If you are visiting Norwich on your Norfolk trip with your hire car, you will be pleased to know that parking facilities are far easier than most other larger cities of the United Kingdom. You can choose between a variety of parking options, either on the road or in multi-storey car parks. Alternatively, there are several park ‘n’ ride routes, enabling you to park on the outskirts and connect quickly by public transport to the town centre.
Be mindful of motorway speed limits in the United Kingdom, it is also considered an offence if you are driving too slowly as you could be a danger to other drivers. There is no standard fast lane on a UK motorway, and you should always keep to the left lane, unless overtaking, which must always be indicated. Beeping your horn is generally considered rude or hostile and should only be used to mark dangerous driving tactics, and the use of car horns is prohibited in built-up areas between the hours of 11:30 p.m and 07:00 a.m.
Seat belts are a mandatory requirement in the United Kingdom, for all drivers and passengers, including in the back seats. Children up until the age of 12 years old or until they reach 135 cm tall must also have an appropriate car seat or booster seat to meet requirements. Children under 15 months should also have a rear facing seat.
FAQs about renting a car in Norfolk
Hiring a car in Norfolk is a great way to explore the East Anglian region, where you can discover the picturesque coastline or visit the famous Norfolk broads, one of the UK’s largest protected wetlands and important conservation areas. The national park has over 125 miles of waterways, set in beautiful countryside and you can choose from a variety of vehicles to suit your trip. A hatchback would make a good choice for families exploring the coastline or a 4x4 vehicle would be ideal for exploring more off-road terrain in the national park. A car rental in Norfolk will give you the freedom to explore the nearby historic cities of Norwich and Cambridge with their impressive architecture and narrow cobbled streets or just simply to discover the more remote picturesque hamlets dotted around the waterways, which may be limited in terms of public transport.
Driving conditions in Norfolk and the surrounding East Anglian region are generally good and once you have left the city of Norwich, you will experience more tranquil and less crowded roads. Rush hours in UK cities tend to fall between 08:00-09:00 and 17:00-18:00 where you may experience some congestion, but once you are out of the city, expect a good variety of well-maintained A and B roads to choose from. You can take the scenic coastal drive, The Wash Way Trail, which runs for 56 miles or the A140 to the quaint fishing village of Cromer. Most roads are toll free in the United Kingdom and drivers must use the left-hand side of the road. Be mindful to respect the wildlife in the conservation areas with your vehicle.
You must be at least 21 years of age to hire a car in the United Kingdom, although some car hire companies may have differing requirements and request a minimum of 22 or 23 years. You must also have a fully valid photographic driving license and an International Driving Permit may be required for overseas drivers. Bear in mind also, that the paper counterpart driving license is no longer valid and you may need a passcode from the DVLA. You must also have held your license for at least one year and expect to pay a surcharge if you are a driver under 25 years old.
Intermediate (Skoda Octavia or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Norfolk.