European Breakdown Cover

Get covered in Europe from £7 a day*

We give you access to over 60,000 repairers and recovery operators in 44 countries across the continent – so all you have to do is relax.

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On average customers save around £650 in repair and recovery

About our European Breakdown Cover

Our cover ensures driving in Europe is never a worry – if your vehicle breaks down we'll help. We give you unique access to over 60,000 repairers and recovery operators in 44 countries across Europe.

  • We'll cover you from the moment you leave home, to the moment you get back – whether you're driving in France, Ireland or up to 44 countries across the continent.
  • We cover vehicles of any age including cars, vans, motorcycles, campervans and caravans. We even cover towing behind.
  • We offer alternative accommodation and travel arrangements, recovery of your vehicle back to the UK, and up to £50,000 in legal costs.
  • Don’t forget to purchase your cover before you travel abroad. Otherwise, it won’t be valid.
  • If you’re travelling in the next few days, note down your policy number and download your terms and conditions document when you buy your cover.

What we offer

We offer up to £50,000 in legal costs, £1,500 for alternative travel and £500 for emergency hotel costs. Optional Parts and Labour Cover for up to £500 helps with garage and repair bills.

  • AA Members get 10% off
  • Recovery of your vehicle back to the UK
  • Single trip or annual multi-trip cover
  • Country zones to help you choose the right level of cover

We recently broke down in France and used our European breakdown cover with the AA. All the staff involved kept us up to date and dealt with everything in an impressively efficient manner.

Caroline and Trevor, Cumbria

August 2020

What countries do we cover?

  • France, Ireland and the Low Countries

    • Andorra
    • Belgium
    • Channel Islands
    • France
    • Germany
    • Isle of Man
    • Luxembourg
    • Monaco
    • Netherlands
    • Republic of Ireland
  • Western Europe

    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Channel Islands
    • France
    • Germany
    • Gibraltar
    • Isle of Man
    • Italy
    • Liechtenstein
    • Luxembourg
    • Monaco
    • Netherlands
    • Portugal
    • Republic of Ireland
    • San Marino
    • Spain
    • (exc. Ceuta & Melilla)
    • Switzerland
    • Vatican City
  • The EU and beyond

    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Austria
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Bosnia-Herzegovina
    • Bulgaria
    • Channel Islands
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Isle of Man
    • Italy
    • Kosovo
    • Latvia
    • Liechtenstein
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Macedonia
    • Malta
    • Mediterranean islands (European. exc. Canary Islands)
    • Monaco
    • Montenegro
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Romania
    • San Marino
    • Serbia
    • Slovakia
    • Slovenia
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey in Europe (plus Üsküdar)
    • Ukraine** (limited service)

Our European essentials

European driving kits

Everything you need for your European trip – from breakdown kits and headlight beam converters to high vis vests, emergency triangles and more.

Travel insurance

We’ll tailor your cover to suit your needs – so all you need to do is enjoy your trip.

Currency cards

Get your money abroad the safe and easy way with a travel currency card.

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If you already have European cover, call 24/7 on 0044 (0) 121 336 6289

If you already have European cover, call 24/7 on 0044 (0) 121 336 6289

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What's included?
  • Defaqto 5-star rated cover
  • Unlimited overall claim limit (per trip with annual cover)
  • Full roadside assistance
  • Up to £1,500 for alternative travel and up to £500 for emergency hotel costs
  • We’ll help you reach your destination or get you and your car back home
  • Hire car before, during and after your trip to keep you on the move
  • Option to add Parts and Labour to your policy – get help with garage and repair bills, up to £500 (you can claim up to 3 times in your policy year with annual cover)
  • European Breakdown Cover is available for Annual, Single Trip and Single Trip Group policies.
What should I do if I've changed my vehicle?
Before you travel, make sure to call 0800 107 6220 and tell us the new number plate.
What vehicles do you cover?

We cover cars, light vans, campervans, motor caravans, minibuses, caravans, trailers and motorcycles (over 200cc) provided they meet the following restrictions:

  • Maximum vehicle weight: 3.5 tonnes (3500 kgs) gross vehicle laden weight
  • Maximum vehicle length: 7m (23 ft)
  • Maximum vehicle width: 2.3m (7ft 6in)
  • Maximum vehicle height: 3m (9ft 10in)

Vehicles must:

  • Have a current MOT certificate (if required)
  • Be taxed (not SORNed)
  • Have valid insurance for driving overseas
  • Be used for private purposes only
How many countries do you cover in Europe?
We believe that you shouldn’t have to pay for extensive cover across Europe if you’re only making a quick hop across the channel to France or the Low Countries, or nipping across the Irish Sea.

But, if you’re planning a pan-European road trip, you’ll be reassured to know that we’ll be on hand to help you out in almost any country on the Continent.

