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Hampshire car rentals

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Cheap car hire in Hampshire

Full-size SUV$255/day
Compact SUV$115/day
Intermediate SUV$138/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Hampshire

  • Hampshire is a great driving destination. It has coastal resorts, rolling hills, country estates and locations of historical importance. The county town is Winchester, a cathedral city that was formerly England’s capital, having developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum. It has two national parks: New Forest and parts of South Downs. There are reasons to visit all parts of this attractive county, and car hire is an accessible and relaxed way to do it. A larger car than standard might be a good choice, giving you better visibility and comfort and helping you blend in with the locals; Hampshire is one of the most affluent counties in England.
  • Like the rest of the UK, locals drive on the left and overtake on the right. All passengers need to wear seat belts at all times, and young children need to be in a car seat. Your car hire company can supply this for you as an added extra, but do check before making your final choice of provider. If they can’t, you will have to bring your own, which can be complicated.
  • A driving tour of Hampshire villages can reveal a wonderful side of English life. For example, you could start with the village of Beaulieu, at the head of Beaulieu River, which is considered to have some of the most beautiful views in New Forest. Just over six miles away is Brockenhurst, with its free roaming donkeys and ponies as well as great pubs, restaurants and shops. A 19-mile drive back towards Southampton and down the coast to Hamble-le-Rice will give you a traditional coastal village experience. It offers beautiful period cottages among thriving wildlife and has a popular yacht scene.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Hampshire for $60 or less
  • Book your rental car in Hampshire at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Hampshire are around 33% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Standard rental cars in Hampshire are around 38% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Hampshire

  • Should I hire a car in Hampshire?

    Whether you are visiting for culture, beaches, family attractions or all three, then you’ll have lots of choice in Hampshire. However, there’s quite a distance between sights, so your car will become really important. For example, families might want to spend time visiting Peppa Pig World in Paultons Theme Park, near the M27, then follow that up with a hike through New Forest National Park, just over 11 miles drive away. Literary fans will want to visit Jane Austen’s home, in Chawton Village; now a museum, this is another child-friendly destination. Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum is a great companion attraction, but it’s in Portsmouth and there’s almost 30 miles between it and Jane Austen’s House. There are 465 miles of bridle paths in Hampshire, so horse lovers won’t be disappointed, but to reach the starting point of these or to access the more beautiful routes, your car will be in demand. There is public transport available, but to criss-cross the county your own way and to really explore what Hampshire has to offer, a hire car is a necessity.

  • What is driving like in Hampshire?

    Hampshire's roads are of very good quality. There are a number of motorways cutting through parts of the county; for example, the M27, the M3 and the M275. These connect with the rest of Hampshire through a series of major A-roads and additional minor roads. These minor roads are in more rural areas, and drivers should stay alert for agricultural vehicles and the possibility of animals on the road.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Hampshire?

    You’ll need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in the UK, but many companies insist you be 23. Drivers under 25 will usually have a surcharge applied to their quote to reflect their young driving age. Older drivers too may receive a surcharge, especially those over the age of 70. There is no maximum age to hire a car, but each company has their own rules around age eligibility.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Hampshire?

    On average a car hire in Hampshire costs $151 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Hampshire?

    Standard (Class Commercial Truck or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Hampshire.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Hampshire?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at National ($98/day) and Alamo ($115/day).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Hampshire?

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

  • Where should I hire a car in Hampshire?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Hampshire are Southampton (87% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Hampshire) and Portsmouth (7%).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Hampshire?

    On average a car hire in Hampshire costs $471 per week ($67 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Hampshire?

    On average a car hire in Hampshire costs $2,019 per month ($67 per day).

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