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Parking in Copenhagen

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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The Danish capital of Copenhagen is built on an archipelago of natural and man-made islands connected by bridges and punctuated with architectural delight, historical interest and Scandinavian style.

Hiring a car in Copenhagen is a convenient way to enjoy one of Europe’s top tourist cities.  But where to park in an unfamiliar city?  Here are our tips on the best places to park when sight-seeing in wonderful Copenhagen:

Q-park, Israels Plads
This multistorey is very close to the Strøget, Europe’s longest shopping street, as well as the new Torvehallerne food market

Parking Centre, Borgergade
There are always parking spaces available in this convenient spot near the Queen’s castle

P-Huset, Gammel Mont
Parking in Copenhagen doesn’t get much more central than this

EuroPark P-plads, Strandgade
Convenient Copenhagen parking spot for the Opera, this spot is also convenient for Christiania (just don’t forget where you parked your car)

Q-park, Nørre Allé
Convenient parking for the National Stadium and the northern quarter, known for cafes and student entertainment

Map of the best parking spots in Copenhagen

Here’s a map showing all five of our Copenhagen parking tips:

View Best parking in Copenhagan in a larger map


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Portugal Toll Road Payments

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

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We’ve had many questions on the electronic toll payments on the Portugal toll roads so here’s some useful information to put you at ease on your travels!

When driving in Portugal you may experience electronic tolls where you will not need cash, but where an electronic tracker identifies the vehicles on the road and generates an automatic charge.

When renting a car with Avis in Portugal, you can take advantage of the Avis e-Toll Solution. The Avis e-Toll solution makes an electronic payment for all Avis cars so you don’t need to think about how, Avis ETollwhen and where to pay for driving on Portugal’s Toll Roads. This technology is a form of vehicle transponder by which the electronic toll device can recognise the vehicle.

To avoid any unexpected admin fees the Avis e-Toll means your vehicle will be in full compliance of road regulations when driving on the highways listed below. Costs are €1.50 per day (with a maximum charge of €15 for 10 days or more) plus the face value of the toll roads during the rental. The total charge will be processed automatically up to 15 days after the end date of the rental with no additional admin costs.

The toll roads are the most convenient routes through Portugal and the e-tolls are on the A22, A24, A25, A23. Costa da Prata, Costa Norte Litoral and Grande PortoFind out more at Visit Portugal. These are the roads you will be charged for using so if you need to use them please ensure you have spoken to the Avis Portugal office you collected your car from.

Avis is the first car rental company to find a convenient solution to the electronic tolls. To enjoy the convenience of the Avis e-Toll Solution, or if you have any other questions, our Avis staff will be able to help you.

We hope this helps and you enjoy driving in Portugal. In the mean time, share this or let us know if you have any further questions!

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Avis becomes fastest growing car rental company in the UK

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

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We’re delighted to announce that we now have over 340 car rental branches in the UK.  Over the last 12 months, we’ve been busy opening new locations up and down the country as part of our efforts to make it more convenient for customers to have access to a quality car hire service.

Our growing UK network now includes 29 airport locations and 310 town and city branches, including partnerships with local hotels, golf clubs, leisure centres and managed offices.

In addition to these, we also operate 46 pick up points at rail stations across the country, providing a taxi service to the nearest rental station.

As the fastest growing car rental company in the UK, we are committed to continuing to expand our UK network and hope the new locations will benefit an increasing number of customers by making our car hire service more accessible.

Click here to find your nearest branch in the UK


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Classic Avis ‘We Try Harder’ advert #2

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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Following on from our classic advert #1, here’s the next one in the series from our famous ‘We Try Harder’ advertising campaign from the 60’s. This particular ad from November 1963 highlighted our We Try Harder attitude when it came to speed of service.

Classic 'We Try Harder' advert from the 60s

Although the ad might look a bit dated, the message and our values remain the same, as does the high level of service you receive when you rent a car with Avis.

Today, we offer the 3 minute promise, where we promise to get you your keys in under 3 minutes (of we’ll give you a £20 John Lewis voucher!)  You just need to be an Avis Preferred member, and all you need to do is collect your keys and go!


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Research highlights growing demand for delivery services

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

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As our car hire delivery and collection service continues to grow, we recently conducted research into the delivery habits of UK consumers and found that British consumers are becoming more demanding than ever.

Topping Brits wish list of most desirable delivery items are a cooked English breakfast following a night on the tiles, freshly brewed high street coffee to kick-start the working week, fish and chips from the local chippy, alcohol post closing time and a cooked Sunday roast. Not forgetting emergency supplies such as toilet rolls, petrol for when the nearest filling station is out of reach, plus shoe repair, laundry and dry cleaning.

We’re spending and ordering more than ever before
So dependent as a nation have we become on direct delivery services , that we are  now ordering  a staggering 1.5 billion deliveries a year at a cost of £16.8 billion – that’s an average of 30 deliveries per person, totalling £342.

We’re becoming more demanding
Three quarters (73%) now expect a delivery service as standard when purchasing goods, three out of four (75%) would like companies to offer a courier collection service for unwanted items and a  massive 89% would consider switching supplier if they didn’t offer direct delivery.

Delivery just to the home is also no longer enough, with 78% expecting to be able to receive goods to their place of work or other addresses. Over half (58%) also admit that even next day delivery offers limited flexibility for busy schedules with 63% keen to see same day delivery more readily available.

