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Young Driver Car Hire For Under 25s

How old do you have to be to hire a car in the UK & abroad? This comprehensive guide explores the minimum age(s) accepted for hiring a car around in different countries, what types of cars you can hire as a young driver, what surcharges you may be subject too and anything else that you may need to know about young driver car hire.

Want a quick answer? Click your age to find out if you can hire from us:

18 Year Olds
19 Year Olds
20 Year Olds
21 Years Old
22 Years Old
23 Years Old
24 Years Old
18 Year Olds

Can I hire at car at 18 years old? The short answer is yes

 

Hiring a car at 18 is extremely restricted, there are very few locations that you will be able to hire.

 

At 18 years old you won't be able to hire in the UK, but you can often hire in other European countries like France, Spain & Holland, in selected locations.

 

Due to how restricted this is it's often worth being aware that the young driver surcharge can be quite high.

 

Get in touch with us directly to find out more and get a free no obligation quote.

19 Year Olds

Can I hire at car at 19 years old? The short answer is yes.

 

Hiring a car at 19 is restricted but you can hire in a few additional locations to 18 year olds, but not many.

 

The minimum age to hire in the UK is 21, but you can often hire in other European countries like Turkey, Portugal & Germany, with limited suppliers.

 

Due to how restricted this is it's often worth being aware that the young driver surcharge can be quite high.

 

Get in touch with us directly to find out more and get a free no obligation quote.

20 Year Olds

Can I hire a car at 20 years old? The short answer is yes.

 

Hiring a car at 20 years old opens you up to hire at a few more locations than if you where 18 or 19. It's still however very limited.

 

At 20 years old you still won't be able to hire in the UK, but you will be able to hire across most of Europe & Australia.

 

It's worth noting that you could be subject to a very high additional young driver surcharge.

 

We'll always try and find you the best deal, but you need to get in touch with us directly to find out more.

21 Years Old

At 21 years old you can hire in most locations across the world, including the UK.

 

You will still be subject to a young driver surcharge but there are now more suppliers who can hire to you so this may not be as high as if you where 18-20.

 

Get in touch with us to get the lowest overall rental price.

22 Years Old

Hiring a car at 22 years old is exactly the same as being 21. You can hire in most locations across the world, including the UK.

 

You will still be subject to a young driver surcharge but there are now more suppliers who can hire to you so this may not be as high as if you where 18-20. 

 

Get in touch with us to get the lowest overall rental price.

23 Years Old

At 23 years old you can hire at most locations across the world, with limited suppliers.

 

Although in most locations you will still be subject to a young driver surcharge.

 

We now have deals with certain suppliers to get smaller additional fees so please contact us directly.

24 Years Old

Hiring a car at 24 is exactly the same as 23,  you can hire at most locations across the world, with limited suppliers.

 

Although in most locations you will still be subject to a young driver surcharge.

 

We now have deals with certain suppliers to get smaller additional fees so please contact us directly.

young driver car hire

Young Driver Car Hire

Don’t let your age get in the way of you hiring a vehicle, car rental for 18 year olds is even possible in some locations. Age shouldn’t be an obstacle when it comes to hiring a car, for most suppliers it is, as each of them have their own rules on age limits. As we work with all different suppliers however under 25 car rental is possible.

We work with hundreds of suppliers worldwide and we know the best way to get you the very best deals when looking to hire a car under the age of 25.

Here is a general guide of our car rental under 25 rates:

ExampleRequirement
Minimum Age18
Typical Young Driver Fees (per day)£6 - 40
Full Licence Required For1 Year
*Young driver car hire fees & requirements are dependent upon location of hire.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Hire A Car?

Keep an eye on extra charges for young drivers. By Alamo United States, the minimum age for driving a car is 18 years old, but drivers aged 18 to 20 years must pay a surcharge of 49.37 US dollars per day. This supplement cannot be settled in advance and must be paid at time of pickup.

The minimum age for hiring a car is 18 years old, but drivers between the age of 18-24 are typically required to pay a daily young driver surcharge. This is usually to be paid at the time of pick up.

