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Virginia Guide


Nicknamed the ‘Old Dominion’, this state is a fantastic place for history buffs and those that love scenic landscapes and can easily be travelled by using car hire in Virginia. Virginia's 300-foot long beach has been a long time family favourite and offers much more than just the beach itself. Richmond, the capital of state, is a massive city drowning in history with landmarks, museums and beautiful architecture at every turn. Arlington, home of the Pentagon, has both a vibrant city and a quiet town feel.

Hiring a Vehicle

There are locations which have vehicles for hire placed all over the state, including in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Richmond Airport and Washington Dulles Airport. Rental cars are available through major suppliers such as Avis, Budget and Thrifty. Compare car hire options ahead of time to grab the best deal.

Transport Options

Richmond Airport services flights arriving from major hubs across the US as well as from Toronto, Canada and Freeport, Bahamas. Most international travellers arrive via Washington Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County. Amtrak trains stop in many cities across the state, and the metro connects Virginia to Washington DC. The I-95 is the main route running north and south through the state while the I-85 links it to the northeast and southwest.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Virginia

A hire car is the most popular way for visitors to get around, but you should avoid driving in and around the cities in rush hours. Americans drive on the right-hand side and the posted speed limit on interstates and major highways is 70mph. On other routes the maximum limit is 55mph while it is 25mph in the city centres.

Not to be Missed!

Richmond is an ideal starting point for visiting the state’s attractions with car rental in Virginia. Drive north to Fredericksburg to gaze at its numerous historical landmarks or spend the day visiting Colonial Williamsburg, an outdoor living museum. Cape Charles is a charming coastal town, while those that love natural beauty should not miss Shenandoah National Park.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Virginia has four distinct seasons and the weather can vary quite a bit. In July expect the temperature to sit at around 31°C and in January be prepared for it to get as cold as -3°C. The summer months are prone to thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes; November is the driest 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).