Our research clearly demonstrates the popularity of delivery services. Car hire is just one example of a delivery service which has cropped up to meet time poor customers and

Avis Delivers gives those customers the flexibility to have a car delivered and collected for just £10 each way, wherever they are.

About Avis Delivers

- Delivery (and collection) available straight to your door whether at home, at the office or even at the gym!

- Same day delivery if booked before 12noon

- Only £10 per Delivery and £10 per Collection

- Choose a delivery window that’s convenient to you

For more details on the Avis Delivers service visit www.avis.co.uk/homedelivery or call 0844 581 8181.


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Unusual Road Laws from Around the World

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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If you’re in the midst of planning your next holiday – make sure you swot up on the more unusual overseas driving regulations that exist before you take to the open road.

For example, did you know that it’s in fact a recommended requirement to carry an extra pair of specs when driving in sunny SpainAnd, if you’re heading to Italy don’t make the assumption that headlights are only for night time driving; it’s compulsory to have them on at all times outside of built up areas.

If all that sunshine is making you thirsty and you happen to be behind the wheel in Cyprus, make sure you pull over before taking a sip of water, as drinking anything whilst on the move is prohibited. In Greece it’s also a good idea to note parking times before leaving your car for a spot of shopping – you may come back to more than just a ticket with police confiscating the number plates of illegally parked vehicles.

Planning a holiday further afield to Romania or Russia? Better get shining those hub caps, as a clean car isn’t just about keeping up appearances – it’s actually against the law to drive a dirty vehicle in these countries. Before you turn the ignition key in Denmark, make sure you check for people under the car – a legal requirement alongside checking the brakes, lights, steering and horn before you drive.

Other weird and wonderful regulations include:

  • In some cities in Spain, cars must be parked on the side of the road where houses bear uneven numbers on uneven days of the month, and on the side of even numbers on even days
  • In Switzerland, pedestrians generally have right of way and expect vehicles to stop. Some may even step into the road in front of oncoming traffic so make sure you keep your eyes peeled
  • California law prohibits a woman from driving a car from wearing a dressing gown
  • Driving through Vienna? Make sure you don’t use your horn – it’s prohibited within the city

To help Brits get up to speed on overseas driving regulations, Avis has published a series of guides covering the top 10 sunshine destinations for car hire this summer. The guides also highlight the best drives and recommended family day trips to help make the most of holiday drive time. Click here to download these guides.

Share this via facebook or twitter and make sure your family and friends know about these unusal road laws!

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Beware bogus car hire deals

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

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The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), the trade body for the UK car rental industry, is again warning customers to take extra care when confronted with cheap deals for Christmas car hire on the Internet or in the press.

Festive season travellers were caught out by bogus car hire companies this time last year, handing over deposits of hundreds of pounds for cars that never materialised. The BVRLA believes that similar scams are being planned this year and has already made contact with Police and Trading Standards over one potential threat.

“These companies offer unbeatable prices and free delivery – but they really are too good to be true,” says BVRLA chief executive, John Lewis.

“Unfortunately it is very easy for fraudsters to build a simple website and set up a call centre to pass themselves off as legitimate businesses.

“These sham operators are damaging the reputation of car rental. We are working with the authorities to help stamp them out.”

In the meantime, the BVRLA is offering five simple tips for customers looking for safe and hassle-free car rental.

1.            Only use a BVRLA member to be sure that you’re dealing with a reputable company that has been vetted and operates to a professional code of conduct.

2.            Never hand over cash. Most reputable rental companies will only want to accept credit/debit card payment.

3.            Make sure the company is operating from a bona fide commercial premises, not a PO Box or virtual office, no matter how prestigious the location sounds.

4.            Make sure the company actually owns and operates the cars it is offering – all BVRLA members operate their own rental fleet.

5.            Remember, if the price or service being offered seems too good to be true, it probably is and you may well end up out of pocket and disappointed!


For more information or if in doubt, visit www.bvrla.co.uk


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Top 4 UK Christmas Lights Displays

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

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With Christmas just around the corner why not spoil the family to a festive treat by renting a car from Avis and driving them away for the weekend to see some great Christmas lights? Rent a family friendly Avis car and drive to some of the UKs cosiest holiday cottages to absorb all the Christmas magic.

Below are 4 of the best scenic places to visit to see the UKs best Christmas light displays.

Famous for its healing spa, sophisticated buildings and stylish Georgian lanes, Bath is a popular attraction for many famous people such as Hollywood ‘A lister’ Nicholas Cage who recently turned on the Bath lights. Once you’ve driven to see the lights why not visit the Christmas market and breath in the festive cheer.

Drive your Avis car to Brighton’s famous lanes and take in the glowing array of delightful decorations lighting up the festive shop windows. The lively Brighton streets provide the perfect Christmas experience for any car lover.

Drive your car to the birthplace of Shakespeare and see the world famous Christmas lights. Accelerate past 800 years of history lit up by the festive yuletide glow. The nearest Avis location is Warwick.

Eden Project, Cornwall
Take a gentle drive through the winter wonderland that is Eden. Look out from behind the dashboard and see the festively lit enormous biomes, winter ice spaces and winter markets.  Park up and sample their famous Cornish hot chocolate and Victorian hog roast. The nearest Avis location is Newquay Airport.

With thanks to our guest blogger -

Rahul Mistry, Skyes Cottages.

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