Car Rental in Cardiff

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cardiff Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Routes Car Rental
$26.88 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$27.63 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$31.01 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Intermediate SUV
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$35.19 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cardiff Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$50.88 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Standard
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$79.57 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Premium
Mercedes C Class or similar
Mercedes C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$48.61 / per day
Cardiff Airport
Full-size SUV
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$72.14 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:16 on 2024-04-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+44
Average car rental price
$46 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
10.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.88 per liter or $7.12 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.77 per liter or $6.69 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.04 per liter or $7.73 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Cardiff?

Cardiff is a great place to visit. For centuries it was known primarily as an industrial city, but the city has made great strides in art, innovation, and science over the last few decades. Travelers love Cardiff’s great museums, interesting architecture, and the Millenium Center, a state-of-the-art cultural center. After exploring Cardiff, you can explore the nature of Wales, drive to great nearby English cities like Bristol and Exeter, or travel all the way to London.

Cardiff

One-Way Car Rentals in Cardiff

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

  • From Cardiff to London - 58 offers from $35.50 per day
  • From Cardiff to Aberdeen - 45 offers from $40.01 per day

Top ways to enter Cardiff

  • Cardiff Airport: Known in Welsh as Maes Awyr Caerdydd, Cardiff Airport handled over 1.5 million travelers in 2018. The airport is served by eight different airlines, including some charter and low-cost companies. Located 19 km (12 mi) southeast of the city center, Cardiff Airport takes about 25 minutes to reach. 
  • Bristol Airport: The busiest in Southwest England, Bristol Airport handled 8.7 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for the low-cost carrier easyJet and is also served by around 15 other airlines. Located 79 km (49 mi) east of Cardiff on the other side of the Bristol Channel, Bristol Airport can be reached in about one hour.
  • Exeter Airport: Serving the city of the same name in the region of Devon, this small airport handled about 900,000 travelers in 2018. The airport is served by five different airlines, including low-cost carrier Ryanair. Located 174 km (108 mi) south of Cardiff, Exeter Airport takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach by car.
  • Birmingham Airport: Serving the UK’s second city, Birmingham Airport handled 12.4 million travelers in 2018. The airport has flights by more than 20 different airlines, including low-cost companies like Ryanair, Wizz Air, and Eurowings. Located 195 km (121 mi) north of Cardiff, Birmingham Airport can be reached in just over two hours.
  • London Heathrow Airport: The busiest not only in the UK, but all of Europe, Heathrow Airport handled 80 million travelers in 2018. The main hub of British Airways and served by tens of other airlines, the airport offers flights to and from all parts of the world. Located 219 km (136 mi) east of Cardiff, Heathrow Airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

City facts

  • Like in much of the rest of the United Kingdom, Cardiff has a maritime climate with high precipitation, mild summers, cool winters, and little temperature differences between the seasons. The average high temperature is 22°C  (71°F) in July, the warmest month, and 8°C  (47°F) in January, the coolest. It is especially rainy from October to January; April is the driest month.
  • Located on Cardiff Bay, Cardiff is known for its beautiful waterfront. Developed over the last couple of decades, the waterfront is home to some of the city’s most impressive buildings and also has a large number of restaurants, shops, and galleries. If you’re looking for something more active, during the warm months of the year it is also possible to take a boat ride.
  • Wales is home to two official tongues, English and Welsh. A Celtic language, Welsh is only distantly related to English. The primary language used in Cardiff is English which is known by everyone, but Welsh is also thriving, and Cardiff has many centers dedicated to the Welsh language and culture. In some rural towns and villages, Welsh even outnumbers English in terms of the number of native speakers.

Top destinations and activities

  • Cardiff Castle. Built in the 11th century on the location of a much older Roman fortress, Cardiff Castle is one of the most visited places in the city. Renovated a number of times over the centuries, the palace has acquired a distinctly Victorian look. Nowadays, it is the home of Firing Line: Museum of the Welsh Soldier. The surrounding Castle Quarter area is also very much worth exploring.
  • Wales Millenium Center. Built in the 2000s, the Millenium Center is one of the most impressive cultural complexes not only in Wales but in all of the United Kingdom. The center is home to two impressive theaters (the Donald Gordon and Weston Studio Theaters), as well as concert halls, literature spaces, exhibition galleries, and restaurants. Needless to say, different performances and events take place in the Millenium Center every week.
  • National Museum. Huge and impressive, the Cardiff National Museum covers tens of diverse topics. There are fossils of mammoths and dinosaurs that used to inhabit the area, exhibitions dedicated to the ancient and medieval inhabitants of Wales, artworks by Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, and much more. Better yet, entrance to the museum is free, so it is a must-visit place on any trip to Cardiff.
  • Norwegian Church. While it doesn’t exactly date back to the Viking days in Britain as the name might suggest – it was built in 1868 – this quaint Lutheran house of prayer is one of the most interesting attractions of the Welsh capital. Created by the city’s community of Norwegian sailors, nowadays it welcomes close to 200,000 visitors every year and doubles as an Arts Center. One of Cardiff’s most famous sons, the children’s author Roald Dahl (of Fantastic Mister Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) was Welsh-Norwegian, and the art center has a room dedicated to his life.
  • Animal Wall. Part of the aforementioned Castle Quarter, the Animal Wall took 50 years to finish until they were done in the 1930s, but have been one of the city’s most famous landmarks ever since. The wall is made up of 15 animal sculptures depicting exotic species like a hyena, a baboon, an anteater, and a pair of lions, as well as more familiar ones like a beaver and a vulture. The Animal Wall is at the southern end of Bute Park, one of the most popular green areas in Cardiff.
  • Mermaid Quay. The large bayfront area in the southern part of Cardiff is another beloved place to visit by locals and tourists alike. Open since 1999, it is a great spot to enjoy a meal at a waterside restaurant, visit landmarks like the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum or Cardiff Waterfront Museum, or simply go boat-watching.

