When you arrange a car hire in Macclesfield, you’re not only giving yourself the freedom to explore this pleasant Cheshire town on your own terms - all of its surrounding areas are easily accessible too. Learn about the town’s textile history at the Macclesfield Silk Museum and stroll through charming country parks like Tegg’s Nose and Riverside. Venture further afield and discover Waulkmill Waterfall or the scenic views of Kerridge Ridge. The hustle and bustle of Manchester is just a 50min drive away and the Peak District National Park is on your doorstep. Visit traditional towns and villages like Buxton and Bakewell in as little as 40min and sample the local delicacies.
Manchester International Airport is situated roughly 12 miles away from Macclesfield and hosts a wide selection of car hire firms to choose from. Find the likes of Avis, Enterprise, Sixt and more at the ‘Car Rental Village’, which you can reach via a free shuttle bus running every 10min from each terminal. They’ll have you on the road in your Macclesfield car hire in no time. Exit the airport and take the A555 to Poynton, then the A523 down to Macclesfield. The journey takes around 25min.
The roads and streets in Macclesfield town centre can be cobbled, narrow and particularly steep. There are also single lane one-way systems, so you may find adding a sat-nav to your car hire in Macclesfield useful if you’re not familiar with the area. On busy periods, like Saturday mornings, lots of pedestrians may be around, so pay attention for people crossing the road without warning. Residential streets can be lined with parked cars on either side. Avoid minor bumps and scrapes by being extra cautious on these kinds of roads.
Being so close to Manchester and the airport, Macclesfield and its surrounding roads are liable to heavy congestion and delays. Roads like the A523 and the A538 are single-lane and can be slow moving due to a build-up of traffic, large trucks and farming vehicles. It’s advisable to allow extra time when catching a flight, especially if you’re travelling during rush hour, which tends to be between 07:00-09:00 and 16:30-18:30 Monday-Friday. In the region, heavy rain, snow and fog are common during winter, so it’s important to adjust your speed accordingly when roads are icy, and visibility is not clear.
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FAQs about hiring a car in Macclesfield
A compact economy vehicle is ideally suited to the narrow streets of Macclesfield. If you’re planning on heading into the Peak District, a 4x4 is perhaps a better option due to large hills and potentially rough terrain depending on how off the beaten track you go. For those in town on business in Manchester, a saloon offers comfort on long motorway journeys.
The general speed limit in Macclesfield town centre is 30mph, although do expect some of the smaller roads to be 20mph. Outer roads can fluctuate between 40-50mph, so watch out for signs and cameras, particularly when coming into small villages. Motorways like the nearby M56 and M60 Manchester ring road have a limit of 70mph, unless otherwise stated.
There are lots of car parks in the centre of Macclesfield, making it easy to find a space most of the time. Pickford Street is a great place to park up for the day. It’s close to everything and costs just about £1.20 for 2h. Otherwise, the Christ Church and Commercial Road car parks are other good options with around £0.60/£0.70 per hour rates.
The average price of fuel in Macclesfield is R124,53 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 494 and R1 992, depending on the car size.
Economy (Peugeot 208 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Macclesfield.
The only car hire company onsite at Manchester airport is GREEN MOTION.
The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Manchester airport to off-airport locations is GREEN MOTION.