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Rent a car in Manchester with Europcar

In the heart of the UK, Manchester is a city on the rise. Manchester is constantly moving, whether it is the new modern buildings cropping across the city, a hedonistic nightlife or an innovative arts scene. Manchester is also close to Liverpool and can be accessed via plane from London Heathrow. Renting a car in Manchester allows you to maximise your time in the city and surrounding areas.

The Europcar car rental experience in Manchester

There are 6 Europcar stations located in and around Manchester. These include Manchester Piccadilly train station, as well as surrounding areas like Stockport. If you are arriving into the city by plane, why not pick up your car rental Manchester Airport. Then you are free to hit the road as soon as you land.

Car hire is particularly useful in Manchester, whether you are staying in the city, driving to another destination or exploring the surrounding area. If you are searching for a city car hire, our fleet includes popular models like Vauxhall Astra or Fiat 500. If you need more space or are travelling as a family, choose from our car hire vehicles including Peugeot 5008 and VW Passat. 

Car hire in Manchester is available per day, week, month - on a short and long-term basis. 

Driving in Manchester

In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road and signs are labelled in miles per hour. For cars, the speed limit is 70 miles per hour on motorways and dual carriageways, 60 miles per hour for single track roads, and 30 miles per hour for built up areas. 

Manchester is divided into four zones. In every zone, on-street parking operates under a pay and display system from Monday to Sunday, between 8am and 8pm. There are several off-street car parks, too. 

Using bus lanes is prohibited, except if signposts specify. Be aware that there are cameras in the bus lanes, with hefty fines to pay if you are caught.

Like any other busy city, road traffic is increased at the beginning and end of the working day. These times are 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

Driving while using a handheld phone (either for calling or texting) is illegal. Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Discover Manchester and surroundings by car 

If you think Manchester only has a famous football club to its name, you would be mistaken. Culture seekers will be delighted with the Museum of Science & Industry, People’s Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery. Food lovers should keep mid-October free for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival where the city shows off its gastronomical prowess. Of course, if you are there for the sport, the National Football Museum and Lancashire County Cricket Club will satisfy fans of either game.

If you want to see some greenery there are some great day trips to take from Manchester. The unrivalled beauty of the Lake District is an hour and a half from the city. The lush region has great hiking, walking and boating opportunities. There is also a Michelin-starred restaurant if that is your bag. Just an hour away by car, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a favourite outdoor art gallery. Browse pieces from renowned local and international artists in the grounds, before filling up on a cream tea in the café. 

Exploring the diverse places around Manchester is easy with car hire. Great locations within driving distance include the Peak District (35 miles/56 kilometres), Leeds (42 miles/67 kilometres) and Blackpool (49 miles/78 kilometres).

Visit MediaCity UK in Manchester

To the west of the city centre, near Old Trafford, lies the northern outpost of the BBC. This is where six departments of the media channel live, including BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live. It is also home to the set of the longest-running soap opera in the world, Coronation Street. MediaCity offers a 90-minute tour which includes some of the most notable programmes on TV. Children also get to make their own programme in an interactive studio. Your Europcar car rental can get the whole family to and from this one-of-a-kind experience safe and sound. 

With Privilege, be rewarded for choosing Europcar

Europcar Privilege program is our free international loyalty scheme, with four tier levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Our loyalty program will enable you to earn rewards by renting with us in over 140 countries worldwide. Privilege membership allow you to get a free weekend each time you move up in an upper tier level.

Things to see in Manchester

A weekend or longer in Manchester assures you will eat, drink and be very merry. The locals are immensely proud of their city and it shows in just about everything they do. From heart-thumping music venues, to craft beer bars, or contemporary fine dining - however you choose to spend time in Manchester, there will not be a dull moment.

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Manchester Soccer

If you're a football fan, Manchester is a dream destination. Hop in your Manchester hire car and tour a few of the most iconic grounds in the world, such as Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium. Time your visit right and you might even be able to enjoy a game. If no one is playing, take a trip to the National Football Museum to get your fix instead.

Manchester's Countryside

While the city buzzes with cultural attractions, modern restaurants and entertainments, a drive into the countryside reveals a whole different world. Pick up your Manchester car hire and set out to discover the stately beauty of Tatton Park (keep an eye out for beautiful red deer in the parkland) and the peaceful Alkrington Woods Nature Reserve.