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 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 these limits can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the registration of the car need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, 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).

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 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.10 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website.

Ideas for day trips

  • Penarth. Historically distinct, but now considered a suburb of Cardiff, Penarth is a quaint coastal town. Visitors love to explore its old pier, visit the medieval village of Cosmetown, marvel at art at the Turner House Gallery, or simply enjoy a long and leisurely walk along the beach. Located just 8.3 km (5.2 mi) south of Cardiff, Penarth can be reached in about 15 minutes.
  • Brecon Beacons National Park. A large and protected area, the national park is made up of the Brecon Beacons mountain range and surrounding forests, waterfalls, and highland lakes. A truly beautiful and calm place, it has many walking paths and climbing trails that visitors can explore. If you’re lucky, you might even get to spot a Welsh pony, a wildlife species that inhabit the park. Located about 48 km (30 mi) north of Cardiff, Brecon Beacons takes one hour to reach.
  • Bristol. Sometimes considered a rival of Cardiff, the large English city of Bristol is a great place to explore. The city is the home of iconic 1990s musicians like Massive Attack and the street artist Banksy whose graffitis can still be observed on walls across Bristol. More conventional (and equally interesting) attractions include the We The Curious science museum, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and the Clifton Downs green space with its adjacent observatory. Located 44 km (27 mi) east of Cardiff, Bristol can be reached within one hour.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Cardiff is the Fiat 500, followed by the Toyota Aygo and the Vauxhall Corsa. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and standard.

Further destinations

  • Swansea. The second city of Wales is significantly smaller than the capital, but that doesn’t mean it has nothing for a traveler to enjoy. Highlights of Swansea include the Swansea and Oystermouth Castles, Mumbles Pier, the National Waterfront Museum, and Swansea Bus Museum. Swansea is part of the Gower Peninsula, an area that has many beautiful beaches and tranquil nature. Located 66 km (41 mi) west of Cardiff, Swansea takes about one hour to reach.
  • Cornwall. A large peninsula and historic region in Southwestern England, Cornwall is something of a hidden gem among British tourist destinations. The legendary birthplace of King Arthur is home to ancient castles, unique local culture, and long, remote beaches. Truro, the largest (and only) city in Cornwall is 318 km (198 mi) from Cardiff and can be reached in just over three hours; you can explore the rest of the region from there.
  • Snowdonia. A large and remote nature area surrounding Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, Snowdonia is a place of stunning landscapes and wilderness. Known in Welsh as Eryri which means ‘Abode of the Eagles’, it is home to the different raptors, as well as feral goats, otters, and polecats. The area has many high altitude walking paths and in addition to a couple of small villages. Located 178 km (111 mi) northwest of Cardiff, Snowdonia takes 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach.

Car Rental Prices in Cardiff

  • Station wagons - from $53 per day
  • Large cars - from $50 per day
  • Medium cars - from $27 per day
  • Vans - from $80 per day
  • Premium cars - from $49 per day
  • Small cars - from $27 per day
  • SUVs - from $28 per day

Money-saving tips

Rent a great rental car in Cardiff by following these tips:

  • 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 Cardiff is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 79% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Cardiff?

Car rental prices in Cardiff vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Cardiff
$93.88
January
$44.15
February
$26.61
March
$48.55
April
$60.22
May
$110.50
June
$89.41
July
$57.18
August
$54.68
September
$67.00
October
$66.81
November
$48.80
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Cardiff is March (when prices average $26.61 per day). This is 58% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in June (when prices average $110.50).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Cardiff?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 15 days, and in January, they keep their car for 3 days.
Average number of rental days in Cardiff
3
January
4
February
10
March
6
April
4
May
15
June
7
July
5
August
11
September
4
October
4
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Cardiff is July, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Cardiff by pick-up date relative to the average
57%
January
57%
February
19%
March
76%
April
19%
May
152%
June
210%
July
114%
August
152%
September
190%
October
76%
November
76%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Alamo
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $27 per day
Cheapest supplier Routes Car Rental

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Hertz Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Avis Vauxhall Crossland 5 2 SUVs
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Enterprise Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Budget MG ZS 5 2 SUVs
Hertz Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Volvo XC60 5 3 SUVs
Avis Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Small cars

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.4 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Easirent
6.9 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
2
Total rental companies
10
Average daily price
$46.49
Lowest daily price
$26.88
Total cars available
287

Top 10 Suppliers in Cardiff in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.4 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$30 - $323
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.2 / 4 reviews
1 location
$28 - $316
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 1 review
3 locations
$37
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $93
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.9 / 2 reviews
1 location
$29 - $50
National
National
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$32 - $316
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8
2 locations
$42
Budget
Budget
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $101
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2
1 location
$27 - $80
Easirent
Easirent
Satisfactory 6.9 / 10 reviews
1 location
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