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Illinois Guide


Illinois, a state in the USA’s Midwest, features flat lands, farmlands and hills that can easily be roamed by car rental in Illinois. Springfield, its historic capital city, is best known for being the home of Abraham Lincoln, while Chicago, the largest city in the state, is famed for its fantastic museums, famous skyline, and blues and jazz. Illinois is also home to one of the country’s few UNESCO World Heritage sites, Chahokia Mounds.

Hiring a Vehicle

Arranging car hire in is simple as there are a number of pick-up points including Chicago, Springfield, O’Hare Airport and Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. Vehicles are available through well-known suppliers such as Avis, eRentals and Hertz, and if you compare car hire ahead of time you can grab some great deals.

Transport Options

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, found three miles northwest of Springfield, serves flights from Chicago and Dallas. The largest airport in the state is Chicago’s O’Hare, which is one of the busiest hubs in the USA and receives flights from all over the globe. Amtrak trains stop in Chicago from all directions, and the UP train runs trains throughout the state. Numerous highways run through Illinois, allowing access to all corners of the state.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Illinois

Illinois is criss-crossed with highways and driving is the most convenient way to get around, with Americans driving on the right. All highways change to toll routes near Chicago and have a speed limit of 65mph. On smaller routes that have less than four lanes the maximum limit is 55mph.

Not to be Missed!

Springfield is located in the middle of the state, making it a great starting point for visiting Illinois’ attractions and for organising car rental in Illinois. Visit the laid-back small city of Champaign, surrounded by farmlands and home to some great museums. Try your luck at Metropolis’ floating casino at night and explore the Shawnee National Forest Park in the day. The massive cultural city of Chicago is a must for those who like dining, shopping and strolling through museums.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The temperature and weather throughout Illinois vary quite a bit. Of course Chicago is the windy city, being situated on the tip of Lake Michigan. In general, Illinois experiences hot and humid summers and cold winters. In July expect it to be 28°C in the north and up to 32°C in the south. Temperatures in winter range from -11°C to 5°C with plenty of snow.

Practical information

  • Currency
    United States Dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    25 - 70 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 - 130 km/h
  • Language

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).