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Why rent a car in Cambridge?

Among Cambridge’s famous university buildings and winding alleys lies a very modern city. Yes, the history is palpable, but the bars are busy and the facilities are diverse. There is a youthful buzz about this city.

Surrounded by pretty countryside and just over an hour’s drive from England’s east coast, this is perfect driving country. The views are flat and far-reaching, so enjoy the space. Get a hire car in Cambridge and set off on your travels.

How to get to and around Cambridge?

Situated on the M11, Cambridge has great road links. London and Birmingham are both a drive of an hour and a half away, while the picturesque beaches of Norfolk are about 70 miles away, or one hour 40 minutes in the car.

Flying in to London Stansted Airport is a great choice. It is a drive of one hour into Cambridge city centre, almost entirely on the M11. There are also regular trains and buses to and from the capital.

A little further out is Birmingham Airport, which is 90 miles, or one hour 30 minutes away.

What brands are available?

Budget, Hertz and Avis are among the companies that can provide a rental car in Cambridge. Firefly and Europcar are also available and most can provide airport or city centre pick-ups.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Cambridge

Once you have picked up your keys try visiting London. There are numerous park and ride services allowing you to park on the outskirts of the busy central areas and get a bus in. There are also some car parks where you can book a space in advance so do your research before you start your journey. Once you’re there the choices seem limitless. The West End, Westminster and Notting Hill are all popular choices. Or head east to the hipster hangouts of Shoreditch and Dalston. You could make the most of having a car and head away from the traditional tourist sports to some of the thriving residential areas. Stoke Newington in Hackney or Chiswick in west London are both buzzing with restaurants, bars and independent shops.

When it’s time to escape the city, head for Kent, the area known as the garden of England. About 80 miles from Cambridge, this lush county is flourishing. The seaside towns of Whitstable and Margate are both popular with London day-trippers, as well as foodies, shoppers and art buffs, or those who just want to see the sea. The well-to-do town of Tunbridge Wells is also in Kent, and about an hour and a half’s drive from Cambridge.

Head in the opposite direction and you come to the city of Nottingham, which is a 90-mile drive up the A1. This east Midlands industrial city offers a different vibe to Cambridge’s traditional prettiness. Nottingham is another university city with a lively musical scene. From rock to drum and bass, tastes are varied and all are catered for. Try Rock City or the Rescue Rooms for a noisy night out, or dine out at the gothic Pit and Pendulum pub.

Tips and tricks for driving in Cambridge

These journeys mainly use dual carriageways and motorways, all of which are well signposted and easy to follow. All UK standard driving laws apply. Children will require a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.

Ready to plan your Cambridge city break?

So start planning your trip to Cambridge and other parts of the UK by using the Expedia search tool to help you find bargain car hire, flight and hotel deals and 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!

What’s the best price car rental in Cambridge?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £34 in Cambridge.

What’s the average car rental price in Cambridge?

On average, car rentals in Cambridge are £37.

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 Cambridge?

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 Cambridge?

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