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Car Rental in Birmingham

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$20.09 per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$21.18 per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$22.76 per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$27.83 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.09 / per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.34 / per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Citroen C4 Picasso or similar
Citroen C4 Picasso
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$28.53 / per day
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Birmingham Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$28.56 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:49 on 2021-07-31. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.0

Why rent a car in Birmingham?

Birmingham is a great place to explore. Its many neighborhoods reveal its industrial past, as well as its more recent advances in high tech, culture, and art. Birmingham is near a number of beautiful natural areas, and with a car, it is easy to travel to both London and Bristol in the south or Liverpool and Manchester in the north of England.

One-Way Car Rentals in Birmingham

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Birmingham and drop off in another city include:

  • From Birmingham to Glasgow - 72 offers from US$ 39.30 per day
  • From Birmingham to London - 144 offers from US$ 38.82 per day
  • From Birmingham to Preston - 10 offers from US$ 37.84 per day

Top ways to enter Birmingham

  • Birmingham Airport: Serving more than 12 million travelers every year, Birmingham Airport is one of the busiest in the United Kingdom. It is a base for a number of airlines including some low-cost carriers. The airport is conveniently located just 13km (8.1 miles) southeast of Birmingham’s City Center.
  • East Midlands Airport: Serving the neighboring region of East Midlands (Birmingham is located in West Midlands), this airport is near three large British cities, Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester. The airport is favored by low-cost airlines and airlines serving holiday destinations across Europe. East Midlands Airport is only a 40-minute drive northeast of Birmingham.
  • Manchester Airport: The third-busiest in the United Kingdom, Manchester Airport serves many destinations not only in Europe, but also in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The airport is 127km (79 miles) north of Birmingham, a distance that can be driven in under 90 minutes.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Birmingham by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Birmingham International Railway Station, Birmingham New Street Railway Station, Birmingham Snow Hill Railway Station, or Birmingham Tyseley Railway Station. 

Useful city facts

Birmingham has a temperate maritime climate with warm summers and cool winters. The average temperature is 21.3°C  (70.3°F) in July and 6.7°C  (44.1°F) in January. Rainfall is spread out rather evenly between the seasons, but, unlike many other large cities in the United Kingdom, Birmingham experiences quite a lot of snow every winter.

With 571 parks within its borders, Birmingham has more green areas than any other European city. Sutton Park in the north part of the city is the largest urban park in Europe and a favorite place to visit for many locals on any sunny day. Part of it is made up of preserved ancient woodlands, and visitors can also spot the Exmoor ponies that live here or visit a donkey sanctuary.

Top destinations and activities

  • Jaguar Castle Bromwich Assembly. Located on the northern edge of the city, Birmingham’s Jaguar plant is the place where most of these legendary British cars are made. Car lovers will be excited to learn that it is possible to visit the factory, although it’s important to make a reservation by phone in advance. 
  • Sareholl Mill. A nice 18th-century watermill, Sarehole is rumored to have influenced the legendary British writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s vision of the Shire in the Lord of the Rings. Located in the Hall Green neighborhood in Southeast Birmingham, it is a nice and relaxing place to visit and learn about Birmingham’s pre-industrial past.
  • Birmingham Science Museum. Also known as Thinktank, this fun museum offers a lot of activities, mainly dealing with machinery, electronics, and vehicles of all types. It’s also definitely worth checking out the Supermarine Spitfire fighter jet, the LMS Princess Coronation Class steam locomotive, and the Austin Seven car from the 1920s. 

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 112km/h (70mph) on motorways, 112km/h (70mph) on dual carriageways, 96km/h (60mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30mph) 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 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. Since this toll road is very near Birmingham, it’s good to know about it if you’re visiting the city by car.
  • 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 6 a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website. 
  • 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).

