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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Cambridge

  • Cambridge is one of the most venerable cities in the UK, and with its rich academic heritage it is brimming with historical attractions. A convenient way to create your own travel itinerary so that you can visit all the sights you’re interested in is to book car hire in Cambridge. You’ll have the independence to visit the famous King’s College and its chapel, on the King’s Parade. While you’re at Cambridge University, the Botanic Garden and Trinity College should also be on your list. You can also drive out to another renowned landmark, the National Horse Racing Museum, which is located 13 miles away in Newmarket.
  • Your nearest airports to fly into are London Stansted or London Luton, which are 23 and 31 miles away respectively. Stansted has a wide choice of major brands that you can use for Cambridge car hire: Hertz, Avis, Budget and Sixt are just a few. A free bus will take you from the airport’s terminal forecourt to the Car Rental Village, departing every 10min. Similarly, at London Luton Airport you’ll find a wide choice of options, and the airport also offers a free shuttle bus service to its Car Hire Centre, where you can pick up your vehicle.
  • Once you’ve arrived and are enjoying the flexibility that car hire in Cambridge offers, the first thing to be aware of is that the city is something of a cyclist’s mecca, so keep your eyes wide open for anything from single cyclists to quite large groups. Be alert on major roads, particularly the M11, which is a hotspot for vehicle accidents. If you’re staying outside the city, be aware that the country roads in the unspoilt surrounding rural areas can be poorly lit, as you would expect. Also pay particular attention when negotiating the traffic flow at the Girton Cloverleaf interchange.
  • While we might think of Cambridge as a quiet, historic university town, it also has a bustling city centre, which hasn’t escaped modern features like traffic jams and rush hours. Firstly, it’s advisable to avoid the main commercial road serving the city, the A14, which is often subject to general delays. Some of the city roads are also on the narrow side, so you may want to check local traffic conditions daily for the A428 and Mill Road as well. The rush hours themselves are at the predictable hours, so avoid these roads especially from around 08:00 to 09:00 and 17:00 to 18:00.
  • Book your car hire in Cambridge at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact hire cars in Cambridge are around 40% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cambridge

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

    Because of the denser traffic in the centre of Cambridge, and on the main arterials to and through the city, you’ll probably want to avoid getting too big a vehicle if you’re going to be spending a lot of time there. A compact city car or a small saloon will do you nicely. Feel free to choose pretty much anything for rural roads – if you choose a 4x4, just be aware of environmental impact restrictions in some areas. Otherwise, something like an MPV or SUV will be just the ticket.

  • What’s the speed limit in Cambridge?

    Be on your toes with speed limits in Cambridge – the city centre has a 20mph limit, which differs from the 30mph in other UK cities. Once you drive out into the suburbs, standard UK speed limits apply, going from 30mph up to 40mph on the wider feeder roads in the area.

  • Where are the best places to park in Cambridge?

    You’ll need a visitor permit to park in Cambridge. You can get these at a cost of £12, which will allow you five visits to the city’s central parking areas. You can use these credits any time you like for up to a year. There are several multi-storey car parks that you can choose from, such as the Grafton East and West car parks, and the Grand Arcade car park.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Cambridge?

    The average price of fuel in Cambridge is R125,25 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 503 and R2 004, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Cambridge?

    Compact (Seat Leon or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cambridge.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, keddy by Europcar, Europcar, Avis, Budget and Sixt.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include keddy by Europcar and Budget.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, keddy by Europcar, Alamo and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Sixt.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, keddy by Europcar, Alamo, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Sixt.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, keddy by Europcar, Alamo, Europcar, Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget and Sixt.

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

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

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Cambridge?

    A Compact car hire in Cambridge costs R350 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Cambridge?

    A Mini car hire in Cambridge costs R505 per day, on average.

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

    An Economy car hire in Cambridge costs R708 per day, on average.

Cambridge car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

10,0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

3 locations in Cambridge

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34 Station Road

+44 1223 234400

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Elite Service Area

+44 1763 242550

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Swanns Road

+44 1223 269315

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Car comfort and economy

Cons:

Nothing!

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Price

1 out of 1

Alamo

8,9

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.9

Comfort

8.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.9

Value for money

8.9

One location in Cambridge

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Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 1223 227022

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Alex at Enterprise was very helpful. International booking could be processed a bit more smoothly. Otherwise everything was smooth.

1 out of 1

Sixt

5,0

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

5.0

2 locations in Cambridge

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2 Elizabeth Way

+44 20 7018 8246

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

Station Road

+44 844 499 3399

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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2,0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
I had a TERRIBLE experience with Sixt and will never rent from them again. I had already paid for the car and upon arrival they tried to charge me AGAIN, but this time included a fee for being under the age of 28, which they did not tell me when I booked. I ended up renting from another car rental company that was upfront about their prices. When I tried to get refunded for the Sixt rental in person, they told me I needed to call and do it over the phone. When I called they said I couldn't do it over the phone and had to go through Kayak. When I called Kayak they said I needed to speak to Sixt to resolve this. I still have not received any sort of refund, even though I was unable to rent a car from Sixt. I DO NOT recommend renting from Sixt.

8,0 Very Good

May 2023

KAYAK
pleasant reception nothing comes to mind

1 out of 1

Europcar

4,0

Mediocre

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Cambridge

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264 Newmarket Road

+44 371 384 5907

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4,0 Mediocre

Aug 2023

KAYAK
When we arrived to pick up the car there was an unexpected 50% increase in cost. This was to cover mandatory insurance. The quote we had from our booking was not honored.

1 out of 1

Hertz

7,2

One location in Cambridge

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Clifton Road Industrial Estate

+44 843 309 3015

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Firefly

9,6

Wonderful

No reviews available

2 locations in Cambridge

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Cambridge airport

+44 843 309 3015

Opening times not available

Clifton Road

+44 843 309 3015

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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National

8,8

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Cambridge

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Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 1223 227022

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday10:00 - 13:00

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keddy by Europcar

8,2

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Cambridge

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264 Newmarket Road

+44 371 384 5907

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

Cambridge airport

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Budget

7,5

Good

No reviews available

One location in Cambridge

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245 Mill Road

+44 344 544 4109

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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GREEN MOTION

5,3

Fair

No reviews available

2 locations in Cambridge

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Cambridge Delivery

Opening times not available

Cambridge Downtown

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Dollar

5,1

Fair

No reviews available

2 locations in Cambridge

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Abbey Stadium

+44 1223 244233

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30

Clifton Road Industrial Estate

+44 843 309 3015

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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FLIZZR

7,4

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Cambridge

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10 Elizabeth Way

+44 844 499 3399

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2 Elizabeth Way

+44 207 018 8246

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

3 locations in Cambridge

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264 Newmarket Road

Opening times not available

Clifton Road

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Swanns Road

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Free2Move

No score available yet

2 locations in Cambridge

Locations in Cambridge

137 Histon Road

+44 1223 706706

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

699 Newmarket Road

+44 1223 636732

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:30 - 16:30

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Thrifty

No score available yet

One location in Cambridge

Locations in Cambridge

Abbey Stadium

+44 1223 244233

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30

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8 travellers who hired a car in Cambridge gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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