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Why hire a car in Bristol?

The lively city of Bristol is the gateway to England’s beautiful southwest. With two universities in the city and a number of pretty parks, Bristol has it all in terms of nightlife, culture and great views. For shops drive out to Cabot Circus, a large shopping mall with restaurants and plenty of car parking. Or get a hire car in Bristol and head out to Chew Magna or the Wookey Hole caves, both about 30 minutes away by car, for pretty views and nice walking country.

How to get to and around Bristol?

Bristol Airport is just nine miles from the city centre and at 20 minutes, it is the quickest route in. There is also a train available, which takes 30-40 minutes to Bristol Parkway train station. There are a number of options for cheap car hire at Bristol Airport, all within walking distance from the terminal.

Hiring a car in Bristol city centre

If you want to pick up your rental car in Bristol city centre then that is easily done. This is a fairly small city, which is easy to traverse. Many of the big hotels have car parks, and in some areas there is free parking available on the streets. In some areas such as the well-heeled Clifton village many of the roads have parking restrictions, so be sure to check the signage.

What brands are available?

Rent a car at Bristol Airport through Avis, Budget, Europcar or Sixt - all have collection points within walking distance from the terminal. Enterprise, Hertz and National are also available.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Bristol

Just east of Bristol is the historic city of Bath. Famed for its Georgian terraces, this city is often used as the stage for period television dramas. The Roman baths are a popular spot for visitors, and the rugby stadium is just on the edge of town. During your day in Bath drive out to the pretty village of Bradford-on-Avon, which is seven miles away on the B3108. Full of quaint streets and a gorgeous riverside, it is perfect for idle wandering.

An easy 50-minute drive north up the M5 motorway is the Cotswold town of Cheltenham. Famous for its annual jazz festival, Cheltenham has cultural depth as well as period charm. The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has a collection of works from the Arts and Crafts Movement as well as a number of special exhibits that change throughout the year.

You could also rent a car in Bristol and drive just over two hours (118 miles) to London. For iconic views of the Thames go to the Southbank, or try Primrose Hill for boutique shops and restaurants and a bit of celebrity spotting. For an extra 40 minutes on the journey take an easy detour on the A420 to Oxford. Wander round the hallowed university buildings or drive out to the outlet shopping mecca of Bicester Village.

Tips and tricks for driving in Bristol

Bristol has a number of motorways that skirt around it. The M4 goes directly into London, while the M5 takes you southwest to Devon or north to the Cotswolds.

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Take the kids to the fascinating At-Bristol science centre, which is sure to encourage their interest in science and technology or find out more about the days of steam travel on-board Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Also designed by Brunel is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to the north of the city. Just don’t look down when you drive over it – it's a 100m drop down to the river below!

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Just a short 45 minute drive from Bristol Airport is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bath. And it isn’t just about fine Georgian buildings, Mr Darcy and sampling spring water. Bath rugby ground, The Rec, is the setting for regular Premier League clashes, while the city itself is home to a mix of high street and boutique shops, as well as an annual Christmas Market. With plenty of car parks and park and ride options in Bristol and Bath, and with lots to explore in the surrounding countryside, car hire is a practical way to get around.

FAQs for car hire in Bristol

What’s the best price car rental in Bristol?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £29 in Bristol.

What’s the average car rental price in Bristol?

On average, car rentals in Bristol are £32.

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 Bristol?

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 Bristol?

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

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