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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Manchester Airport
Mini
Volkswagen Up or similar
Volkswagen Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$22.59 / per day
Manchester Airport
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$23.60 / per day
Manchester Airport
Compact
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$26.33 / per day
Manchester Airport
Intermediate SUV
Kia XCeed or similar
Kia XCeed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$31.86 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Manchester Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Routes Car Rental
$35.38 / per day
Manchester Airport
Standard SUV
Kia Sportage or similar
Kia Sportage
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$41.92 / per day
Manchester Airport
Full-size Van
Ford Galaxy or similar
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$58.31 / per day
Manchester Airport
Premium
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
$64.51 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:57 on 2024-04-10. 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
$38 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
9.1 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.93 per liter or $7.31 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.77 per liter or $6.70 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.38 per liter or $9.01 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Manchester?

Over the past couple of decades, Manchester has become a fascinating travel destination. It takes great pride in its industrial past, but nowadays also hosts impressive science centers and museums, world class football, and, of course, many fine examples of British pub culture. Getting a rental car is your best bet to see it all, as well as to travel to many other interesting nearby cities (and Manchester’s rivals!) such as Liverpool, Leeds, or Birmingham.

Manchester

One-Way Car Rentals in Manchester

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

  • From Manchester to London - 164 offers from $41.45 per day
  • From Manchester to Glasgow - 107 offers from $41.88 per day
  • From Manchester to Preston - 40 offers from $40.61 per day
  • From Manchester to Leeds - 55 offers from $40.61 per day

Top ways to enter Manchester

  • Manchester Airport. Located just southwest of Manchester, with its three passenger terminals and more than 28 million travelers served annually, is the busiest airport in the United Kingdom outside London. It serves countless air routes toEurope, as well as Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. Manchester airport is located 14 km (8.7 miles) from the city center. Consider it a 25-minute drive, unless there is traffic.
  • Liverpool Airport. Liverpool John Lennon Airport, named after one of the city’s most famous inhabitants, mainly serves flights by low-cost carriers, often making it a cheaper alternative to Manchester. The airport is just an hour’s drive southwest of Manchester.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport. Another airport favored by low-cost carriers, Leeds-Bradford is about 74 km (46 mi) northeast of Manchester, primarily serving two large cities in the West Yorkshire Region.
  • East Midlands Airport. Serving the wider UK region of the same name, East Midlands Airport serves the large cities of Leicester, Derby, and Nottingham, and is about two hours drive from Manchester.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Manchester by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Manchester Victoria Railway Station or Piccadilly Railway Station.
  • By tram:Trams run from the airport to just outside the city center. Once there, you can change to another tram to get to the pickup location for your car.

City facts

Manchester has a temperate oceanic climate. The average temperature is 16.6 °C  (62 °F) in July and 4.5 °C  (40 °F) in December and January. February is the driest month and October the most humid, but generally precipitation is quite evenly spread-out.

Although Manchester is in the center of the large and densely populated Greater Manchester Built-up Area that has a population of 3.2 million people, three picturesque nature areas are near the city: the West Pennine Moors, the South Pennines, and the Peak District National Park.

The symbol of Manchester is the Manchester worker bee. An emblem for the city for over 150 years. You will find it everywhere you go. The bee denotes hard work ethic and the city being a hive of activity.

Top destinations and activities

  • Castlefield. Despite its very central location, Castlefield is one of the most tranquil areas of Manchester. Originally founded as a Roman settlement, it now houses the Science and Industry Museum and the Liverpool Road railway station, the first passenger railway station in the world. Even walking along one of the area’s many canals will most likely let you find an event that’s being held or, at least, a great local pub.
  • Chetham’s Library. One of Europe’s oldest libraries, Chetham’s Library is located in a 15th century building right next to Millennium Square. It’s just as beautiful from inside as it is from outside. Besides its truly impressive book selection you’ll also find a great collection of painted portraits.
  • Going to a football match. For many years, Manchester United Football Club was one of the strongest and most glamorous football teams in the UK, while Manchester City was your typical gritty underdog, supported by most of the working class folks of the city. Things have changed, though. With the foreign funding that City has received during the last decade, both teams are challenging for titles at home and in Europe while remaining fierce rivals. Regardless of which powerhouse you prefer, seeing a match at either Old Trafford or the City of Manchester Stadium is a great spectacle and a way to learn something about Manchester and its inhabitants.
  • Manchester Museum. Belonging to the University of Manchester and situated in a number of beautiful Gothic Revival buildings, this is arguably one of the most interesting museums in all of England. Much more than just a city museum, its collection of about 4.5 million items is dedicated to such varied topics as the global diversity of wildlife, anthropology, geology, and even archery around the world.
  • John Rylands Library. Also known as the "real life Hogwarts", this library will make you feel like walking straight into a Harry Potter novel. The late Victorian neo-Gothic library is located in Deansgate and dates back to 1900. It merged with the University of Manchester in 1972. Entrance is free, and there are often interesting exhibits you can check out while visiting.
  • The Manchester Cathedral. This gorgeous religious building is at its best in spring, when its gardens are in full bloom. It is located in Victoria Street, Manchester city center. On the roof there are beehives for the "Manchester bees" - they sell the honey and use it for the British tea room inside the Visitor Center.
  • The Northern Quarter. This is the hipster haven in Manchester. Home to everything that is unique and colorful. You will find a cute cat café and a lot of murals. One specifically decorates an electrical substation on Tib Street and is rumored to belong to the world-famous artist Banksy. The Northern Quarter in Manchester is also popular because here they filmed quite a few movies.
    Corn Exchange. Located on Exchange Street, this historical building was once used for the corn exchange. Destroyed in 1996 by an IRA bomb, it has become a quirky dining destination, with over 17 bars and restaurants where you can stop to rest for a while.

