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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Bristol Airport
Economy
Kia Rio or comparable
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 57.78 per day
Bristol Avonmouth
Mini
Kia Picanto or comparable
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 61.07 per day
Bristol Airport
Economy
Ford Fiesta or comparable
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 61.20 per day
Bristol Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 61.96 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Bristol Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 62.06 / per day
Bristol Avonmouth
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or comparable
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 64.08 / per day
Bristol Avonmouth
Compact
Vauxhall Astra or comparable
Vauxhall Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 67.28 / per day
Bristol Ashley Down
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 68.99 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 02:55 on 2022-06-30.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Dialing code
44
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Average gasoline price
£ 1.54 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.70 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.46 / 1 liter

Why hire a car in Bristol?

Bristol is a great place to explore by car. There’s plenty of diverse history to explore, but the city is also home to some of the most interesting contemporary art and culture in the UK. Take it all in, then drive to nearby nature areas or go on to explore neighboring Wales.

One-way Car Hire in Bristol

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Bristol and drop off in another city include:

  • From Bristol to London - 252 offers from £ 37.14 per day
  • From Bristol to Exeter - 23 offers from £ 38.03 per day
  • From Bristol to Southampton - 68 offers from £ 37.14 per day

Top ways to enter Bristol

  • Bristol Airport: Serving nearly 9 million travelers every year, Bristol Airport is the ninth-busiest in the United Kingdom. There are daily flights to and from destinations in Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and many other countries. Also known as Lulsgate Airport, it is located 14km (8.7 miles) southwest of Bristol city center. 
  • Cardiff Airport: Although much smaller than Bristol Airport, it is still the busiest in Wales with daily flights by eight different airlines, including some low-cost carriers. The airport is just a 1 hour and 15-minute ride west of Bristol.
  • Birmingham Airport: Formerly known as Elmdon, this airport serves Britain’s second city. Served by 30 different airlines, it is a large base for a number of low-cost carriers. Birmingham Airport is around a 90-minute drive north of Bristol.
  • London Heathrow Airport: The busiest not just in the United Kingdom, but also in Europe, and among the five busiest in the world, London Heathrow hosts countless daily flights to all parts of the world. It is located west of London’s city center, so if you’re driving from the airport to Bristol, you do not have to go through or around the capital and the distance can be done by car in less than 2 hours. 

Useful city facts

  • Bristol is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the United Kingdom. It has an oceanic climate with pleasant summers and cool, yet rather mild, winters. The average temperature is 21.5°C  (70.7°F) in July, the warmest month, and 5°C  (41°F) in December and January. The precipitation is spread out rather evenly, with summers being only slightly drier than winters.
  • An important city of art since medieval times, Bristol has continued honoring this heritage in the present day. Many pioneering musicians, filmmakers, and writers hail from here, as does the world-famous street artist Banksy whose works can be seen in many places in Bristol.

Top destinations and activities

  • Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. Located inside an impressive Baroque building, Bristol’s main museum is a fun place to visit. From exhibitions on natural history that cover the area’s plants and wildlife from the times when the sea dinosaurs lived near Bristol to Egyptian Sarcophagi, sections on British industrialization, and artworks by famous British painters, this fascinating museum truly has something for everyone.
  • Bristol Blue Glass. A workshop that has been making Bristol’s famous blue glassware for nearly 300 years, Bristol Blue Glass is one of the iconic places in the city. Although you need to book a tour in advance, it’s well worth it as you get to see some of the most beautiful examples, learn about how the glass making technology works, and see working furnaces.
  • Brandon Hill & The Cabot Tower. A fun place to spend a day outdoors and meet some locals, Brandon Hill has an advantage over Bristol’s many other parks thanks to the great panoramic views of the city that are seen from the top on one of its hills. If you’re still craving for more, climb the spiral staircase of the Cabot Tower that stands on the same hill.
  • Clifton. A suburb of Bristol, Cliffton is one of the most interesting areas in the city. Clifton is home to the impressive Avon Gorge which can be marveled at from the suspension bridge that crosses it or the observation point in the nearby Clifton Observatory (an interesting place to visit in its own right). Clifton is also the location of The Downs, a large public area, and the Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Traffic and parking tips

  • The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road.
  • On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and next to red lines is illegal).
  • You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving unless you use a hands-free system.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lighting.
  • In England and Wales, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for both experienced and novice drivers. Do keep in mind, however, that in Scotland the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • The insurance documentation and registration of the car need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Toll roads

Currently, there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 toll. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels, as well as for entering the central areas of London and Durham (a city in North East England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43km (27 miles) long portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can pay by either cash or credit card. As of March 2019, the price is £6.40 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6a.m. to 11p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6a.m. to 11p.m.), and £4.10 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11p.m. to 6a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website.  

