Car hire in the United Kingdom
There's no better way to see Great Britain than by carCruise across the United Kingdom’s famously bucolic countryside in your Avis hire car. Explore the country's storied, fast-paced cities and meander through its heritage towns. You'll find them brimming with culture.
Where would you like to meet us to begin your journey?
Superminis to supercars: Unlock Avis in BritainCome city, airport or major town, we’ve got you covered in the UK. Whether you fancy a stealthy car for an urban jaunt, a classy coupé for a romantic road trip or a herculean 4x4 or people carrier for a family holiday, we have the perfect car for you.
There's so much to exploreWhere to start? Motorists can trail through the wild moors of the southwest to Cornwall’s surfer-friendly bays. Pass by Bath, a spa destination since Celtic times. Cross into Wales for the second-hand bookshop capital Hay-on-Wye, or Swansea’s award-winning sandy neighbour Rhossili. Back in England, join the resident 4x4s and tick off the tearoom-filled villages of the Cotswolds before turning right for the ancient academy towns of Oxford and Cambridge.
Accelerate north for the minsters and small-town charm of Yorkshire, the idyllic Lake District (also known as Wordsworth's country), and the sparsely populated, eerily ascetic Northumberland coast. Pass into Scotland and the golf courses of North Berwick. From Edinburgh it’s a 15-minute hop to hilltop Rosslyn Chapel made famous by “The Da Vinci Code”. Glasgow and 16th-century Stirling Castle are nearby. Continue climbing for the Grampian Mountains, the Cairngorm massif and the jagged west coast.
Visiting Northern Ireland?
The natural beauty of Northern Ireland can be seen and believed by driving from Belfast up to The Giant’s Causeway, where 40,000 huge hexagonal black columns are waiting to be counted.
Driving rules in United KingdomWhich side of the road?
In the United Kingdom, please drive on the left side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device
- Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
- There is a congestion charge payable when driving in London
- Zebra crossings (black and white stripes on the road) give pedestrians right of way to cross the road
All speed signs will be in mph.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 30 mph (48 km/h)
- Rural areas: 60 mph (96 km/h)
- Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 or less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.