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On average a car hire in Europe costs $50 per day.
Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Europe.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Record Go ($8/day), GREEN MOTION ($8/day) and Rent Smart 24 ($8/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Europe are National (8.2, 56 reviews), Alamo (7.7, 723 reviews), and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (7.7, 712 reviews).
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On average a car hire in Europe costs $412 per week ($59 per day).
On average a car hire in Europe costs $1,768 per month ($59 per day).
Hiring a car in Europe opens up a treasure trove of opportunities. You've got the freedom to explore hidden gems like the lavender fields in Provence, France, which are a bit tricky to reach otherwise. Plus, think of the ease of popping over to picturesque spots like Cinque Terre in Italy without worrying about train schedules. Not to mention the joy of a leisurely drive through the breathtaking Ring of Kerry in Ireland, which can be quite the hassle with public transport. Europe's well-maintained motorways and scenic routes, coupled with the sometimes sporadic public transport connections in rural areas, make hiring a car a fabulous choice for a hassle-free, adventure-packed holiday.
In the UK, you'll be driving on the left, which is the opposite of mainland Europe. While zipping through Germany, you might find yourself on the famed Autobahn, where some sections have no speed limit – a real treat for speed enthusiasts. Contrastingly, in Norway, they favour a more leisurely pace with lower speed limits to enjoy the scenic views. Be prepared for toll roads, particularly in France, Italy and Spain; having some change handy is a good shout.
In Europe, the golden age to hire a car is generally 21, but it can vary between countries. In the UK and Ireland, you're good to go from 17 and 18 respectively, but brace yourself for potential young driver surcharges if you're under 25. Over in sunny Spain, most agencies set the bar at 18, but they might steer you towards specific, lower-powered vehicles. If you're venturing to Greece, hold tight until you're 23 to get behind the wheel of a hired car. Don't forget, a full driving licence held for at least a year is usually a must, no matter where you're heading.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car hires for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Car hires are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some car hire providers charge additional fees for other services (gps, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car hire providers' sites.