Middlesbrough is tucked away in North Yorkshire, and although it grew up as an industrial city, it has entered a phase where it has once again become more picturesque. So it’s well worth hiring a car to get around if you’re visiting. You can immediately head outside the city centre and visit places like Roseberry Topping and Ormesby Hall. Then there’s one of the city’s biggest drawcards, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. This makes car hire in Middlesbrough a very good choice to give you maximum control over your own time and give you independence so that you’re not relying on local public transport schedules.
The airport you’ll arrive at when you’re flying to Middlesbrough is Teesside International Airport (MME), which is roughly 10 miles to the south-west of the city. Upon landing and after baggage claim, simply walk straight out of the terminal and take a 2-minute walk to the car park, where you can pick up the vehicle you’ve booked. It won’t take you long at all to drive the short distance into Middlesbrough itself.
Middlesbrough tends to be quite congested, so if you’re on a business trip and you’re travelling to or through the centre of town, then you can expect not only busy traffic, but also plenty of pedestrians. Keep an eye out even when you’re driving at slower speeds, especially where you’re not familiar with the road layouts and where the bicycle lanes and pedestrian crossings are. As in many modern cities, people will cross the road when it looks to be clear.
Rush hour in Middlesbrough comes around every day at the times we’re all used to. In the mornings, traffic peaks around 08:00 to 09:00 and swells again from 16:00 to 17:00. This doesn’t mean that it dies down immediately after that though, so steer clear of the busiest streets. Top among these are Acklam Road (the A1032) and Longlands Road (the A1085). Marton Road (the A172) is another road that can become tightly packed, particularly the north-bound lanes.
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Given that so many of the busiest Teesside A roads are in Middlesbrough, it might be a good idea if you’re travelling alone to hire a compact car, or a saloon that’s similarly fuel-efficient if you’re with a couple of other people. For Middlesbrough car hire, you also want a vehicle that you can drive nimbly through the busier sections, especially when you need to respond to unexpected pedestrians. These will also easily take you to the nearby tourist attractions outside the city, as the roads are good and there’s no need to go off-roading to get to the rural ones either.
Middlesbrough is another UK city that has adopted 20mph zones, so expect to be slowed to by speed signs as you’re approaching these zones. The speed is rigidly enforced in these areas, and you’re sure to encounter speed cameras more often on some roads than others. These include The Avenue in Linthorpe, Trimdon Avenue in the suburb of Acklam, and Hall Drive, once again in Acklam. In the city centre outside these zones, you can revert to the standard 30mph speed.
You can find free parking in Middlesbrough provided by the local council authorities. They’re limited to two parking areas, however – the one in Captain Cook Square and another in Ferry Road. Otherwise, there are plenty of pay-to-park zones in the city centre, such as Amber Street Car Park, where you’ll pay around £2 an hour.
On average a rental car in Middlesbrough costs $47 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Middlesbrough found in the last 2 weeks is $40.
Based on our information, car rental agencies in Middlesbrough only have manual transmission cars.
The average gas price in Middlesbrough is $6.58 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $79 and $105, depending on the car size.
Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Middlesbrough.
Car rental companies onsite at Teesside Intl airport include Europcar, Hertz and Avis.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Teesside Intl airport to off-airport locations include Europcar, Hertz, and Avis.
A Mini car rental in Middlesbrough costs $58 per day, on average.
An Economy car rental in Middlesbrough costs $84 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Middlesbrough costs $75 per day, on average.
In Middlesbrough, cars are most frequently rented at Europcar 76 North Ormesby Road (1 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Middlesbrough costs $329 per week ($47 per day).
On average a rental car in Middlesbrough costs $1,410 per month ($47 per day).
Most car rental providers in Middlesbrough offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Middlesbrough, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.
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Some car rental companies in Middlesbrough which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar and Enterprise
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