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Wales Mini Guide

Bordered by the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and by England to the east, Wales is both a part of the United Kingdom and an entity with the European Union in its own right.
 
Served by Cardiff International Airport, it is conveniently situated quite centrally making it the ideal place to pick up your hire car and spend a few days exploring this fine old town, before heading out into the rest of Wales. For visitors on a shorter schedule, there are a number of excellent places of interest within a short drive of the City of Cardiff, making excellent day trips and excursions.

Caldicot Castle sits just outside Cardiff, this impressive structure is thought to have been constructed over an extended period of time between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries.
 

Cheapest car hire in Wales

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 40.93 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 286.51 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.38 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 324.70 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.39 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 324.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 42.58 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 298.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 60.54 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 423.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.73 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 439.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.73 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 439.11 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.94 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 440.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.94 EUR/day
Ford Luton Box Tail Lift 3.5T

7 Days rental at 440.64 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 118.72 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 831.07 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 118.97 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 832.79 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 38.14 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 266.99 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.77 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 299.43 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit SWB Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.77 EUR/day
Ford Transit SWB Van

7 Days rental at 299.43 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 43.44 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 304.08 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 119.06 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 833.46 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 129.19 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 904.35 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.49 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 913.49 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Galaxy

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 130.97 EUR/day
Ford Galaxy

7 Days rental at 916.82 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Seat Alhambra

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 132.42 EUR/day
Seat Alhambra

7 Days rental at 926.95 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 133.76 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 936.33 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 135.51 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 948.57 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 135.51 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 948.57 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Sharan

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 137.02 EUR/day
Volkswagen Sharan

7 Days rental at 959.17 EUR from 22/08/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  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

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  1.81/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    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)
 Arnold clark car & van
33
8.9/10
3,100
€ 46.38
€ 141.02
€ 121.92
 National
14
8.3/10
299
€ 60.15
€ 67.16
€ 74.18
€ 160.08
 Alamo
16
8.3/10
1,461
€ 71.22
€ 67.91
€ 80.85
€ 81.68
 Enterprise
198
7.9/10
5,488
€ 71.94
€ 50.78
€ 58.59
€ 90.60
 Budget
31
7.9/10
4,962
€ 55.12
€ 63.60
€ 91.80
€ 91.80
 Avis
43
7.8/10
8,455
€ 55.12
€ 61.24
€ 77.33
€ 158.35
 Europcar
119
7.8/10
94,402
€ 40.93
€ 46.39
€ 56.80
€ 93.70
 Firefly
6
7.6/10
438
€ 97.85
€ 121.16
€ 133.26
 Hertz
61
7.5/10
12,140
€ 58.24
€ 64.90
€ 117.68
 Sixt
44
7.5/10
10,344
€ 89.51
€ 60.97
€ 72.57
€ 181.11
 Green motion
23
5.8/10
7,214
€ 45.40
€ 63.54
€ 43.44
€ 44.75
 Surprice
1
5.2/10
19
€ 522.20
€ 522.20
€ 1226.39
 Easirent
26
5.0/10
3,755
€ 47.52
€ 58.74
€ 46.32
€ 53.98

Car rental agent statistics in Wales

  • 9.3/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 3.4/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EASIRENT
  • 152,077
    Total number of reviews in
    Wales
  • 103
    Most Locations in Wales:
    EUROPCAR
  • 15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 18
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Wales

ItemPercent
January€ 59
February€ 61
March€ 61
April€ 55
May€ 66
June€ 74
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 62
October€ 64
November€ 56
December€ 83
ItemPercent
January€ 62
February€ 63
March€ 61
April€ 51
May€ 67
June€ 78
July€ 73
August€ 74
September€ 53
October€ 57
November€ 58
December€ 80
ItemPercent
January€ 134
February€ 120
March€ 117
April€ 101
May€ 126
June€ 149
July€ 161
August€ 185
September€ 121
October€ 122
November€ 126
December€ 172
ItemPercent
January€ 79
February€ 78
March€ 79
April€ 72
May€ 85
June€ 96
July€ 96
August€ 103
September€ 77
October€ 78
November€ 77
December€ 105
ItemPercent
January€ 147
February€ 161
March€ 141
April€ 136
May€ 169
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 257
September€ 267
October€ 227
November€ 232
December€ 406
ItemPercent
January€ 50
February€ 51
March€ 50
April€ 42
May€ 50
June€ 55
July€ 62
August€ 62
September€ 57
October€ 62
November€ 46
December€ 69
ItemPercent
January€ 111
February€ 106
March€ 111
April€ 98
May€ 117
June€ 140
July€ 155
August€ 161
September€ 101
October€ 101
November€ 102
December€ 135
ItemPercent
January€ 137
February€ 139
March€ 187
April€ 182
May€ 170
June€ 140
July€ 161
August€ 186
September€ 187
October€ 154
November€ 159
December€ 175

Select category to see average car hire prices in Wales

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Wales

DieselUnleaded

Car rental price statistics in Wales

  • € 266.98
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 7976.68
    Highest daily price:
    Ford Ranger Double Cab
  • 5,075
    Total cars available
     
  • 418
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 249
    Location with most cars:
    Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon
  • € 37.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    EUROPCAR VANS AND TRUCKS - Chester - Train Station

FAQs about car hire in Wales

How much does it cost to hire a car in Wales?

Car hire in Wales starts from just €38.10 per day for a (intermediate) class car from Europcar vans and trucks. The average price to hire a car in Wales is just €212.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Wales is a Ford Ranger Double Cab car for a (fullsize) class from Green motion costing €7976.70 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Wales?

We often have special offers on car hire in Wales including free additional drivers, for example, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Manchester - Train Station - Victoria Station for €83.34 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Wales?

Car hire prices in Wales are kept low thanks to the 14 car hire companies across the country. With over 177 car hire locations and 47,056 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Wales.

Who is the best car hire company in Wales?

Based on over 152,077 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Wales Is Europcar who score on average 7.8/10 across all locations in Wales.

What is the most popular car hire location in Wales?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Wales is Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon with 10 car hire companies and 249 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Wales?

Current fuel prices in Wales are €2.056/ltr for petrol and €2.171/ltr for diesel as of 6 June 2022, it’ll cost on average €82 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €87 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Wales?

Speed limits in Wales are in mph and are generally 30 mph on urban roads, 60 mph on rural roads and 70 mph on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Wales?

Europcar vans and trucks is the cheapest car hire company in Wales offering a (intermediate) class car such as the Ford Transit SWB Van for as little as €266.70 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Wales?

The most popular car hire category in Wales is the Opel Corsa available from 9 car hire companies in over 126 locations.

Where can you hire a car in Wales?

Hiring a car in Wales is a great way to get around this beautiful country and see all it has to offer. Whether you're travelling for a business meeting in Swansea, or planning a visit to the vibrant Cardiff Bay, car hire in Wales is available from leading rental agents at affordable prices.

One-way car hire in Wales

Picking up from Cardiff or Swansea is a popular option and you can always return elsewhere with a one-way car hire in Wales. Provided the rental agent you choose has an outlet at both destinations and you are happy with the modest one-way fee (around £25), one-way car hire in Wales is a viable option.

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Car Hire 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
Car Hire 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
Car Hire 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
Car Hire 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