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    Car Hire in the UK - Find your perfect rental

    Visit our neighbours at your own pace with a car hire in the UK! Auto Europe offers quality car rental services at competitive prices. As a result of our vast network of partner companies in Great Britain, you will be able to choose from all major pick-up locations and rental suppliers throughout the country. Our reservation agents and customer service teams are here to ensure you a smooth booking process. If you would like to know more about the latest offers we have available, please visit our website or call our toll-free number to speak with one of our agents. A car hire in the UK allows you to explore the scenic British countryside and drop by the major cities of the European Union's third-largest member state by population. Pick up a car in Newcastle and roam the breathtaking Lake District in the North West. Arrange a car rental in Glasgow and drive north towards Inverness to discover Scotland's picturesque countryside villages, or organise a car rental in Cardiff where the rugged mountains and sprawling beaches of Wales are located mere hours away. Travel by car and enjoy all the spectacular scenery the UK has to offer! Book your car hire in the UK online now or call Auto Europe's rental specialists on +49 89 412 09 786.

    Traffic Rules and Driving Tips

    You will feel right at home driving in Great Britain if you're visiting from Ireland because the UK has similar traffic rules and customs as in Northen Ireland. Further driving details, rules and regulation are available here. The general speed limits in the UK are:

    • Built-up areas: 48 kilometres per hour/30 miles per hour
    • Open roads: 96 kilometres per hour/60 miles per our
    • Motorways: 112 kilometres per hour/70 miles per hour

    Road Tolls

    Tolls in the UK are uncommon. There is a charge for the M6 and for some bridges and tunnels. There is also a congestion charge for Durham and London. It is recommended that you make note of any toll roads that you may encounter on your journey in the UK.

    Age Restrictions

    The minimum age for renting a car in the UK is 21. Furthermore, drivers must have obtained their licence at least a full year before the car rental. The minimum age to hold a licence in England, Scotland and Wales is 17. Drivers under the age of 25 may have to pay an additional daily surcharge when renting a car from a UK supplier.


    The currency of the UK is the British Pound (£)

    Time Zone

    The UK lies within the same time zone as Ireland (UTC).


    English is the official language of the UK. As with Ireland, though English is the everyday language, different areas of Great Britain continue to retain their own unique tongue. In Scotland, the indigenous languages are Scottish Gaelic (similar to Irish Gaelic, both with Celtic roots) and Scots (a Germanic language similar to Ulster Scots). The indigenous language of Wales is Welsh (roots in Brythonic Celtic). In the southwestern English county of Cornwall their indigenous language of Cornish (Brythonic Celtic) has recently experienced a surge of renewed interest among the local people and is considered an important part of Cornish identity and culture.


    The UK has the same voltage as Ireland (220-240 Volts) and uses the same primary socket type (three-prongs).

    Visa Requirements and Embassy

    Irish and UK citizens do not need to go through a passport check because of the Common Travel Area (CTA) which exists between the two nations. It is only necessary to carry a valid form of photo identification (passport, driver's licence, national licence etc.) with you when travelling within the CTA. Please note that passport control officials of both nations may nevertheless deny visitors entry if they find sufficient reasons for doing so.

    Embassy of Ireland
    17 Grosvenor Place
    London SW1X 7HR
    Tel. +44 20 72352171

    Motorhome hire in the UK

    When you book a motorhome through Auto Europe, you can explore all of the UK in one, amazing trip! Tour the Lake District, or venture to the Highlands - the choice is yours! In partnership with various suppliers, including McRent, Just Go and Bunk, we offer campervans for all budgets and tastes. Pick-up locations are situated in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.

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