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Coventry. Famous for the spires of its numerous magnificent cathedrals, a Roman fort, specialized museums (such as the aviation museum and the police museum) and a good many parks, Coventry is one of the nicest cities in the West Midlands region. Just a 30-minute drive away from Birmingham, it makes for a perfect day outdoors.
  • Snowdonia National Park. With plenty of accessible mountains, green hills, river valleys, and hiking paths, Snowdonia is a beautiful green area right next to a heavily industrial and urbanized region. See if you can spot some of the area’s birds and mammals, such as buzzards, ospreys, or feral goats. On your way back, stop at one of the small villages that are still located within the Snowdonia region and are primarily Welsh-speaking. The area is only about a two-hour drive northeast of Birmingham.
  • Bristol. With its historic buildings and sites, different diaspora groups with their culture and cuisine, and being a home base for influential music bands like Massive Attack and artists like Banksy, Bristol is a melting pot in every possible sense of the world. More importantly, it is one of the most fun and active cities in the modern United Kingdom. Less than a two-hour drive south of Birmingham, it is worth at least a day of your time.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental car in Birmingham is the VW Polo, although travelers also like the Ford Focus and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are the economy, compact, and mini classes.

Further destinations

  • London. The capital of the United Kingdom, one of the largest in Europe and a city like no other, London has more world-famous landmarks than anyone could mention - Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben… It’s quite impossible to see all of them, but your best bet is driving 2 hours and 30 minutes south of Birmingham and giving it an honest try. 
  • Liverpool. The hometown of the Beatles has a reputation for being the most fun city of North England, and not just because of its musical heritage. The museums and galleries of Albert Dock area, the Pier Head harbor area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the fascinating labyrinth of Williamson’s Tunnels under the Edge Hill area are some of the places that anyone will enjoy exploring. Just 95 miles (153km) north of Birmingham, it can be reached in about two hours.
  • Norfolk. Still something of a hidden gem among England’s regions, Norfolk has a long coastline with impressive cliffs; many inland lakes and protected wetlands; many small, but picturesque, farming communities; and both ancient and medieval sites. Start by exploring the Thetford Forest, one of the largest in Britain. Alternatively, visit the region’s largest city Norwich, famous for its Anglican cathedral and a medieval trading place called the Dragon Hall and located just a three-and-a-half hour drive east of Birmingham.

Car Rental Prices in Birmingham

  • Station wagons - from $78 per day
  • Large cars - from $55 per day
  • Medium cars - from $46 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $84 per day
  • Premium cars - from $84 per day
  • Small cars - from $29 per day
  • SUVs - from $81 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

Try these tips to land a great car rental deal in Birmingham:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Birmingham is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 58% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit the second city in early springtime!

Top 20 Cities near Birmingham

  1. London Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    154.3 km / 95.9 miles away
  2. Manchester Car Rentals from $21.18 per day
    104.3 km / 64.8 miles away
  3. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $20.09 per day
    399.0 km / 247.9 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $42.10 per day
    410.1 km / 254.8 miles away
  5. 359.6 km / 223.4 miles away
  6. Inverness Car Rentals from $48.48 per day
    583.1 km / 362.3 miles away
  7. Luton Car Rentals from $20.09 per day
    119.2 km / 74.0 miles away
  8. Leeds Car Rentals from $29.38 per day
    157.5 km / 97.9 miles away
  9. 125.0 km / 77.6 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $14.99 per day
    119.1 km / 74.0 miles away
  11. Newcastle Car Rentals from $24.81 per day
    287.5 km / 178.7 miles away
  12. Cardiff Car Rentals from $29.87 per day
    156.3 km / 97.1 miles away
  13. Bolton Car Rentals from $44.24 per day
    129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  14. Southampton Car Rentals from $24.42 per day
    167.5 km / 104.1 miles away
  15. Jersey Car Rentals from $33.38 per day
    361.7 km / 224.8 miles away
  16. Leicester Car Rentals from $19.01 per day
    52.9 km / 32.9 miles away
  17. 191.9 km / 119.3 miles away
  18. East Midlands Car Rentals from $25.63 per day
    54.4 km / 33.8 miles away
  19. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $17.90 per day
    528.7 km / 328.5 miles away
  20. Brighton Car Rentals from $22.62 per day
    215.2 km / 133.7 miles away

