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USNR Feb 7th, 2007 06:26 PM

Age limits for rental car drivers in Europe?
Friends who have rented cars in Europe recently told us that there were age limits, that persons over 75 had difficulty and those 80 and above were barred from driving a rental car. They spoke of one American company in particular, but wondered if this was a general rule throughout the EU. Can anyone give us the facts?

ron Feb 7th, 2007 07:45 PM

No easy answer; it varies by company and country. See for a partial answer.

My only experience was talking to a fellow over 75 while waiting for a car from Budget in England. He said Budget refused to rent him a car in a country on the continent (I don't remember which), but would rent him one in the UK.

nukesafe Feb 7th, 2007 10:29 PM

I looked into it a couple of years ago in the U.K., and the general cap was at 70. We found a firm in Scotland which allowed me to drive as the "secondary" driver.

REALLY made me feel old -----


Steve_James Feb 8th, 2007 01:04 AM

Hi NR - Try Hertz:

'Hertz International, 800/654-3001. Car rentals, chauffeur services, and mobile phone rentals in over 120 countries. No upper age limit (except in Spain, age 79).'

Hope this helps ...


ira Feb 8th, 2007 02:22 AM


Check with www/ and

See what they have to say.

That's an odd expression. One hears waht people say. :)

SandyBrit Feb 8th, 2007 02:38 AM


Try - varies from country to country but can be done. Lots of information on their site, you are placed with a major car hire firm and no hidden charges.

Have used quite a bit in the UK and always been satisfied.


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