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Why rent a car in Reading?

Reading makes a great base if you’re planning a trip to southern England, with good links to London, Oxford, Southampton and the Cotswolds. The city itself has plenty to offer, with excellent shopping, a lively, student-fuelled nightlife, and an assortment of places to eat and drink. Like London, it sits on the river Thames and shares much of the capital’s ancient history.

Book a hire car in Reading and you’ll not only be ready to explore everything the city has to offer, you’ll also be well set for trips into the surrounding countryside, to the nearby town of Camberley, and to big, historical cities like Oxford and London.

How to get to and around Reading?

If you’ve been to England, chances are you’ve passed through London Heathrow Airport. It’s the UK’s biggest, and sits a convenient 35 minutes east on the M4. Your other option is Southampton Airport, which lies a little outside Southampton, just over an hour southwest on the M3. Or, if you’re heading to Reading from central London, take your rental car west on the M4 and you’ll be there in a little over an hour.

What brands are available?

When you choose a hire car in Reading, you’re free to choose from a wealth of great brands, including Avis, Alamo and Hertz, and many more.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Reading

Reading’s shopping, nightlife and foodie culture are well documented. But not everyone knows about the area’s colourful history, which dates back to the Norman period. If that interests you, head to the Reading Museum. As well as a selection of artworks from around the world, it’s home to a full-size replica of the Bayeux Tapestry, a 70m-long embroidered cloth which tells the story of the Norman conquest of Britain in 1066.

The area around Reading is beautiful, and with a hire car you’re free to explore it at your own pace. Basildon Park is a popular attraction, a country house dating from the 18th century. Take a walk around some of the 400-acre grounds, or head inside for a tour of the sumptuous interior, which features rare works of art by some of the Old Masters. Find it 25 minutes northwest of Reading when you follow the A329.

Dinton Pastures County Park, which sits about 20 minutes east of Reading, also on the A329, is ideal if you want to get away to nature. Comprising more than 330 acres of carefully maintained pastures, lakes and grassland, it’s a haven for local wildlife, and a lovely place to spend an afternoon.

Tips and tricks for driving in Reading

UK drivers needn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when it comes to driving a hire car in Reading. The only thing to watch out for is busy main roads during rush hour, especially on routes towards London. Reading is a commuter town, so expect roads to be particularly busy in mornings and evenings.

Ready to plan your Reading city break?

If you’re looking to plan your own trip to Reading or England, get to know the Expedia travel tool and this Reading city guide. They can help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and to research the best attractions and activities.

Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

FAQs for car hire in Berkshire

What’s the best price car rental in Berkshire?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £3 in Berkshire.

What’s the average car rental price in Berkshire?

On average, car rentals in Berkshire are £4.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Berkshire?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Berkshire?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.