For when you're taking your hire car abroad
European car hire coverage
Updated 21 August, 2020:
We are suspending all Continental Cover crossing the channel to France, Holland, Belgium and Spain. Continental cover is still available for UK rental cars (not Vans) leaving the mainland to Ireland or Scandinavia. It is still your responsibility to ensure you are able to comply with the regulations in the countries you intend to travel through. Further information about our Continental Cover can be found below.
This protection package provides you with a Green Card, proof that your insurance offers at least the minimum cover required in the country you’re driving in. It also includes worry-free 24-hour breakdown assistance.
Please note that Continental Cover is only available at selected UK car hire locations for cars only, and you may only take the car to specified countries (listed below). The car must be returned back to the UK as one-way rentals are not permitted. It is not possible to take vans out of the UK at present.
To arrange cover, please email Avisbudget.Ukoperations@abg.com at least five days ahead of collection providing your reservation number and details of where you are travelling to.
Continental Cover can be purchased from the following Budget pick-up locations :
- Aberdeen Airport
- Birmingham Airport
- Bristol North
- East Midlands Airport
- Edinburgh Airport
- Gatwick Airport
- Glasgow Airport
- Heathrow Airport
- Leeds Downtown
- London City Airport
- London Euston
- London Victoria
- Luton Airport
- Manchester Airport
- Newcastle Airport
- Stansted Airport
Having made your reservation online, please contact the pick-up branch to arrange cover ahead of collection.
Please note that when leaving the UK on a cross border rental, we require a minimum of 5 working days notice. The following details are mandatory:
- Number of people travelling in the car
- Names of all drivers
- Countries to be visited
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:
|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:
- Boznia and Herzegovina
- Channel Islands*
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Ireland
- Slovak Republic
**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.
Please note: we are unable to provide any compulsory vehicle equipment required for driving abroad (e.g. 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.