What you should know before hiring a car in Plymouth
|Plymouth city centre
|Plymouth City Airport (PLH): 3 mi from city centre
Car hires in Plymouth: practical information
Where to rent a car in Plymouth
Plymouth is the heart and soul of Devon, in the south of England. As the largest city, it's no wonder so many people visit Plymouth first and use it as a base for exploring the rest of the region. If you're arriving on flights to Plymouth then pick up your car rental from the airport. Car hires at Plymouth Airport are provided by Avis. If you're arriving at Exeter Airport you can book a one way car hire to Plymouth with Hertz, Avis or Europcar.
Want to book the cheapest rent car in Plymouth's town centre instead the airport? No problem. Avis and Budget are both located in Coxside. Borrow A Banger is a local car rental company in Plymouth located along the A374, Embankment Road. Along Alexandra Road you'll find National and Plymouth Car Rentals is at George Place near Stonehouse.
Driving in Plymouth: parking and other tips
Plymouth isn't a huge city but it still has quite a heavy rush hour during weekdays in the mornings and afternoons. As for parking there are plenty of opportunities to leave your car in the city centre. If you head to Courtenay Street, there is a car park open there 7 day a week, 8:00am-6:00pm which can be used for free, just get there early! Parking at the Civic Centre costs £1.20/hour which is common at most of the car parks in the city centre. If you want to park for the entire day count on £8-12/day within the city centre.
If you do plan to book a rental car in Plymouth for your entire trip then it's best to also reserve a hotel in Plymouth with parking facilities. That way you don't have to worry about finding parking during the days you don't use your rental car. Once you've made your way around the city centre of Plymouth and discovered the city's surroundings it's time to head further afield. Devon is remarkably beautiful, a great region to explore by car in particular. Grab your road map and your GPS, here we go!
Road trips from Plymouth: what to do, what to see
If you're looking for a taste of the gorgeous scenery in the south of England head to Noss Mayo, just a 30-minute drive from Plymouth. Get the cheapest car hire in Plymouth and head south! Check out the delicious seaside gastro pubs there while you’re at it! Noss Mayo is an ex-fishing village which is now mostly home to weekend houses of England's rich.
Exeter is just 40 minutes drive from Plymouth and is also worthwhile visiting while you're on holidays in Plymouth. Check out the old city walls, head past the beautiful cathedral, take your lunch on the Green and walk down Parliament Street, noted to be the world's narrowest street. Exeter's beautiful gothic Cathedral is a sight to see, the Cathedral Green opposite is a great spot to enjoy a packed lunch or the summer sun.
Truro makes a great day-trip with a rent car in Plymouth. This cathedral town in Cornwall takes about 1.5 hours to reach. The city cathedral was built in 1910, very pretty. It's iconic to take afternoon tea at Charlotte's, a charming Victorian building on the main square in Truro. An added bonus, their tea is home-grown in Cornwall.