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Key facts for hiring a car in England

  • Car hire locations

    There are over 300 car hire locations in England so wherever you need a car, there’s likely to be a pick up point nearby.

  • Best time to visit

    England is beautiful during most months of the year. The seasons are very distinctive – so you can expect colourful autumns and crisp winters.

  • Useful knowledge

    In England, unlike in other countries like Spain, it’s usually cheaper to rent a car in the city (or “downtown”) than at the airport.

  • Time difference

    GMT

  • Currency

    Pounds Sterling (£, GBP)

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Hiring a car

Things you need to remember when picking up your hire car:

  • Reservation details
  • Which car hire provider you have booked with
  • Credit card
  • Driving licence

Things to be aware of when hiring a car in England:

Most hire cars are likely to be manual, as this is how most cars operate in England.

You must be at least 21 years of age to hire a car, and young driver fees may apply if you are under 25.

Turning at a red light is legal in some countries, but this is not allowed in England. Only if your lane has a designated arrow which is green, may you go when the straight on light is red.

Driving tips

Getting around England

Tolls

The UK has a fantastic network of motorways, and there aren't many toll roads. In fact, the majority of toll routes are river crossings. Unless you plan on using one of these, you most likely will not come across any tolls. If you happen to cross the Swinford Bridge, you’ll be pleased to know that this particular toll is only 5p.

Pedestrians

Zebra crossings are white striped lines painted on the road. Pedestrians have right of way here, so you must stop and let them cross.

Speed limits:

  • Single carriageway roads are 60 mph, unless otherwise stated.
  • A white circular sign with a thick black diagonal line means that the road is national speed limit.
  • Most towns and built up areas have 30 or 20 mph speed limits.
  • Motorways are 70 mph, and you overtake on the right.

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A great British road trip

  • Bristol to Weymouth

    The only airport on the island, on the eastern coast just outside of the capital.

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Known as one of the greatest bridges in the world, designed by Victorian engineer, Brunel.

  • The Roman Baths

    One of the best preserved in the world, built in 70AD.

  • Stonehenge

    Perhaps the most well-known prehistoric monument on the planet.

  • New Forest National Park

    Once a hunting ground for William the Conqueror, wild ponies live here.

  • Osmington White Horse

    Large sculpture carved into a limestone hill close to Weymouth.

Places to visit in the North

Peak District
National park which stretches over five counties and has 1.6 thousand miles of public footpaths.

Sherwood Forest
Famed for the legend of Robin Hood and its Major Oak – the biggest oak in Britain.

York Minster
One of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe, with medieval stained glass.

Durham Cathedral
Originally built for Benedictine monks, more recently it was a filming location for Harry Potter.

Victoria Tunnels
A historical site built for transporting coal and used as an air raid shelter during WWII.

Heading out of town

Country roads

Depending on where you are in England, you may find yourself on a country road. Here you will find the most spectacular scenery, but if you are unfamiliar with them, it’s useful to know what to expect.

You may get stuck behind farm vehicles such as tractors. Be patient, often they will pull over and let the queue of cars behind them pass. If they don’t, make sure you wait until you have a good view of the road ahead before attempting to overtake.

Country lanes are often only wide enough for one car. Drivers are usually pretty polite, so it’s good to look out for possible passing places in case you need them. You will find that people will do the same for you, but if you need to, giving way is simple enough. Just keep your speed low enough so that if you do come across a car heading the other way, you can slow safely and work out how to pass one another.

If there is no street lighting and you hit a foggy patch (day or night) it’s important to know how your fog lights operate. This isn’t a common issue, but you can get caught out if you don’t know how to turn them on and you suddenly need them.

Signs aren’t always very frequent when you’re outside of town. Have a clear route in your head before you set off.