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Car Rental in Bristol

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bristol Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$17.23 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$18.25 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$21.39 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$22.09 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bristol Airport Car Rental
Compact
Fiat Tipo or similar
Fiat Tipo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$22.15 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Compact
Vauxhall Astra or similar
Vauxhall Astra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$22.28 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$23.72 / per day
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Bristol Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$23.83 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:17 on 2020-10-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Average car rental length
8 days
Economy car rental price
$35.51 / per day
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
9.2

Why rent 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 your rental to nearby nature areas or go on to explore neighboring Wales.

One-Way Car Rentals in Bristol

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

  • From Bristol to London - 252 offers from US$ 51.08 per day
  • From Bristol to Exeter - 23 offers from US$ 52.30 per day
  • From Bristol to Southampton - 68 offers from US$ 51.08 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 rental types and cars

The most popular rental car types in Bristol are compact and intermediate, with standard vehicles taking third place. The most popular rental 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 Rental Prices in Bristol

  • Station wagons - from $48 per day
  • Large cars - from $54 per day
  • Medium cars - from $39 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $80 per day
  • Premium cars - from $100 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $81 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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

  • 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 Bristol is the cheapest in February when renting 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 Car Rentals from $22.89 per day
    227.2 km / 141.2 miles away
  2. Manchester Car Rentals from $32.60 per day
    226.1 km / 140.5 miles away
  3. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $11.26 per day
    502.4 km / 312.1 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $42.05 per day
    501.8 km / 311.8 miles away
  5. Birmingham Car Rentals from $11.95 per day
    124.8 km / 77.6 miles away
  6. Belfast Car Rentals from $18.39 per day
    415.5 km / 258.2 miles away
  7. Inverness Car Rentals from $22.90 per day
    683.3 km / 424.6 miles away
  8. Leeds Car Rentals from $27.45 per day
    268.2 km / 166.7 miles away
  9. Luton Car Rentals from $13.87 per day
    159.7 km / 99.2 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $12.80 per day
    209.5 km / 130.2 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $22.28 per day
    175.2 km / 108.9 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $22.89 per day
    402.6 km / 250.2 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $24.39 per day
    100.4 km / 62.4 miles away
  14. 633.4 km / 393.5 miles away
  15. Cardiff Car Rentals from $20.87 per day
    53.2 km / 33.0 miles away
  16. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $27.71 per day
    91.3 km / 56.7 miles away
  17. Exeter Car Rentals from $20.87 per day
    99.0 km / 61.5 miles away
  18. Norwich Car Rentals from $21.88 per day
    297.0 km / 184.5 miles away
  19. Dundee Car Rentals from $24.64 per day
    557.4 km / 346.3 miles away
  20. Newquay Car Rentals from $33.20 per day
    203.2 km / 126.3 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bristol

  1. Bristol Airport Car Rentals from $17.23 per day
    12.2 km / 7.6 miles away
  2. Cardiff Airport Car Rentals from $20.87 per day
    53.2 km / 33.0 miles away
  3. 91.3 km / 56.7 miles away
  4. Exeter Airport Car Rentals from $20.87 per day
    99.0 km / 61.5 miles away
  5. 100.4 km / 62.4 miles away
  6. 102.3 km / 63.6 miles away
  7. 122.9 km / 76.3 miles away
  8. 124.8 km / 77.6 miles away
  9. 147.0 km / 91.3 miles away
  10. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $13.87 per day
    159.7 km / 99.2 miles away
  11. London Edgware Car Rentals from $27.98 per day
    160.4 km / 99.7 miles away
  12. 162.6 km / 101.0 miles away
  13. 166.7 km / 103.6 miles away
  14. 167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  15. 167.7 km / 104.2 miles away
  16. 169.0 km / 105.0 miles away
  17. 169.7 km / 105.5 miles away
  18. 169.8 km / 105.5 miles away
  19. 170.3 km / 105.8 miles away
  20. 170.7 km / 106.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Bristol 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 Bristol
$24.89
January
$21.85
February
$42.43
March
$63.55
April
$70.33
May
$29.66
June
$23.83
July
$26.45
August
$31.89
September
$34.25
October
$87.47
November
$87.47
December
The best month to rent a car in Bristol is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $21.85). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $87.47 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Bristol?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in December, travelers rent a car for an average of 9 days in May, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental 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's the most popular month to rent a car in Bristol?

While travelers visit Bristol year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is December, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Bristol by Monthly Searches
74%
January
306%
February
313%
March
2%
April
3%
May
3%
June
3%
July
3%
August
60%
September
67%
October
2%
November
362%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Caddy 5 6 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Ford Transit 5 18 Large cars

Our Customers Reviews

Ireland
Ford Fiesta
September 4, 2018
If you are not in a hurry to get to places the roads are well marked and pleasant to drive but very windy. You need to keep an eye out for speed limit changes as they happen regularly as you're travelling through the country side.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
August 31, 2018
Would avoid Weston super mare unless you are staying there. Heavy traffic and quite difficult to get out of
Ireland
VAUXHALL CORSA
August 12, 2018
Do not depend on the GPS systems in the cars , you will end up on narrow lanes , where two cars could not pass
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
June 28, 2018
Cornwall was amazing!
United Kingdom
Volvo XC60 R Design
June 11, 2018
My home city... Bristol is a fantastic place to live and visit as a tourist.

Top 10 Suppliers in Bristol in 2020

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
01179716464
CABOT CIRCUS COACH PARK, NEWFOUNDLAND WAY
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+441275474400
International Apt, Bristol International Airport, Bristol BS48 3DW
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+448444993399
Silverthorne Lane
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843481
THE TRIANGLE
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4401179292129
Rupert Street
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:09:00-12:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
01275474400
Car Rental Centre
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:30
Tue:07:00-23:30
Wed:07:00-23:30
Thu:07:00-23:30
Fri:07:00-23:30
Sat:08:30-23:30
Sun:08:30-23:30
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843481
THE TRIANGLE
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+4401179595700
The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road, Lulsgate, Bristol, BS409UR
Working hours
Mon:06:00-21:01
Tue:06:00-21:01
Wed:06:00-21:01
Thu:06:00-21:01
Fri:06:00-21:01
Sat:06:00-21:01
Sun:06:00-21:01
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+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
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+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
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