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Bath. Famous for its Regency Terraces; many Roman sites and ruins; and excellent spa facilities that give the city its name, Bath is an interesting place to visit. Inhabited by humans since before the Iron Age, Bath is one of the very few places in Europe where the whole city has a UNESCO World Heritage status. Bath is the city that probably gets the most tourists per inhabitant in Britain. Just 19km (12 miles) southeast of Bristol, Bath can be reached in 30 to 40 minutes depending on the traffic.
  • Weston-super-Mare. A popular holiday destination since the Victorian era, Weston remains one of the most popular beach resorts of England. It’s lovely to spend a day on its long sandy beaches, but the place has other attractions, too, like the impressive Winter Gardens Pavilion, The Playhouse show venue, and the Tropicana outdoor swimming pool. Weston-super-Mare is just 25 miles (40km) southwest of Bristol, a distance that can be traveled in 45 minutes.
  • Cardiff. The capital city of neighboring Wales and sometimes considered a friendly rival of Bristol, Cardiff is just an hour’s drive east. It is famous for Cardiff Castle, one of the most impressive castles in Britain: Llandaff Cathedral that dates back to the 12th century; and many great museums. Cardiff can also serve as a great base for exploring the rest of Wales.
  • Brecon Beacons National Park. A large nature area in neighboring Wales, Brecon Beacons are centered around the Black Mountains and a number of other small mountain ranges that are collectively known as Brecon Beacons. Home to very few settlements, the beautiful area has the status of an International Dark Sky Reserve and is a perfect place for stargazing after a long day of hiking. Located 115 km (71 mi) northwest of Bristol, Brecon Beacons take about 90 minutes to reach.

Most popular hire types and cars

The most hired car types in Bristol are compact and intermediate, with standard vehicles taking third place. The most popular cars are the VW Golf, the Ford Focus and the Ford Transit. 

Further destinations

  • London. With more attractions than it’s possible to name, the capital of the United Kingdom is quite simply the one place in the UK that you simply must visit. It’s different neighborhoods and areas like Soho, Covent Garden, and Notting Hill are more famous than most cities, but the greatest thing about London is that it’s ever-changing and always finds new ways to surprise you. From Bristol, it’s just 19 km (118 miles) east, a distance that can be traveled in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Cotswolds. A natural region near Bristol, the Cotswolds has been designated one of the few Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England. It’s rolling bedrock hills and grasslands create a unique landscape with picturesque small stone-house villages here and there. The area is less than an hour’s drive north of Bristol.
  • Cornwall. One of the most distinct British regions, Cornwall is characterized by a long coastline, cozy towns and villages, natural beauty, and Celtic heritage. Here you’ll find the ancient-looking Dartmoor National Park. According to the legend, Cornwall was the home of King Arthur. Truro, the region’s capital, is about a three-hour drive southeast.
  • Birmingham. Although Britain’s second city is mainly known for its technological and trading prowess, Birmingham also has plenty of things for a visitor to see and do. The city’s highlights include the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Lapworth Museum of Geology, the Coffin Works industrial heritage museum, and Jaguar Castle Assembly Plant. Located 140 km (87 mi) north of Bristol, Birmingham takes only about 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach.

Car Hire Prices in Bristol

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 336 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 165 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 106 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 663 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 211 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 86 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 164 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

These are the tips and tricks that can land you a cheap car for hire in Bristol:

  • Compare the rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Bristol is the cheapest in February when hiring a car is about 50% cheaper than the yearly average. It can be fun to explore South West England in the winter!

Top 20 Cities near Bristol

  1. London starting at £ 51.05 per day
    169.5 km / 105.3 miles away
  2. Edinburgh starting at £ 31.75 per day
    505.5 km / 314.1 miles away
  3. 228.6 km / 142.0 miles away
  4. Glasgow starting at £ 127.53 per day
    504.8 km / 313.7 miles away
  5. Belfast starting at £ 12.71 per day
    418.1 km / 259.8 miles away
  6. Luton starting at £ 73.62 per day
    160.9 km / 100.0 miles away
  7. Birmingham starting at £ 48.69 per day
    127.2 km / 79.0 miles away
  8. Leeds starting at £ 77.02 per day
    278.2 km / 172.8 miles away
  9. Liverpool starting at £ 32.37 per day
    212.6 km / 132.1 miles away
  10. Inverness starting at £ 18.77 per day
    681.2 km / 423.2 miles away
  11. Newcastle starting at £ 67.68 per day
    405.7 km / 252.1 miles away
  12. Southampton starting at £ 17.72 per day
    99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  13. Cardiff starting at £ 73.53 per day
    52.7 km / 32.7 miles away
  14. Watford starting at £ 44.57 per day
    154.0 km / 95.7 miles away
  15. Reading starting at £ 54.18 per day
    113.5 km / 70.5 miles away
  16. 173.1 km / 107.5 miles away
  17. 636.5 km / 395.5 miles away
  18. Doncaster starting at £ 18.11 per day
    251.1 km / 156.0 miles away
  19. Bolton starting at £ 61.07 per day
    237.9 km / 147.8 miles away
  20. Brighton starting at £ 162.53 per day
    183.0 km / 113.7 miles away

