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A bustling student town regularly voted as one of the most livable cities in the US, Charlottesville is just as good to visit, with some iconic historical attractions, top food, and a thriving cultural scene. Rent a car through Orbitz and explore the city, before discovering the wild countryside beyond.

Renting a car in Charlottesville: What you need to know

There are certain rules to bear in mind when it comes to renting a car in Charlottesville – here are some of the most important.

How old do I have to be to rent a car in Charlottesville?

Most large car rental agencies will only rent to drivers who are at least 25 years old. Some will allow younger drivers, as long as they are 21 or above, but they will likely be subject to a young driver surcharge.

Is any kind of driving license valid for car rental in Charlottesville?

If you have a full driving license from your country of residence, that should entitle you to rent a car in Virginia.

Do I need a credit card to make a booking?

Strictly speaking, you are able to rent a car without a credit card. However, you will need a debit card to pay your deposit, and if you are not using a credit card you may be subject to an extensive screening process, which can take several days.

Will my rental allow for additional drivers?

In the US, car rentals include the addition of an ‘authorized driver’ – that is, a spouse or domestic partner, as long as they meet the age requirements for the rental and hold a full driving license. Other drivers can be added for a fee.

Explore Charlottesville: Presidents and parks

Locals love Charlottesville for its liberal feel, youthful energy and beautiful natural setting, and so will you. Here are some highlights of the area.


One of the most significant US presidents, Thomas Jefferson, lived in this impressive neoclassical mansion in the countryside outside Charlottesville. Tour the house and grounds and learn about Jefferson’s role as the author of the Declaration of Independence, and the changes in society during this key period of US history.

The University of Virginia

You don’t have to be a student to appreciate the beautiful architecture and grounds of the University of Virginia, a tourist attraction in its own right. Stroll through the peaceful lawns of the campus and be sure to visit the Rotunda, an iconic round library based on the Roman Pantheon.

Shenandoah National Park

Once you’ve explored the sights of the city, escape into nature and the wilds of the Shenandoah National Park. Hike the forests and mountains of the Appalachian Trail, or stay in the comfort of your rental car as you follow the stunning Skyline Drive.

Charlottesville’s combination of genteel city sights and natural beauty make it perfect for renting a car. Explore your options with Orbitz today.