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 lightning.
  • 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 documentation of the car needs 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 toll around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43 km (27 mi) 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

  • Peak District. Just 30 km (20 mi) from Manchester, Peak District National Park is considered by many British people to be one of the most beautiful wildlife areas in the country. Go on a long hike, explore the hills and caves in them, try to spot a red deer or a short-eared owl, and in the end, reward yourself with a fine meal in one of the nearby spa towns or villages.
  • Little Moreton Hall. A 16th century manor in the nearby region of Cheshire, Little Moreton Hall is sometimes called a gingerbread house. Its hall and fireplaces inside are just as pretty as the gardens outside. The manor is open to visitors from April to December. The nearby village of Congleton is also a nice place to explore and is just 35 km (22 mi) from Manchester.
  • The Lake District. England’s largest nature reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to natural attractions like Scafell Pike, the highest mountain of England, and Wast Water, its deepest lake. Some of the wildlife species living in the reserve include wild fell pony, buzzard, peregrine, and even carnivorous plants. Also known simply as the Lakes, the area is about an hour’s drive north of Manchester.
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park. A large protected area known for its tranquil atmosphere and low population, the Yorkshire dales is the place to go for a long walk and contemplate the landscape. The remoteness of the park has recently also brought it the status of being an International Dark Sky Reserve. Despite all this, the drive from Manchester will only take about 90 minutes.
  • York. Located 112 km (74 miles) from Manchester. Consider about two hours to get there. Once a cultural hub, dating back to the Roman Empire, York is still full of things to do in modern times. You can walk through the Shambles, York's most famous street, feeling like a character from the Harry Potter novels. Or climb up Clifford's Tower, at the center of York Castle, to take gorgeous pictures. York is the perfect day trip from Manchester if you love history, good food and books.
  • Sheffield. Another grand old Yorkshire destination, Steel City is known for the history of its ironworks and other heavy industry,  but it is also equally known for its contributions to fields of culture, music, and arts. From the Anglican Cathedral to Arts Tower, Winter Garden to Victoria Quays to the Park Hill brutalist block of flats, Sheffield’s attractions are as enjoyable as they are diverse. Depending on the traffic, the drive from Manchester takes anywhere between one and two hours, with the previously mentioned Peak District on your way.
  • North Wales. Known for its various Victorian seaside resorts such as Llandudno that have somewhat fallen into disrepair over the last couple of decades due to the rise of the availability of low-cost flights to the Mediterranean, North Wales has turned into something of a niche destination of quaint town centers, long piers, and wild, mostly empty beaches. The drive from Manchester to the Welsh border takes only about an hour, and you can explore the rest of the region from there.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car type in Manchester is an economy, although many travelers also pick compact and intermediate cars. The most popular rental cars are the Ford Fiesta 3d, the Ford Focus 3d, and the VW Golf.

Further destinations

  • Liverpool. Home of the Beatles and a skyline that can challenge London, Liverpool is as famous for its maritime history as it is for its stunning and diverse architecture and a football rivalry of its own. The city is just 55 km (34 mi) west of Manchester.
  • Leeds. Leeds is the largest city of Yorkshire. Although primarily an industrial center, the city also boasts many great museums, theaters, and art galleries, as well as some of the best restaurants and cafeterias in the UK. A number of green areas, like the Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, are also nearby. Leeds is about an hour-and-fifteen minutes’ drive northeast of Manchester.
  • Chester. A market town with a historic reputation, Chester is best known for its Roman heritage. Some landmarks from those ancient times include the Roman Gardens, one of the largest wooden amphitheaters in the world, and the Roman walls that enclose the city. The city also boasts many green areas, interesting museums, and great spas. From Chester, you can go on to explore the nature of beautiful, sparsely populated North Wales located nearby. Chester is slightly more than an hour’s drive southwest of Manchester.
  • Snowdonia National Park. Located 325 km (202 miles) from Manchester, it's a pleasant 3 hours drive. This gorgeous national park is home to the highest peak in Wales and England, as well as a gorgeous coastline. If you like hiking, you can do so at Mount Snowdon, or alternatively you can take the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a vintage train experience. This railway dates back to 1896.

