Choosing to book car hire in Doncaster will not only give you the independence to set your own schedule; it will also enable you to drive out of town to visit some of the tourist attractions across Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is one such destination, about 5.5 miles away from the city centre. It has become home to rescued exotic and endangered animals from all over the world, so it’s a good cause to support as well. Another great place to visit is the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, with its interactive exhibits. And then there’s one of the city’s greatest claims to fame, Doncaster Racecourse. It’s family-friendly and known as one of Europe’s finest.
The nearest airport to Doncaster is Doncaster-Sheffield Airport, but only a handful of smaller airlines operate regular flights in and out of it, and only to and from specific cities. You’re more likely to land at Humberside Airport, and from there it’s very easy to sort out your pre-booked car hire in Doncaster. You’ll find a good few of the major brands at the airport, such as Avis and Europcar, which are both situated in the arrivals hall in the main terminal building.
Possibly one of the most important things to look out for when you’re driving around the centre of Doncaster is the many primary schools in the area. This applies outside of school hours too, due to all the extracurricular activities, so be careful at all times during the day. At night time, keep an eye out for young revellers who frequent the popular nightclubs. Residential roads are obviously quieter, but once again, it pays to drive carefully as some of the back roads can have limited visibility.
You can expect the usual sort of urban rush hour in Doncaster, beginning at around 07:00, peaking at 08:00 and tailing off until around 09:00 depending on the day of the week. In the late afternoon, the pattern repeats, starting at around 15:30, becoming very congested at about 16:30 – 17:00 and petering out from around 18:00. At these times, avoid the Meadowhall area, particularly on the M1 The other road to steer clear of is the A635.
Book your rental car in Doncaster at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy rental cars in Doncaster are around 31% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Doncaster
As with many cities in the UK, the kind of Doncaster car hire to choose will very much depend on where you intend to spend the majority of your time. If you’ll be based in the city centre, then it’s advisable to get a city car or compact saloon to make getting through the traffic as easy and convenient as possible. If you’re exploring the surrounding areas and have more time on your hands, then an MPV will make a good choice, and you’ll also easily be able to get around in a minibus if you’re travelling as a group or have a large family.
Doncaster has specific roads designated as "restricted" based on the distance between streetlights. On these roads, like Doncaster Road Bawtry, the speed limit is 30mph. On all the other roads the speed limit is 60mph on single carriageways, going up to 70mph on dual carriageways and the motorways in and out of the city. You should also watch out for the very latest type of speed cameras on Barnsley Road from the A1 junction onwards.
You’ll pay for parking during the day in Doncaster, but after 18:00, all the council-operated car parks become free from Monday to Saturday. They’re also free all day on Sundays. These include the ones on Churchway Road and College Road. Car parks that offer closest access to the city centre include Chamber Road Car Park and Colonnades, where tariffs start at about £0.50 to £1 per hour.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Doncaster. 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 Doncaster is C$ 9.20 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 110 and C$ 147, depending on the car size.
Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Doncaster.