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Car Hire Sunderland Useful Information

Driving in Sunderland, UK, provides access to a mix of urban areas and scenic coastal routes. Here's what you can expect when driving in Sunderland with your hire car:

Driving Experience:

Sunderland is a city in Tyne and Wear, known for its industrial heritage and proximity to the coast. The road network includes a combination of urban streets, highways, and scenic coastal roads. The city center of Sunderland has typical urban traffic conditions, and you may encounter congestion during peak hours. Roads in the city are generally well-maintained.

Nearest Airport:

The nearest major airport to Sunderland is Newcastle International Airport (NCL), located approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north. Newcastle Airport offers domestic and international flights.

Nearest Cities:

Sunderland is located in the Tyne and Wear metropolitan area, which includes several nearby cities and towns. Some of the nearest cities and towns include:
Newcastle upon Tyne: Approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) to the north of Sunderland, Newcastle is a vibrant city with a rich history and cultural attractions.
Gateshead: Adjacent to Newcastle, Gateshead is known for landmarks like the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
South Shields: Located to the east of Sunderland, South Shields is a coastal town with sandy beaches and popular tourist attractions.


Sunderland offers various parking options, including on-street parking, off-street car parks, and multi-story parking facilities. Pay-and-display parking is common in the city center, and parking fees may apply.

Clean Air Zone:

Sunderland does not have an active Clean Air Zone (CAZ). However, environmental policies and regulations can change over time, so it's advisable to check with local authorities for the most up-to-date information on any potential clean air initiatives.

Current Rental Rates in Sunderland

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Sunderland: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • The name comes from the Saxon, ‘Soenderland’ meaning ‘parting of the land’ a reference to the Wear Valley.
  • Historically, the city was part of County Durham.
  • Sunderland was granted city status in 1992.
  • It was one of the UK’s most important shipbuilding yards.
  • The last yard closed in 1988.


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Average prices per day in Sunderland

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