How much do driving lessons cost now?

Getting behind the wheel for the first time and learning to drive is something majority of us go through.

The freedom that comes with becoming a qualified driver is undoubtedly exciting, but it inevitably comes with a price tag.

It’s important to know exactly where your money will go during the process of learning to drive, so we’ve highlighted the key costs.

Your provisional licence

The first step towards getting your full licence is, of course, getting your provisional licence.

It’s this licence that allows you to legally learn to drive on the public road, and is a requirement for taking your practical test.

Cost: £34 if you pay online, or £43 if you apply by post.

Driving lessons

Once you’ve obtained your provisional licence, it’s time to fork out for your driving lessons.

Lesson prices vary from instructor and location, however the average cost for a driving lesson in the UK is £24, according to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

You can either opt to go through a driving school, or seek a qualified, independent driving instructor.

Generally speaking, it can often work out cheaper to purchase lessons in bulk as you will most likely receive a discount – however, have a few lessons with your instructor beforehand to be sure they’re the right instructor for you.


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The prices quoted are based on learning to drive in London. Prices can vary according to location.

Theory test

Once you’re getting into the swing of driving, you’ll start preparing for your theory test.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) provides online learning materials for you to buy, or you can buy additional software or a theory book from most major book stores, or online.

It’s essential to clue-up on the Highway Code and to practise the hazard perception tests.

Cost: £23 for the theory test.  Learning materials starts from £7.

Practical driving test

Inevitably, the more driving lessons you have, the more prepared you will be come test-day.

Individuals will each progress at their own rate, and your driving instructor will advise when they think you are ready to take your practical test.

Cost: £62 on weekdays, £75 on evenings, weekends and bank holidays.