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Cheap Car Hire in Europe from $8

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a Cheapflights user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Europe with a pick-up date of 5/6 and drop-off date of 12/6. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Europe car hires in 2024

Get helpful information to start your search for the perfect car hire in Europe. The average price data is based on the last 12 months and was last updated on 29 May 2024.

Most popular company

GREEN MOTION

Most common car type

Standard

Average price per day

$64

Cheapest price per day

$8

What are the car hire prices for popular cities in Europe?

Discover the price range for hiring a car in popular cities across Europe, helping you budget and make informed decisions for your upcoming travel. Price data has been averaged over the last 12 months and was last updated on 29 May 2024.

Price

$13 - $31

Out of all the popular cities in Europe, Lisbon is the cheapest city to rent a car in at just $13/day. Renting a car in Lisbon is 58% cheaper than renting one in Budapest where the per day rate is around $31. Other fairly inexpensive cities in Europe to get a rental car in are: Venice ($17/day), Athens ($18/day), and Rome ($18/day). While these cities typically have cheaper prices than the rest of the country, travelers looking to rent a car in Athens should expect to spend around $18/day on their transportation. The most popular city to rent a car in Europe is Athens.

Compare available car types for hire in Europe

Compare and contrast the various car types offered for hire in Europe to find the perfect fit for your trip. Price data is based on averages over the last 12 months and was last updated on 29 May 2024.

Small cars

$24 - $82

All Car Types

$48 - $158

To hire a small car in Europe, you would pay an average price of $53/day. February is the cheapest month to hire a small car in Europe (~$24/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is August (~$82/day). In fact, February is about 56% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a small car hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a small car saves you 46% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Europe small car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a medium car in Europe, you would pay an average price of $98/day. February is the cheapest month to hire a medium car in Europe (~$53/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is July (~$147/day). In fact, February is about 47% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a medium car hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a medium car saves you 0% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Europe medium car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a large car in Europe, you would pay an average price of $213/day. January is the cheapest month to hire a large car in Europe (~$119/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is October (~$361/day). In fact, January is about 45% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a large car hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a large car is 54% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Europe large car hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a SUV in Europe, you would pay an average price of $86/day. February is the cheapest month to hire a SUV in Europe (~$56/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is July (~$125/day). In fact, February is about 36% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a SUV hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a SUV saves you 13% in costs. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Europe SUV hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a van in Europe, you would pay an average price of $204/day. January is the cheapest month to hire a van in Europe (~$99/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is September (~$298/day). In fact, January is about 52% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a van hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a van is 52% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity. Here are the best Europe van hire prices found by Cheapflights users in the past 7 days:

To hire a luxury car in Europe, you would pay an average price of $233/day. March is the cheapest month to hire a luxury car in Europe (~$113/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is September (~$411/day). In fact, March is about 52% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a luxury car hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a luxury car is 58% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

To hire a convertible in Europe, you would pay an average price of $117/day. January is the cheapest month to hire a convertible in Europe (~$29/day), while the most expensive month to hire that same car type is September (~$258/day). In fact, January is about 76% cheaper than prices during the rest of the year to book a convertible hire for Europe. When comparing with other car types available for hire in Europe, hiring a convertible is 17% more expensive. Please note that average prices are based on historical data and can vary depending on how early you book, availability for your travel dates, and vehicle popularity.

Hyundai Accent Hatch$8/day
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Nissan Micra$9/day
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Tips for hiring a car in Europe

Browse helpful tips for hiring a car in Europe including age restrictions, car type suggestions and more. Tips were last updated on 29 May 2024.
  • The legal blood alcohol limit for driving in Europe is generally set at 0.05 grams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood (0.05%). However, this limit can vary from country to country, and some European nations have even stricter regulations, with limits as low as 0.02% or even 0% for certain categories of drivers, such as learners. Most European countries take a zero-tolerance approach to drunk driving, with stringent penalties that may include fines, licence suspension or even harsher legal consequences. So, as you explore the captivating landscapes and rich cultural diversity of Europe, always be mindful of the alcohol limits.
  • When hiring a car in Europe, it’s generally possible to cross borders. However, restrictions may apply depending on the hire company and the type of car you’ve selected – be sure to check the terms and conditions of your hire agreement before attempting to cross from one country to another. Some companies charge a cross-border fee to cover the extra insurance required when driving in different countries. If you get the go-ahead from your agency, make sure you have all necessary documents, including your passport, driver's licence and car hire paperwork. And, of course, be prepared for potential customs checks.
  • European child car seat laws vary by country but share some common principles. Generally, children who are under 12 years of age or shorter than 135 cm must use a suitable child restraint system while travelling in a hire vehicle. Infants should be placed in rear-facing seats. They may use forward-facing seats or booster seats depending on their age and size. European countries often have stricter regulations than other parts of the world, so it’s vital that you check the specific requirements of every country you visit to ensure compliance and protect your children.

