Car hire Cambridge: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Cambridge

Distance from
Cambridge city centre
2 mi
8 mi

Car hires in Cambridge: practical information

Where to rent a car in Cambridge

This iconic university city is stunningly beautiful, something you'll notice right away as you arrive into the city. It's just 50 miles to the north of London, meaning that if you want to visit Cambridge then it's best to fly to London and use a rental car to get into town via the M11 or the A10.

It's also possible to grab a Cambridge car hire. Along Newmarket Road there are four Cambridge car hire companies lined up: Alamo, National, Europcar and Cambridge Car Rental. Thrifty and Sixt are located along Elizabeth Way. Thrifty also has another located at the Abbey Stadium. Whichever you choose, picking up a rent car in Cambridge or driving one in from London, make sure you compare the prices before you reserve to get the best deals.

Driving in Cambridge: parking and other tips

Get ready for a headache unless you have a GPS. Cambridge's city centre is a confusing mess of one-way streets which can cause a lot of difficulties when finding parking. Instead, use the city's Park & Ride scheme for free on the outskirts of the city and take a public bus into to city for £2.30 return. This is definitely the cheapest way to park your rent car in Cambridge.

In general the city discourages the use of cars in the city centre. For one thing parking is scarce and expensive. For another thing, the city has a rising number of rising bollards which rise up and into the ground, letting certain vehicles like taxis and buses to go through on roads that other cars aren't allowed to. If you follow too close behind and don't realize you're driving over one, you can total your car very easily. Best to ask if your hotel in Cambridge offers parking and if not, use the Park & Ride lots.

Road trips from Cambridge: what to do, what to see

Grantchester

Cambridge to Grantchester

Grantchester is a great little spot in the countryside to escape to while on holidays in Cambridge. Enjoy fresh scones and a cup of cream tea at the famous Orchard House where the likes of Virginia Woolf and Bertrand Russell used to hang out. Don't miss the garden with its own orchard of apple trees. For a classically English visit, hire a punt and hamper and travel up the river if the weather is fine. Travel upstream and you'll find Byron's Pool, apparently one of Lord Byron's favourite swimming holes.

Newmarket

Cambridge to Newmarket

Newmarket is a little bit further afield in Suffolk. It's about 13 miles away from Cambridge and makes a fantastic day out with a Cambridge discount car hire. It has a famous race-horse track where you can gamble away all your spare change and maybe even walk away with more than what you came with! Which horse will be your lucky one today? The National Horseracing Museum is also located here and offers a unique look at the tradition of horse racing in Britain.

King's Lynn

Cambridge to King's Lynn

King's Lynn is about 45 miles north of Cambridge and very close to the seaside. It is famous for its architecture along Nelson Street. As an old medieval town and later a major English port, the small city has a lot of heritage buildings to show off. Check out Greyfriar's Tower, St. Margaret's Church and the guildhalls on your city tour.

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