What you should know before hiring a car in Exeter
|Exeter city centre|
|Exeter International Airport (EXT): 5 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Exeter: practical information
Where to rent a car in Exeter
Exeter is king of the southwest of England. If you're looking to escape the chaos, also known as London, then Exeter is it. With a nice balance of historic buildings, shopping, arts and restaurants, Exeter satisfies on all fronts. The easiest place to pick up the cheapest car hire in Exeter is at the airport. The car rental companies at Exeter International Airports include Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, Alamo and Hertz.
There are a number of car hires in the city as well. Mostly located between Alphington Road and the river. Thrifty is on Marsh Barton Road, Vehicle Save and National are along Marsh Green Road and Hertz is on Christow Road. In the summer it is very popular for visitors to reserve a discount car hire in Exeter so book your rental car early.
Driving in Exeter: parking and other tips
Exeter is small enough to discover on foot which is great for parking fees since you have leaver you rent car in Exeter at your hotel or in a car park during the day and only use it when you plan excursions and day-trips out of the city. As for parking in the city centre, there are 25+ city-run car parks to choose from. From Bampfylde Street to Triangle, parking costs around 80p/hour, up to £6.20/day. Why pay to use a car park when you can just book a hotel that let you park for free?! If you get a car hire for cheap in Exeter, make sure you hotel also offers free parking to its guests. That way you can save money on parking and in an easily accessible lot.
One of the best things about Exeter is its proximity to some great rural places to explore in England. Dartmoor, Plymouth, Devon, Cornwall… they're all nearby and easily reached by car for day trips or weekends away.
Road trips from Exeter: what to do, what to see
The entire southwest peninsula has great beaches to check out. These are extremely popular in summer, especially in Exmouth and Dawlish Warren. If you're heading to Exeter for holidays, why not plan a detour to the beach? Both are just over 10 miles to the south along the A379 and A376. Beware in Exmouth however in some parts of the beach due to fast-moving tidal currents which can become dangerous for swimmers. Watch for signs before getting into the water.[/
Dartmoor National Park
Dartmoor National Park covers a large part on Devon and is just outside of Exeter, to the southwest. It was the setting for The Hound of the Baskervilles with the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. It's rocky, boggy and at times foggy… the perfect setting for a mystery novel. You should explore the park on foot, leaving your car parked in a lay-by. Don't forget to bring plenty of water!
Plymouth is around 50 miles away from Exeter on the A38. The National Aquarium is located here, the best in Britain and the deepest in Europe. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers left England for the New World in the 1600s. The Barbican is also a great place to wander, the oldest part of the city and is full of art galleries, chic restaurants and shops.