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16th April 2024

How much does it cost to learn to drive?

From lessons and exams to provisional licences and your first car, it’s easy to see costs rise when you start to learn to drive. So, it’s important to understand what you need and what you are getting for your money.

Below, we’ve added some key things that you should factor into your learner driver budget and some estimates on how much they might cost.

Provisional licence

The first step in a learner driver’s journey!

Cost = £34 online or £43 by post*

Driving lessons

The average person reportedly needs around 45 hours of driving lessons, as well as an additional 22 hours of practice before they are ready for their practical test. Of course, prices can vary depending on your instructor and where you live but most tend to be between £25 and £45 per hour, not considering any bulk booking discounts you may receive.

Estimated cost = £1,125 – £2,025*

Theory test

Before you take your practical test, you’ll need to pass your theory test.

Cost = £23*

Practical test

The last step before getting your full licence is passing your practical driving test.

Estimated cost = £62 on a weekday or £75 at a weekend (per test)*

It’s also worth noting that if you are using your instructor’s car, you’ll need to factor in the cost of their time for the test.

Estimated total cost = £1,244 – £2,166*

Even though these costs may seem quite high, don’t let it put you off! The costs listed above can certainly vary and will be spread across your learner driver journey, making them more manageable.

And when you do finally pass your test, it’s time for the fun part – shopping for your first car! The average first car in the UK costs between £3,000 and £8,000 but many choose alternative motor finance options such as hire purchase to make these costs far more manageable.

Good luck and drive safe!

*All costs are correct as of 8th April 2024.