Car rental prices are set to soar this coming half-term, with rental companies increasing some of their prices by up to 85%.

Sixt, Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar were all tested to see how much the prices had increased for the week October 24 to 31 compared to the second week in November.

Some places had a higher increase than others, but Milan had a decrease in price, one of the few places to buck the trend.

The Portuguese city of Faro was judged to have the worst increase, with the average price for a family car going up from £82 to £152.

Cyprus’s Larnaca had a £91 increase on the average, with the price rising from £51 to £142, whilst Nice in France went up from £160 to £219.

Other popular destinations, such as Barcelona and Tenerife, haven’t had such a sharp increase. The Catalan capital increased by only £5, up to £145 from £140, while Tenerife went up from £71 to £84.

The other worry for hiring a car is the extras, such as the insurance excess, extra named drivers and child seats.

Speaking to the Daily Mail,’s founder and CEO Ernesto Suarez said, “Hiring a car at half term is often more expensive than hiring when the children are at school, but there are still good deals to be had.

“Bringing your own child seat, not adding a named driver and buying the excess insurance in advance could save a small fortune.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

December 22, 2015