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Exploring Wales by Hire Car: A Comprehensive Guide

Hiring a Car in Wales: What You Need to Know Renting a car in Wales is a convenient way to experience the country's beauty and charm. Here's what you should know:

  1. Required Documents: You'll need a valid driver's license, passport, and a credit card for car rental. An international driver's permit (IDP) is recommended, especially if your license is not in English.

  2. Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive insurance coverage, including theft and liability, to drive with peace of mind.

  3. Traffic Rules: Wales drives on the left side of the road, similar to the rest of the UK. Be aware of speed limits and road signs.

  4. Roundabouts: Wales has many roundabouts. Yield to traffic on your right and follow the road signs to your desired exit.

Local Customs and Driving Etiquette: Understanding local customs can enhance your driving experience in Wales:

  1. Politeness: Welsh people are known for their politeness. A friendly nod or wave can go a long way on the road.

  2. Road Conditions: Roads in Wales can vary from well-maintained highways to narrow, winding lanes. Exercise caution, especially on rural roads.

  3. Parking: Look for designated parking areas or street parking zones. Pay attention to parking regulations and pay-and-display requirements in urban areas.

  4. Speed Limits: Be aware of speed limits, which are often posted in miles per hour (mph). Residential areas typically have a 20 mph limit.

Choosing the Right Vehicle: The type of car you choose should consider the season and your planned activities:

  1. Standard Car: A standard car or compact vehicle is suitable for most trips in Wales, especially in the milder months.

  2. Weather Considerations: In the winter, especially if you plan to visit hilly or remote areas, consider a car with winter tires or an SUV for better traction in wet or icy conditions.

Popular Driving Routes: Wales boasts picturesque driving routes that offer a blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences:

  1. North Wales Coastal Route: Explore the stunning coastline, visit medieval castles like Conwy Castle, and enjoy the seaside towns.

  2. Brecon Beacons National Park: Drive through the rugged beauty of the Brecon Beacons, offering hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.

  3. Pembrokeshire Coast: Discover the coastal beauty of Pembrokeshire, known for its stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming villages.

Additional Tips for First-Time Visitors: For a memorable trip to Wales:

  1. Language: While English is widely spoken, you may come across the Welsh language (Cymraeg). Learning a few basic Welsh phrases can be appreciated by locals.

  2. Currency: The currency used in Wales is the British Pound (GBP). Credit cards are widely accepted, but it's a good idea to carry some cash, especially in rural areas.

  3. Weather: Wales is known for its changeable weather. Pack layers and rain gear, regardless of the season.

  4. Local Cuisine: Don't miss the opportunity to savor traditional Welsh dishes like Welsh rarebit, cawl (soup), and bara brith (fruit loaf) at local eateries.

Airports:

Wales has several airports, with Cardiff Airport (CWL) being the largest and most prominent. Cardiff Airport is located approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) southwest of Cardiff city center and offers both domestic and international flights.
Other airports in Wales include:
Anglesey Airport (VLY): Located on Anglesey Island in North Wales, offering domestic flights.
Swansea Airport (SWS): Located near Swansea in South Wales, primarily serving general aviation.
Hawarden Airport (CEG): Located near Chester, just over the border in North Wales.

Overall, Wales offers a diverse range of driving experiences, from scenic coastal routes to historic sites and natural beauty. It's a great destination for those who enjoy exploring by car and taking in the breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful country.

Cheapest car hire in Wales

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.35 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 149.47 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.42 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 149.95 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.52 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 157.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.84 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 152.93 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.92 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 153.45 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed Estate

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.08 EUR/day
Kia Ceed Estate

7 Days rental at 161.62 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.44 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 150.14 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 21.52 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 150.64 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Stonic

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 22.05 EUR/day
Kia Stonic

7 Days rental at 154.35 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 52.49 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 367.49 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 53.02 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 371.20 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 53.02 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 371.20 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.30 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 163.10 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Rav4

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.37 EUR/day
Toyota Rav4

7 Days rental at 163.65 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.30 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 177.14 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.92 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 265.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.92 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 265.50 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 60.67 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 424.71 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 331.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.36 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 331.56 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 53.84 EUR/day
Kia Niro

7 Days rental at 376.93 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Wales

  • Drive on the LEFT-hand side of the road in Wales, just like the rest of the UK
  • There are no longer any toll roads in Wales, the Prince of Wales M4 crossing abolished its toll in 2019
  • Speed limits are posted in MPH, the highest being 70mph on the motorways, however many of Wales motorways are now significantly slower and operate a managed motorway system
  • The minimum age to hire a car in Wales in 21, expect to pay a young driver surcharge if under 25
 

Popular car hire destinations in Wales

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Wales

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    GBP  1.45/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Wales