That’s why we give you the option to choose from 3 European zones:

Zone 1: France, Ireland and the Low Countries (8 countries)
Andorra, Belgium, Channel Islands, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland

Zone 2: Western Europe (17 countries)
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Channel Islands, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, San Marino, Spain (exc. Ceuta & Melilla), Switzerland, Vatican City.

Zone 3: The EU and beyond (37 countries)
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mediterranean islands (European. exc. Canary Islands), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey in Europe (plus Üsküdar), Ukraine.

All zones (44 countries)
If you purchase "All Zones" you'll be covered in all countries in Zone 1, 2, 3.
Can I buy other types of European breakdown cover?

Our standard single-trip and annual cover can be bought online and are suitable for most trips to Europe. However, we also offer European breakdown cover for other situations.

  • Any single-trip cover when towing: we charge a small supplement if you’re towing on a single-trip policy
  • Single-trip group cover: cover for 1 trip, 1 vehicle, and 9-15 people
  • One-way cover/group cover: outbound cover if you're flying back to the UK or returning with your vehicle after 31 days

These policies can’t be bought online – so, if you need cover for any of the following, give us a call to buy cover over the phone:

0800 072 3279
    Can I get help if I've broken down abroad without cover?

    If you're broken down now but don't have cover with us, we may be able to help.

    Call us on 0044 (0)121 336 6289 – we'll provide a quote for one-off breakdown assistance. It'll likely cost more than our regular cover.

    Just so you know, this is for 1 single call-out only and you won't be covered afterwards.

    What kind of cover do I need for making a single trip?

    If you're only planning on making a single trip to Europe, we offer the following options:

    • Single Trip – cover for one trip (up to 8 people per vehicle); pay only for the days you need
    • Single Trip Group – cover for one trip (9-15 people per vehicle)
    • One-way* – outbound cover if you're flying back to the UK or returning with your vehicle after 31 days (up to 8 people per vehicle)
    • One-way Group* – outbound cover if you're flying back to the UK or returning with your vehicle after 31 days (9-15 people per vehicle)

    These policies allow you to make 1 claim per trip. All levels of cover are available, other than for Single Trip Group.

    Please note: you can tow a trailer or a caravan with these policies, but an additional supplement will be charged.

    How do I use my Silver or Gold AA membership to get a discount on European Breakdown Cover?

    If you’re a Silver or Gold UK AA Member, you can benefit from either 1 or 2 free days of European Breakdown Cover or up to 10% off our Annual European Breakdown Cover. If you wish to use this benefit, you must call us on 0800 072 3279 before you travel.

    Please note that free days can only be used a maximum of 3 times within the UK membership policy year and the annual discount can only be used once within the UK membership policy year.


    Will it be more expensive to buy new vehicle parts in Europe?

    Car parts purchased abroad may be more expensive and repairs may take longer if a new part is required.

    Will staff in garages in Europe speak English?

    Our 24/7 English-speaking helpline can be reached on 0044 (0)121 336 6289. However, we cannot guarantee that our repair and recovery operators in Europe will have English-speaking staff available. Opening hours may also differ to UK garages.

    I need to make 2 or more trips a year – what kind of cover can I get?

    Planning on making at least 2 trips to Europe within a 12-month period? If so, you'll probably be interested in our annual policy. This provides cover for unlimited trips abroad (up to 364 days in length) and up to 3 claims a year.

    How can I make a claim?

    Need to make a claim after your trip?

    If you already hold European Breakdown Cover with us and needed to pay and claim during your trip, we're here to help. Just download and fill out the form below.

    This can be emailed to: [email protected] along with copies of the relevant receipts etc.

    Or, you can post it to: Overseas Claims, Fanum House, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4EA

    European Breakdown Cover claims form

    Policy documents

    Terms and conditions apply:

    European Breakdown Cover terms and conditions

    Good to know

    * Price for a Member of the AA taking out European Breakdown Cover online, for a journey within zone 1, in a car less than a year old and returning on the same day.

    ** Service provision in some parts of Ukraine is not possible. Where service is available, garages require cash payments to provide assistance. We can reimburse this on your return in line with the terms and conditions of the policy.

    About the price

    Prices shown include an introductory discount. Annual prices may be higher on renewal after the first year. Prices are for new customers only.

    How do you use my data?

    To find out how we use your data, please read our website privacy notice and our specific roadside product privacy notice.

    For more information, there's also our cookie policy and website terms and conditions.

    AA European Breakdown Cover is arranged by Automobile Association Insurance Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). You can check their register online.

    Registered office: Fanum House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 4EA. Registered in England and Wales number 2414212.

    Buy European Breakdown Cover

    0800 072 3279

    We're open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm, Saturday.

    0800 072 3279

    Broken down in Europe?

    0044 (0) 121 336 6289

    If you're having difficulty accessing this number on your network, please use the following alternatives:

    • French landlines – 0825 098 876 or 0472 171 200
    • UK mobiles or other EU countries –
      00 3382 509 8876 or 00 3347 217 1200

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