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Why rent a car in Durham?

Durham is one of England’s most picturesque cities, a quaint and cobbled town dominated by its grand cathedral and castle. But while it may have a lot of history, Durham isn’t stuck in the past – the town’s university ensures a regular supply of students who bring their own music, art and culture to play.

Book a hire car in Durham and you can explore this beautiful old city at your own pace, before branching out to explore the stunning landscapes of the northern Pennines. Or, head to nearby cities like Middlesbrough, Leeds or Manchester and see the best that northern England has to offer.

How to get to and around Durham?

Durham is served by nearby Newcastle Airport. Pick up your hire car here and you’ll be in Durham within about 45 minutes, in good traffic. Just follow the A69 and A68.

What brands are available?

When you book a rental car in Durham you’ll be free to choose from plenty of different providers. Popular brands include Avis, Budget and Hertz – make sure to book ahead so you can pick up your car and be on your way in minutes.

You can’t visit Durham without making a trip to the cathedral and castle, so tick those off your list first. Both are almost a thousand years old, and were built not long after the Norman invasion of Britain, which makes them some of the oldest examples of still-functioning architecture in the country. Harry Potter fans might recognise a few areas of the cathedral from the silver screen – it was used for both the interior and exterior of Hogwarts in the first two films.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Durham

You can’t visit Durham without making a trip to the cathedral and castle, so tick those off your list first. Both are almost a thousand years old, and were built not long after the Norman invasion of Britain, which makes them some of the oldest examples of still-functioning architecture in the country. Harry Potter fans might recognise a few areas of the cathedral from the silver screen – it was used for both the interior and exterior of Hogwarts in the first two films.

Kids will love Adventure Valley, about 15 minutes north of the city by hire car. It’s an action-packed place, with six different playzones to explore, an on-site petting zoo, adventure golf and pony rides all to enjoy. Book online before to minimise queuing.

Not far west of Durham you’ll find the northern Pennines, a mountainous area that’s full of opportunities for hiking and mountain biking. Hamsterley Forest, about 40 minutes west of the city on the A690, is just on the edge of the area, and a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. Visit in autumn to see it at its beautiful best.

If you’re craving a little cosmopolitan comfort, Manchester (two and a half hours), Leeds (two hours mins) and Newcastle (40 minutes) are all within easy reach. The latter is Durham’s nearest neighbour, and a thoroughly modern university town that boasts the northeast’s best clubbing. It’s also home to the Great North Museum, which features exhibits on Egyptian history, space travel and everything in between.

Tips and tricks for driving in Durham

Driving in Durham is no different to the rest of the UK. Drive on the left, and keep to local speed limits. Motorways are normally 70mph, but be aware that main roads may slow to 40mph or 30mph in rural areas.

Ready to plan your Durham city break?

Inspired to visit Durham and England for yourself? Get started with this Durham city guide, and use the Expedia search tool to hunt out the best deals on flight and hotels, and to research all the best attractions.

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FAQs for car hire in Durham

What’s the best price car rental in Durham?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £13 in Durham.

What’s the average car rental price in Durham?

On average, car rentals in Durham are £14.

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 Durham?

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 Durham?

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