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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bristol Airport Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$21.33 per day
Bristol Airport Car Rental
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$23.50 per day
Bristol Airport Car Rental
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$31.02 per day
Bristol Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Peugeot E-208 or similar
Peugeot E-208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$42.23 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bristol Airport Car Rental
MG HS or similar
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$57.22 / per day
Bristol Airport Car Rental
Opel Insignia or similar
Opel Insignia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$64.81 / per day
Bristol Airport Car Rental
Ford Galaxy or similar
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$74.27 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Audi A5 Aut. or similar
Audi A5 Aut.
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$91.10 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:10 on 2023-01-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Traffic direction
Country code
Average car rental price
$45.66 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC

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 $46.86 per day
  • From Bristol to Exeter - 23 offers from $47.98 per day
  • From Bristol to Southampton - 68 offers from $46.86 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. 

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.
  • Street art. As mentioned above, Bristol is one of the counterculture capitals of Britain – it has been the birthplace of famous punk, dub, and trip-hop musical acts, many of whom have combined rhymes and beats with serious political musings. In a similar vein, the city also boasts a wealth of socially conscious street art that’s constantly recreated by not just Banksy but plenty of others. Check the city’s street art website to look up the most interesting spots or simply learn more.

Traffic and parking

  • 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. Known since ancient times for the healing properties of its many hot springs, the prosaically named city of Bath is one of the main destinations for a day trip in the area. The recreated Roman Baths are one of its main attractions, though there are plenty of other museums, heritage buildings, and gardens to check out during your visit. The drive from Bristol takes only about 20 minutes.
  • 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 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 $93 per day
  • Large cars - from $70 per day
  • Medium cars - from $49 per day
  • Vans - from $111 per day
  • Premium cars - from $82 per day
  • Small cars - from $48 per day
  • SUVs - from $66 per day

Money-saving tips

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!
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What travel writers say

Bristol is a vibrant and bustling city in the South West of England. It’s also a must-visit on your trip to the UK. Visitors tend to make for London, often skipping all the other incredible large cities in the country, but Bristol is not a city to be missed. This city boasts a fascinating maritime history, wicked street art culture, drool-worthy food & drink scene and so much more.
Emily Luxton
Hi, I’m Emily! I’m a full-time UK travel blogger focusing on solo female travel, fun, and adventure!
For a great view of Bristol, head up to Brandon Hill Park and Cabot Tower. The park itself is beautiful, and you can climb the tower for free. Once up there, you’ll see a panoramic view of the city, from Clifton to the water and beyond.
Hello! I'm Victoria. And I love discovering creative and beautiful places around the world.
Bristol Cathedral. Bristol has a beautiful cathedral well worth a wander around. It’s free to enter, though it is a working church so the usual opening times sometimes change or it may be temporarily closed to the public. Be sure to follow the signs to the cloisters, where there’s access to a lovely garden where locals like to have a quiet moment.
Jennifer & Tim
We’re Jennifer and Tim and we’re professional travel writers who love adventure and wine, so we often try to combine the two.

Top 20 Cities near Bristol

  1. London Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    184.8 km / 114.9 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $18.83 per day
    505.5 km / 314.1 miles away
  3. 170.1 km / 105.7 miles away
  4. 228.6 km / 142.0 miles away
  5. Glasgow Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    508.9 km / 316.2 miles away
  6. 158.1 km / 98.3 miles away
  7. Belfast Car Rentals from $29.93 per day
    416.4 km / 258.8 miles away
  8. Birmingham Car Rentals from $33.15 per day
    127.7 km / 79.4 miles away
  9. Liverpool Car Rentals from $27.49 per day
    212.6 km / 132.1 miles away
  10. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.37 per day
    686.4 km / 426.5 miles away
  11. Leeds Car Rentals from $61.77 per day
    278.2 km / 172.8 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $35.68 per day
    398.9 km / 247.9 miles away
  13. 99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    52.7 km / 32.7 miles away
  15. Crawley Car Rentals from $28.24 per day
    171.1 km / 106.3 miles away
  16. 636.3 km / 395.4 miles away
  17. Exeter Car Rentals from $40.18 per day
    96.4 km / 59.9 miles away
  18. 172.3 km / 107.1 miles away
  19. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $50.12 per day
    88.8 km / 55.2 miles away
  20. Sheffield Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    230.1 km / 143.0 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Bristol

  1. 2.5 km / 1.5 miles away
  2. Bristol Airport Car Rentals from $21.33 per day
    10.1 km / 6.3 miles away
  3. Cardiff Roath Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    39.9 km / 24.8 miles away
  4. Cardiff Airport Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    52.7 km / 32.7 miles away
  5. 88.8 km / 55.2 miles away
  6. Exeter Airport Car Rentals from $40.18 per day
    96.4 km / 59.9 miles away
  7. 100.8 km / 62.6 miles away
  8. Reading East Car Rentals from $41.62 per day
    113.5 km / 70.5 miles away
  9. 124.9 km / 77.6 miles away
  10. 127.2 km / 79.0 miles away
  11. 127.7 km / 79.4 miles away
  12. 133.0 km / 82.6 miles away
  13. 141.9 km / 88.1 miles away
  14. 147.3 km / 91.5 miles away
  15. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    160.9 km / 100.0 miles away
  16. 161.8 km / 100.5 miles away
  17. London Fulham Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    165.3 km / 102.7 miles away
  18. 167.2 km / 103.9 miles away
  19. 167.6 km / 104.1 miles away
  20. 168.1 km / 104.5 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
The best month to rent a car in Bristol is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.05). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $80.25 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

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Bristol is June, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Bristol by Monthly Searches

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 5 3 Medium 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.

Fiat 500
November 19, 2022
We visited three great cities in three days.
Czech Republic
Ford Tourneo
September 27, 2018
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
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.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
9.03 / 10
Lowest rated company
7.69 / 10
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Top 12 Suppliers in Bristol in 2023

Exceptional 9 / 15 reviews
+441275474400 / +4401275475990
International Apt, Bristol International Airport, Bristol BS48 3DW
$48 - $132
Excellent 8.8 / 6 reviews
Bristol Airport, Car Rental Centre
$24 - $58
Working hours
Excellent 8.7 / 5 reviews
+441275474400 / +44105047950 / +4401275475990
International Apt, Bristol International Airport, Bristol BS48 3DP
$48 - $132
Excellent 8.6
Hertz - Bristol Airport,Bristol BS48 3DY
$42 - $67
Working hours
Excellent 8.6 / 9 reviews
AP Bristol Airport, Car Rental Parking, Bristol BS48 3DW
$45 - $109
Excellent 8.5 / 6 reviews
Temple Gate Distribution Centre, Bristol BS3 4RP
$31 - $76
Working hours
Excellent 8.4
Car Rental Centre, Bristol International Airport
$51 - $142
Working hours
Excellent 8.2
Car Rental Bristol Airport
Working hours
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.9 / 39 reviews
The Old Forge
$24 - $83
Working hours
Very good 7.9
Bristol airport
Working hours
Very good 7.8 / 33 reviews
Bristol Temple Meads Train Station, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6QF
$42 - $104
Working hours
Very good 7.7 / 65 reviews
Bristol Airport Roundabout, A38, Bristol BS40 9UU,
$21 - $204
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