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With Easter next week and the Spring end of term break in April this year, families are bracing themselves for the cost of keeping the kids entertained as schools close their doors for two holidays in quick succession.  Europcar, the UK’s leading car rental company is offering some top tips to keeping costs down this Spring:

·        Jetting off?

Save the cost of a taxi and the hassle of public transport and get a one way rental to and from the airport with Europcar’s Boomerang service*.  Rent a car with plenty of space for all the family – and the luggage too!

·        Relatives to stay?

Consider renting a larger car if you have grandparents or other relatives to stay – you can share the driving on days out and reduce fuel costs by using one car rather than two. 

·        Avoid the strain of the train

If you are escaping for a few days, consider renting a car rather than taking a train. It’s not only more convenient, it is often far more cost-effective.  For example 2 people travelling from Bath to London could save £151 on the price of a train fare.

·        Share the driving

For a longer break away with friends, consider sharing the rental of a larger, more spacious vehicle – you will not only share the cost but share the driving, a safer way to travel longer distances.

·        Book Early

Grab the best deals on car rental and book early to ensure you get the car group you need.  Europcar is offering rentals from just £17** a day this Spring to make a get away all the more affordable.

Jenny Smith, UK Network Marketing Manager for Europcar said: “Traditionally, the Spring end of term holidays has coincided with Easter but with the Easter weekend so much earlier this year, many families will feel under pressure to manage the cost of what will essentially be two Spring holidays just three weeks apart.  With rentals from £17* a day, plus delivery and collection on request, renting a car is not only viable it’s a convenient way to get out and make the most of warmer days this Spring.


*Boomerang offers one way rentals to and from Europcar’s airport locations starting from £44.50 each way – or £89 return and can be booked up to a day in advance 

**Based on the lead rate of £119 per week, subject to availability at participating locations, rate is for pre-paid rentals only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer  

Notes to editors

Owned by the French investment company Eurazeo, Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. Since March 2007 with the acquisition of Vanguard EMEA, its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets in 160 countries. With a fleet of over 241,000 vehicles and almost 10 million rental contracts signed in 2006, Europcar provides its services to its clients (business and private) throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Europcar was named “World’s Leading Leisure Car Rental Company” at the 2007 World Travel Awards. For more information: www.europcar.com

For further press information please contact Maddy Roles, Dominic Dennis, Elinor Puzey or Alison Reeson at HSL on 0208 977 9132 or at leisureteam@harrisonsadler.com



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