Bristol Car Hire

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Pick-up location Bristol
Rental locations 53
Airport locations 19

Bristol car hire reviews and directory

Rated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.1 Excellent (5 reviews)
7 locations in Bristol
Enterprise
Locations in Bristol
162a Bell Hill Road
+44 117 961 9610
59 Hartcliffe Way
+44 117 966 3000
61-67 Rounceval Street
+44 145 431 1251
Beaufort Motors
+44 117 950 4234
Bristol International Airport
+44 127 547 4400
Cabot Circus Coach Park
+44 117 971 6464
Unit 12, Portishead Bus Park
+44 127 581 8696
  • 9.6
  • 9.6
  • 8.8
  • 9.2
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent
28 Jun 2016
Hire of TOYOTA SUV
Pros: Efficient and hassle free
10.0 Excellent
1 Jun 2016
First class service
Pros: The customer service was brilliant. Real people. I had a minor problem with a tyre and was attended to quickly by the AA and Kwikfit. The staff at Chipping Sodbury, particularly Alex was wonderful. Well done Enterprise!
Cons: Nothing!
9.2 Excellent
9 Aug 2019
Cons: The car was over the top technical. Too many bells and whistles.
9.2 Excellent
5 Jan 2016
Pros: Great service - very clear about documentation needed. Free upgrade. Great car - though hired over Xmas period so probably quite expensive comparatively.
Cons: Had to fill up oil two days into hire period
7.2 Good
9 Aug 2016
Pros: It allows you to book without making final payment
Cons: Honestly there was not much of a difference in price on kayak and main website
Rated no. 2
Europcar
europcar
8.6 Excellent (2 reviews)
5 locations in Bristol
Europcar
Locations in Bristol
248 Muller Road
+44 371 384 1129
Bristol Airport,arrivals Hall
+44 371 384 3403
Car Hire Building
+44 371 384 3403
Unit 1a And 1b Temple Gate Park
+44 371 384 1143
Unit 1a And 2b Temple Gate Park
+44 371 384 1143
  • 8.0
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
  • 9.0
  • 8.0
Recent reviews
8.8 Excellent
8 Aug 2017
Easy peasy
Pros: Ease of pick up at Exeter Airport (though this is a tiny airport so I was expecting this). We had a great Mini 500. I have my own excess policy so can dodge those charges. Drop off in Bristol was equally smooth.
Cons: The drop off fee to a different location is beyond all logistical costs so seems excessive. To counter we insured only one driver as the additional was also v expensive considering I'm covering all excess.
8.4 Excellent
29 Jun 2019
Pros: At pick up the agent was pushing the insurance unsuccessfully, but drop-off was quick and easy and friendly. Good rental.
Rated no. 3
Hertz
hertz
7.6 Good (2 reviews)
3 locations in Bristol
Hertz
Locations in Bristol
Car Hire Hall
+44 843 309 3011
Hartcliffe Way
+44 117 325 0331
Site 5 Hydro Estate
+44 117 979 2653
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 8.0
  • 6.0
Recent reviews
6.0 Good
27 Apr 2017
Just returned it here...
Pros: Just returned it here...
Cons: Just returned it here...
9.2 Excellent
3 Mar 2017
Insurance not included!
Cons: Whenever I have pre booked previously, basic insurance has always been included. I was told this had recently changed and was no longer the case. Disappointed that my pre booked price was not what I paid in the end! Had to leave earlier than anticipated to avoid paying two days insurance, instead of one. You need to spell this out when people are booking!
Rated no. 4
Ace
ace
5.4 Okay (2 reviews)
1 location in Bristol
Ace
Locations in Bristol
The Old Forge
+44 117 959 5700
  • 5.0
  • 6.0
  • 5.0
  • 6.0
  • 5.0
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
23 May 2017
Cons: The company had no presence at the airport. Had great difficulty finding their office. The various add-ons to the supposedly "low price" made their price not competitive. Cancelled the car and went elsewhere.
8.8 Excellent
18 Jul 2018
Pros: Swift return.
Cons: Slow pick up.
Rated no. 5
Easirent
3.1 Mediocre (3 reviews)
1 location in Bristol
Easirent
Locations in Bristol
C/o Holiday Inn Bridgewater Road (a38)
+44 127 540 2150
  • 3.3
  • 3.3
  • 3.3
  • 2.0
  • 3.3
Recent reviews
2.0 Mediocre
14 Apr 2017
Unable to rent car
Pros: They said they would cancel with no fees.
Cons: I was not told I needed a return airline ticket in order to rent a car.
5.2 Okay
30 Nov 2016
Car was OK, 1 hour wait + tank half full at pickup
