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Top tips for renting a car in Lake District National Park

  • If you're flying in for a tour of Lake District National Park, Manchester Airport (MAN) is the nearest international airport serving the Lake District region. When you land at the airport, you will find the car rental counters situated in the consolidated Car Rental Village. You can travel to the car rental village by boarding the car rental shuttle buses, which are available from 5:00 am to midnight and run every 10 minutes from outside each of terminals 1, 2, and 3. Once you've arrived at the Rental Village, proceed inside the facility to access the car rental counters.
  • In Lake District National Park, the rush hour is related to tourist activity and seasonal variations. The park attracts tourists throughout the year, but the influx of tourists is higher during weekends, school holidays, and peak summer months. On weekdays, there is slightly increased traffic during the morning and evening hours from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm as people commute to and from local towns and villages. However, during the peak tourist seasons, scenic routes to the Lake District National Park, including the M6 motorway and A66, experience heavier traffic and more crowded conditions. If you're planning to explore the area during these times, be prepared for longer travel times.
  • A compact SUV with all-wheel drive capabilities is highly recommended for driving in Lake District National Park. The Lake District is famous for its beautiful but rugged topography, which includes narrow, winding roads, steep inclines, and occasional harsh off-road trails. A compact SUV combines the practicality and versatility of a normal SUV with a smaller and more agile structure, allowing it to easily handle the region's tight roads and parking spaces. The all-wheel-drive system improves traction and stability on slick ground, which is especially crucial in the Lake District's frequently unpredictable weather.
  • The Lake District region follows the UK's strict rules and regulations regarding car seats and child safety in vehicles. Children must be appropriately secured in car seats that are suitable for their age, weight, and height. Children under the age of 12 or under 135cm in height must use an appropriate child restraint when traveling in a car. In addition, it's essential for drivers and parents to ensure that the car seat is securely installed and properly fitted to the child before starting the trip.
  • Book your rental car in Lake District National Park at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Lake District National Park are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Lake District National Park

  • What is the most popular rental car in Lake District National Park?

    Compact (Vauxhall Astra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Lake District National Park.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Lake District National Park?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Should I rent a car in Lake District National Park?

    Renting a car at Lake District National Park enables visitors to linger at scenic spots and venture into the region's remote areas to discover hidden gems that may not be accessible by public transport. Additionally, the Lake District's vast areas often have limited public transportation options, making a rental car crucial for reaching remote locations. Some of the attractions in Lake District National Park include Lowther Castle & Gardens, Aira Force Waterfall, and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Furthermore, renting a car offers a more personalized travel experience as you can enjoy privacy and ample space to relax during your trips, making it especially appealing for families or groups of friends.

  • What is driving like in Lake District National Park?

    Driving in the Lake District National Park is a unique and scenic experience. The roads wind through the region's landscapes, showing the region's breathtaking natural beauty. However, it is essential to exercise caution and respect the environment while driving in this area. The Lake District has narrow, winding roads, especially in the more remote areas, making it essential for drivers to be attentive and patient. Speed limits on roads in the area range from around 30 to 40 mph (48 to 64 km/h).

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in the Lake District National Park?

    The minimum age to rent a car in the Lake District National Park, situated in the United Kingdom, is usually 21 years old. You should note that car rental companies may have their own specific policies and requirements, and the minimum age may vary between different providers. In addition, depending on the car rental provider, drivers under the age of 25 might be subject to young driver surcharges. You must also carry a valid driver's license and a credit card.

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