Rent a car in Bristol with Europcar
The largest city in the southwest of the UK, Bristol is on the rise as the cultural heart of the west country. Once a key location in the industrial revolution, Bristol has morphed into a hub for art and music with innovative festivals, collectives, and community-run cafés. Add a fast-growing foodie status to the mix, and Bristol is certainly a city worth visiting.
The Europcar car rental experience in Bristol
When you choose car hire in Bristol there are 7 practical locations to pick up from. One of the most popular stations is Bristol Airport where the Europcar fleet will be waiting for you.
If you need a small or family car, our popular car hire models include Vauxhall Astra or Volvo V40. Van hire in Bristol is available from Bristol South and Bristol Horfield. The latter is near the university - ideal for moving in or out of student accommodation.
Car and van hire in Bristol is available on both short and long term basis. So if you’re in need of a rental for one day or 30 days, Europcar can provide you with the ideal car hire.
Driving in Bristol
Signs are labelled in miles per hour. The national speed limit is a maximum of 70 miles per hour (112 km/h) for cars on motorways and dual carriageways, whereas for single track roads it is 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). In built up or populated areas, the speed limit decreases to 30 miles (48 km/h).
If you enter Bristol via the Clifton Suspension Bridge there is a toll to pay.
Parking in Bristol includes long and short stay zones. ‘Pay & display’ areas offer parking for 1, 2 or 4 hours. In some paid parking areas you can only stay for a maximum of 2 hours.
Road traffic in Bristol is busier between 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm with cars coming in and out of the city.
Cars are prohibited from using buses lanes, except during specific times (non-peak hours) on selected lanes. If a bus lane does not signpost exceptional hours, assume that it is prohibited at all times.
Discover Bristol and surroundings by car
Bristol is an eclectic and pretty city which has recently enjoyed an influx of cool things to do. Starting with the famous attractions, do not miss the Grade I listed Clifton Suspension Bridge, and Brunel’s SS Great Britain - a steamship designed in 1843. The Bristol Balloon Fiesta which takes place in July is a must if you want to see something truly unique.
Art fan? Then perhaps you already know that street artist Banksy hails from the city. Take a tour to spot all his most famous pieces. Or if a museum is more your thing, the new M Shed museum is home to memorabilia associated with Bristol and offers a great overview on the history.
Why not use your Europcar car hire to see what lies outside of Bristol? There are some great day trips to be had not far from the city. Less than an hour away is the historic city of Bath (14 miles/22 km/h) with its cobbled streets, traditional tearooms, and the iconic Roman Baths. A bit further on lies Stonehenge (the UK equivalent to the Pyramids of Egypt) which begs for a visit, if only to wonder how and why the stones are there!
If you like the outdoors, Bristol is spoilt for choice as it sits in between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Cotswolds (19 miles per hour/8 km/h) and the Mendips (17 miles per hour/7 km/h). And across the River Severn estuary is Wales, with the capital Cardiff just over an hour away (44 miles per hour/20 km/h).
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One of the city’s biggest attractions, the steamship SS Great Britain, was designed by the engineering mogul Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. In its former life it was a passenger ship, making a trip from Bristol to New York in 14 days. In 1970 the ship underwent a 30-year renovation and is now superbly refurbished with a galley, the surgeon and dining quarters and a working model of the original steam engine. Visiting the SS Great Britain as a family? Renting a car with Europcar is a great choice to get you to and from the attraction.
Whether you are a culture vulture, nature lover or history buff, there is plenty in Bristol to show you a good time. Urban street art and cool independent galleries will check the art boxes, with plenty of green spaces to picnic like College Close or Clifton Downs to enjoy a long walk. Also, you do not need to spend all your time on dry land - there are several converted barges where you can drink, eat and dance.
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