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:

CC Auto Pay
By mobile (SMS)
By phone
By Automated Telephone Service
At a shop
By post

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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!

Why not share it with your partner and make this a romantic break for two?

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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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We have recently launched our NEW and improved Select Series landing page on You can now find out more about the specific models we have available for you to guarantee with Avis

From the fun and compact Fiat 500







…to the stylish and sporty Alfa Romeo Giullietta






You can find out about all the additional information and features before you rent that specific model!

If our new pages don’t answer your questions, or you just have some questions on Select Series models- post a comment on here, facebook or twitter and we’ll do our best to help.

OR why not share your recent experience in one of our Select Series models?

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This September, be in for a chance to WIN a weekend for two in Cork, Ireland. If you are free on the weekend of 22nd-23rd October take advantage of our facebook competition to enjoy a weekend escape! Find out more…











What you will win?

  • Return flights for 2 between Heathrow and Cork International on 21t October
  • Use of a Nissan Qashqai with compliments of Avis
  • 2 nights in luxury 4 star, Rochestown Park Hotel
  • 2 tickets to The Heineken Green Spheres Music Event on one night during your stay

 What do you have to do?

  • Take part in our ‘Where in the World’ competition
  • Simply follow both Avis UK and Rochestown Park Hotel on facebook
  • Piece together the clues we post to work out a famous building or location
  • A winner will be selected at the end of September
  • Find out more…

Hurry- The first clue was posted yesterday (Wednesday 14th September)!

Best of luck!

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Avis Home Delivery has been improved to make your life even easier! We now deliver to addresses other than just the home. Book before 12pm and you can request same day delivery!

With Avis Delivery and Collection we will deliver to your home, the office, your hotel- wherever is best for you! So have a hassle free start to your journey, wherever it may begin.

Organise for delivery in a time slot to suit you and don’t worry about the collection time – we’ll contact you to arrange it.

If you wish to add Delivery and Collection to an existing booking, call us today on: 0844 544 1901

We hope you enjoy the improved Avis Delivery and Collection - we look forward to reading your feedback!

You must have be a UK resident and hold a UK driving licence to be eligible.
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For a limited time only go South with Avis for £10!

If you are going to need to get home from a holiday or festival in Scotland, travel back in comfort with a one way car rental from Avis!

Available as one-way rentals from the following pick-up locations (click the links for location details):

Available until 30th September 2011. £10 for small cars, £15 for a medium car or automatic.

Call 08445 818181 to book or click here to find out more.

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For those regular bloggers among you, you may have noticed that we have recently updated our We Try Harder blog.

The new and improved functions include improving the search abilities and reducing the number of topics to make it easier for you to find the blog you’re looking for! You are also able to see the updated news on our twitter and facebook pages as well as score our blog posts out of 10 instead of 5.

The development of the blog may mean that we take a little longer to respond to your comments- but we will respond as soon as we can and we appreciate your patience.

We hope you enjoy the new look of We Try Harder!

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One of the most common concerns when hiring a car is what to do if you don’t have both parts of your UK driving licence. Whether you have lost your driving licence or overlooked it when packing for your trip, it may still be possible to hire a car with Avis in the UK or abroad without both parts of your licence.

The current UK driving licence has two parts – a plastic, credit card-sized photo card licence and a green paper counterpart licence displaying any endorsements. Many people still have an ‘old-style’ pink and green paper licence, which are still perfectly acceptable. Licences are issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

When renting a car with Avis you need to have:

  • A full, valid driving licence that has been held for at least 36 months at the time of rental.
  • No more than 6 points on your licence. With more than 6 points or a DD, DR or BA endorsement that is not older than 10 years or if you are renting abroad, please contact the rental station where you want to pick up your car.
  • For rentals in other countries, please check the terms and conditions of the renting country prior to booking. These can be found during the Avis online booking journey, or by calling 0844 581 0147.
  • If your licence is in non-roman alphabet (e.g. Japanese), you will need the original licence AND an international driving licence.

Renting in the USA

When renting in the USA, you can rent a car with your photo card licence only, or with your paper counterpart licence and your passport. If you have neither part you cannot hire a car from an Avis office in the USA.

If you are travelling with someone else who has their licence, they can hire the car and add you as an additional driver. If the reservation is in your name, you will need to make another reservation in the name of the licence-holder and obtain a refund for your initial reservation by contacting 08445 818181.

Renting in Europe

You can collect your car with a valid paper counterpart licence and photographic identification (e.g. passport).

Many offices will let you take your rental car with only your photo card licence, although this is at the discretion of the local office (officially both parts are required). To find out, contact the rental branch before booking.

Avis Preferred customers

Many Avis Preferred customers are business rental customers. If you are renting on business account using your company’s insurance then it is not imperative for you to show your driver’s licence, as your company should ensure you have a valid licence (although rental agents will normally ask for this for duty of care reasons).

If this is not the case, the usual driving licence requirements apply to Avis Preferred customers.

The address on a licence is out of date

If the address on your driving licence is out of date or different to the billing address that you used to book your car, you can still collect your rental car in the UK or abroad.

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Why we love to blog

At Avis, we really do try harder. We pioneered blogging in the car rental world and we aim to make our blog much more than just an information source. You can use our blog to ask questions or tell us what’s important to you when you hire a car. We try harder because we care what you think, so we really do value your feedback.

New to car rentals? Our blog gives you tips and advice on getting the most out of your Avis car hire experience. You can find information about booking and hiring your car, safety tips, and eco driving. We also provide driving advice and the latest news about our fleet.

We understand that hiring a car is just one part of your trip, so our blog covers other aspects of holiday and business travel too. Whether you want to know more about business travel hire conditions, access to location and city guides or ideas for families travelling with children, it’s all here.

But that’s just a taster – find out more about the Avis blog.