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Kentucky Guide


Famous as the American heart of thoroughbred horse breeding and high-quality livestock, Kentucky is nicknamed the ‘Bluegrass State’ for its incredibly fertile soil. Horse racing is a favourite sport here, locally produced bourbon is the favourite drink and bluegrass music is the favourite sound! The Appalachian Mountains, the Red River Gorge and a number of national parks as well as historic towns make Kentucky the perfect US state for a self-drive holiday.

Hiring a Vehicle

Pick-up and drop-off points are found in all the larger cities and at the major airports. The most convenient pick-up points are those at the airports, which offer a choice of eight trustworthy international companies including Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Budget and Thrifty. Self-drive gives freedom to travel when and where you want, and you can compare car hire rates before you leave to ensure the best deal.

Transport Options

Kentucky’s three main airports, Louisville International, Cincinnati International and Lexington’s Blue Grass Field offer domestic routes and links to international hubs through several leading US airlines including United and Delta. The state holds five Interstate highways, a great help if you’re planning car hire in Kentucky as your main form of ground transportation. From Cincinnati, Interstates 71 and 75 run to Louisville and Lexington respectively and, in the south, I-64 runs east to west.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Kentucky

The self-drive option in Kentucky opens up stunning views across glorious countryside dotted with horse farms, myriad lakes and areas of pristine forest. UK motorists can get by with their UK driver’s license, and the roads are well up to standard, as are most of the local drivers. Speed limits are clearly marked on most roads but do vary from county to county, and are rigorously enforced, as are the drink-driving laws.

Not to be Missed!

As mint juleps are the de rigeur tipple here, a fun drive is the Bourbon Trail, winding through horse country and taking in most of the distilleries. Other must-sees include Lost River Cave and Valley in charmingly named Bowling Green, the Mammoth Cave National Park, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the many Native American sites and the many American Civil War sites.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Unlike many US states, Kentucky enjoys the full four seasons, although striking variations occur in its weather patterns year on year. Daytime summer highs sit around 31˚C, and daytime winter lows drop to -5˚C on average, with extreme weather such as tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards occurring in season. If you’re touring with car rental in Kentucky, it pays to check the day’s forecast before you set out.

Practical information

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

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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?

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