Driving abroad

We want you to enjoy as much freedom as possible – the road is yours, after all. Unfortunately some border crossings are restricted and you can’t drive certain hire vehicles from one country to another.
Find out if you can hire a car for your journey by contacting our reservations team or check when you book online.

You can drive your hire car from the UK into mainland Europe, but you will need to take out Continental Cover first. This insures you to drive abroad. It also provides breakdown assistance. 

You can't book Continental Cover online, so please call us at least two days before driving abroad so we can arrange it for you. You’ll find our phone number in your email confirmation.

We recommend returning your car to the same location you collect it from, because dropping it at another location will cost more. See the full list of locations on the Continental Cover page. 

Don’t forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.
 

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Driving abroad is easy, because you can use your original driving licence in most of Europe, South Africa, the USA and Canada.

If your driving licence isn’t in Roman characters (for example, Japanese), or you’re hiring in Australia, you will also need an International Driving Permit.

Discover whether you need an International Driving Permit for your trip and how to apply on the gov.uk website.

Don’t forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.
 

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Contact your nearest hire station to find out more. You don't have to use winter tyres in the UK, so we don’t supply winter tyres here – even if you’re driving abroad. But in some countries you must use winter tyres during winter months. Snow chains can also be supplied, sometimes at an extra cost. Please check at the location.

Contact your nearest hire station to find out more.

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 No. You only need Continental Cover if you travel from the UK.

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