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If you are visiting, or live in, the Victorian resort town of Eastbourne, car hire offers the perfect way to travel along the coast or into the Sussex countryside. Cosmopolitan Brighton, historic Rye, family fun in Hastings, Winnie the Pooh country in Ashdown Forest and the South Downs can all be explored when you arrange car rental in Eastbourne with Expedia.
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With a number of convenient locations to choose to start your journey from, whether on the seafront, near Eastbourne or Hampden Park Railway Station, or in nearby suburbs and towns such as Pevensey, you are never going to be far from a hire car to explore Eastbourne and its surrounds.
And what’s more, if you are planning a longer road trip, there’s no need to return your car to Eastbourne. Thanks to our nationwide coverage, arranging to drop your car off in a different place is simple.
You can book your car hire in Eastbourne online: from your computer, tablet or mobile. Choose from executive cars, budget cars or go for ultimate comfort in a SUV: there’s a wide selection of cars available and many deals to take advantage of.
Eastbourne is connected by road to London on the A22, and to Brighton and Hove to the east, and Hastings to the west, by the nearby A27.
But, before you head off inland or along the coast, there’s plenty to explore closer to home.
The Victorian promenade, romantic bandstand, 19th century pier and floral displays on the seafront, including the Carpet Gardens that line the coastal road, help set the genteel but welcoming tone of Eastbourne.
A large part of the resort’s appeal lies in its unified Victorian architecture. Local landowner William Cavendish appointed architect Henry Currey to design a street plan for the town, sending him across the Channel to Europe for inspiration. And the results speak for themselves.
There’s plenty for families by the pebbled beach or nearby. An adventure park is at the eastern end of the seafront, and crazy golf, go–karting and Laser Quest join the pier as obvious places to visit with kids. In the summer months there are Birdman competitions where brave contestants don homemade wings and try to ’fly’ from the pier and there’s the world’s biggest seafront air show where the Red Arrows perform aerial stunts in the skies above Eastbourne.
Eastbourne has numerous parks and gardens to relax in, including Princes Park, Upperton Gardens, the Carpet Gardens and the Western Lawns. Hampden Park offers sports pitches, a lake, play areas and a skate park. In Shinewater Park, located on the west side of Langney, there’s a fishing lake to picnic by, and Gildredge Park, located between the town centre and Old Town, offers bowling greens.
Other attractions include Towner Art Gallery’s collection of modern British works and three Grade II–listed theatres.
Nearby, Redoubt Fortress, built during the Napoleonic Wars, has a well–organised military museum and, southwest along the coast, in the South Downs National Park, are the iconic chalky cliffs of Beachy Head, where a striped lighthouse has warned passing ships of the dangers since 1902.
The High Weald is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that covers 560 square miles around Eastbourne, making it the fourth largest AONB in England and Wales. Its mosaic of farms, woodland, parkland and villages perched on ridge–tops contains within it Ashdown Forest, the setting for the Winnie the Pooh tales created by AA Milne.
Drive out to Rye to wander its cobbled lanes lined with ancient, half–timbered houses. The redbrick Lamb House that can be visited here was once where the writer Henry James penned his novels.
Follow the coast to the cosmopolitan delights of vibrant Brighton. Browse the kooky, independent shops of North Laine, see the exuberant architecture of the Royal Pavilion, lose yourself in the narrow Lanes and then party the night away in one of Brighton’s many bars or clubs.
1066 country is also just a short drive away in the countryside of Battle, near Hastings. This is where Harold met his match and William the Conqueror changed British history forever. on a nearby field where Battle Abbey now stands. The Norman ruins of Hastings Castle, once home to William the Conqueror, overlook the English Channel.
East along the shingle seafront of Stade beach, Hastings Fishermen’s Museum and Shipwreck Museum offer evocative reminders of its maritime history and a funicular can take you up the cliffs to enjoy the views.
From the i360 in Brighton to an arrow in the eye in Battle, where will you visit when you hire a car in Eastbourne?
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £30 in Eastbourne.
On average, car rentals in Eastbourne are £31.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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