One option to get around the UK is to hire a car and plan a road trip. Whilst we love travelling to the UK by train we have to admit that there can be some advantages to renting a car.
Renting a car will give you the flexibility to explore areas which are harder to get to via train (such as the Cotswolds) plus you don’t have to worry about timetables, getting to and from train stations or carting heavy luggage around. The obvious downsides are driving on the left if you are not used to it, the difficulties of finding parking, navigating busy roads, roundabouts & motorways plus the additional cost of rental cars and petrol on your holiday budget.
There are a number of considerations which we recommend thinking about before hiring a car in the UK. In this article, we will answer all the commonly asked questions and cover everything you need to know about car hire in the UK.
This will depend on your destination choices and personal preferences. If you are planning to spend your entire UK holiday in London you won’t need a car to get around. Even if you plan to visit major cities such as Edinburgh, Cardiff and Glasgow in the UK you won’t necessarily need a car as you can easily travel around the country by train.
If however you prefer the freedom of having a car, are intending to visit places not easy to get to by train, don’t fancy carrying luggage from destination to destination or are up for a UK road trip then hiring a car may be the answer.
Good to know – If you don’t like the idea of driving OR taking the train why not consider a group tour? There are some fantastic tours available – many of them cater for smaller groups. You can find a guide to the best group tours around the UK in 2021/2 here.
There is a multitude of car rental companies to choose from in the UK. Which are the best car rental companies? We recommend comparing prices and deals on Gocarsnow to get the best rates before making your booking.
Gocarsnow offers longer-term rental deals for 30 days + and also rents camper vans and motor homes. They also have excellent deals for one-way rentals (often free of charge as long as the maximum rental period is adhered to.