Texas is the second biggest US state, homing vibrant cities and amazing natural sights, as well as having a rich heritage. From Amarillo in the north, to the coastal reaches of Brownsville on the Mexican border, this huge state will take some exploring, so hiring a car is the perfect solution to get a true Texas experience.
You’ll find that we’ve got car hire offices right across this enormous state to make picking up your hire car easy. Our branches include all the big cities and the four international airports - including Dallas Fort Worth and Houston Intercontinental.
We offer a 24-hour helpline in case you need to ask any questions while you’re out and about enjoying your holiday. And with no hidden credit card charges and a wide range of hire cars available, we'll have you out on the road in no time.
The Lone Star State is renowned for its dramatic desert landscapes but if you’ve got a hire car you’ll be able to discover mountains, forests, and beaches too. And it has attractions ranging from the ancient Alamo battlefield to the futuristic Houston Space Centre. Some idea of the size of Texas comes from the state’s longest road, the I-10 which is almost 880 miles long.
The state's roads are generally smooth, straight and well maintained, so you’ll find it easy to drive here. There is a network of 10 Interstates across Texas, linking the main cities and the neighbouring states. The I-20 links Fort Worth and Dallas with El Paso; I-45 runs from Houston to Dallas; and I-10 from Houston to El Paso via San Antonio are three of the state's most major routes.
Alongside the Interstates, there are normal state highways - these can be almost motorway standard around the cities or simple two-lane country roads out in the backwoods. Look out for the Old San Antonio Road, from San Antonio down to the Mexican border. It’s the oldest road in the US, following Indian trails and Spanish Conquistador’s routes. Meanwhile modern Texas also has a growing number of toll roads to help further develop the state's road network. You can find out what routes come with a toll charge, and how you should expect to pay, online here.
Driving in Texas is generally safe and relaxed. Remember to always carry your driver’s license. The speed limit is 70mph. Note that you can’t park within 15 meters of a fire hydrant and if you see a school bus with red lights flashing, you must stop. When it comes to the rules and regulations of the road, it's best to know the do's and don'ts before you set off – find out all the details here.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
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Texas is the closest you’ll come to the spirit of the old Wild West, but the modern Lone Star State has a lot more to offer these days than rodeos and barbecues. You'll find everything from glamorous sophisticated cities to historic relics of the Spanish colonial era here.
From rocky canyons to deep forests, Texas has an ever-changing sensational landscape. Visit the spectacular canyons of the Rio Grande running along the Mexican border, including the acclaimed Big Bend National Park and the inspiring Dinosaur Valley State Park, where dinosaur footprints are preserved in the rocks. If you're visiting Texas during America's fall, head for the idyllic Lost Maples State Forest, where autumn colours in the trees rival those of New England. If you're looking to explore the Texan outback, the Guadalupe Peak is the perfect spot for hiking and cycling.
One of the biggest secrets of the state Texas is its coastline. Sometimes it seems that only locals know it has 600 miles of beaches, islands and wilderness along the Gulf of Mexico, including resorts like Galveston and Corpus Christi. Between the cities are huge tracts of amazing desert, farmland, forests and mountains. You could find a river-rafting trip or take to the saddle for a horse-riding expedition across a real western landscape.
Fast growing Houston has become the fourth biggest city in the US and is famed for its connections with the USA's space operations. The number one attraction here is the Johnson Space Centre, the original ‘This is Houston’ location from all those memorable communications with astronauts. Today it has an incredible visitor centre with the world’s greatest collection of vehicles and artefacts from the American space program.
Explore the rest of this thriving city and you’ll also find an amazing array of impressive restaurants among the skyscrapers in downtown Houston. From the iconic tastes of the Texan smoked meat at Killen's Barbecue to the culinary influences of Europe and Asia at Oporto Fooding House, you'll find the perfect place to feed your appetite.
With a rich heritage, Dallas is great place for culture vulture's to explore the history of Texas and the USA. The streets around the scene of President Kennedy’s assassination have become major attractions, and there’s even a museum in the Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots. The city homes the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial too, in commemoration of the country's 35th president.
A focal point for the history of Dallas, the Pioneer Plaza is dedicated to the first settlers in the city and displays bronze sculptures of its founding fathers across the 4-acre park. You'll find man-made cliffs, water features and beautiful botanical features here too, offering an escape from the bustle from the city centre. For a beautiful example of Gothic Revival architecture, head for Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, situated on Ross Avenue.
San Antonio is also a popular tourist hotspot in the Lone Star State. Here you’ll find the site of the old Spanish Alamo Mission, an iconic landmark for many Americans and you can still tour the old building where Davy Crockett made his famous last stand. But you’ll also be able spot the most recognisable modern San Antonio landmark - the Tower of the Americas, a 750ft pinnacle with a revolving restaurant on top.
For a fun-packed family afternoon, head for the enormous Six Flag Theme Park nearby, homing rides suitable for all ages.
From the vibrant cities of Dallas and Houston, to the rocky outback and canyons, you'll be able to truly soak up everything the Lone Star State has to offer with your hire car in Texas.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.