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Set on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the southeast of the country, the state of South Carolina has a history of immigrant settlement going back 300 years. Charleston is its best-known city and Columbia is its capital, with the 60 miles of glorious beaches, resorts and historic landmarks at Myrtle Beach drawing over 14 million holidaymakers every year. Wherever you’re based, you’ll find the best way to see it all is by car rental in South Carolina.
Car hire in South Carolina is easily accessed at the airports and in Charleston, Columbia and other city centres through trusted international companies such as Budget, Hertz, National, Avis, and Enterprise, with UK drivers needing only their British driver’s license to drive in the USA. Prospective visitors should compare car hire before their departure date in order to benefit from the cheapest rates.
Charleston International Airport is the busiest of the seven regional aviation hubs here, and Myrtle Beach has its own, smaller airport. Both facilities offer flights to international air hubs in major US cities, operated by leading US airlines and giving European holidaymakers easy access to the state and its attractions. Road travel is fast and efficient due to 10 Interstate highways crossing the region from all points of the compass.
Thanks to the Interstate highways, getting around is not a problem for visiting drivers with a degree of competence, and there are many designated scenic drives to enjoy. A UK driver’s license is required, and speed limits are clearly marked on all roads in this popular vacation state. Drink driving is taken seriously here, with jail time and US $400 fines the inevitable result.
With car hire in South Carolina, the spectacular scenery, history and culture of the state are open to self-drive visitors through routes from Charleston to the Blue Ridge Mountains, to heritage towns in the mountains and to unspoilt nature and Native American heritage along the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. Other attractions include Myrtle Beach’s theme and water parks and Charleston’s Old Slave Mart Museum, set in the city’s historic centre.
With South Carolina’s humid sub-tropical climate only varying slightly between coastal, inland and mountainous regions, visiting at most times of the year will ensure heat, humidity and sunshine. Summer highs veer between 30 and 34ËC and winter lows, although less uniform, average 16ËC. However, in Columbia and the upstate areas, overnight January lows can hit freezing. Due to the state’s location, thunderstorms, hurricanes and even tornadoes occur between August and October in the coastal areas.
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.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
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.
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).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
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.
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).
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).