The port city of Hull is a culture and arts mecca located on the eastern coast of England. A car hire in Hull extends your reach beyond public transportation, so you can explore this coastal landscape at your leisure. A trip to Hornsea via Withernsea is about 35 miles via the A1033 and B1242 but if you prefer an inland adventure drive about 37 miles west to the grand city of York.
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is the city’s closest major airport and that’s a 68-mile trip by car. Still, it’s the best place from which to get your hands on a Hull car hire outside the city itself, especially if you're arriving by plane. The Car Hire Centre at Leeds Bradford involves a short 15-minute walk from the main terminal building. You can get there by exiting the Arrivals Hall and following the directions to the Mid Stay Car Park.
Traffic in Hull is a major problem due to the River Hull, which splits the city between east and west and the number of bridges (Scale Lane Swing Bridge) that flow traffic across it. The ring road created by the A63, A165, A1079 (Ferensway) around the city centre is prone to serious traffic congestion during the morning and evening rush, as well as mid-afternoon. Expect lots of foot, bike and motorcycle movement around key downtown areas, especially near colleges and universities.
To stay clear of morning gridlock you should avoid major roads like the A63, A165 and A1079 between the hours of 07:00 and 09:00. The period from 13:00-15:00 should also be of concern, especially around St. Stephen’s Shopping Centre, the cultural district to the north, and Hull College to the east. Significant bridge traffic between the evening hours of 18:00 and 20:00 is likely to hamper your ride home. Due to the high incidence of traffic jams, having a sat nav to find alternate routes outbound or inbound is an excellent idea.
Book your rental car in Hull at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car in Hull
Small economy cars and compacts are more adept at handling narrow city streets and easier to park than their larger relatives. They are also less expensive and perhaps more fuel efficient. For parties of five persons or more, an intermediate saloon or SUV is a more suitable option especially if you intend to spend long hours on the road.
The legal speed limit within the City of Hull is 30mph unless otherwise indicated. Commercialised districts and mass population zones are key areas where reduced speeds are common, so pay attention to signage at all times. Dual carriageways, such as the A1079 and A63, carry a maximum speed limit of 60mph. Pay attention to posted limits near junctions, bridges and roundabouts, where CCTV and traffic cams are common, to avoid being fined and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Hull City Council allows for pay-and-display on-street parking between the hours of 08:30 and 18:00 daily. There is a charge of £3.50 for 2h, which is the maximum limit or you can pay £0.30 per 10min for a quick dash. The Council also maintains a number of short and long-stay parking garages around the city including multi-storey lots. Tariffs for parking in a short stay lot starts at £1.20 per hour, daily from 08:00-18:00. Generally, all public parking is free between 18:00 and 08:00, but there is no free parking on Sundays within the city limits.
The average price of fuel in Hull 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.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hull.