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North Carolina Guide


Consisting of three individual regions, this state has much to offer its visitors and can easily be roamed by using car hire in North Carolina. Its coast is lined with beaches and the seaside city of Wilmington is a haven for beach lovers, while Ashville is nestled between the mountains and is fantastic for art lovers. The state capital, Raleigh, was recently ranked as ‘America’s Best City’, and North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte, is filled with shopping, dining and stunning architecture.

Hiring a Vehicle

Popular suppliers such as Hertz, Avis and National have locations in all major cities within the state, including Raleigh, Charlotte and Wilmington as well as at all main air hubs. This makes organising a vehicle painless, but it is recommended to compare car hire early to ensure the best rates.

Transport Options

Raleigh-Durham Airport, situated 4.5 miles northeast of Raleigh, serves flights arriving from Cancun, Toronto and from main hubs throughout the US. A wider selection of flights is available at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Amtrak trains that leave New York and head for Georgia and Florida stop in North Carolina, and Greyhound buses also arrive in major cities throughout the state. Interstate highways run in all directions within North Carolina, connecting it north to Virginia, south to South Carolina, southwest to Georgia and west to Tennessee.

Car Hire Driving Tips in North Carolina

Driving is the best way to explore North Carolina, as public transport is limited. Remember to drive on the right and to avoid driving in the city centres during rush hours. Interstate highways have a maximum speed limit of 65mph, although in some stretches this is raised to 70mph.

Not to be Missed!

Raleigh itself has much to offer and is worth spending a few days in before arranging car rental in North Carolina and continuing on. Head for Concord to stroll through its historic district, see a race at the speedway or shop in Concord Mills, the largest mall in the state. Ocean Isle Beach is popular among families hoping to soak up the sun, while Cashiers is a mecca for recreational activities such as skiing, climbing and hiking.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Weather in North Carolina is as diverse as its regions. It is warmest along the coast and coldest in the mountains. In July expect highs of 33°C along the coast, 31°C in the capital and 26°C in the mountains. January is the coldest month, with the lowest temperature being 2°C along the coast, -1°C in Raleigh and -6°C in the mountains.

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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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).