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Young drivers are often faced with barriers when it comes to hiring a vehicle. With Europcar, we welcome drivers over the age of 22 (19 in some other countries) to hire a car for university, work or whilst they’re on holiday. We even offer 15% discount to Student Beans members!

Even if you’re not a Student Bean member, we still offer highly competitive rates for under 26s and charge the lowest Young Driver Surcharge compared to our competitors. Please note that the Young Driver Surcharge is applied to all rentals where a driver is aged between 22 and 25 (inclusive).

To find out what vehicles you’re eligible to rent, simply begin a booking to get a quote.


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FAQs and Young Driver Requirements


How old do you have to be to hire a car?

Generally in the UK, the minimum age is 22. The age policy may vary depending on the vehicle you wish to rent and may vary
at certain Europcar Branches and any such variation will be indicated during the booking process.
Drivers must also have held a full and valid driving licence for a minimum of 12 months except for rentals starting 
from Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Carmarthen, Pembroke, Aberystwyth and Llanelli when the full and valid licence must 
have been held for a minimum of 2 years prior to picking up the vehicle.
Do I have to pay extra?
Due to insurance requirements, all drivers under the age of 26 will be required to pay a young driver's surcharge of
just £35 per day of rental.
How much discount can I get?
If you are a Student Beans member, you are eligible for up to 15% off car hire and 7.5% off van hire in the UK, you can also benefit from 10% off in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. If you do not hold one of these memberships, our vehicles are still offered at competitive rates, currently from just £52 per day for 25s and under, and from £17 per day for 26 year olds and older.
For more information, please read Europcar’s terms and conditions before booking or contact our helpful customer services.

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Terms & Conditions

    1. Click here to find out about our Best Price Guarantee

    2. Valid at participating branches only and only on UK car hire

    3. UK rentals include, Damage Liability Waiver (subject to an excess from £1,000 / all Selection category vehicles start from £2000 excess), Theft Waiver, road tax, VAT, but exclude fuel

    4. Mileage restrictions apply
    5. Subject to availability and driver qualification

    6. Standard Europcar terms and conditions apply

    7. Please click here to find full Nectar terms and conditions.

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