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Rhode Island Guide


As the smallest state in the US, Rhode Island can be traversed by car in just 45 minutes. But its 400 miles of New England coastline, dotted with sandy beaches and easy to visit with car hire in Rhode Island, have plenty to keep visitors occupied for days on end. The lively capital, Providence, is a dynamic city of museums and entertainment, while Newport, the Ocean State’s second city, is a laid-back waterfront resort with a colonial ambience.

Hiring a Vehicle

Reliable suppliers such as Enterprise, Budget and National operate in major locations across the state, including Providence, Newport and TF Green Airport, making rental vehicles easy to arrange. Compare car hire before you arrive to secure the best deal.

Transport Options

TF Green Airport, situated six miles south of Providence, receives flights from major cities across the US as well as from Toronto, Canada. Wider flight options are available at Boston’s Logan International Airport, 60 miles to the northeast. High-speed Amtrak trains which run from Boston to New York make a stop in Providence, while Greyhound buses also serve the state. The I-95 is the fastest road route through Rhode Island.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Rhode Island

Beware of local drivers who disregard basic road rules such as signaling before turning. Driving, as in the rest of the US, is on the left-hand side and is the most practical way to get around the state. The I-95, which crosses the state, has a posted speed limit of 55mph in urban areas and 65mph in rural areas.

Not to be Missed!

From Providence, it is easy to visit all of the island’s attractions with car rental in Rhode Island. Head for East Greenwich to absorb its historic district or spend the day soaking up the sun on Narragansett beach. Woonsocket has a unique French inspired culture while Newport is a must-visit for those who like the high life, yachting, wining and dining.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Warm, wet summers and cold winters characterise Rhode Island’s climate. Expect highs of 28°C in July and lows of -7°C in January. Perhaps the best time to visit is during the shoulder months of April and May or September and October when temperatures remain comfortable and rain is minimal.

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).