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From beaches and mountains to castles and not one but four dazzling capital cities: when you rent a car in the UK, you can explore the diverse attractions of this island nation at your leisure. You’ve arrived at the only destination you need to find cheap UK car hire. Search wider with TravelSupermarket to compare top rental deals from around the country all in one place.

Whether you’re touring the sights on holiday, nipping away for the weekend or organising a business trip, UK car rental is simple to book, easy on the pocket and the ideal transport solution for getting where you want to be when you want to be there.

You don’t need to spend hours scouring the net in search of the best rental deals, because TravelSupermarket works with more than 20 leading car hire brands as well as top brokers to bring cheap car hire deals straight to your screen.

You simply compare the amazing deals, pick the one that works for you, and go direct to the provider to book.

Our simple search puts the power in your hands. Need an airport pick up? You got it. Does city centre car hire suit your needs? Not a problem. We compare car rental deals at UK airports, coastal ports and at convenient downtown locations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tell us when you plan to travel and we’ll show you the best car rental prices, whatever your budget, whether you need a couple-sized compact or a family vehicle with plenty of space for luggage. From mini-sized motors at tiny prices to luxury models with deluxe detailing, finding the best deal for you is easy when you search and compare with TravelSupermarket.

If your travel plans break the mould, we can also help. There are deals on one-way car hire and long-term car rental, as well as good-value minibus hire, for when your plans go super-sized.

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in the UK?

In general, the minimum age for renting a car in the UK ranges from 21 to 25, depending on which car hire company you go with. Do note that you’ll need to have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in the UK?

You will need a valid driving licence, personal ID such as a passport, and a credit or debit card in your name. Some car hire companies in the UK also require a secondary proof of address and a ‘licence check code’, which you can get online via the DVLA.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in the UK?

While you are not legally required to have car hire excess insurance in the UK, it’s highly recommended. By taking out car hire excess insurance, you can reduce the amount of money you would have to payout in the event of an accident. If you’re looking to get a good deal on car hire excess insurance, consider a standalone policy. These tend to be a lot cheaper than the offers you’ll get from your car hire provider.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in the UK?

Yes, you can hire a car in the UK with your debit card. Check in advance with your car hire company to see whether your debit card is accepted, as well as to find out what, if any, restrictions might apply (for example, only credit cards being accepted for premium cars).

Which rental companies are available at Heathrow Airport?

The following car rental companies have reception desks in arrivals at Heathrow Airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. When you book online, be sure to check which terminal your car hire provider is based in.

Which rental companies are available at Gatwick Airport?

At Gatwick, you’ll find some of the biggest names in car hire, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt. It’s advisable to book in advance – not only will you get a better deal, you’ll also save time at the airport.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in the UK?

Generally, you’re more likely to get a better deal off-site than at an airport in the UK. To know for sure, the best thing to do is compare prices for the dates you’re travelling using a search comparison tool.

Can you rent a car in one city in the UK and drop it off in another?

Absolutely. Most of the major car rental companies operating in the UK offer one-way rentals, meaning you pick up your hire car in one city and drop it off in another. There’s usually an additional charge for this.

Can you rent a car the same day in the UK?

Yes. If for whatever reason you can’t book in advance, most major rental companies have plenty of on-the-day hire cars available. Be warned, you’ll probably pay more than you would if you booked online in advance.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in the UK?

While you can hire a car from the age of 21 in the UK, the minimum age requirements do vary from one provider to the next. For example, Europcar’s minimum age requirement is 22, while Enterprise is 25. Regardless, if you’re under 25, you will pay what is known as a ‘young driver surcharge’.

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