Cons: We had to wait for a long time to have the gentleman who man's the rental station at the hotel near Bristol airport to come in, and left almost an HOUR after we got to the hotel! Car tank was only HALF full. I was charged an extra 30 POUNDS for gas that was not disclosed to me at Kayak rental PLUS another amount for liability insurance that the gentleman at counter said was required by law. I had purchased Kayak insurance already and was surprised that I had to pay this extra. And now there a further $68 charge on my credit card account from Easirent for what, I have no idea!!!
2.0 Mediocre
7 Mar 2017
Easirent Is Bad
Cons: Rude aggressive staff, looking hungrily for extra charges. Over an hour to get a car.
Sunnycars
sunnycars
7 locations in Bristol
Sunnycars
Locations in Bristol
248 Muller Road
Airport
Berkley Place
Gipsy Patch Lane
Hartcliff way
Mead Street
c/o Holday Inn/Bridgewater Road (A38)
keddy by Europcar
keddy
5 locations in Bristol
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Bristol
248 Muller Road- Horfield
+44 871 384 1129
Bristol Temple Meads Station Platform Three
+44 371 384 9987
Car Hire Building North Side Road, Lulsgate
44 0371 3843403
The Triangle Berkeley Place
+44 371 384 3481
Unit 1a And 2b Temple Gate Park
+44 371 384 1143
Firefly
firefly
4 locations in Bristol
Firefly
Locations in Bristol
Bridgewater Road
Bristol North City Office
Hartcliffe Way
+44 117 325 0331
St Andrew's Road
+44 117 979 2653
Avis
avis
3 locations in Bristol
Avis
Locations in Bristol
Lulsgate
+44 344 544 6007
Rupert Street
+44 117 929 2129
Unit 1000 The Quadrant
+44 344 544 6044
Budget
budget
3 locations in Bristol
Budget
Locations in Bristol
Bristol Airport
+44 344 544 4667
Rupert Street
+44 344 544 9805
Unit 1000 The Quadrant
+44 344 544 9789
Sixt
sixtrentacar
2 locations in Bristol
Sixt
Locations in Bristol
Car Rental Parking, Bristol AP
+44 207 018 8246
New Thomas Street
+44 207 018 8246
Thrifty
thrifty
2 locations in Bristol
Thrifty
Locations in Bristol
Frenchay Park Service Station
+44 117 939 7779
Scot House
+44 117 977 9777
A Car Rental
acar
1 location in Bristol
A Car Rental
Locations in Bristol
Whitby Rd, Heritage Volkswagen Van Centre
Alamo
alamo
1 location in Bristol
Alamo
Locations in Bristol
Enterprise Rent A Car
+44 127 547 4400
AutoEurope
autoeurope
1 location in Bristol
AutoEurope
Locations in Bristol
Europcar
FLIZZR
flizzr
1 location in Bristol
FLIZZR
Locations in Bristol
Car Hire Building North Side Road, Lulsgate
+44 844 499 3399
GREEN MOTION
greenmotion
1 location in Bristol
GREEN MOTION
Locations in Bristol
The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road
+44 117 351 0001
INTERRENT
interrent
1 location in Bristol
INTERRENT
Locations in Bristol
Car Hire Building
+44 127 551 3261
National
national
1 location in Bristol
National
Locations in Bristol
Enterprise Rent A Car
+44 127 547 4400
14 travellers who rented a car in Bristol gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.0

Car hire locations in Bristol

Good to know

Most popular car type Economy

When to book a hire car in Bristol

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Top tips for renting a car in Bristol

  • Discover everything Bristol has to offer with a hire 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 hire companies like Sixt, Europcar, or Avis, which are all located close to the terminal building (simply follow the signs to your respective hire 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.
  • Book your rental car in Bristol at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Bristol are around 79% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Bristol

What is the most popular rental car in Bristol?

Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bristol.

What is the best rental car company in Bristol?

Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Bristol are Enterprise (8.5, 12808 reviews), Budget (7.4, 4173 reviews), and Hertz (7.4, 3841 reviews).

How can I find car rentals near me in Bristol?

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

How much does a Economy car rental cost in Bristol?

A Economy car rental in Bristol costs $39 per day, on average.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Bristol?

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.

What's the speed limit in Bristol?

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.

How are gas prices in Bristol?

Refilling a tank will cost about £1.25 per liter, which is about $6.40 per gallon. Cheaper petrol 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 petrol station afterwards or at the machines.

Where are the best places to park in Bristol?

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.