Continental Cover

For when you're taking your hire car abroad

Budget Continental Cover

European car hire coverage

Updated 14 July, 2022:

Please note, our Continental Cover package is no longer available. 


What is Continental Cover?

Continental Cover provides you with all the necessary documentation to prove insurance cover, together with 24 hour breakdown assistance whilst you are overseas.

Not only is this essential for your own peace of mind, but you will be stopped from taking your Budget hire car outside the country without it.

How much does Continental Cover cost?

Continental Cover is charged on checkout and is based on the number of days cover is required. Cover starts from:

Rental Length Charge
1 - 7 days £104.40 incl VAT
8 - 14 days £146.16 incl VAT
15 - 21 days £180.95 incl VAT
22 - 28 days £250.56 incl VAT

Please note: cash is not acceptable as a method of payment for rentals going abroad.

Where is Continental Cover available?

Continental Cover is provided for travel to the following countries: 

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Boznia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Channel Islands*
  • Cyprus**
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Sardinia
  • Serbia
  • Sicily
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Netherlands
  • Turkey
  • Üskudar

**Geographical areas under the control of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus.*Excluding residents of the Channel Islands

  • Crossing the border from UK Mainland to Northern Ireland - Continental Cover is not required.
  • Crossing the border from Northern Ireland to Republic of Ireland - Continental Cover is not required.
  • Crossing the border from UK Mainland to Republic of Ireland - Continental Cover must be purchased (even when travelling through Northern Ireland first)

Customers who choose to leave the car on the continent will be subject to charges relating to one way programme outside of the country.

Compulsory Equipment

Please note: we are unable to provide any compulsory vehicle equipment required for driving abroad (e.g. snow chains, warning triangles, first aid kits, fluorescent jackets, breathalysers etc) which vary by country. It is the renter's responsibility to be aware of the legal requirements of the country they are visiting and purchase these items themselves.