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Maryland Guide


One of the first-settled regions of America, Maryland is celebrated as America in miniature for its varied topography of coastline and mountains combined with sophisticated urbanity and rural idylls. Part of the political powerhouse of Washington falls within its boundaries, as do the Appalachian Mountains, lovely Chesapeake Bay and the massive conurbation of Baltimore with its plethora of historic landmarks, and everything the state has to offer is easily accessed by car hire in Maryland.

Hiring a Vehicle

The most convenient pick-up and drop-off points for car rental in Maryland are the airports. There’s a good choice of eight well-known vehicle rental companies including Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, National, Dollar and Thrifty operating across the state in Washington, Baltimore, Annapolis, Salisbury and most of the smaller conurbations and towns. If you’re looking for the best available rates, compare car hire before you travel.

Transport Options

The major airport serving Maryland is Baltimore-Washington International Airport, dealing mainly with domestic routes. The Washington suburban areas are also served by Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan International Airport set just over the state border in Virginia, both of which offer a choice of European destinations. Cities and attractions in Maryland are well covered by numerous Interstate highways.

Car Hire Driving Tips

Major roads in and around the cities are kept in excellent condition, although during the snowy winter months, remote roads may experience uncleared snowdrifts and winter tyres and snow chains are advisable accessories. UK drivers can drive on their home country licenses, and should remember that America drives on the right.

Not to be Missed!

Baltimore is the tourist hub of the state, with its Inner Harbour, historic Fort McHenry, a world-class zoo and a slew of museums. The historic centre of Annapolis is a don’t-miss destination, and for visitors keen on the great outdoors, there’s trekking along the Appalachian Trail, rock-climbing at Annapolis Rock and a choice of unspoiled, forested state nature parks. In summer, there’s swimming, boating, fishing and beach life along the Atlantic shores.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Maryland’s local topography results in a wide variety of climactic conditions, although most regions enjoy summer heat and deal well with winter snowdrifts. Late spring, summer and early autumn are the best times to visit if you’re planning on touring. Summer highs can reach 30˚C and lows in winter often hover well below freezing, accompanied by heavy snowfalls, and rainfall averages around 100mm per month.

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).