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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Manchester Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$25.77 per day
Manchester Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$27.78 per day
Manchester Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Ceed or similar
Kia Ceed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$35.59 per day
Manchester Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
MG HS or similar
MG HS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$58.08 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Manchester Airport Car Rental
Premium
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
$68.71 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Standard
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$80.57 / per day
Manchester Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Mercedes A Class or similar
Mercedes A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$82.67 / per day
Manchester Airport Car Rental
Full-size
BMW 3 series Aut. or similar
BMW 3 series Aut.
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$105.69 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 16:00 on 2023-01-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
44
Average car rental price
$76.60 / 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
0.08%
Rating
10.0

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 and other interesting nearby cities (and Manchester’s rivals!) such as Liverpool, Leeds, or Birmingham.

Manchester Car Rental

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 $42.29 per day
  • From Manchester to Glasgow - 107 offers from $42.72 per day
  • From Manchester to Leeds - 55 offers from $41.43 per day
  • From Manchester to Preston - 40 offers from $41.43 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 it 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. 
  • 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.

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.

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.

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 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 a day-trip

  • 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.

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.

Car Rental Prices in Manchester

  • Station wagons - from $101 per day
  • Large cars - from $100 per day
  • Medium cars - from $76 per day
  • Vans - from $175 per day
  • Premium cars - from $142 per day
  • Small cars - from $63 per day
  • SUVs - from $124 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.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

What travel writers say

Deciding where to stay in Manchester for your first time could take you quite a lot, but there’s actually the perfect place for you… Manchester City Centre! The heart of the city will give you a little of everything, all the main attractions like the Manchester Opera House and the Manchester Art Gallery, and the best shopping hubs such as the popular market street.
Y
Yulia
Hi there! I am Yulia, a world-traveler, adventurer and an entrepreneur.
Manchester is quite simply one of the coolest cities in Europe. Since its gritty industrial early days, Manchester has developed an iconic reputation for being one of the hippest, trendy, cosmopolitan, and fun cities in the United Kingdom! The ultimate destination for a wild night in the town or an epic UK music festival!
DA
David Anderson
HEY WHAT‘S UP? I’M DAVE…but I’m more commonly known as my nickname/travel alias JONES. I’m originally from Southern California, but have made long-term travel into a lifestyle. I’ve lived in six different countries, love learning new languages, and have a strange obsession with hummus.
The city is very urban, with lots of fun activities for all ages. If you’re soccer/European football fans, check out the Manchester United Museum and Stadium tour and the National Football Museum. If you love the arts and sciences, visit The Lowry, The Manchester Art Gallery, the Science and Industry Museum, and the Manchester Museum. For beautiful architecture, head over to the John Rylands Library and Manchester Cathedral. This wonderful city has something for everyone to enjoy!
T&V
Terrence & Victoria
Hi! We are Victoria and Terrence, a traveling couple on a mission to inspire others to see the world!

Top 20 Cities near Manchester

  1. London Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    266.3 km / 165.5 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $18.83 per day
    283.9 km / 176.4 miles away
  3. 294.4 km / 182.9 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    300.2 km / 186.5 miles away
  5. 217.4 km / 135.1 miles away
  6. Belfast Car Rentals from $29.93 per day
    269.0 km / 167.1 miles away
  7. Birmingham Car Rentals from $33.15 per day
    119.1 km / 74.0 miles away
  8. 228.6 km / 142.0 miles away
  9. Liverpool Car Rentals from $27.49 per day
    40.7 km / 25.3 miles away
  10. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.37 per day
    465.7 km / 289.3 miles away
  11. Leeds Car Rentals from $61.77 per day
    59.8 km / 37.1 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $35.68 per day
    171.6 km / 106.6 miles away
  13. 291.8 km / 181.3 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    242.0 km / 150.4 miles away
  15. Crawley Car Rentals from $28.24 per day
    299.1 km / 185.9 miles away
  16. 408.1 km / 253.6 miles away
  17. Exeter Car Rentals from $40.18 per day
    314.4 km / 195.3 miles away
  18. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $50.12 per day
    301.2 km / 187.2 miles away
  19. 276.1 km / 171.5 miles away
  20. Sheffield Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    55.6 km / 34.5 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Manchester

