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Louisiana Guide


The vast Mississippi River delta and its coastal marshes form the majority of settled land in the southern state of Louisiana, and its most famous city is New Orleans, a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and totally fascinating mix of culture, history and religion. The state capital is Baton Rouge, and the unique Cajun County holds Lafayette as its main city. Millions of tourists flock to New Orleans every year for its festivals and vibrant nightlife, with many using car hire in Louisiana to tour this eclectic region.

Hiring a Vehicle

The most convenient pick-up point for car rental in Louisiana is the airport, with its eight internationally trusted companies waiting to serve your needs. Represented are Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Thrifty, Dollar and National, most of which also provide pick-up and drop-off points downtown and in other Louisiana cities. To make sure of your preferred vehicle at the best rates, compare car hire before your trip.

Transport Options

New Orleans International Airport, also named after jazz genius Louis Armstrong, is the major air transport hub for most arrivals in Louisiana, and most other forms of ground transportation here range from poor to non-existent. Self-drive is literally the only reliable way to see this fascinating state and its varied cultures. A number of Interstate highways cross the state, making touring with car rental in Louisiana an enjoyable experience.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Louisiana

Driving on the Interstate highways here is straightforward, although more care needs to be taken on the narrow, winding roads in the deep Creole and Cajun country districts. In the bayou districts, watch out for alligators on the roads! Don’t drink and drive unless you’re happy to risk jail time and a US $1,000 fine, and remember that seat belts and child seats are mandatory.

Not to be Missed!

For unbeatable natural beauty, head for the unique Sicily Island Hills, surrounded by the Mississippi and Ouachita rivers’ flood plains and home to a magnificent waterfall, forests and an amazing range of wildlife. The iconic French Quarter of New Orleans was spared Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and is the hub for historic buildings, buzzing nightlife and a museum devoted to the quarter’s famous Creole Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Summers in sub-tropical Louisiana are extremely hot, humid and long, compensated for by short, mild winters. The Gulf of Mexico is the climate’s main influence, and the summer months are the wettest, especially in the southern region. Summer highs sit at around 35˚C or higher and winter lows average 15˚C. Extreme weather is common, and includes tornadoes, thunderstorms and the devastating tropical cyclones that sweep in from the Gulf of Mexico.

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).