25th April 2017

Planning a trip abroad is a fun and exciting time, but as you research destinations and places to see, stay and visit, there is one important thing not to be forgotten – your transport.

Whether you are heading abroad for leisure or business purposes, you will need a reliable, trustworthy vehicle to ensure your trip goes without a hitch. Car hire is an easy way to avoid the complications of taking your own car abroad, but you will still have all the freedom associated with having a car of your own readily to hand. Many people feel nervous about hiring cars abroad, especially if you have never done so before, but once you are fully clued up about the process, you will soon see that there is nothing to worry about.

Tips for Driving Abroad

If you are looking to hire a car abroad, you have two options. Firstly, you can opt to travel to your destination then hire a car once you are there. This enables you to fly out to exotic or far-flung destinations without the hassle of taking a car with you. However, you are restricted by the usual airline baggage guidelines when travelling, as well as possibly being unsure of the car you will end up with once you are out there.

Option two is to hire a car in the UK which you can then drive abroad. Ideal for travelling to nearby countries as well as for European road trips, this is also the perfect option for those who don’t feel comfortable with hiring a vehicle abroad or getting to grips with the driver sitting on the opposite side of the car. Vehicle hire is also perfect for those who are moving abroad, as you can load a van with all of your possessions before driving to your new home.

Car Hire with Global

Here at Global Self Drive, we do allow our vehicles to go abroad, as long as you make sure to notify us when booking. You should also note that full international breakdown cover and an insurance Green Card will be added to the existing car hire charge.

If you are unfamiliar with driving abroad, we recommend hiring a vehicle similar to your own (where possible) to help you feel more comfortable. Similarly, it may seem obvious, but remember that in many European countries (with the exception of Ireland, Malta, and Cyprus) you will need to drive on the opposite side of the road to the UK!

For more information and guidance on taking your hire vehicle abroad, please give a member of our team a call today on 03300 411611.

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Customer Testimonials

Excellent service – 1st rate – Vehicle Supplied was excellent and very good value for money. Satisfaction rating 10 out of 10

J Fulcher

Great Service! Great Guys! I have rented from other companies in the past and had mixed experiences with them. I have shown up for a rental and they didn’t have a vehicle for me. I have been overcharged. You name it! I rent vehicles all the time for my band. These guys were prompt and courteous.

Kenneth Edwards

This is the 3rd time I've hired from Global and I love the experience. The staff are wonderful and go above and beyond to be helpful. The 1st time we only had 2 of us in the car. The 2nd time there was four and this time 5. We might need a bus next time, lol. I've hired from 2 different companies in Cambridge before and they were a total pain to deal with. You guys make the whole experience easy and I am very grateful, thanks!

John Morris

A couple of weeks ago I had to rent a 17-passenger van for the film crew that I work with. I was served by your Ipswich office to get the reservation completed at very short notice (the day before pickup). They were really helpful and friendly and ensured that the process went smoothly. I’m really happy to have found you guys as we plan on working in your area a lot over the next two years, and will definitely be renting vans again! Best wishes!

Donna Phillips

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