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Why hire a car in Swansea?

The coastal city of Swansea is the perfect base for exploring Wales and the west of England. With all the shops, culture and bustle of any large city, it also boasts a vibrant waterfront that was once at the heart of Wales’ industrial revolution.

The Brecon Beacons are just north of the city for keen hikers and a short jaunt along the coast is Mumbles, a quirky area with a brilliant name. So pick up a hire car in Swansea and start exploring.

How to get to and around Swansea?

Cardiff Airport is an hour from Swansea city centre, mainly on the M4 motorway. Bristol Airport is another option. Just over 80 miles away, with a journey time of one hour 30 minutes, the drive takes you over the Second Severn Crossing, the 5,128m long bridge that links England to south Wales. Not a bad way to start your journey.

What brands are available?

Budget, Hertz and Thrifty can all provide a rental car in Swansea, along with the other major brands. Or try a local company like Day’s Rental or QV Hire.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Swansea

Swansea is just on the edge of Wales’ Gower Peninsula, a picturesque corner that juts out into the Bristol Channel. Drive five miles out of Swansea city centre to the Gower, and take some time exploring the landscape, rich with woodlands, saltwater marshes, Iron Age forts and folklore. There is plenty to see here. Cardiff, 40 miles to the east of Swansea, is another great pit stop. Wales’ capital city has shops aplenty and a lively nightlife as well as some world standard performances. Watch a rugby match at the city’s Principality Stadium or the Welsh National Opera performing at the Millennium Centre or St David’s Hall.

Over the border into England – any excuse to get back on the Second Severn Crossing – and the vibrant city of Bristol is a great day out. Park up on the Clifton Downs and admire the suspension bridge, before visiting the zoo or the shops in this well-heeled part of town. Or head out to the bohemian Gloucester Road area in your rental car and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants or cafes.

If you are looking to drive further afield, head from Swansea down to Devon. The coastal city of Plymouth is 188 miles away, a journey of about four hours. Discover its rich maritime history or take a dip in the Tinside Lido overlooking the sea at Plymouth Hoe. Or explore England’s Midlands. The roads between south Wales and the west Midlands are well travelled, as hoards of landlocked holidaymakers make an annual pilgrimage to Wales’ beaches every summer. But Birmingham has plenty to draw visitors. Three hours and 150 miles from Swansea, England’s second city has really started to flourish. Of course there are shops, and many of them, but with its own royal ballet, a number of theatres and art galleries, Birmingham is culturally rich.

Tips and tricks for driving in Swansea

All the UK standard driving laws apply. Wear a seat belt, don’t drink and drive, and stick to the speed limits.

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