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Enterprise
198
9.0/10
12,537
€ 27.62
€ 30.74
€ 37.16
€ 48.33
 Alamo
27
9.0/10
4,752
€ 27.35
€ 30.43
€ 35.72
€ 67.98
 National
25
8.9/10
1,820
€ 35.75
€ 36.82
€ 40.13
€ 57.72
 Budget
39
8.7/10
10,370
€ 22.52
€ 31.55
€ 39.68
€ 58.62
 Keddy by europcar
105
8.6/10
56,117
€ 27.87
€ 29.50
€ 35.65
€ 49.28
 Avis
49
8.6/10
12,244
€ 22.61
€ 25.93
€ 39.68
€ 158.35
 Sixt
50
8.6/10
17,670
€ 33.33
€ 33.79
€ 41.33
€ 45.24
 Europcar
117
8.6/10
201,459
€ 30.12
€ 32.00
€ 39.26
€ 51.68
 Hertz
66
8.2/10
37,128
€ 29.71
€ 35.79
€ 48.96
 Dollar
21
8.2/10
237
€ 27.86
€ 35.79
€ 44.96
€ 59.75
 Surprice
2
8.0/10
102
€ 29.48
€ 32.36
€ 43.91
€ 44.08
 Green motion
32
7.8/10
28,455
€ 21.35
€ 21.84
€ 23.30
€ 22.87
 Drivalia
30
7.7/10
24,412
€ 27.19
€ 31.20
€ 36.53
€ 41.22

Car rental agent statistics in Wales

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    9.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    7.1/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DRIVALIA
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    407,303
    Total number of reviews in
    Wales
  • Most Locations Icon
    99
    Most Locations in Wales:
    EUROPCAR
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    21
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Wales

ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 64
March€ 66
April€ 69
May€ 73
June€ 87
July€ 95
August€ 89
September€ 75
October€ 74
November€ 64
December€ 82
ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 60
March€ 60
April€ 59
May€ 70
June€ 85
July€ 80
August€ 75
September€ 64
October€ 64
November€ 60
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 145
February€ 131
March€ 127
April€ 132
May€ 138
June€ 167
July€ 175
August€ 197
September€ 167
October€ 159
November€ 155
December€ 182
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 86
April€ 88
May€ 93
June€ 113
July€ 111
August€ 109
September€ 99
October€ 97
November€ 89
December€ 109
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 155
March€ 140
April€ 141
May€ 170
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 249
September€ 284
October€ 226
November€ 217
December€ 375
ItemPercent
January€ 49
February€ 50
March€ 51
April€ 49
May€ 54
June€ 65
July€ 69
August€ 63
September€ 60
October€ 62
November€ 49
December€ 63
ItemPercent
January€ 114
February€ 112
March€ 117
April€ 118
May€ 127
June€ 162
July€ 171
August€ 162
September€ 134
October€ 124
November€ 119
December€ 136
ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 74
March€ 75
April€ 87
May€ 79
June€ 99
July€ 110
August€ 96
September€ 81
October€ 84
November€ 67
December€ 77

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Fuel prices in Wales

DieselUnleaded
Apr , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

May , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.95

Jun , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 2.06

Jul , 2022

€ 2.32

€ 2.23

Aug , 2022

€ 2.31

€ 2.18

Sep , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

Oct , 2022

€ 2.07

€ 1.87

Nov , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 1.90

Dec , 2022

€ 2.13

€ 1.85

Jan , 2023

€ 1.96

€ 1.70

Feb , 2023

€ 1.91

€ 1.67

Mar , 2023

€ 1.88

€ 1.65

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Mar , 2023 1.88 1.65
Feb , 2023 1.91 1.67
Jan , 2023 1.96 1.70
Dec , 2022 2.13 1.85
Nov , 2022 2.17 1.90
Oct , 2022 2.07 1.87
Sep , 2022 2.12 1.96
Aug , 2022 2.31 2.18
Jul , 2022 2.32 2.23
Jun , 2022 2.17 2.06
May , 2022 2.12 1.95
Apr , 2022 2.12 1.96

Car rental price statistics in Wales

  • Average Price Icon
    € 149.45
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 1744.73
    Highest daily price:
    Volvo XC60
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    7,875
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    589
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    269
    Location with most cars:
    Manchester - Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 21.4 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    GREEN MOTION - London - Airport - Heathrow - Terminal 5
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Aberystwyth
€16.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €16.5 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €18.4 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €17.1 per day
Cardiff
€15.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €15.5 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €16.9 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €15.7 per day
Carmarthen
€29.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €27.1 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €29.4 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €27.1 per day
Swansea
€15.5
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €15.5 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €16.9 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €15.7 per day