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Best Car Rental companies at Cardiff Airport

When you plan to visit a tourist destination like the UK in-depth, it is essential to rent a car to drive around it in your own way. We know you need to rent a car in Cardiff, but you have doubts and can’t decide which company to book with. To help you decide, here is our ranking of the Top 5 Car Rental Companies at Cardiff Airport (Updated 2024).

  1. HERTZ (8.9/10) 🏆
  2. ALAMO (8.7/10) 🥈
  3. AVIS (8.0/10) 🥉
  4. ENTERPRISE (7.9/10) 🔝
  5. EUROPCAR (7.5/10) 🔝

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Drive and enjoy Cardiff with your rental car

Are you planning to visit and discover Cardiff? Do not hesitate to hire a car at Cardiff Airport and explore Wales, England or Scotland on your own. Pack your bags and get ready to discover all that Cardiff has to offer easily and comfortably with your most economical rental car.

If you are planning to travel to the United Kingdom and are landing at Cardiff Airport, you can book your rental car right now so that as soon as you land, you can be sure that your rental car will be waiting for you so that you can start your journey immediately.

During your trip to Cardiff, great adventures await you. If you waste time waiting for taxis, buses or trains, you may not have enough time to visit everything this magnificent city has to offer. Book a rental car and discover all the sights of Cardiff and surroundings, known or not; there’s no more comfortable way to get around Wales or England.

Cardiff is a city of contrasts. The capital of Wales is considered the youngest capital of Europe thanks to the life of its streets and its modern architecture. Here you can see innovative architecture next to historic buildings; experience the excitement of the city centre just a few steps away from huge green areas that are havens of calm; and soak up these legends of dragons and myths, fused to perfection with the latest technology.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a small town but an important tourist centre in the UK. Its port was the main economic activity of the city for many years, specially dedicated to the export of coal. Nowadays, Cardiff is also an outstanding cultural and tourist centre, where you can enjoy a wide range of possibilities for an unforgettable holiday. Take advantage of our car hire offers in Cardiff and make your own tour of Wales and the UK. Book your car today with Auto Europe and choose the vehicle that best suits your travel needs, always enjoying the best price, and with quality customer service to help you with everything you need.

Getting around the city is relatively easy, but you should bear in mind that during rush hour it is quite common to find traffic jams in the central area. Please note that to cross the Severn Bridge you will have to pay a toll (about £5); however, although this bridge has two directions of traffic, the fee is only paid when crossing from England to Wales, but not in the other direction. So if you decide to travel to the city of Bristol you will have to pay the toll on your way back.

The main road connecting Cardiff with the rest of the country and the UK is the M4. If you want to explore other cities in Wales, you can take this road west to get to Swansea in just one hour, but if you decide to cross into England drive east to get to Bristol in 50 minutes or to London in about 3 hours. We also recommend that you visit the neighbouring town of Newport, which is only 30 minutes away on the Eastern Ave A48 road.

Parking in Cardiff

Finding free parking in Cardiff is no easy task. The central area is usually quite crowded and the outlying areas have many residential areas where parking is restricted to residents only. We recommend that you take great care when parking your vehicle as the authorities are quite strict and controlling in matters of parking. Private parking lots are always a good option, but they tend to be somewhat expensive (especially in the central area near the central station).

The most recommended option is “Park and Ride” as it has three stations, located west, east and south of the city. These three stations are connected to the centre with a bus service, so we recommend that you park your car in these areas and buy a public transport ticket to get to the centre.

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Our Car Rental offers at Cardiff Airport

Compare prices and book your rental car in Cardiff here now. You can choose from a wide range of cars from the best brands and with the guarantee that you will always get the best possible price on car hire at Cardiff Airport.

Our car for hire offers will allow you to enjoy your holidays in Cardiff in the most comfortable and simple way. All you have to do is compare our rental car offers and book the car that best suits your needs at the most economical price.

Our Cardiff Airport economy car rental service will allow you to compare prices and move around the United Kingdom in complete comfort and autonomy. Whether you travel alone or as a family trip, you can also select the car accessories you need, such as car seats for babies or GPS, on this website you can book and have at your fingertips a modern selection of vehicles of different categories, including Economy, Compacts, Vans, 7 Seater, 8 Seater, 9 Seater, Cargo Vans, Fullsize, Luxury, Premium or SUVs, as well as a range of optional extras, so you can move with a model tailored to your needs.

Last-minute offers in rent a car in Cardiff can be found on our website, where you will find the best prices in cars for rent in Cardiff from major companies: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Firefly, Easirent, Europcar, Sixt, and more local companies. To book your car at one of the many Cardiff Airport offices available, simply use the car rental search engine above.

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One Way Car Rental from Cardiff Airport

Do you need to rent a car in Cardiff and drop it off in any other airport in the United Kingdom such as London, Liverpool, Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Leeds or Manchester?. No problem, take advantage of our one-way car rental offers for Cardiff Airport and return your rental car anywhere else in the UK at the best prices. Our prices include one-way fees.

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off London – Heathrow Airport

  • Time: 2 h 35 min
  • Distance: 149 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off London – Gatwick Airport

  • Time: 3 h 10 min
  • Distance: 178 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off London – Stansted Airport

  • Time: 3 h 30 min
  • Distance: 207 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off London – Luton Airport

  • Time: 3 h 10 min
  • Distance: 179 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Liverpool Airport

  • Time: 3 h 40 min
  • Distance: 213 miles via M5 and M6

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off East Midlands Airport

  • Time: 2 h 41 min
  • Distance: 166 miles via M5

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Bristol Airport

  • Time: 1 h 20 min
  • Distance: 63 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Birmingham Airport

  • Time: 2 h 10 min
  • Distance: 134 miles via M4 and M5

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Southampton Airport

  • Time: 2 h 30 min
  • Distance: 145 miles via M4

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Leeds Bradford Airport

  • Time: 4 h 20 min
  • Distance: 255 miles via M1

Pick up Cardiff Airport and drop off Manchester Airport

  • Time: 3 h 25 min
  • Distance: 200 miles via M5 and M6

Rent a Hybrid or Electric Car at Cardiff Airport

In addition to conventional cars that run on petrol or diesel, on this website you can also find environmentally-friendly rental cars, with less noise pollution and almost imperceptible vibrations in Cardiff.

If you are planning to rent a modern car in Cardiff and enjoy the latest technical advances, both to go on holiday, business trip, or to make a good impression at an event, we invite you to discover the comfort and performance of our Hybrid and 100% Electric cars available at Cardiff Airport.

We are an outstanding car rental website with a great commitment to the environment, and we are aware of the growing demand for sustainable and environmentally-friendly vehicles, which is why we work with leading car rental companies in the United Kingdom, which put at your disposal a large and modern fleet of hybrid and zero-emission electric cars at Cardiff Airport.

Here you are a Worldwide database of EV charging stations to check where you can charge your electric rental vehicle.

About the Airport

Cardiff Airport is the only international airport in Wales and is located in the town of Rhoose, just 10 kilometres west of Cardiff. This airport is used by passengers from all over Wales and receives more than 1 million passengers annually. Remember that Auto Europe offers its car hire services in Cardiff, both at the airport and at different offices in the city.

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