Car Rental Prices in Manchester

  • Station wagons - from $32 per day
  • Large cars - from $28 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • Vans - from $56 per day
  • Premium cars - from $51 per day
  • Small cars - from $23 per day
  • SUVs - from $28 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some of the things you can do to get a good car rental deal in Manchester:

  • Compare 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 Manchester is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 57% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Manchester 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 Manchester
$20.75
January
$25.95
February
$33.33
March
$40.26
April
$52.46
May
$60.77
June
$66.52
July
$58.34
August
$47.00
September
$37.29
October
$32.14
November
$39.85
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Manchester is January (when prices average $20.75 per day). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 69% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $66.52).

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 Manchester?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in February, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Manchester
7
January
6
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
8
June
9
July
8
August
8
September
6
October
6
November
8
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Manchester is July, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Manchester by pick-up date relative to the average
109%
January
72%
February
90%
March
72%
April
106%
May
99%
June
144%
July
111%
August
90%
September
105%
October
60%
November
142%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 7
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Ace Rent a car, Keddy, Arnold Clark, Alamo
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $23 per day
Cheapest supplier GreenMotion

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Drivalia Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Kia Picanto 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Nissan Juke 5 2 SUVs

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Cyprus
Fiat 500
January 29, 2024
Visiting family
Sweden
Peugeot 208
January 13, 2024
Amazing time
Spain
Fiat 500
December 18, 2023
Visiting family
Australia
Ford Fiesta
December 9, 2023
Visited Dalton in south lakes district on the day it snowed! Great, as a visitor, to see the land covered in thick snow. It didn’t really affect our plans and snow had melted after 3 days. North England is a great place to tour.
New Zealand
Ford Focus
November 19, 2023
Traveling from New Zealand to visit family and friends the vehicle provided was a good choice and they gave us an upgrade...happy days.
Ireland
Ford Fiesta
November 2, 2023
A day trip to Whitby
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
October 27, 2023
Work trip
Australia
Ford Fiesta
October 22, 2023
Visiting family and local Lancashire attractions.
Australia
Vauxhall Astra
July 28, 2023
Went to a great Indian restaurant in Ramsbottom . Went away to Ingleton N Yorkshire and the Ingleton Waterfalls walk was great and took about 4 hours .
Ireland
Fiat 500
July 17, 2023
The weather was better than expected
Israel
Peugeot 308
June 17, 2023
Visited Scotland nature, beautiful country wonderful nature, nice and kind people.
Australia
Kia Rio
May 16, 2023
Visiting family.
Denmark
Vauxhall Crossland
April 10, 2023
A whole week with backpack in Lake District, wonderful
Spain
Ford Fiesta
January 12, 2023
It was a trip to visit our family at Christmas so it was brilliant
Spain
Fiat 500
December 1, 2022
Well it was raining, cold and windy but nice and comfortable in the car
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
October 3, 2022
All good.
Australia
Vauxhall Astra
August 25, 2022
Very easy to get to.
Sweden
Ford Fiesta
April 22, 2022
Didn't go to Manchester, went to Leeds. Leeds was alright.
Spain
Vauxhall Corsa
December 21, 2020
flew to Manchester to go to Scotland
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Mokka
January 6, 2019
Good place to rent - but new roads are not on the Sat Nav so returning difficult
France
Ford Fiesta
November 3, 2018
You need to call Easirent on arrival as they collect You from outside the terminal. Don’t take the normal car Rental centre bus.
Hong Kong
Ford Fiesta
July 9, 2018
About 2 hours to York, nice sightseeing and aesthetic old buildings

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Ace Rent a car
6.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
28
Total rental companies
18
Average daily price
$38.06
Lowest daily price
$22.59
Total cars available
644

Top 18 Suppliers in Manchester in 2024

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.2 / 90 reviews
1 location
$43 - $234
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.8 / 79 reviews
1 location
$35 - $316
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.8 / 38 reviews
4 locations
$41 - $323
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.5 / 51 reviews
2 locations
$30 - $88
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 15 reviews
2 locations
$32 - $65
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8 / 19 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $75
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7.9 / 22 reviews
1 location
$23 - $35
National
National
Good 7.9 / 4 reviews
1 location
$41 - $316
Drivalia
Drivalia
Good 7.8 / 173 reviews
1 location
$23 - $967
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.8 / 20 reviews
4 locations
$42 - $209
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
1 location
$31 - $54
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 6 reviews
1 location
$65 - $219
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.6
1 location
Budget
Budget
Good 7.5 / 2 reviews
1 location
$65 - $239
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2
2 locations
$26 - $55
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.9 / 82 reviews
1 location
$23 - $75
Easirent
Easirent
Satisfactory 6.8 / 243 reviews
1 location
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Satisfactory 6.7 / 90 reviews
1 location
$37 - $410
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