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Minnesota Guide


Known for its natural beauty and its Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St Paul, the midwestern state of Minnesota is nicknamed ‘Land of the 10,000 Lakes’. It’s a combination of metropolitan sophistication, culture, friendly people, forests, nature parks and remote wildernesses, great for a self-drive holiday including outdoor activities as well as city fun and sightseeing.

Hiring a Vehicle

A good selection of the best-known vehicle rental companies has pick-up and drop-off points in the Twin Cities, the airport and smaller cities such as Bloomington and Rochester. A choice of seven companies including Hertz, Avis, Budget and National is available at the airport, the most convenient point for visitors. For the best deals, compare car hire before your trip.

Transport Options

The main aviation hub, Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, sees the majority of arrivals and is conveniently set in Fort Snelling, midway between the two cities and 16kms (10 miles) from their downtown districts. As well as a comprehensive list of regional routes, international flights are served, but visitors from the UK will need to change planes at a US international hub. Interstate highways fan out from the Twin Cities, making touring with car hire in Minnesota straightforward.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Minnesota

Interstates 35 and 94 lead from Minneapolis to Minnesota’s southern boundaries, and link with the comprehensive interregional corridor of fast roads crossing the state. Speed limits range between 104kph (65mph) and 112kph (70mph) and UK drivers will only need their British drivers’ license. During the region’s harsh winters, snow chains and winter tyres are necessary.

Not to be Missed!

There’s a vast choice of things to see and do in the state, whatever your holiday preference. The northern and central regions are easily reached with car rental in Minnesota and contain unspoilt forests, lakes and waterways as well as charming small towns. The Minneapolis arts and music scene is vibrant, and the Twin Cities hold world-class museums and art galleries.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The state’s continental climate brings dramatic temperature variations and a range of extreme and unpredictable weather, with spring and summer thunderstorms, winter blizzards and even tornadoes. The quieter autumn season is a good time to visit, as high summer can see temperatures around 35˚C and winter lows regularly fall to well below freezing. Rain is seasonal, heavier in the prairies during the spring growing period.

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).