Travelling around Britain by car

If your clients want to visit a place that has no access by rail, prefer to travel under their own steam, or if they simply like a little privacy while travelling, travelling by car is a great way to see Britain.

Typically, the two most startling differences for foreign motorists is that in Britain we drive on the left rather than the right, and distances are mostly measured in miles, not kilometres. However, rural Britain is still a great place to drive and the UK benefits from an extensive network of toll-free motorways and trunk roads, which make travelling around the country pretty straightforward and enjoyable.

For those not bringing their own car, car hire can be booked via the VisitBritain Shop, where we have teamed up with some of the biggest rental car firms in Britain to offer great rates for your clients.

For practical issues and considerations, read our guide to driving in the UK.

Please note that it is illegal to drive without third-party insurance, and it is advisable to take out fully comprehensive insurance. Crucially, most companies require a valid credit card upon collection of a hire car; without one, your clients may have to part with a substantial cash deposit. Drivers will also need their driving license and passport to pick up the hire car.