When you’re in Buckinghamshire, it’s a good idea to pre-book car hire in High Wycombe so that you will be able to plan your own itinerary and have the flexibility to visit any of the tourist attractions whenever you wish, stopping off whenever you like en route. This is a designated UK Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so waste no time in driving out to Chiltern Hills just outside the town. Here you’ll also find Hughenden Manor, erstwhile home of Benjamin Disraeli, and West Wycombe, where you can play a round at the Wycombe Heights Golf Centre.
High Wycombe lies to the north-west of London, so your closest airport is Heathrow. As the UK’s busiest airports, you won’t have any problem finding all the car hire services you need. To reach them, make your way to any of Terminals 2 to 5. You can finalise arrangements there and then take a free shuttle to get to your car. If you’re coming from Terminal 2 or 3, follow the directions to the central bus station. From Terminal 4 or 5 head to the main arrivals exit and you’ll see a shuttle service point right outside each. Once you’re ready to go with your car hire in High Wycombe, you can get acquainted with the vehicle on the 17-mile drive from Heathrow to the town itself.
Given High Wycombe’s proximity to London, it serves as a commuter town, which means that there is a lot of incoming and outgoing traffic on the main roads like the M25. There are also several business parks here, giving it the typical profile of a commercial town – in other words, the centre of town can get busy. So explore this area during quieter times of the day, like late morning or early afternoon. When the town centre gets busy, use that time to visit the attractions further afield, but take the back roads to avoid the main commuter arterials.
Rush hours in High Wycombe begin to build from around 07:00 as commuters make their way to the capital city or head for the commercial centre of High Wycombe itself. The congestion is at its peak at around 08:00. The pattern repeats from approximately 16:00 to 17:00 in the afternoons. Avoid getting entangled in traffic at the crossroads of Cressex Link Road and Cressex Road, and the north end of Desborough Avenue where it intersects with Lancaster Road and again where it meets Marlow Road.
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FAQs about hiring a car in High Wycombe
If you’re visiting High Wycombe on business and will be spending most of your time in the commercial area in the centre of the town, it’s advisable to get a more compact saloon or economy model. You’ll appreciate it in stop-start traffic, particularly if you choose an automatic. If you’re visiting family or are on holiday and aren’t under time pressure, you can go for something like a people carrier as your High Wycombe car hire option.
The general speed limit in the urban zones of High Wycombe is 30mph, but be advised that some are limited to 20mph, and keep a close eye for the signs when you’re driving in the centre of town. Look out for speed cameras along High Wycombe Road (the A40) and in the Marlow Hill area.
Given its bustling commercial centre, there’s no shortage of parking in High Wycombe, most of which comes in the form of car parks that charge reasonable fees. Two of the main ones are the Easton Street car park and the Railway Place Car Park on London Road. The former charges around £1 per hour, while you can get a day permit for the latter for around £7.50.
On average a hire car in High Wycombe costs $47 per day.
The average price of fuel in High Wycombe is $11.55 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $139 and $185, depending on the car size.
Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in High Wycombe.