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Cheap car rentals in Cornwall

Full-size SUV$73/day
Intermediate SUV$28/day
Compact SUV$28/day
Standard station wagon$46/day
Compact station wagon$47/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Cornwall

  • For those traveling to Cornwall, you should consider booking your flights to Newquay Airport (NQY), since it is the ideal destination for flights to the region. The car rental counters at the airport are conveniently situated within the airport terminal building. Upon landing, you can easily find the car rental counters after collecting your luggage and taking the right-hand door, as the counters are situated right within the arrivals hall. You'll find friendly staff at the counters, who will take you through the entire rental procedure.
  • Driving in Cornwall can be difficult due to the county's narrow, winding roads, which are frequently flanked by hedgerows and have limited visibility, posing significant obstacles for even the most skilled drivers. During peak rush hours, which typically occur between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the evening, the major roads, including A30, A28, and A39, become congested with commuters, travelers, and locals, exacerbating the already limited road capacity. With traffic congestion and slow-moving queues becoming increasingly common during peak travel times in Cornwall, patience is essential.
  • The most appropriate vehicle for journeying in Cornwall should be a flexible and reliable model designed to manage the region's unique terrain and climate. Cornwall is renowned for its scenic coastal roads, narrow pathways, and hilly terrain, so a vehicle with great maneuverability and responsive steering would be beneficial. In addition, a vehicle with four-wheel-drive capabilities would be advantageous, particularly during the rainy season when the roadways can become slick. Additionally, the vehicle should have adequate ground clearance to traverse irregular surfaces and gravel roads found in rural areas. Therefore, consider an SUV or a compact SUV.
  • Children under 135 cm (4'4") in height must use the appropriate car seats for their sizes and weights. While driving in Cornwall, you can be fined £500 (about 637 USD) if a child under 14 is not in the correct car seat or, if they are taller than 135 cm, is not wearing a seatbelt. Rear-facing baby seats are required for infants and small children until they reach at least 15 months of age. After that, children can transition to forward-facing, harnessed child seats.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Cornwall for $41 or less
  • Book your rental car in Cornwall at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Cornwall are around 15% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Cornwall are around 26% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cornwall

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Cornwall?

    On average a rental car in Cornwall costs $41 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Cornwall?

    Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cornwall.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Cornwall?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at keddy by Europcar ($25/day), Europcar ($26/day) and Routes Car & Truck Rentals ($27/day).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Cornwall?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Cornwall?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Cornwall are Newquay (52% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Cornwall), Penzance (26%) and Truro (20%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Cornwall?

    On average a rental car in Cornwall costs $348 per week ($50 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Cornwall?

    On average a rental car in Cornwall costs $1,489 per month ($50 per day).

  • Should I rent a car in Cornwall?

    Renting a car in Cornwall offers you flexibility in exploring the region's scenic landscapes and attractions. Unlike buses or trains with limited or infrequent schedules, having a rental car enables you to create your own itineraries, visit multiple destinations, and stay as long as you desire at each location. Cornwall's popular attractions include he Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tintagel Castle, and the Eden Project. In addition, a rental car provides a private and personalized trip, so you can relax in the comfort of your vehicle, control the temperature, play your preferred music, and make stops whenever you want.

  • What is driving like in Cornwall?

    Cornwall features varied terrain, which includes rugged coastlines, limited country roads, and charming villages, making for an entrancing trip. Generally, the driving tempo is relaxed, enabling drivers to take in the breathtaking scenery. However, traversing the narrow lanes requires caution and patience, particularly during prime tourist seasons when the roads may become congested. Cornwall's speed limits conform to the standard of UK regulations, with around 30 mph (48 km/h) in busy urban areas, about 60 mph (97 km/h) on single carriageways, and around 70 mph (113 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Cornwall?

    In Cornwall, the United Kingdom, the legal minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old. It is essential to note, however, that many car rental suppliers impose additional restrictions and fees on drivers under the age of 25. Due to the increased insurance risk associated with inexperienced drivers, many rental car companies impose young driver surcharges on drivers under 25. This surcharge differs based on the car rental provider and vehicle rented. In addition, certain luxury or specialty vehicles may have higher age requirements, usually requiring the driver to be at least 25 years old.

Car rental directory

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Cornwall

    6 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Cornwall

    5 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Cornwall

    3 Locations

  • free2move

    Free2Move car rental locations in Cornwall

    3 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Cornwall

    2 Locations

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car rental locations in Cornwall

    2 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Cornwall

    1 Location

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Cornwall

    1 Location

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