Discover everything Bristol has to offer with a rental car for your time in England’s harbor city. Nestled along the River Avon, the city has a stunning harbor to explore, as well as many other great attractions like the Bristol Aquarium and Ashton Gate Stadium, where people can enjoy a football game. Of course, there is also the surrounding beautiful English countryside just waiting to be discovered (preferably by car).
Another good reason to rent a car upon arrival, is the fact that Bristol Airport is a 40-minute car ride from the city center. Start your journey conveniently by picking up a car directly from the airport and traveling straight into the city. The airport features renowned car rental companies like Sixt, Europcar, or Avis, which are all located close to the terminal building (simply follow the signs to your respective rental desk).
In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road and many have manual transmission, so bear that in mind and prepare accordingly. For travelers not used to driving on the other side of the road, it is recommended to rent a satnav with the car, as it will help show which direction to go. Following the drivers ahead of you can also help, especially when entering a roundabout (remember to go clockwise) or intersection.
During rush hour, Bristol’s streets can be congested, so try to avoid going out between 7 and 9 am and 5-8 pm, if possible. The M32 is an important highway in and around Bristol that can be heavily congested during rush hours. Also pay attention to speed limit signs (on the left side of the road), as speed limits change quite often inside the city from 20 mph zones to 30 mph, for instance.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Bristol are around 104% more expensive than airport locations on average
Mini rental cars in Bristol are around 77% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Bristol
Some car rental companies in Bristol which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar and Hertz
On average a hire car in Bristol costs C$ 27 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at GREEN MOTION (C$ 45/day), Europcar (C$ 77/day) and Enterprise (C$ 105/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at GREEN MOTION The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road BS40 9UR (10 kilometers from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Bristol. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Bristol is C$ 8.84 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 106 and C$ 141, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bristol.
A Compact car rental in Bristol costs C$ 55 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Bristol costs C$ 31 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Bristol costs C$ 29 per day, on average.
In Bristol, cars are most frequently rented at GREEN MOTION The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road (10 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Bristol costs C$ 186 per week (C$ 27 per day).
On average a rental car in Bristol costs C$ 797 per month (C$ 27 per day).
Drivers who are not used to driving on the left or with a stick shifts may want to rent a slightly more expensive automatic car will help, as operating the stick shift with the left hand may add yet another layer of confusion. As Bristol is a bigger city and parking can be scarce, a compact car is a good option for driving inside the center, as it can squeeze into smaller parking spots.
In Bristol there are many 20-mph zones and the limit must be adhered to; in other residential areas, 30 mph is permitted. On two-lane country roads and on highways (or motorways, as they are known as in the UK), drivers can speed up to 70 mph.
Refilling a tank will cost about £1.25 per liter, which is about $6.40 per gallon. Cheaper gas stations are usually the ones from Tesco or Sainsbury’s. Also note that at most stations in the UK, paying before refilling the tank is not required, and payment is taken inside the gas station afterwards or at the machines.
Pay attention to the signs and line colors when parking on the street in Bristol. In the center, there are usually restrictions for all street parking, with double yellow lines signifying that parking is not permitted, single yellow lines indicating it is allowed only on certain days, or it is metered parking. Alternatively, there are parking lots like the Portwall Lane long stay car park or Wapping Wharf.