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Washington Guide


Filled with mountains, beaches, volcanoes and forests, this has always been a popular state to explore with car rental in Washington. Its rugged coast is filled with beaches and rain forest that boast a stunning mountainous backdrop, and its islands are famous for spotting whales. Puget Sound is the most populous and most visited area and is where the beautiful coastal city of Seattle can be found as well as Olympia, the lively state capital.

Hiring a Vehicle

It is easy to organise a vehicle, as known suppliers such as Budget, Thrifty and Avis operate in cities such as Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane and Walla Walla, and from Seattle-Tacoma Airport. To ensure the best possible rates compare car hire before arrival.

Transport Options

Seattle-Tacoma Airport, a 25-minute drive from Seattle, is the main air hub of the state and receives flights from within the US as well as from Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia. Domestic flights are also available at Spokane International Airport, which serves the western region of the state. Amtrak trains from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, stop in Olympia and Seattle. Interstate 90 cuts through Washington in an easterly direction and the I-5 runs along the states coast.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Washington

Driving in Washington is on the right and self-drive is the recommended way to get around. The I-90, which passes through the Cascade Mountains, has a maximum speed limit of 70mph in rural areas and 60mph in urban areas. The I-5 that starts at the Canadian border and runs south along the coast has the same posted limits.

Not to be Missed!

Seattle is the main entry point of the state and it is easy to tour the rest of the state’s attractions from this city with car hire in Washington. Head to Yakima to tour the state’s best wineries or spend the day hiking through the rainforest at the Olympic National Park. Mount Rainer National Park is ideal for hiking and mountaineering, while Pullman offers lovely strolls through the Washington State University campus.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Winters in Washington are wet and cold, while summers are sunny and dry. The temperature can get as cold as -1°C in winter and in the summer it can reach 25°C. The dry months are the best times to visit; these run from May to September.

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).