Bristol car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Bristol

  • Bristol car rentals provide flexibility to explore the city and its surrounding areas at your own pace without being restricted by public transportation schedules. This freedom is precious when visiting places like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain, and the picturesque Cotswolds villages. While public transport might be available, one often needs more convenience and direct access a car provides, making car rentals the optimal choice for a comprehensive and personalized Bristol experience.
  • Upon arriving at Tri-Cities Airport (TRI), convenient rental car counters are within the terminal on the ground level. After securing your rental from agenciess like National or other reputable companies, proceed to the designated pick-up area, often located in Car Park A adjacent to the arrival terminal. Pre-booking is advised for a seamless experience. This strategic setup eliminates the need for shuttles and ensures quick access to your rental vehicle, enhancing overall travel convenience.
  • Driving in Bristol offers a mix of driving styles. While the overall atmosphere tends to be relatively calm and relaxed, there can be pockets of impatience and occasional aggressiveness, especially during rush hours. Bristolians generally respect traffic rules, although some instances of rule-bending may occur. The city has many bicycles and cyclists are given adequate consideration. While driving car rentals in Bristol, you'll encounter a fair share of trucks, particularly around commercial areas. Pedestrians crossing outside designated areas is not uncommon. Common vehicles include compact cars, SUVs, and public vehicles.
  • In Bristol, rush hour traffic occurs from around 7:30 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm on weekdays, leading to congestion on major roads like the M32, A38, and A4. Due to heavy traffic and slower speeds, these times can be particularly challenging for driving car rentals in Bristol. Moreover, the winter months, from December to February, can bring difficult driving conditions to Bristol. The city's hilly terrain and potential icy or rainy weather make roads slippery and increase the risk of accidents. Areas like Park Street on a steep incline can become especially treacherous during these months.
  • Book your car hire in Bristol at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Bristol

  • How much is the price of fuel in Bristol?

    The average price of fuel in Bristol is R72,97 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R876 and R1 167, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Bristol?

    Full-size (Chevrolet Malibu or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bristol.

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

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

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Bristol?

    A Full Size car hire in Bristol costs R823 per day, on average.

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

    A compact or mid-sized car is recommended to navigate Bristol's diverse and sometimes congested roads. These cars offer better maneuverability through narrow streets and ease of parking, both crucial in Bristol's city center. Considering a minivan or SUV with ample seating and storage space could be beneficial if traveling in large groups. These vehicles provide comfort and flexibility for group travel, ensuring everyone can ride together comfortably while accommodating luggage and belongings effectively.

  • What's the speed limit in Bristol?

    While navigating car rentals in Bristol, speed limits can vary depending on your driving area. In residential zones, the speed limit is generally 25 mph to ensure safety for pedestrians and residents. The speed limit on main roads and highways ranges from 35 to 55 mph. It's essential to be aware of school zones where the speed limit drops to 15 or 25 mph during school hours. Also, be cautious around the downtown district, as speed limits can be lower there. Be attentive to signage, as occasional speed cameras in certain areas enforce speed limits effectively.

  • Where are the best places to park in Bristol?

    While driving car rentals in Bristol, finding convenient parking can be achieved by utilizing various options. Downtown areas offer both street parking and public parking lots, with costs averaging around $1 to $2 per hour. Some establishments may offer free parking for patrons. When attending events at the Bristol Motor Speedway, event-specific parking lots are available, typically ranging from $10 to $20. It's advisable to arrive early for events to secure a spot. Being mindful of time limits and payment methods is essential.

Bristol car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

6,2

One location in Bristol

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2525 Highway 75

+1 423 325 6200

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10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The car ran very well. I had a big trip to take and found my transportation absolutely comfortable and reliable and that was a big help!!

Cons:

Unlimited miles is within a region. I traveled outside the "region" and there was an extra $20/day fee. But, I did know this ahead of driving off and made the choice to stay with this car company. It beat the $200 surprise payment I had on my last car rental.

8,8 Very Good

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I was able to rent a full size sedan for the price of a sub compact.

