Belgiuma romantic weekend in an Avis hire car. 

Beautiful scenery, intimate restaurants – and chocolate. Lots of it. Even if you haven’t got a sweet tooth, you’ll be bowled over by the Ardennes region – and it’s an incredibly compact and easy place to drive. Head south from Brussels for rolling hills, picture-postcard towns and grand country houses dripping with history.

Avis Great Drives - Belgium

Test drive this two-day tour for the best of Belgium.

Rent your Avis vehicle from our car hire location in Brussels (train station for Eurostar arrivals) or Avis Brussels Airport and head south on the E411 road to lush Namur, where the Sambre and Meuse rivers meet. Now life has slowed, cruise along to Dinant, and Round off the perfect day at Habaye la Neuve, with its romantic hilltop château. Late next morning, make your way via cobbled Durbuy to Spa (a favourite hang-out of King Henry VIII), before returning to Brussels airport or international railway station. If you are traveling from other destinations, check our Belgium car hire location page

 Download our Belgium Great Drive Guide today.

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Central England - Heart of the matter

Discover England’s East Midlands with an Avis hire car

From power boating to underground exploration, curious art and Georgian luxury, you’ll be surprised how much there is to do.

Test drive this two-day tour for the best of the East Midlands.

Pick up your Avis hire car from Leicester and head north-east along the pretty A607 road to Melton Mowbray for a round of golf in quintessential English countryside – and a night in one of England’s finest stately homes. Swing north-west on the A606 to Holme Pierrepont for some wet and wild fun on the rapids. Continue north via Matlock to the High Peak Estate to storm a natural castle, then get subterranean in Castleton. Last but not least, get a glimpse of life in the fast lane at Donington Park, before dropping off your Avis hire car at Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

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Around Salzburg – Humbled by nature

 Let an Avis rental car help you discover the dramatic natural beauty just outside the city of Mozart.

 The countryside around Salzburg is positively awe-inspiring, with giant white-topped mountains and deep bottle-green lakes. Test drive this two-day tour for the best of Austria.


Collect your Avis hire car from Salzburg Airport and head south on the E55 road. This exhilarating road trip takes in three regions – Salzburger Land, Carinthia and Salzkammergut. With its imposing cliffs, Werfen is the obvi­ous choice for a lunch stop before following the Salzach River west to Zell am See – the gateway to the Alps. The 30-mile traverse through the mountains to Heiligenblut on the Grossglockner Road is studded with heart-stopping vistas. From there, just cruise through…

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Driving within the London Congestion Charge zone (07:00-18:00 Monday – Friday) incurs a charge. When you rent a car with Avis it is your responsibility to pay the charge within the delay specified by Transport for London or they will issue you with a penalty charge notice for which you will be liable.  Avis do not pay the charge for you so please do ensure you pay to avoid fines.

There are no charges on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Years Day inclusive or between 18:01 – 06.59.

The zone covers central London extending from Hyde Park and Victoria in the West to Vauxhall and Elephant & Castle in the South, Tower Bridge and Commercial Street in the East and Euston and Regent’s Park in the North. It includes the West End, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, the City of London and Oxford Street amongst other areas.

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Avis car rental in London and help with the Congestion Charge.

Avis has 13 different pick-up locations in central London and 5 airport locations. Take a look at all our London car hire locations for details and quotes.

We will be happy to arrange a permit for the first day of your rental and add this to your rental charges. However, you’ll need to organise Congestion Charge payments for subsequent days.

If you have arranged for an Avis rental car to be delivered or collected and we have to drive through to congestion zone to get to you, you will still be liable to pay the Congestion Charge. Similarly, if we attempt to deliver but are unable to, the same rule applies.

Paying the charge

The charge is between £9 and £12 per day depending on how and when you pay the charge. You only need to pay once for a single day no matter how many times you use the Congestion Charge zone during that day.

You can either pay in advance or on the day of travel. If you don’t pay by midnight on the day after you drove in the Congestion Charge zone, you’ll receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

You can pay in a variety of ways:

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Around Paris – The beautiful Ile de France

Despite what Parisians might think, there’s a whole world outside the city borders to explore in an Avis hire car. Central Paris is beautiful, but there you can easily see another side to it: the green forests where the French kings used to hunt, nearby Normandy, home to crêpes and cider and chic racing in Chantilly.







Test drive this two-day tour for the best of the Ile de France.

Pick up your Avis vehicle from our car hire location at Gare du Nord Paris if you arrive by Eurostar or at any of the Paris airports. Motor through the countryside to elegant Chantilly for a day at the races, then spend your winnings buying souvenir bottles of champagne to take home, in the cellars of Reims and the Marne Valley, within easy drive of the city. Feeling active? Try your hand at rock-climbing in the royal forest of Fontainebleau before taking coun­try lanes to the village of Gallardon and a meal fit for a king. Wind up your motoring holiday with a stroll around the overwhelmingly grand palace of Versailles before heading back to the airport. Drop off your hire car in Paris at any of the airports or Eurostar terminal or check other locations for Avis Rent a Car in Paris

Download our Paris Great Drive Guide to find out more!

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Jutland jaunts – See the best of Denmark’s showcase coastline in an Avis hire car. 

The roads around Jutland are a driver’s dream. Quiet country lanes wind through gentle hills and thick for­est to miles of untouched beaches, where the Danes come to holiday. After a long day on the golf course or exploring the lakes, give way to evenings in grand medieval castles, and you can go from the bustle of a top casino to the calm of your own stretch of golden beach in a single afternoon.  

Test drive this two-day tour for the best of Billund

Pick up your hire car from our Avis Aarhus city location and head north to the calm of the Silkeborg lakes, before a night of luxury back at Aarhusgrand Hotel Royal. In the morning it’s a short but glorious drive to see the sharks at Kattegat Centre, and then cross-country for golf and dinner in Viborg. Round off your trip by heading west to the Danes’ favourite beach, Hvide Sande. Then drive back across the Danish peninsula – it’s just 50km – and drop off your vehicle at the Aarhus city or Aarhus airport location. It’s a perfect place to drive – brilliantly signposted, mainly flat and compact, putting everything within easy driving dis­tance.

Download our Billund Great Drive Guide and read more!

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