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Visiting Manchester in a Rented Car

With a rich industrial history, Manchester is the 3rd most populated metropolitan area in the UK. Located in the northwest of England, it is a celebrated football city with great attractions for all ages.

Manchester has great festivals and events throughout the year, including The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival and Manchester International Festival in July, The Parklife Festival in June and the Manchester Christmas Markets in November and December.

It’s also a great starting point for visits to other parts of northern England, such as Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds.

Manchester Airport is less than 9 miles southwest of Manchester city centre. It is the 3rd busiest in the United Kingdom. You can pick up a hire vehicle from one of the many car hire companies found on site. They include Avis, Budget, Hertz and Easirent. There are also Avis, Budget Sixt and other pick-up locations within Manchester city centre.

Reserving Your Hire Car for Pick-Up at Manchester International Airport

By making your reservation on ahead of time, you’ll be sure to have the best selection of vehicle types at the best prices.

If your plan is to use your hire car mostly to get around in the city, a popular choice is a compact car for singles and couples that offers fuel efficiency at a low price. Families and larger groups may prefer a standard or full-size car or a van.

Comfort is an important factor to consider if you are planning some road trips away from Manchester. It’s also important to note if your chosen hire car comes with unlimited mileage to avoid unexpected additional charges should you exceed the allotted number of miles allowed.

By using the filter option, you can zero in on the features that best meet your needs and find the best deals available.

You will find many NCP car parks in central Manchester, as well as pay and display areas.

There are no toll roads in Manchester city centre, but the Warburton Bridge charges a toll as does the M6 in the direction of the West Midlands. There are also tolls heading to Liverpool.

Discover Manchester and Its Surroundings in Your Hire Car

Kids of all ages will love visiting Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, for all things Lego. Over 2 million Lego bricks, a 4D cinema, rides and more make it an exciting attraction for the entire family. Another wonderful family-friendly choice is Sea Life Manchester Aquarium.

Football fans will be delighted by a tour of Manchester United Stadium and Museum, where they can get a behind-the-scenes look at the players’ dressing room and the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand.

Driving to Leeds will take roughly an hour. There, you can visit the RHS Garden Harlow Carr, the Royal Armouries Museum and Harewood House.

Liverpool is only 55 minutes away by car from Manchester. Fans of The Beatles can see all the sights and important locations on a Beatles Walking Tour.

If Liverpool is the last destination on your trip, it’s possible to pick up your car in Manchester and return it at Liverpool John Lennon Airport before your return flight. Just be sure to specify your return location when you make your reservation on

Some Important Tips About Rental Cars in Manchester

Travellers coming from abroad should note that cars are driven on the left in the UK. and that speed limits and distances are shown in miles.

Rain is a common occurrence in the Manchester area. Be sure to be cautious and reduce your speed when driving in wet weather.

Traffic can be a concern in central Manchester, particularly on one-way streets. Take this into consideration when planning your trips.

The use of handheld devices such as mobile phones is prohibited and can be subject to fines.

Answers to Common Manchester Car Hire Questions

What age can I rent a car in Manchester?

Drivers must have had their licence for at least a year and if you’re between 21 and 25, you’re limited to certain vehicles. Drivers under 25 may have to pay a surcharge.

Which documents do I need for a car hire in Manchester?

Most car hire companies in Manchester require a valid driving licence and a passport.

Do I have to drop my hire vehicle off at the airport?

It’s not required, but it’s usually more convenient, especially if you are flying. One-way hires are also available from most car hire companies.