Top 19 Destinations around Bristol

  1. Bristol Temple Meads Railway station starting at £ 68.99 per day
    2.5 km / 1.5 miles away
  2. Bristol Ashley Down starting at £ 68.99 per day
    5.5 km / 3.4 miles away
  3. Bristol Airport starting at £ 57.78 per day
    10.1 km / 6.3 miles away
  4. Bristol Avonmouth starting at £ 61.07 per day
    11.0 km / 6.9 miles away
  5. Cardiff Roath starting at £ 84.73 per day
    39.9 km / 24.8 miles away
  6. Cardiff Airport starting at £ 73.53 per day
    52.7 km / 32.7 miles away
  7. Tredegard Waundeg starting at £ 84.73 per day
    61.7 km / 38.3 miles away
  8. Exeter Airport starting at £ 73.53 per day
    96.4 km / 59.9 miles away
  9. Southampton Cruise Terminal starting at £ 17.72 per day
    99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  10. Southampton Railway station starting at £ 73.54 per day
    100.2 km / 62.3 miles away
  11. Southampton Airport starting at £ 73.53 per day
    100.8 km / 62.6 miles away
  12. Reading East starting at £ 54.18 per day
    113.5 km / 70.5 miles away
  13. Fareham Fort Wallington starting at £ 44.57 per day
    117.7 km / 73.1 miles away
  14. Portsmouth Hilsea starting at £ 44.57 per day
    124.9 km / 77.6 miles away
  15. Birmingham New Street Railway Station starting at £ 21.70 per day
    125.9 km / 78.2 miles away
  16. Birmingham Newtown starting at £ 48.69 per day
    127.2 km / 79.0 miles away
  17. Birmingham Airport starting at £ 62.68 per day
    127.7 km / 79.4 miles away
  18. Wolverhampton Old Heath starting at £ 48.69 per day
    133.0 km / 82.6 miles away
  19. Milton Keynes Railway Station starting at £ 76.27 per day
    141.9 km / 88.1 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Bristol?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Bristolfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Bristol
£ 18.10
January
£ 15.89
February
£ 30.85
March
£ 46.20
April
£ 51.13
May
£ 21.57
June
£ 17.33
July
£ 19.23
August
£ 23.19
September
£ 24.90
October
£ 63.59
November
£ 63.59
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Bristol is February with prices starting at £ 15.89 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is November with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 63.59. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 33. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Bristol?

Hirers picking up a car in Bristol keep them for an average of 9 days during in December, while those picking up their cars in May keep them for an average of 4.
Average Hire Length in Bristol
5
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
4
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
6
October
6
November
9
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Bristol?

While travellers visit Bristol year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is January, and the least popular is August.
Popularity of Car Hire in Bristol by Monthly Searches
250%
January
212%
February
217%
March
98%
April
55%
May
32%
June
1%
July
1%
August
41%
September
46%
October
132%
November
114%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Kia Sportage 5 2 SUVs
Europcar Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
27 January 2022
I live locally so I hired the car from Easirent as transport until my replacement car was delivered
Car rental statistics
Highest rated company
Alamo
8.88 / 10
Lowest rated company
Easirent
7.57 / 10
Total rental companies
12
Average daily price
£ 127.98
Lowest daily price
£ 27.96
Total cars available
161

Top 12 Hire Companies in Bristol in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.9 / 10 reviews
+441275474400 / +4401275475990
International Apt, Bristol International Airport, Bristol BS48 3DW
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.6 / 2 reviews
+4403713843403
Bristol Airport, Car Rental Centre
Working hours
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:11:00-23:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.6 / 4 reviews
+441275474400 / +44105047950 / +4401275475990
International Apt, Bristol International Airport, Bristol BS48 3DP
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.6
+4408433093011
Hertz - Bristol Airport,Bristol BS48 3DY
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
National
National
Outstanding 8.6
+4401275475990
Car Rental Centre, Bristol International Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:30
Tue:08:00-23:30
Wed:08:00-23:30
Thu:08:00-23:30
Fri:08:00-23:30
Sat:08:00-23:30
Sun:08:00-23:30
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.5 / 8 reviews
+442070188246
AP Bristol Airport, Car Rental Parking, Bristol BS48 3DW
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.5 / 5 reviews
+4403713841143
Temple Gate Distribution Centre, Bristol BS3 4RP
Working hours
Fri:08:00-18:00
Firefly
Firefly
Outstanding 8.1
08433093011
Car Rental Bristol Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.9 / 27 reviews
+441179595700 / 3172487251
The Old Forge
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.9
+441275475051
Bristol airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:11:00-22:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.8 / 31 reviews
+4401179595700
Bristol Temple Meads Train Station, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6QF
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-13:00
Easirent
Easirent
Great 7.6 / 55 reviews
+441275402150
Bristol Airport Roundabout, A38, Bristol BS40 9UU,
Working hours
Mon:06:00-00:30
Tue:06:00-00:30
Wed:06:00-00:30
Thu:06:00-00:30
Fri:06:00-00:30
Sat:06:00-00:30
Sun:06:00-00:30
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