Europe Car Hire
You can find everything you need to know about car hire in Europe on this page - whether you are looking for the ideal destination or tips on how to rent abroad. Sixt is at home in Europe. And with our expansive network of car hire branches, extensive selection of vehicles for rent and helpful, English-speaking staff, we offer you the choice, flexibility and convenience that you need so that you can focus on having fun on your Europe trip. If you're hoping to drive one-way and/ or back to the UK - head to our one way car hire in Europe page for more details.
Good to know about car hire in Europe
How old do I have to be to hire a car in Europe?
While you have to be 21 to hire a car in the UK, in many European countries, including France, Spain and Germany, you can book rental cars from as young as 18. The minimum age varies by country so it is best to check our rental information page for information specific to the country where you wish to hire a car. Often a young driver fee will also apply for drivers under the age of 25.
Are one-way bookings possible?
Yes, it’s possible to pick a car up at one branch and return it to another, be it in the same or a different European country. Please visit our rental information page to see how much it costs to book a one-way rental between two countries in Europe.
Can I rent a car and drive across Europe?
Yes, you are able to use your hire car across Europe – particularly important if you are planning an extended holiday. Please inform us when you book if you plan to drive your hire car in a different country to the one where you pick it up. You will need to pay a small fee to use your car in multiple countries. Enter your pick-up country on our rental information page for more detailed information.
Can I hire an automatic car in Europe?
We have a wide selection of both manual and automatic cars in our fleet all across Europe. If you are used to driving an automatic car then please use the filter on the car select screen to see all of the automatic vehicles available.
Can I take a hire car from the UK to Europe?
Yes, you can take pick up your hire car in the UK and drive it in in Europe. A charge will apply when using your car abroad which is calculated depending on the number of days. Visit our rental information page to see more detailed information about using your UK car hire in Europe.
Am I able to use my UK licence?
Yes, you can use your UK licence to hire cars in Europe. If you have been in the EU for an extended period of time then your UK licence may no longer be valid. Please check the UK government website for more information.