Rent a car in Birmingham with Europcar
The unofficial capital of the midlands, Birmingham is beloved for its spirit, unbeatable shopping, and melting pot culture. Historic buildings, contrasted with a buzzing nightlife and a young population give the city a unique ambiance. Birmingham is located in between London and Manchester, in the heart of the UK.
Car hire is particularly useful in Birmingham, whether you are staying in the city or heading onwards for a longer trip.
The Europcar car rental experience in Birmingham
Choose car hire with Europcar Birmingham from one of 7 convenient city locations including Birmingham East. You can also pick up your rental as you step off the plane, with our car hire at Birmingham Airport. Van hire in Birmingham is available in 5 locations including Birmingham City station near Birmingham University - ideal for undergraduates beginning their university journey.
If you are searching for economy car hire, our popular models are Vauxhall Astra or Fiat 500. Larger car rental vehicles within the Europcar fleet include Audi A4 or Ford Galaxy.
Car and van hire in Birmingham is available on per day, week, month - on a short and long-term basis.
Driving in Birmingham
Signs are labelled in miles per hour. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour (112 km/h) for cars on motorways and dual carriageways, 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) for single track roads, and 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) in built up areas.
Parking in Birmingham is mostly made up of ‘pay & display’ car parks where you can usually stay for up to 4 hours. There are also off-street parking options in the form of multi-storey car parks. Birmingham also has several free car parks situated around the edge of the 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 whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and using a handheld phone for either calling or texting is illegal.
Discover Birmingham and surroundings by car
Birmingham is filled with fun. Culture vultures should add the Symphony Hall, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to their lists. Keen shoppers will want to make a beeline for the Bullring - a shopping centre with futuristic architecture. Also, make sure you visit Winterbourne, an Edwardian House and Botanic Garden hidden in leafy Edgbaston - just a few minutes from the centre.
Day trips out of Birmingham include the hometown of Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon, and the quaint town of Leamington Spa which is not far from Warwick Castle. Another destination is Lichfield, the birthplace of another famous wordsmith Samuel Johnson, and home to a stunning Anglo Saxon cathedral.
For a day out in the countryside, explore the surrounding wilderness head west to the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (68 miles/109 km/h), or north to the stunning Peak District (71 miles/114 km/h). For an adventure-filled family day out, check out Cannock Chase, just a 45-minute drive from the city centre.
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A big leisure attraction, Cadbury World is a delicious reason to take a trip to Birmingham. With over half a million visitors each year, this self-guided tour has 14 different zones which chart the Cadbury company history and chocolate making, from production to packaging. If Cadbury World is the entirety of your trip, or just a part of it, renting a car with Europcar can get to you and from this family-friendly attraction in comfort.
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 allows you to get a free weekend of car hire each time you move up a tier.
The second largest city after London, Birmingham has a multicultural vibe that cannot be beaten. It is a hub for music and nightlife; as well as shopping, with both designer brands and vintage gems. It is a treat of diverse architecture, from the French Renaissance of The Grand Hotel; to Aston Hall, a Jacobean masterpiece; and the National Trust-owned museum Birmingham Back to Backs - the last example of back-to-back court houses.
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