Cons: The car was over the top technical. Too many bells and whistles.
7.2 GoodAug 9 2016
Pros: It allows you to book without making final paymentCons: Honestly there was not much of a difference in price on kayak and main website
10.0 ExcellentJun 28 2016
Hire of TOYOTA SUVPros: Efficient and hassle free
10.0 ExcellentJun 1 2016
First class servicePros: The customer service was brilliant. Real people. I had a minor problem with a tyre and was attended to quickly by the AA and Kwikfit. The staff at Chipping Sodbury, particularly Alex was wonderful. Well done Enterprise!Cons: Nothing!
9.2 ExcellentJan 5 2016
Pros: Great service - very clear about documentation needed. Free upgrade. Great car - though hired over Xmas period so probably quite expensive comparatively.Cons: Had to fill up oil two days into hire period
Pros: Pickup in Bristol was excellent. Very friendly staff; provided an extremely nice car and the price and value were great. Car was a hybrid so hardly even took gas.Cons: LHR is pretty closed down so it was kind of hard to find my way from the drop off rental location to the airport hotel.
6.0 GoodApr 27 2017
Just returned it here...Pros: Just returned it here...Cons: Just returned it here...
9.2 ExcellentMar 3 2017
Insurance not included!Cons: Whenever I have pre booked previously, basic insurance has always been included. I was told this had recently changed and was no longer the case. Disappointed that my pre booked price was not what I paid in the end! Had to leave earlier than anticipated to avoid paying two days insurance, instead of one. You need to spell this out when people are booking!
Epic driving weekend in a nice Clio :)Pros: Loved that I got a super great car to drive around, great staff to deal with (even with me a little emotional picking the car up--lost my bank card!) But we dealt with it well,, and away I went for the weekend :) Car was clean, tidy very easy and simple to drive. Staff were polite and made it very easy to do, out and back in again.Cons: That I couldnt pay the deposit with cash. But that's okay, it got sorted
Pros: Staff great.Cons: It wasn't made clear during the booking process that this was through the US site and didn't include collision waiver (as this is normally included with US credit cards). Upon arrival for pickup it was requested that we pay an additional £12/day for this insurance as we were paying with a UK credit card which didn't have this cover. This should have been identified during the booking process to forewarn or prevent non-US clients from booking on the site.
4.4 OkayDec 5 2019
Pros: The car was fineCons: There was a lot of confusion as to booking on an American site. They don’t take the insurance so that money was wasted! You should know that! Very poor communication between kayak and the UK rentals
8.4 ExcellentJun 29 2019
Pros: At pick up the agent was pushing the insurance unsuccessfully, but drop-off was quick and easy and friendly. Good rental.
8.8 ExcellentAug 8 2017
Easy peasyPros: Ease of pick up at Exeter Airport (though this is a tiny airport so I was expecting this). We had a great Mini 500. I have my own excess policy so can dodge those charges. Drop off in Bristol was equally smooth.Cons: The drop off fee to a different location is beyond all logistical costs so seems excessive. To counter we insured only one driver as the additional was also v expensive considering I'm covering all excess.
5.6 OkayOct 15 2016
I chose passât class, I got vauxhallPros: bluetooth hands free was important isofix child seats fixturesCons: I ordered passat class, i expected passat or better the ride was numb the interior was drab the rear windows were manual, the children kept opening them up! 2 adults, 2 children and a boot full of suitcases the engine struggled
Cons: The company had no presence at the airport. Had great difficulty finding their office. The various add-ons to the supposedly "low price" made their price not competitive. Cancelled the car and went elsewhere.
Unable to rent carPros: They said they would cancel with no fees.Cons: I was not told I needed a return airline ticket in order to rent a car.
2.0 MediocreMar 7 2017
Easirent Is BadCons: Rude aggressive staff, looking hungrily for extra charges. Over an hour to get a car.
5.2 OkayNov 30 2016
Car was OK, 1 hour wait + tank half full at pickupCons: We had to wait for a long time to have the gentleman who man's the rental station at the hotel near Bristol airport to come in, and left almost an HOUR after we got to the hotel! Car tank was only HALF full. I was charged an extra 30 POUNDS for gas that was not disclosed to me at Kayak rental PLUS another amount for liability insurance that the gentleman at counter said was required by law. I had purchased Kayak insurance already and was surprised that I had to pay this extra. And now there a further $68 charge on my credit card account from Easirent for what, I have no idea!!!
Discover everything Bristol has to offer with a rental car for your time in England’s harbor city. Nestled along the River Avon, the city has a stunning harbor to explore, as well as many other great attractions like the Bristol Aquarium and Ashton Gate Stadium, where people can enjoy a football game. Of course, there is also the surrounding beautiful English countryside just waiting to be discovered (preferably by car).
Another good reason to rent a car upon arrival, is the fact that Bristol Airport is a 40-minute car ride from the city center. Start your journey conveniently by picking up a car directly from the airport and traveling straight into the city. The airport features renowned car rental companies like Sixt, Europcar, or Avis, which are all located close to the terminal building (simply follow the signs to your respective rental desk).
In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road and many have manual transmission, so bear that in mind and prepare accordingly. For travelers not used to driving on the other side of the road, it is recommended to rent a satnav with the car, as it will help show which direction to go. Following the drivers ahead of you can also help, especially when entering a roundabout (remember to go clockwise) or intersection.
During rush hour, Bristol’s streets can be congested, so try to avoid going out between 7 and 9 am and 5-8 pm, if possible. The M32 is an important highway in and around Bristol that can be heavily congested during rush hours. Also pay attention to speed limit signs (on the left side of the road), as speed limits change quite often inside the city from 20 mph zones to 30 mph, for instance.
25% of our users found rental cars in Bristol for $19 or less
Book your rental car in Bristol at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Bristol are around 62% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Bristol
Some car rental companies in Bristol which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise
On average a rental car in Bristol costs $32 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at GREEN MOTION ($22/day), Sixt ($65/day) and Easirent ($106/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at GREEN MOTION The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road BS40 9UR (7 miles from city center).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Bristol. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Bristol is $6.92 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $83 and $111, depending on the car size.
A Compact car rental in Bristol costs $38 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Bristol costs $24 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Bristol costs $18 per day, on average.
In Bristol, cars are most frequently rented at GREEN MOTION The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road (7 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Bristol costs $221 per week ($32 per day).
On average a rental car in Bristol costs $947 per month ($32 per day).
Drivers who are not used to driving on the left or with a stick shifts may want to rent a slightly more expensive automatic car will help, as operating the stick shift with the left hand may add yet another layer of confusion. As Bristol is a bigger city and parking can be scarce, a compact car is a good option for driving inside the center, as it can squeeze into smaller parking spots.
In Bristol there are many 20-mph zones and the limit must be adhered to; in other residential areas, 30 mph is permitted. On two-lane country roads and on highways (or motorways, as they are known as in the UK), drivers can speed up to 70 mph.
Refilling a tank will cost about £1.25 per liter, which is about $6.40 per gallon. Cheaper gas stations are usually the ones from Tesco or Sainsbury’s. Also note that at most stations in the UK, paying before refilling the tank is not required, and payment is taken inside the gas station afterwards or at the machines.
Pay attention to the signs and line colors when parking on the street in Bristol. In the center, there are usually restrictions for all street parking, with double yellow lines signifying that parking is not permitted, single yellow lines indicating it is allowed only on certain days, or it is metered parking. Alternatively, there are parking lots like the Portwall Lane long stay car park or Wapping Wharf.
Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).