Rent a car in Oxford with Europcar
Cities do not get more ‘English’ than historic and charming Oxford. With some of the oldest colleges dating back to the 13th century, you really feel like you’re immersed in history at Oxford. But beyond the books, it is a city with a beating heart of lively pubs, unique shops and an eclectic food scene.
The Europcar car rental experience in Oxford
Car hire in Oxford is a doddle with Europcar’s centrally located station. Around 15 minutes from the city centre, it is a convenient place to pick up your hire car for the journey ahead.
Smaller car rentals and larger family models are both available for a weekend in Oxford. Our most popular models include Vauxhall Astra, Hyundai I30 and Volkswagen Jetta. If you live in Oxford and need to move a bigger load, van hire is an option with Europcar. Just choose the dates you need to discover our fleet.
Europcar Oxford offers both economy car hire and van hire for short and long-term rental periods.
Driving in Oxford
In the UK, the national speed limit is 70 miles per hour for cars on motorways and dual carriageways, 60 miles per hour for single track roads, and 30 miles per hour for built up areas. It is common for this to be reduced to 20 miles per hour around schools and more residential areas.
Parking in Oxford can be tricky. Access to the centre is limited because of the University, meaning you will have to park slightly further out and walk in. However, there are several parking areas with pay & display systems, long-stay car parks outside of the city centre, and areas where you can park during off-peak hours. Many parking areas use a mobile system called RingGo to pay for parking, either by phoning or using a smartphone application.
Oxford is a cycling city. There is a lot of bike traffic, especially around the University colleges, so take care to look for cyclists when you are on the road.
Discover Oxford and surroundings by car
There are several great day trips from Oxford to be had. Head to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon, and visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Then there is the beautiful riverside town of Henley-on-Thames, and the stunning Cotswolds.
Moving on from Oxford by car, cities including Salisbury (70 miles/112 kilometres) in the south west, Bath (72 miles/115 kilometres) and University sister city, Cambridge (103 miles/165 kilometres) are within driving range.
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If you have a fetish for the weird and wonderful, this is the place for you. Displaying the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University of Oxford, this museum holds half a million objects within its walls - making it the largest in the world. A fascinating look through anthropological history, you will find objects including magic charms, totem poles, jewellery, musical instruments, and even shrunken heads on your visit.
If you like your towns steeped in history, you really will love Oxford. The Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest libraries; the oldest public museum in England, the Ashmolean; and not forgetting the honey-coloured University colleges. But not everything is ancient here. Theatres with inspiring original creations, organic kitchens serving out top-notch meals, and a great coffee culture are just some of the things awaiting you in this historic and lovely city.
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