Kent car hire

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Cheap car hire in Kent

People mover$365/day
Full-size SUV$110/day
Intermediate SUV$58/day
Compact SUV$276/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Kent

  • Take in the great British countryside at your own speed and enjoy the benefits of a car hire in Kent. With the roads in the United Kingdom tending to be very good, you will only need a two-wheel drive car to get around the county. Although, if you’re planning on going off road, or driving specifically during the wetter seasons, then you might find a 4X4 a better option. A smaller compact car is also a great choice if you are looking to find parking in the towns and cities such as Canterbury.
  • It’s important that when you drive your car hire in Kent that you abide by the highway code to avoid getting into trouble with the authorities. It is a legal requirement for everyone in the car, both in the front and back seats, to wear a seat belt. If you are pulled over for this reason then you can expect to be fined. Children travelling in the car that are younger than 12 or smaller than 135 cm must also be seated in an appropriate child seat. Drink-driving is also a very serious offence in the UK, so you must ensure that you are under the limit should you be tested. The legal limit is 0.8 mg of alcohol per ml of blood, so anything above this means you will be prosecuted accordingly.
  • When you are hiring a vehicle in Kent you can help do your bit for the environment by opting for a vehicle that is more eco-friendly. For example, you could opt for a hybrid, which runs on both electricity and normal petrol, or you could choose a fully electric vehicle. Both of these options help to reduce the amount of carbon emissions that you release from the environment when driving. You will also find that there are no shortage of petrol stations or electric vehicle charging points in Kent, so you’ll find it easy to stay fully fuelled.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Kent for $52 or less
  • Book your car hire in Kent at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact car hire in Kent are around 15% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Kent

  • Should I hire a car in Kent?

    You should hire a car in Kent as it enables you to explore the country in the south of England at your own pace, rather than wait for other modes of transport such as buses, trains or taxis. For example, you could travel from Canterbury to Dungeness Nature Reserve in about 1h in your car hire. The same journey via public transport would take in excess of 2h each way, which is double the time that driving takes. Whilst a return taxi journey is also likely to be quite expensive, so would not be a cost-efficient way to travel.

  • What is driving like in Kent?

    Driving your car hire in Kent is very similar to driving across the rest of the United Kingdom, so you won’t need to get used to the roads. With the wheel on the right of the car and cars driving on the left of the road, you’ll be all set for your journey. The speed limits are the same as the rest of the UK too, with urban areas being 30mph, rural areas being 60mph, and motorways being 70mph. One difference you may notice to the rest of the UK, is how many lorries there are on the roads as a result of Dover, the nearby ferry port. So, it is advised to take care overtaking the lorries as you may be in their blind spots.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Kent?

    When you are hiring a car in Kent it is important that you check the age policy of each agency prior to arrival as they are likely to vary. In general you need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in Kent, but some companies will require you to be older. Drivers that are younger than a certain age, often 25, will also have to pay a surcharge as well as the daily rate. It is likely that there will be a smaller selection of cars to choose from if you are below 25, as agencies reserve larger vehicles for more experienced drivers.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Kent?

    On average a car hire in Kent costs $138 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Kent?

    Compact (Class Compact SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Kent.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Kent?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Europcar ($47/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car ($276/day).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Kent?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in Kent?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Kent are Dover (28% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Kent), Maidstone (20%) and Ashford (6%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Kent?

    On average a car hire in Kent costs $389 per week ($56 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Kent?

    On average a car hire in Kent costs $1,668 per month ($56 per day).

Car hire directory

  • free2move

    Free2Move car hire locations in Kent

    17 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Kent

    13 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Kent

    11 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car hire locations in Kent

    9 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car hire locations in Kent

    7 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Kent

    7 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Kent

    6 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Kent

    5 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Kent

    4 Locations

  • practicalcarandvan

    Practical Car & Van Rental car hire locations in Kent

    3 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Kent

    3 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car hire locations in Kent

    2 Locations

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