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Plymouth car hire information

Pick-up locationPlymouth
Car types
Hire locations17
Airport locations1

Cheap car hire in Plymouth

Mini
Economy
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People carrier
Passenger van
SUV
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Plymouth

  • Tackling the sprawling expanse that is the port city of Plymouth is best done with a car. With a car hire in Plymouth, you can really explore this coastal city that reeks of maritime history stretching back to medieval times so sights will be plentiful. You can start with a trip to Plymouth Hoe and the Royal Citadel, both of which share the same stretch of coast and both an easy mile from downtown. After a stop for some tasty seafood, set out on the 30 miles journey into the city’s interior and visit Cotehele House – a well-preserved 16th century estate with a charm of its own.
  • It’s a 50-mile drive to your destination once you land at Exeter Airport and the right choice of vehicle could get your travels off to a splendid start. Booking an advance reservation increases the chance of you getting the right car hire in Plymouth. After you leave Baggage Reclaim at the Arrivals Hall walk across the hall to the Car Hire Area, where staff at companies such as Avis, Hertz and Budget are on hand to retrieve your vehicle.
  • Plymouth is a vibrant educational city with a sizeable student population so expect a fair amount of foot traffic when you’re driving a car hire in Plymouth around the city’s nerve centre, especially at night. The Devon motorway and the A436 control the flow of traffic and are therefore subject to congestion during the day. Downtown, the A374 snakes its way around the city’s heart and is even more vulnerable to gridlock. An early morning or late night start are alternate travel ideas worth considering.
  • By 07:00, the morning rush hour is in full swing and stays that way until about 9:00. Late morning is another great time to set off on a road trip but plan the return carefully to bypass the evening rush hours of 18:00-21:00. The city also has a thriving sports scene so Saturday afternoons and evenings may experience slow traffic areas where games are played.
  • Book your car hire in Plymouth at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Plymouth are around 5% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Plymouth

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Plymouth?

    For some, the right car for the job is a late model compact or a stylish economy car. Others may reason that an intermediate SUV or saloon seat all passengers and offers an upgrade in comfort. Discounting the narrow streets you may encounter in the older sections of the city either option is a wise choice. Plymouth is relatively flat with no areas of significant elevation so it’s a driver’s dream.

  • What’s the speed limit in Plymouth?

    The speed limit for all vehicular traffic within the city limits is 30mph, but along certain sections of the A374 you can accelerate to 50mph. Speeds may be further reduced around educational institutions, hospitals and other important buildings and docklands. You can accelerate to 50mph along the sections of the A386 carriageway and about 60mph on the Devon Expressway. Due to its flat surface, speeding is endemic, so CCTV and traffic cams are in full force on the major roadways.

  • Where are the best places to park in Plymouth?

    On-street parking provided by Plymouth City Council within its six zones is possible for a fee of about £1.50 per hour. Car parks, such as the Civic Centre Car Park, litter the northern section of the city where the A374 transits and is close to its cultural pulse. The rate there is £1.30 per hour for a maximum of stay of 3h.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Plymouth?

    The average price of fuel in Plymouth is €6.29 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between €75 and €101, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Plymouth?

    Economy (Opel Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Plymouth.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Plymouth?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Plymouth?

    An Economy car hire in Plymouth costs €47 per day, on average.

Plymouth car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

6.5

Cleanliness

7.0

Comfort

6.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

5.5

One location in Plymouth

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38 George Place, Mill Bay

+44 371 384 0238

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6.0 Okay

Oct 2023

KAYAK
We received a quote which led to us booking the car. It was however a quarter of the cost. Despite clicking on everything with the quote we were told when we arrived to collect the car that it didn’t cover an extra driver, didn’t cover third party insurance etc etc. This is false and misleading quoting. What point is there using a third party to get a quote if it bears No similarity to the ultimate cost. And we had to pay an additional 250£ deposit when taking the car which will be reversed but no mention was made of it. Disgraceful way to treat clients and I’m not sure who is to blame.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Cancel my car last minute and I was left stranded in Plymouth with no car. Didn’t even propose to help by calling other venues, had to insist.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.2

Very Good

3 reviews

2 locations in Plymouth

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30 Commercial Road

+44 1752 225193

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8 Octagon Street

+44 1752 601000

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9.2 Wonderful

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Quality of service from booking to taking the car back was brilliant. Hit traffic on my return to the depot and they were great in arranging for the car to be dropped back the following morning.

Cons:

The BMW 3 series as their luxury range lets them down but at £200/w cheaper than the nearest competitor, it can be forgiven

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.0

2 locations in Plymouth

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21b Commercial Road

+44 1752 664003

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21b Commercial Road

+44 1752 664003

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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

We got a cute FIAT 500 with plaid seats. No issues with the pickup or return, and they kindly picked us up from the train station.

1 out of 1

Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

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2 locations in Plymouth

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21B Commercial Road

+44 175 266 4003

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Saturday09:00 - 14:00

Plymouth Railway Station

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keddy by Europcar

8.0

Very Good

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38 George Place

+44 371 384 0238

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Thrifty

5.6

Fair

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Plymouth City Wide

+44 1752 207207

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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ADDCAR RENTAL

6.6

Okay

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Toyota Snows Plymouth

+44 149 476 9810

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Free2Move

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2 locations in Plymouth

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12-14 Durnford Street

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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Barbican Approach

+44 1752 668886

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Sunnycars

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21B Commercial Road

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38 George Place

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YourRent

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Plymouth Airport

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Plymouth Railstation

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8 travellers who hired a car in Plymouth gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

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Good to know

Most popular car type

Economy

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Car hire insurance in Plymouth

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Plymouth car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Plymouth.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Plymouth car hire.