Suffolk is a coastal county that stretches inland, deep into the heart of England. It is an ideal car touring destination and will appeal to families, young couples and others seeking a truly English cultural and traditional trip. The county attractions are stretched wide across the country and, while there is public transport available, the easiest way to really explore the region is by hire car. Families will want a vehicle large enough for all of them, but a smaller car is suitable for couples in this part of England, which is mostly low-lying with just a few hills. Ipswich is the county town, and there are many historical and market towns around the county that you may want to visit as well as taking in all that the coast has to offer.
Driving in Suffolk is the same as the rest of the UK, with people driving on the left and overtaking on the right. All passengers must use seat belts, and young children need to be in a car seat. Your car hire company should be able to provide one of these as an added extra, but do check before you decide on your preferred company. If not, you can also bring your own, but that's not always ideal.
Petrol stations in Suffolk are generally clustered around the larger towns and along major A-roads, such as the A140 and A143. If you are venturing further up the coast or to the west of the county, make sure to research the availability of fuel stations before you go.
Grab a taste of Suffolk in your hire car by travelling to the many agri-tourism projects around the county. Try seafood fresh off the boat, explore breweries, meet cheese makers, taste Suffolk smoked ham, watch the free running hens and quench your thirst with local twice-fermented cider, spelled “cyder”; there’s a taste of Suffolk around every corner.
FAQs about hiring a car in Suffolk
Hiring a car in Suffolk will give you access to the coastline and wetlands as well as the inland areas, the market towns and villages and the larger county town of Ipswich and beyond. While all of these locations have local public transport, it would take a great deal of time and effort to reach them all via these modes of transport. On the way from the coast westward, you might want to go to Camel Park Oasis, a family-fun park where you can get up close to groups of camels, among many other things. You might want to venture onward then to the historic seat of Kentwell Hall and Gardens, before dinner in Ipswich. Doing all this in your hired car is a really comfortable way to easily see everything you desire.
While driving in Suffolk, you will experience good quality roads with not overly hurried traffic. Signposting is good and there are no motorways or tolls. Major A-roads dominate, with a latticework of smaller minor roads connecting more rural areas in the county. Suffolk is home to many wetlands and nature reserves, while The Sandlings, a strip of protected heathland, runs along almost the entire coastline.
In the UK, you need to be at least 21 to hire a car, and some companies prefer you to be 23. There will usually be a surcharge applied to each driver under the age of 25. Older drivers may also face a surcharge, particularly if they are over the age of 70. If you fall into this age category, it is sometimes helpful to carry a letter from your GP stating that you are fit to drive. Drivers from outside the UK won't need an international driving permit as long as their driving licence is written in a Latin script.
On average a car hire in Suffolk costs $126 per day.
Intermediate (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Suffolk.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Easirent ($37/day), GREEN MOTION ($57/day) and Sixt ($73/day).