Best Europe car hire deals found

Browse through a selection of recently found affordable car hire deals in Europe. Plan your trip with ease and find the perfect hire option for your needs. Data was last updated on 29 May 2024.
Hyundai Accent Hatch$8/day
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A/C
Hyundai Accent Hatch
Hyundai Accent Hatch$8/day
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Hyundai Accent Hatch
Kia Picanto$8/day
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Kia Picanto

Car hire FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about car hires in Europe, including policies, requirements, and more. FAQs were last updated on 29 May 2024.
  • Should I hire a car in Europe?

    Hiring a car in Europe offers the freedom to explore on your own schedule and in your own unique style, allowing you to delve deeper into the countries you visit. The continent’s well-maintained roads can lead you to famous attractions like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome and the Hofburg in Vienna. While public transportation is efficient, hiring a car provides more flexibility and can be more cost-effective, especially if you’re travelling in a group. Moreover, some of Europe’s most stunning locations, such as the picturesque villages of Schwangau in Germany, Blairgowrie in Scotland and Conques in France, are best accessed by car. Just bear in mind that it’s important to be comfortable with driving in varying weather conditions.

  • What is driving like in Europe?

    Driving in Europe is a diverse and ever-changing experience, reflecting the continent’s rich cultural tapestry. Most countries drive on the right. However, if you cross into the UK, Ireland, Cyprus or Malta, you’ll have to adjust to driving on the left. Note that Germany has no general speed limit on motorways, and the speed at which many cars travel can be a shock if you’re not used to it. Toll roads are common, particularly in Italy, France, Croatia, Portugal, Spain and the UK. Road quality varies, with the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria having some of the best roads.

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

    The minimum age to hire a car in Europe varies by country but ranges from 18 to 25. Note that it can be a lot more difficult to find an agency willing to hire a vehicle to drivers under the age of 25, and even if you do, you may have to pay a young driver surcharge. This additional daily fee is added to the regular hire cost. Regardless of how old you are, you must also present a full driving licence from your country of residence. You may also need to present an International Driving Permit, depending on the European country you’re visiting.

  • What is the cheapest hire car found in Europe?

    In the past two weeks, Cheapflights users have found many deals under $60/day when booking a car hire in Europe. The absolute best deal a user found was for $24/day from SURPRICE CAR RENTAL , booked on May 26.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Europe for a week from GREEN MOTION ?

    From GREEN MOTION you can hire a car in Europe from about $539 per week on average.

  • How far in advance should I hire a car in Europe for the best price?

    Generally, for a better deal in Europe it’s recommended to book in a timely manner (to save up to 43%). Cheapflights recommends you book around 7 days prior to your pickup date. Booking as early as you can also increases the likelihood that you’ll get the ideal car.

  • Can I rent a car for a month in Europe?

    Yes, hiring a vehicle in Europe for a month is certainly possible.

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Europe for a month?

    Generally, a month-long car rental in Europe can be found for about $2,312, with the average price for a rental being around $77 a day. Book with SURPRICE CAR RENTAL , to take advantage of their cheap prices and pay 81% less compared to the average price of car rentals in Europe.

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Small car hires in Europe

Find small car hire deals in Europe from well-known providers in the area and save on gas mileage with the options provided below. small car hires in Europe cost an average of $9 per day. Price data was last updated on 29 May 2024.
Nissan Micra$8/day
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Nissan Micra
Nissan Micra$8/day
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Nissan Micra
Nissan March$8/day
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Nissan March

Car hires by fuel type in Europe

Browse car hires by fuel type in Europe. Currently, Petrol/Diesel cars are the cheapest to rent in Europe. Deals were last updated on 29 May 2024.

Browse through car hire deals by fuel type in Europe. There are currently 3 fuel types to choose from with Petrol/Diesel being the cheapest ($9+).

Electric

Electric

Hybrid

Hybrid

Petrol/Diesel

Petrol/Diesel

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