Beginning of main content
Free cancellation
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and holiday rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Top Rental Car Deals in Manchester

See all Manchester car hire

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.

FAQs for car hire in Manchester

What’s the best price car rental in Manchester?

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

What’s the average car rental price in Manchester?

On average, car rentals in Manchester 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 Manchester?

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 Manchester?

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