mini economy cars. Economy car hire, the next group up, is often the same price (and sometimes less) for a much larger vehicle giving you more comfort when driving and offering better value for money.

We also have filters on the left of the results so you can focus on what’s best for you, while still comparing the market.

Pay close attention when hiring a car!

The last thing you'll want when picking up a hire car is to be met with any unexpected extra costs. Here’s how to avoid these...

When you compare car hire offers, keep the following in mind before completing your booking.

Fuel policy: Many car hire companies now have 'fuel empty' policies whereby you pick up your hire car with a full tank of petrol and are charged for it at a price set by your car rental company. This policy is common in the big holiday destinations across Spain and the Spanish islands, Portugal and Italy. You are then expected to return the car with an empty tank at the end of your rental period.

Make sure you check what your hire company's policy is before booking. The price for this tank of fuel is NOT included in the quotes on TravelSupermarket; however, in our results we indicate where we can the policy on offer with each deal.

Car hire excess insurance: This insurance (also known as excess waiver insurance) is an affordable extra to buy as it prevents you having to pay any excess charges should your hire car be damaged or stolen.

If you wait until you get to your rental desk to purchase this, you're likely to be met by a pushy salesperson trying to sell you an expensive policy with prices as high as £20 a day. Not only that, the cover they offer is limited and often excludes damage to the glass on the car (for example the windscreen) or to tyres and the underside of the car – all of which are the most common areas to be damaged when renting.

To avoid paying over the odds and to ensure you have better cover, buy a standalone policy online before you travel from as little as £2.99 a day.

Car seats and sat navs: If you're travelling with children or will need to rely on a sat nav while you're away, consider bringing your own from home to prevent steep daily rental charges.

Extra drivers: Adding an extra driver, particularly one under the age of 25, can up the price of your car hire significantly. So, find out how much this will cost per day with your rental company and factor this in to the overall price.

Tips on hiring and driving a hire car abroad

Having a rental car on holiday can save you the hassle of sorting out transfers and offers you the freedom to really explore your destination...

But, driving a rental vehicle abroad can be stressful and expensive if you don't prepare. Follow our top tips to make it a breeze.

1. Check your driving licence is valid and make sure you have all parts of it together and ready to pack before you go away. And, well in advance, find out whether you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) to drive where you are going.

Don't forget to take your credit card away with you too to leave a deposit at the rental desk.  

2. The DVLA has recently abolished the paper counterpart to all UK drivers’ licences. As a result of this, you can no longer use it to rent a car abroad. Instead, you must generate a unique code through the DVLA’s website before you go to pick up the rental vehicle.

The code is valid for 21 days and it enables you to share important information (validity of licence, vehicles you can drive, points and bans) with your car hire company. Different companies will have different requirements regarding the code and while it’s advisable to generate it before you go abroad, you won’t be able to rent a car in the UK without it.

3. Find out what you are legally required to have in your car when you are driving in your destination and check these items are in your hire vehicle before you set off. Not having certain equipment, such as reflective jackets, can result in fines. And remember to get the emergency number from your rental company in case of a breakdown.

4. Not knowing the driving laws, such as speed and drink driving limits, in the country you are visiting could result in you inadvertently breaking the law. So, do a little research before you travel to prevent any costly mistakes – and, if in any doubt, ask at the rental desk before driving away.

5. As you would at home, shop around for petrol while you are away and look out for competitive prices in local supermarkets and petrol stations while you are travelling rather than relying on motorway stations.

And, before you drive your hire vehicle away, find out whether it runs on petrol or diesel as well as what the fuel is called where you are.  It is also vital that you know the fuel policy for your rental, and whether to return it empty or full.

6. Before driving your car away, check any damage matches what is declared on your rental agreement and raise any discrepancies with your rental company.

7. Do your homework on the common road signs you may see in the country you are visiting. Remembering to stick to the correct side of the road for the country you are in and being aware of road signs in a different language will help you navigate around a new place without stress and worry.