The requirements to hire a vehicle at the airport are the same throughout India. The legal driving age in India is 18 years old and some companies will let you take a vehicle as long as you have your licence. Major companies like AVIS and Budget generally require you to be at least 21 and have had a licence for a full year. If you're under 25, expect to be charged a young driver surcharge. You'll need a valid credit card with enough funds to pay for the hire and the deposit, and you'll need a form of identification. Remember, you must use a credit card of your own or of someone who is present. If you've booked online, the same card must be used.
The company desks are located inside the International Arrivals terminal of Kochi Airport. As you make your way through the luggage claim area, you'll find them located to the left of you. There are signs directing you to the hire desks. Once you've received your keys, you'll be taken to the car park outside the terminal, where you can do the final inspection.
The car hire centre isn't a dedicated centre, so there are no facilities specific to it. Once you leave the airport in Kochi, there won't be any facilities available. Make sure you take advantage of what's in the airport – exchange the money you need, draw cash, buy something at the convenience store or use the bathroom – before heading to your vehicle.
Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Kochi airport to off-airport locations include Avis, and SS Travels.
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