Rent a car in Manchester with Europcar
Manchester is an eclectic city, located in the north west of England, close to Liverpool and Leeds. A constantly evolving city, it boasts a hedonistic nightlife as well as an innovative arts scene.
Manchester is easily reached by plane to Manchester Airport, or by train to one of the city centre train stations, as well as being close to the motorway network. Renting a car in Manchester allows you to maximise your time in the city and surrounding areas, exploring at your own pace.
The Europcar car rental experience in Manchester
There are seven Europcar stations located across Manchester. These include Manchester Piccadilly train station, as well as surrounding areas such as Oldham and Preston. If you are arriving into the city by plane, collecting your car rental at Manchester Airport means you can hit the road as soon as you land.
If you are looking for a smaller model for zipping around the city, the Vauxhall Astra or Fiat 500 are great choices. If you need more space or are travelling as a family or larger group, choose from our bigger models such as the Peugeot 5008 or VW Passat.
If you are moving house or just have a larger load to transport, you can hire a van with Europcar Manchester, from our Trafford Park station, to the west of the city.
Both car and van hire in Manchester is available per day, week, or month, on a short and long term basis to suit you.
Driving in Manchester
In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road and signposts and speed limits operate in miles per hour.
The national 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) for built up areas. Around schools and more residential areas this is reduced to 20 miles per hour.
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 also several off-street car parks.
Driving in bus lanes is prohibited, except if signposts specify otherwise, and be aware that this is monitored with cameras, with hefty fines to pay if you are caught.
Like any other busy city, road traffic is heavier at the beginning and end of the working day, usually 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Driving while using a handheld phone (either for calling or texting) is illegal, and driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
Discover Manchester and the surrounding area by car
If all you know about Manchester is football, you will be delighted at how much more there is to discover! Culture seekers will enjoy the Museum of Science & Industry, the People’s Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery, to name just a few of the city’s museums and art galleries. Food lovers should visit in mid-October to partake in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival when the city shows off its gastronomical prowess. Of course, if you are there for the sport, the National Football Museum, the two football grounds, and Lancashire County Cricket Club will satisfy fans of either game.
If you want to venture out of the city and enjoy some countryside, there are some great day trips to be had. The unrivalled beauty of the Lake District is just an hour and a half from the city. This stunning region has great hiking, walking and boating opportunities, and there is also a Michelin-starred restaurant to keep foodie visitors happy.
An hour away by car, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an impressive outdoor art gallery where you can wander through the grounds browsing pieces from renowned local and international artists, before filling up on a cream tea in the café.
Exploring the diverse places in and around Manchester is easy with car hire. Other great locations within driving distance include the Peak District (35 miles/56 kilometres away), Leeds (42 miles/67 kilometres away) and Blackpool (49 miles/78 kilometres away).
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 are based, including BBC Breakfast and Radio 5 Live. Manchester 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. Use your Europcar car rental to get the whole family to and from this one-of-a-kind experience in comfort and at your own convenience.
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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