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Why rent a car in Exeter?

With ancient Roman roots, the walled city of Exeter is the capital of the southwest. The abundance of historic sites such as the Exeter Ship Canal and the Gothic cathedral make this city a history lover’s dream. But there’s plenty more besides.

Exeter University brings with it a vibrant nightlife and shopping scene, but it is the surrounding countryside that is the real gem. Get a rental car in Exeter and you will discover some of the UK’s most popular sights.

How to get to and around Exeter?

Exeter International Airport is just on the outskirts of the city and the perfect place to fly in to. Newquay Cornwall Airport is 80 miles away, and it’s an easy hour and a half meander up the A30. There are a number of train stations in the city, with Exeter St David’s as the biggest.

What brands are available?

Choose from any of the big names, including Avis, Thrifty and Enterprise.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Exeter

Once you have your hire car in Exeter why not head south to the seaside town of Exmouth. Situated on the Exe estuary, there are two miles of sandy beach and the sea is often busy with kayakers, kite surfers and sailors. It also marks the start of the Jurassic coast, a World Heritage Site rich with sedimentary rocks and fossils that hold millions of years of secrets. Hunt for fossils on the beach and stare at the layered cliffs trying to make sense of it all.

Drive further east along the coast and after half an hour you will get to the holiday town of Sidmouth, and in another 20 minutes, Lyme Regis. Both are well worth visiting. Or carry on along the A35 and you reach Weymouth in Dorset. Just over 60 miles from Exeter, Weymouth beach offers safe shallow waters perfect for paddling and a quaint harbourside of pubs, cafes and restaurants. It hosted the sailing in the 2012 Olympic Games and water sports remain a popular choice for adventurous visitors.

Back west towards Devon and Cornwall and you hit the grandly named English Riviera. Torquay, Paignton and Brixham are three neighbouring seaside towns, and all within 45 minutes of Exeter. Sandy beaches, palm trees and promenades perfect for strolling along mean the area lives up to it name. Agatha Christie was born in Torquay, and the town still conjures the gentle elegance of riviera life in years gone by.

Tips and tricks for driving in Exeter

Most of the roads in the area are dual carriageways, but veer off the main stretch and you are likely to come across some of the quintessential English country lanes, complete with verdant hedgerows and sharp bends. Don’t speed and watch out for passing places, you never know when you may have to reverse back to one.

Ready to plan your Exeter city break?

So let Expedia help you to plan your trip to Exeter and the rest of the UK. Use the search tool to find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

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FAQs for car hire in Exeter

What’s the best price car rental in Exeter?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £16 in Exeter.

What’s the average car rental price in Exeter?

On average, car rentals in Exeter are £18.

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 Exeter?

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 Exeter?

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

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