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Your Guide to Car Hire in Europe

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.

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Countries in Europe that Sixt Operates In

From Austria to the Ukraine, our European Sixt offices are ready and waiting to help you find the hire car that's right for your journey and get you driving on European roads. We are present in all major European countries with over 1,800 branches and car hire stations in 42 European countries, including over 200 in France, over 80 in Spain and over 450 in Germany. So whatever your needs, whether you are looking for a rental car or need to pop in and ask a question whilst on the road, we are with you every step of your journey.

Types of Vehicles for Hire with Sixt

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Sixt is proud to offer you a vehicle for whatever your budget and purpose. And with over 15 different car brands, over 5 van brands, motorcycles plus bicycles, Sixt is your cup of tea. Bargain hunters can source a great cheap deal whilst car enthusiasts can find their dream vehicle to experience on their dream European break.


Our cheap and cheerful range of economy hire cars, like the Skoda Citigo and Seat Ibiza, are perfect to hop into to whizz around the city or countryside, whilst leaving you enough spare change to enjoy your holiday to the maximum. With our city compact hire cars you can ride in style on the historic roads of classic European cities, and look good with a vehicle heritage to match in cars such as the Fiat 500 and Mini Coupe. For those looking to cruise in comfort, our BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class provide luxury car hire with luxury customer service ensuring that your European drive goes smoothly and successfully. If you're looking for more space and safety whilst driving in the European countryside, our 4x4 and SUV hire cars are for you, such as the Volvo XC90 or Range Rover Vogue. And if you're still looking for something a little bigger to fit all of your family or buddies then our people carriers and minibus hires including the Vauxhall (Opel) Vivaro and Volkswagen VW Transporter are here to help make sure that everyone is on-board and comfortable. We also offer van hire from classic vans such as the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. We have a special treat for those in Mallorca, where you can whizz down the coast on a motorbike with one of our BMW motorcycle rentals, and in Riga where you can pick up a rental bicycle and take advantage of our bicycle network to see the beautiful country of Latvia.


Sixt can match you with an innovative ride to suit your preferences. We also offer the choice of a manual car or automatic car across the full range of car hire categories, whether it be economy, family, 4x4, van, luxury or sports car. After selecting your ideal pick-up location in the booking process, you will be presented a list of all available car hire categories.

Flexible Rental Options

Sixt always aims to offer you a personalised service which is tailored to your needs and requirements. We have a broad range of additional options for you to select from to ensure that your car hire is exactly as you need:

  • Insurance: All Sixt European car rentals are inclusive of Third Party Protection, Damage Protection and Theft Protection insurances. You are able to select to reduce your Damage Excess amount and we also offer additional protection packages.
  • Additional Driver: At Sixt we recognise that you may want to share the driving on your European trip so we offer you the flexibility with our Additional Driver option. You can select this option when booking online or, if your plans change last minute, when you pick your hire car up.
  • Unlimited Mileage: A European driving roadtrip should not be restricted by your hire car mileage, so Sixt has great deals on our Unlimited Mileage option so that you can have the freedom to travel as much as you wish.
  • One Way Car Rental: Sixt don't want you to be restricted in your European trip journey planning - and with our one way car hire in Europe you can pick up your hire car from the location that you want to start your drive from and then simply drop it off where it suits you.
  • Baby & Child Seats: Safety is a priority at Sixt and we ensure that your children are kept safe and comfortable in your car hire with a range of Child Seat optionsso that you can select the perfect one for your child.
  • Winter Tyres and Snow Chains: Sixt keeps you safe in challenging winter conditions with our Winter Tyres and Snow Chains. In mandatory locations during skiing seasons, winter tyres will come as standard.
  • Under 25s / Student Car Hire: Our standard minimum car hire age limit is 21, however this can vary over our vehicle fleet and depending on the country. For students, we offer you a student discount to make sure that road trip with friends is accessible and affordable.

European Driving Checklist

Europe Driving Checklist - Sixt rent a car

Any driving trip requires preparation, and more so when driving in Europe which has its differences to the UK. We can support you with any advance preparation and knowledge that you need, so that once you're on the road you have a safe and happy drive. For comprehensive driving information by country, our Driving Tips pages has information on key driving rules & regulations, speed limits, necessary equipment & documents and additional information such as road signs per country. 

Here is our European driving checklist. Be aware that requirements may change if you cross borders so ensure that you know the laws for each country.


  • Left and right hand drive: Are you comfortable with driving on a different side of the road? Driving an automatic vehicle instead of a manual can help you acclimatize.
  • Insurance: Do you have the right level of insurance that covers you for the country that you are driving in? Not every insurance company insures for driving in all European countries.
  • Documentation: Do you know what identification, vehicle and insurance documents are required? Keeping your passport to hand may be a good idea if you are crossing borders.
  • Speed Limits: Are you aware of the speed limits for different types of roads? The UK has one of the lowest motorway speed limits although the speed limit for urban areas is mostly the same as the UK across Europe.
  • Tolls and Permits: Are you aware of toll roads, permits and limited access zones, including Austrian/Swiss vignettes and Italian ZTLs? Do you know where and how you pay?
  • Vehicle, Driver and Passenger Equipment: Do you know what mandatory and recommended equipment is required for your drive? Most European countries require vehicles and drivers to carry more equipment than the UK, including reflective vests, emergency triangles and headlight beam converters.
  • Winter Tyres / Snow Chains: Do you need winter tyres or snow chains? Unlike the UK, these can be mandatory by law in some countries during certain seasons.
  • Mobile Phones: Do you have a hands-free kit? All European countries prohibit the use of handheld mobile phones whilst driving, and many have stricter laws than the UK on when and how you can use your phone whilst in your vehicle.
  • Sat Nav / Route Planner: Do you have a sat nav? Route planning and navigation can be tricky enough in the UK, but on unfamiliar roads the distraction of route planning and driving without a sat nav can be dangerous as well as stressful.
  • Alcohol Limit: Do you know the legal alcohol limit? The UK, along with Portugal, have the highest alcohol limit in Europe and many European countries have a limit of zero.

Your Guide to Renting with Sixt

We strive hard to ensure that your hire car experience with Sixt is simple, efficient and enjoyable. From browsing our vehicle fleet, additional options range and location map to booking, collecting and returning your hire car via a variety of channels that are flexible to your needs, we put you as the customer first when designing our rental services.

  • Mobile App: With the Sixt Mobile App, you can book your hire car and manage your reservations, plus contact our Customer Services team if you have any queries. Our mobile app is available for all smartphone operating systems including Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows.
  • Express Car Hire: To help you get driving quicker and easier, Sixt Express speeds up your car rental process from booking online to collecting in branch.
  • Sixt Cards: We look after our customers, so we have a range of Sixt cards so that we can recognise and reward you, wherever you may be renting from us.
  • Other Information and Legal Terms: For detailed, country-specific rental information including available vehicle options, insurances, age restrictions and other legal terms please select your location on our Rental Information page.
  • Australia Rental FAQs: If you have any other queries on how to rent with us and you are planning to start your European drive in the UK, then check out our Australia FAQs page.
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