Important facts described briefly below:
Anyone who turned 18 and just gotten their driver's license does not always have a car at their disposal. Therefore, a rental car is often a good solution, even at this age. However, there are special conditions which we would like to explain to you here. Usually, rental companies charge an additional fee for young drivers, which can be seen in the rental conditions.
Can I book a rental car at 18 years of age?
That depends on the car rental company and the country. Some car rental companies allow you to book a rental car at the age of 18. However, usually, not every model can be booked. In addition, fees are usually charged. One reason for this is that car rental companies suspect a higher risk of damage if the driver is young and not yet experienced.
Attention: Many car rentals only offer rental cars to drivers at least 21 years old. Other providers allow 19-year-olds to rent. However, there are also rental companies where you can only rent when you are 25 or 27 years old.
Renting a car at 18: What do I have to consider regarding a young driver fee?
If this surcharge is paid, some car rental companies lower the age limit. The amount of this fee varies depending on the country and the rental company. Please enter your age directly in the search so that you will only be shown offers that already include the young driver fee.
Tip: At Buchbinder car rental, rental cars can be rented from 18 years of age with an acceptable young driver surcharge. There are also other providers where this is possible. You will find the corresponding information with the respective offer.
Which rental cars may I drive from the age of 18?
This varies depending on the provider. Usually, luxury models are not rented to young drivers. For compact-class rental cars, the age limits are usually lower. The best chances to rent are with smaller cars.
Tip: The car rental companies Avis and Budget offer small cars for young drivers.
What are the conditions for your driving license?
Many car rental companies only accept driving licenses that are at least one year old. You should clarify this in advance so that you don't get a nasty surprise when you go to pick up the car and don't receive it. It is also possible that certain vehicle classes are only awarded when the driving license is several years old.
In which countries can you rent a car at the age of 18?
Not all countries and car rentals allow car rental from 18 years of age. In the following countries, this is possible with some providers:
|Albania||British Virgin Islands||Finland||Italy||Montenegro||Serbia|
|Austria||Costa Rica||Greece||Latvia||Norway||South Africa|
Are there any exceptions for drivers under the age of 18?
Often young people already have a lot of driving experience and could easily drive a rental car at the age of 18. This raises the question of whether there are any exceptions, and if a corresponding driving experience can be proven. This is not possible in most cases, since car rental companies are bound to formal guidelines. This proof becomes particularly difficult with a provider abroad, who often cannot understand proofs in a different language.
Is there also a maximum age?
In some countries, there is also an age limit. Drivers who are older than 70 are often required to present an additional certificate. They must provide proof that they are still fit to drive and have been driving without an accident for five years. Many car rental companies require older drivers to take out additional insurance. This is sometimes also required for drivers under 70.