Cons:

The car smelled like smoke and the head liner had chocolate smeared across it in the back seat. The back seat also had white crusty stuff on it.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

I liked that i could cancel both the rental and insurance with no penalty. Be aware that the insurance that is first offered through Kayak partners is not usually through the rental agency itself. Investigate the rental car's coverage and price and compare. Lesson Learned. I walked away.

Cons:

I bear some responsibility as i chose the "Our Choice" option. But know that it does appear to be a ploy of getting more money out of you. Here's the rundown of my experience. 1. They first ask you the purpose and mileage of your proposed trip. 2. They then give you the least compatible vehicle for such a trip. 3. Then when you ask for an obviously more suitable vehicle they get into the upcharge/upgrade game. 4. This deal quickly turns into getting an economy car at the intermediate grade price. The Compact car rental price was just $1 more than the "Our Choice" option. So, never again. I'm sure, depending on the scruples of the attendant one might get a good deal, but as i experienced it this is an unethical practice.

5,6 Fair

May 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Thrifty's manager's choice at Tri-City airport was a pickup. They wouldn't even hardly tell me what it was until they handed me the keys. The pickup had been smoked in and they had tried to cover it up with a cleaner that smells worse than the smoke.

8,0 Very Good

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Received free upgrade. Car was clean. Price was great.

Cons:

Waited for 15-20 minutes at pick-up even though there was only one other customer. No one was there for the return at 930 in the morning. Just left the keys in the box.

2,0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved a "Chevy Spark or similar", when I arrived they said the only thing I could get was a very large quad-cab truck or pay an additional $120 to get a different vehicle. A large quad-cab truck would not work for our needs, was forced to stay at the airport for several hours while working out other means of transportation.

1 out of 3

National

7,8

Good

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Best rated

One location in Bristol

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2525 Highway 75

+1 423 323 5897

Monday08:00 - 23:59
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Dollar

5,8

Fair

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One location in Bristol

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2525 Highway 75

+1 423 325 6200

Monday07:00 - 22:00
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Easirent

4,6

Mediocre

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One location in Bristol

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Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport

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Budget

No score available yet

One location in Bristol

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2525 Highway 75

+1 423 323 6304

Monday08:00 - 23:59
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4,0 Mediocre

Sep 2022

KAYAK
The car is was awful.

8,0 Very Good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth transaction

Cons:

Lower prices

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Seamless check in service. Free upgrade to a new, spacious vehicle. Very easy, safe modified drop off during COVID.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

i NEEDED A CHANGE IN DROP OFF AND BUDGET WAS FLEXIBLE

8,0 Very Good

Sep 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Easy, clean, great price!

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Great experience. Would deal with them 100 x over to Enterprise. Thanks

1 out of 8

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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2 locations in Bristol

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1138 W Main St

+1 276 619 4555

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2123 Volunteer Pkwy

+1 423 989 6169

Monday07:30 - 17:00
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8,0 Very Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly staff

Cons:

Price

2,0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
paid for the travel insurance through kayak. canceled the trip and nobody has been able to help get my refund. everyone says “i can’t find the policy” but you took my money.

1 out of 1

Avis

No score available yet

One location in Bristol

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2525 Highway 75

+1 423 325 6440

Monday08:00 - 23:59
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2,0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Smelly on the whole journey. Not as spacious as it discribed.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Palne landed late and agent worked with me

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

In and out in no time.

6,0 Okay

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Cons:

Was told by the agent, well you rented from a 3rd party not us so that's what you get. Agent was curt when I returned the car. There were no directions on where to park a returned car. Very much left on your own.

6,0 Okay

May 2022

KAYAK
Do not I say again do not use the prepaid gas unless traveling to California or somewhere very expensive for gas

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
I liked the size of the car & friendly service. Only bad thing was the car hadn't been cleaned really good. Noticed a French fries and other trash beside driver seat. Everything else great

1 out of 3

Eagle Rent A Car

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One location in Bristol

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Bristol City Location

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Sunnycars

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One location in Bristol

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Tri City Reginal APT

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73 travellers who hired a car in Bristol gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.0

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Most popular car type

Full-size

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