Cheapest car hire in Wales

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

Wales car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Wales

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

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    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    GBP  1.12/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    GBP £

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 7.1/10)

Susan

UK

8/10
Car was booked

Car was booked through my secretary and the first time we had used Rhino, the paperwork all seemed straight forward enough although a little apprehensive about the whole process. Needn't have been, the car was waiting for me when I arrived, a few papers to sign, check the car and was on my way. Only gripe, the car was a little dirty which was a shame as using to visit a client.

14/11/2019
Dean Welsh

Wales

8/10
Shopped around

Shopped around and found that your company generally offered the cheapest prices so booked with you and had no issues with the car cheers.

18/10/2019
Mr. E. Mahmoud

Wales

8/10
Booked a rental

Booked a rental car with Rhino for my mother to use whilst she was visiting me in Cardiff. We had no problems with the car thank you.

29/07/2019

Compare car rental agents in Wales

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
24
8.7/10
2,031
€ 22.42
€ 26.05
€ 30.47
€ 64.17
 Arnold clark car & van
40
8.4/10
1,699
€ 39.19
€ 54.96
€ 81.72
 Firefly
7
8.3/10
131
€ 38.25
€ 45.37
€ 54.98
 Sixt
44
8.1/10
8,425
€ 36.93
€ 23.14
€ 28.17
€ 38.11
 Enterprise
22
8.1/10
1,075
€ 23.05
€ 27.42
€ 32.07
€ 47.20
 Hertz
61
8.0/10
16,111
€ 17.94
€ 19.51
€ 28.96
 Budget
51
8.0/10
7,909
€ 27.55
€ 25.69
€ 40.35
 Avis
51
7.8/10
4,422
€ 27.14
€ 25.70
€ 37.03
€ 57.21
 Europcar
139
7.6/10
59,807
€ 22.60
€ 26.18
€ 36.23
€ 40.74
 National
23
6.5/10
252
€ 22.87
€ 29.18
€ 34.64
€ 38.10
 Easirent
22
5.7/10
4,134
€ 65.57
€ 64.90
€ 45.75
€ 51.27
 Green motion
32
5.6/10
10,567
€ 19.17
€ 21.91
€ 30.94
€ 25.15

Car rental agent statistics in Wales

  • 9.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 2.9/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 116,563
    Total number of reviews in
    Wales
  • 128
    Most Locations in Wales:
    EUROPCAR
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 17
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Wales



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Fuel prices in Wales

Car rental price statistics in Wales

  • € 125.58
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 529.93
    Highest daily price:
    Mercedes C Class Estate
  • 8,741
    Total cars available
     
  • 432
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 274
    Location with most cars:
    Liverpool - Airport - John Lennon
  • € 17.9 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    HERTZ - Dover

FAQs about car hire in Wales

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

Car hire in Wales starts from just €17.90 per day for a (economy) class car from Hertz. The average price to hire a car in Wales is just €100.50 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Wales is a Mercedes C Class Estate car for a (fullsize) class from Europcar costing €529.90 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 Bristol - Airport for €65.37 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 203 car hire locations and 69,738 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Wales.

Who is the best car hire company in Wales?

Based on over 116,563 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Wales Is Europcar who score on average 7.6/10 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 274 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Wales?

Current fuel prices in Wales are €1.27/ltr for petrol and €1.32/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €51 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €53 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?

Hertz is the cheapest car hire company in Wales offering a (economy) class car such as the Opel Corsa for as little as €125.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Wales?

The most popular car hire category in Wales is the Opel Astra available from 7 car hire companies in over 157 locations.

Most popular locations to hire a car in Wales

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. The latter fact typifies the stance Wales has taken towards independence throughout the ages. To this day it still promotes the native tongue of Cymru (Welsh) within its borders and all road signs and information notices are written in Cymru, along with an English translation. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, predominantly a port city, with trade based around coal shipping; the town is home to around 350,000 people.

Wales has a somewhat mythical history, much of which is intertwined with the legend of King Arthur. Indeed, the city of Carmarthen bears an interesting name when we view it as a composite of two Welsh terms. Caerfyddin is a more appropriate way of representing the name, which quite literally translates to Fort Myrddin, if we then consider that Myrddin is the Welsh spelling of the name Merlin, we have a town which bares the name “Town of Merlin”, and indeed there are caves close by which are said to have been the secret sanctuary of this infamous character from Arthurian mythology.

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 a long period of time between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. In the early 1880s the castle was redeveloped and used as a dwelling where it continued to be used as a family home until as recently as the 1980s.

Another local attraction that is suitably close to Cardiff is the Pleasure Park. Built upon Barry Island, this is a traditional British coastal resort complete with a typically British beach (no sparkling sand and crystal blue waters here). The promenade and surrounding areas are populated by small cafes, amusement arcades and take away restaurants. During winter months an impressive lighting system is used to illuminate the headland. The Pleasure Park itself contains a whole host of adventure rides suitable for the entire family.

As we can see, Wales is an intriguing place with a mysterious history shrouded in legend. Many visitors find that they return again and again with Wales car hire to this charming part of the world, in order to explore all that Wales has to offer more fully.

Spotlight on Wales

  • Wales is part of the United Kingdom and approximately 3 million people live there
  • The country is very well known for its sheep farming and as such lamb is used frequently in cooking
  • Cardiff International Airport is the only international airport in Wales and it is also the largest
  • People in Wales are often given the nickname 'taffy', which originates from an old anti-Welsh nursery rhyme
  • The national flower of Wales is the Daffodil

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.

Useful links if renting a car in Wales

Fuel Prices in Wales

  • Price of petrol in Wales in April

    € 1.27/Ltr

    ($ 1.56/Ltr | 1.12/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Wales in April

    € 1.32/Ltr

    ($ 1.62/Ltr | 1.16/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Wales in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Compact € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Full Size € 63.50  ($ 77.76) | € 66.00  ($ 80.82)
SUV € 76.20  ($ 93.31) | € 79.20  ($ 96.99)
Carrier € 88.90  ($ 108.86) | € 92.40  ($ 113.15)

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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