Here is a breakdown of the age to rent a car & the typical requirements

  • 21+ years of age, although limited locations allow 18+.
  • Under 25s will be subject to a daily surcharge.
  • Have held your licence for more than a year
  • Points or convictions may make hiring a car more complicated.

There are several different factors to take into account, so before hiring always make sure you check the terms and conditions.

WHAT TYPES OF CARS CAN I HIRE AS A YOUNG DRIVER?

Typically as a young driver the vehicles that you will be able to hire include anything up to a compact size vehicle for example:

However, if you are after a particular size of car, get in touch & we will see what we can do!


Minimum rental ages in different countries

The rental age varies from one location to another, and even within the same country you may be able to hire a car at a particular age at one airport, but not another.

Taking the UK for example, some suppliers will allow drivers as young as 21, however most others will only allow 23 or above. These as you would expect typically come at a daily surcharge cost of £30-40 a day in the UK.

That being said, it varies massively from country to country so we have put together a guide that shows you the youngest age you can hire a car in some of our most popular countries:

CountryMinimum Age
UK21
Canada21
Greece21
Australia20
Turkey19
France18
Germany18
USA18
Holland18
Spain18
Portugal18
New Zealand18
Austria18

If the country you are travelling to is missing, or you want to find out more, then please don’t hesitate to call us directly, our friendly team will always try and get you the best available deal.

Young driver car hire surcharge examples

If you are looking at hiring a car as a young driver then you can expect to pay quite a significant young driver car hire daily surcharge. We’ve pulled together a few examples of surcharges in the UK, please be aware these are examples and vary from location to location:

Car Hire SupplierDaily Young Driver Fee
Avis£32.50
Dollar£35
Easirent£30
Goldcar£35
Green Motion£50
Interrent£35
Keddy by Europcar£35

Can I hire a car as a young driver without a surcharge?

A young driver surcharge fee can range up to as much as £39/p day if you go with an expensive supplier, so it’s important to not only find the lowest rental charge, but the lowest price combined with the excess fees.

Please keep in mind that all of the prices on our website do not include any young driver fees; this is in addition to the cost of the rental. If you are under the age of 25 then you must contact us directly to find out the options.

If you are between the ages of 23-24 then depending upon the location, we can offer young driver car hire with a small additional fee. This is subject to availability and depends on where you are wanting the vehicle from.

What else should I consider?

Hiring a car if you are under 25 can complicated so it’s always best to get in touch with us directly as opposed to booking online. You must check the terms and conditions as young driver fees are not included in the online rate.

We work with thousands of different car hire companies across hundreds of different locations all over the world, every single one of them has slightly different terms & conditions, so no matter your situation we will always do our best to get you a vehicle so you can make the most of your trip.

Contact Us Regarding Car Hire For Young Drivers

If you would like more information on hiring a car under the age of 25, please feel free to contact our reservations and customer service teams. You can call us on 0113 88 00 748, email us at [email protected] or chat with us online. We are here to answer your queries and to ensure you book with the supplier that meets your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am under 25 but I also have a international driving permit. Would i be able to hire a car?
A: The answer to this is yes however you need to of held your domestic licence for a year prior to hiring.
Q: As a young driver how long do you need to of held your licence before hiring?
A: All suppliers will require you to have held your full licence for at least 1 year
Q: I’m a student and have just passed my driving licence test, can I hire a car?
A: Unfortunately, in the UK you will need to wait until you have been driving 12 months. However we can arrange this service in some other countries.
Q: Can I hire a car if I’m under 25 and I have points on my licence?
A: This would depend on your age, number of points and what they are for. Each situation is unique and we often need to get in touch with suppliers directly to see if they could help you.
Q: Can I hire a car with a debit card if I’m under 25?
A: We do have some suppliers in some locations that will allow you to arrange car hire with a debit card if you are under 25 but this is dependent on the supplier and location.
Q: Can I hire a car at 19 years old?
A: Much like hiring a car at 18 years old, you can hire a car at 19 but the locations are limited. We have one supplier which cover majority of main airport in Spain which allow drivers from 19 years old to hire as long as they have held their licence for at least one year.

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