Top 19 Locations near Birmingham

  1. 6.2 km / 3.8 miles away
  2. 54.4 km / 33.8 miles away
  3. 104.3 km / 64.8 miles away
  4. 119.1 km / 74.0 miles away
  5. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $20.09 per day
    119.2 km / 74.0 miles away
  6. 126.6 km / 78.7 miles away
  7. Bristol Airport Car Rentals from $21.18 per day
    133.2 km / 82.8 miles away
  8. London Edgware Car Rentals from $28.02 per day
    142.3 km / 88.4 miles away
  9. 143.8 km / 89.4 miles away
  10. 153.2 km / 95.2 miles away
  11. 154.3 km / 95.9 miles away
  12. 154.4 km / 95.9 miles away
  13. 154.5 km / 96.0 miles away
  14. 154.9 km / 96.3 miles away
  15. 155.6 km / 96.7 miles away
  16. 155.8 km / 96.8 miles away
  17. 155.9 km / 96.9 miles away
  18. London Fulham Car Rentals from $21.18 per day
    156.1 km / 97.0 miles away
  19. Cardiff Airport Car Rentals from $29.87 per day
    156.3 km / 97.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Birmingham?

Car rental prices in Birmingham vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Birmingham
$31.00
January
$25.51
February
$20.04
March
$38.83
April
$22.17
May
$26.32
June
$34.46
July
$37.89
August
$68.31
September
$73.50
October
$80.55
November
$74.43
December
The best month to rent a car in Birmingham is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.04). This is 55% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $80.55 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Birmingham?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 23 days in March, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Birmingham
23
January
7
February
5
March
5
April
6
May
8
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
5
October
7
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Birmingham?

While travelers visit Birmingham year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Rental in Birmingham by Monthly Searches
39%
January
278%
February
313%
March
2%
April
2%
May
2%
June
2%
July
2%
August
70%
September
79%
October
222%
November
189%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Kia Ceed 3 2 Medium cars
Easirent Skoda Yeti 5 3 Large cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Vauxhall Corsa 2 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Peugeot 5008 4 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Seat Alhambra 5 4 People Carriers/Vans

Our Customers Reviews

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Ford Focus
May 18, 2019
Business trip - boring!
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Vauxhall Astra
September 1, 2018
Birmingham is a great starting point to visit The Cotswold area in England. The Ibis Hotel at the Airport is also in excellent location.

Top 15 Suppliers in Birmingham in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+4401214608147
Birmingham Airport, Bickenhill, Birmingham B26 3RT
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:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
01217717040
722 WARWICK ROAD, CORNER OF WHARFDALE ROAD
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+4401214545811
70 High Street, Digbeth
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+4401214545811
70 High Street, Digbeth
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+448444993399
7 Colmore Row
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713841127
18-20 BRISTOL STREET
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:08:00-13:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446013
Birmingham Airport Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:06:30-23:59
Tue:06:30-23:59
Wed:06:30-23:59
Thu:06:30-23:59
Fri:06:30-20:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:10:00-14:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
01217829030
Enterprise Rent A Car
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:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713841127
18-20 BRISTOL STREET
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:08:00-13:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4401214608146
InterRent Cabin Car Rental Car Park Airport Way, Birmingham Airport
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
01212962955
Green Motion Birmingham City Centre, 121 Suffolk St, Queensway
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+441212220599
Unit 37 Elmdon Trading Estate
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+441214608147 / +34965233425
Hermes Road, Airport Way
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / +442038980140
Airport Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B26 3QT
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+4401212962980
Ground International Station, Station Link Rd, Birmingham B37 7UQ
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
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