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The city of Portsmouth has culture and frivolity in perfect balance. The historic dockyards, which are situated within a working naval base, provide a hands-on experience great for enquiring minds. Otherwise hit the outlet shops at Gunwharf Quays or enjoy the lively nightlife. But hire a car and head out of town to discover some of the UK’s top destinations, which are all within easy reach.
The vibrant city of Brighton is a 30-minute drive east down the cost, or head west for Dorset and Devon and the stunning Jurassic Coast. Getting a rental car in Portsmouth means all this is open to you.
Southampton Airport is just 20 miles away, and a 20-minute drive a few junctions down the M27. Bournemouth Airport is a bit further, it takes about an hour to drive the 50 miles to Portsmouth, but the route is picturesque. It takes you through the middle of the New Forest, so stop off for walk and a picnic.
Gatwick Airport is another possibility. It is about 70 miles away, with a drive time of one hour and 15 minutes.
Thrifty, Avis and Europcar all have local branches, along with other big name brands. Southern Self Drive is a more local option, or try something different and hire a motorhome from Abacus.
So once you have your hire car in Portsmouth, start by exploring the immediate vicinity. Chichester Harbour is just minutes down the road by car and is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Or take the car ferry across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.
The university city of Southampton is another option for a day trip. About 22 miles up the M27, there are museums and galleries, the large Westquay shopping centre and the pretty banks of the river Solent to stroll.
Further north is Reading, a large town on the banks of the river Thames. About 60 miles from Portsmouth, a drive of one hour 20 minutes, Reading is situated in Berkshire, a wealthy county popular with London commuters. The town itself has much to offer. Visit the ruins of Reading Abbey, or visit the Georgian stately home, Basildon Park. But head a little further out and you have Sonning, Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, idyllic English towns all a short drive from Reading. Think cosy pubs and riverbank ambling, or hire a rowing boat and head out on the water. You might even spot a few famous faces.
These journeys mainly use dual carriageways and motorways, all of which are well signposted and easy to follow. All UK standard driving laws apply. Children will require a car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall.
To start planning a holiday to Portsmouth and other parts of the UK, use the Expedia search tool to discover great deals on car hire, flight and hotels. You can also use it to research the best attractions and activities available.
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In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £8 in Peterborough.
On average, car rentals in Peterborough are £9.
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.
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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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