  1. 2.7 km / 1.7 miles away
  2. 13.5 km / 8.4 miles away
  3. 21.9 km / 13.6 miles away
  4. 40.7 km / 25.3 miles away
  5. 59.8 km / 37.1 miles away
  6. 95.9 km / 59.6 miles away
  7. 99.6 km / 61.9 miles away
  8. 112.5 km / 69.9 miles away
  9. 119.1 km / 74.0 miles away
  10. Holyhead Port Car Rentals from $59.18 per day
    156.3 km / 97.1 miles away
  11. 177.9 km / 110.6 miles away
  12. 189.7 km / 117.9 miles away
  13. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    219.9 km / 136.6 miles away
  14. 226.1 km / 140.5 miles away
  15. Cardiff Roath Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    227.6 km / 141.4 miles away
  16. Bristol Airport Car Rentals from $21.33 per day
    234.5 km / 145.7 miles away
  17. Cardiff Airport Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    242.0 km / 150.4 miles away
  18. Reading East Car Rentals from $41.62 per day
    242.3 km / 150.6 miles away
  19. 245.1 km / 152.3 miles away
  20. 254.0 km / 157.8 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Manchester 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 Manchester
$21.67
January
$27.08
February
$85.42
March
$75.66
April
$42.63
May
$33.71
June
$80.31
July
$48.82
August
$23.15
September
$20.89
October
November
$39.19
December
The best month to rent a car in Manchester is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $20.89). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in March (when rental prices start at $85.42 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Manchester?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in September, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in January, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Manchester
5
January
9
February
7
March
6
April
8
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
14
September
12
October
7
November
5
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Manchester is July, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Manchester by Monthly Searches
97%
January
87%
February
84%
March
97%
April
117%
May
88%
June
142%
July
133%
August
81%
September
93%
October
89%
November
92%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier 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
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Vauxhall Astra 4 2 Large cars
Arnold Clark Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Vauxhall Crossland 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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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.
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
9.39 / 10
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
7.19 / 10
Total number of reviews
4
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$76.60
Lowest daily price
$19.41
Total cars available
496

Top 15 Suppliers in Manchester in 2023

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.4 / 16 reviews
+441617741888 / +441614377718
Unit 14, Ringway Trading Estate Manchester M22 5LH
$44 - $149
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.8 / 6 reviews
+4408433093047
Premier Parking, Car Rental Village, Ringway Rd, Manchester M22 5XN
$57 - $88
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 44 reviews
+4401614983300
Car Rental Village Man Airport M22 5WH, United Kingdom
$59 - $168
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8 / 19 reviews
+4401614983300
Car Rental Village Man Airport M22 5WH, United Kingdom
$59 - $186
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.7 / 13 reviews
+4403713843414
MANCHESTER APT CAR RENTAL VILLAGE
$54 - $86
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:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6 / 11 reviews
+442070188246
Ringway Road, Manchester M22 5WH
$60 - $216
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 22 reviews
+4403713840129
UNIT 9 PARKWAY 4 TRADING ESTATE
$39 - $131
Working hours
Sun:00:01-23:59
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
+4403445446002
Car Rental Village
$61 - $116
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-16:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.4
08433093047
Car Rental Village
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
National
National
Excellent 8.4 / 2 reviews
+4401614983300
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, CAR RENTAL VILLAGE MAN AIRPORT
$68 - $195
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
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.2
08433093047
CAR RENTAL VILLAGE
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9 / 1 reviews
+441614371615 / +4403713843414
Rental Cabin, Car Rental Village Car Park, Ringway Rd
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:07:00-20:00
Sun:07:00-20:00
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.6 / 215 reviews
+441616360275
Unit 10, Ringway Trading Estate, Shadowmoss Road
$26 - $146
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 7.3 / 46 reviews
+441614883000 / +448778223872
Manchester International Airport (MAN)
$28 - $368
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.2 / 61 reviews
+441612600420
Boundary Farm, Styal Rd, Manchester M22 5YA
$32 - $123
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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