Northampton is one of the largest towns in England whose prominence as a centre of royal authority reached its zenith during the Middle Ages. Exploring its boundaries is made much easier with a car hire in Northampton, which offers limitless flexibility within its limits and the greater East Midlands region. Althorp Estate (6 miles) and Castle Ashby (8 miles) are easy trips for summertime visitors who can leisurely stroll around the grounds and gardens to take in the country air. The 22-mile trip along the south on the A5 takes you to iconic Bletchley Park where you can tour its famous WWII installations.
London Luton Airport (LTN) is the closest major airport to the town (approx. 34 miles) so if you’re arriving by plane, stop by its Car Hire Centre and pick up a Northampton car hire to complete the journey to your destination and savour the road adventures to follow. A shuttle bus is required to transport you from the terminal building in order to pick up your vehicle. Just follow the directions to the terminal bus station across the street from the main building and locate the shuttle at Bay C.
The M1 is the region’s main artery, distributing traffic onto several major roads including the A45 and especially the A4500, which flows through the town centre. Congestion during the morning and evening rush is likely on these tributaries as well as any secondary roads that feed off them. The University of Northampton is situated in the town centre so expect a fair amount of pedestrian, bike and motorcycle engagement. Delays are also likely during rush periods at the circular where the A508, A4500 and A5123 converge.
Morning rush hours for Northampton should peak between 07:00 and 08:00, then normalise before the afternoon lunch hours of 13:00-15:00. During this period traffic tie-ups are common in commercial areas like the huge Brackmills Industrial Estate and other large business development zones. The thick of the evening rush occurs between 19:00 and 20:30, so have an alternate travel route handy to bypass gridlocked areas if necessary.
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FAQs about renting a car in Northampton
One car rental company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Europcar
On average a rental car in Northampton costs $21 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Northampton. 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 Northampton is $7.41 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $89 and $119, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Opel Zafira Tourer or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Northampton.
A Intermediate car rental in Northampton costs $57 per day, on average.
In Northampton, cars are most frequently rented at Europcar Cattle Market Service Station (1 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Northampton costs $147 per week ($21 per day).
On average a rental car in Northampton costs $629 per month ($21 per day).
Deciding which type of vehicle is best for you should be determined by the number of passengers, your level of comfort and your budget. As a rule of thumb, small cars are easier to park and tend to be more fuel efficient than larger vehicles, but may lack trunk space and leg room if you’re travelling with three or four persons.
The legal speed limit in Northampton town limits is 30mph. Accelerated speeds of 40mph are possible along roads outside population and commercial districts. The A508 has a maximum speed limit of 50mph and along the M1 you can drive up to 70mph. Exercise caution with your car hire in Northampton near junctions and other convergence zones where CCTV and traffic cameras are active to prohibit excessive speeding.
The average price per litre of petrol in Northampton is £1.20 compared with an average price of £1.23 per litre of diesel. There are about 35 petrol stations in Northampton so you should have few problems finding a place to fill up. More than half of these are controlled by BP, Shell and Esso while the supermarket giants of Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsburys have about five stations around the town.
Northampton Town Council administers an on-street parking system on some streets, which are metered and in effect between 07:00 and 19:00. On-street parking is free from 19:00 until 07:00 Monday-Saturday, including all day on Sundays/bank holidays. Surface, short stay and multi-storey car parks in the town charge £1 per hour and £2 for per evening/overnight stay from Monday-Saturday. These locations are mostly pay-and-display and all accept cash for payment with a few accepting credit/debit cards.
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