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Portsmouth car hire information

Pick-up locationPortsmouth
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Hire locations16
Airport locations0

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth is the only island-city in the UK with a naval history stretching back to the time of the Spanish Armada. With your car hire in Portsmouth, you can discover the magnificence of its natural harbour as well as points within and beyond. Take a short trip 3 miles south to visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and tour the magnificent HMS Victory, then move on to impressive Spinnaker Tower for a taste of the old and the new. Enjoy a nice evening jaunt to Southampton 20 miles east along the M27, where you can enjoy dinner and the view.
  • Southampton Airport (SOU) offers a great variety of options for car hire in Portsmouth including Sixt, Enterprise and Europcar and you’ll need a reliable vehicle for the 32-mile drive east. The airport’s car hire area is directly across from the terminal, so you’ll have no trouble finding it once you exit the building.
  • Portsmouth is a densely populated city for its size and its importance as a main naval base means there’s bound to be areas prone to congestion with vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Expect to encounter heavy traffic in the eastern and southern portions where business and industry thrive on a daily basis. The A3 and A288 curve through these districts while the A2047 dissects the city south and connects the island with the mainland.
  • Naval cities tend to have an earlier rise than most, so anticipate the morning and evening rush hours to act accordingly. To be safe, 6:00-8:00 and 16:00-19:00 are times during the week when gridlock along primary roads should be expected. Bear this in mind making your way to and from Southampton Airport along the M27 and the M275, as well as along the A2030 ring road. Weekends are liable to busy with sports and other special events so keep your sat nav handy in case your travel route needs to be amended.
  • Book your car hire in Portsmouth at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Portsmouth

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

    Old cities tend to have more narrow roads than their contemporaries, so a compact car is a smart way to get to explore nooks or crannies, which may be off limits to larger vehicles, and is easier to handle where parking is concerned. Large parties will be more comfortable in an intermediate, SUV or people carrier, so choose the option which works best for all concerned.

  • What’s the speed limit in Portsmouth?

    The legal speed limit for the city of Portsmouth is 20mph. On main drags like the A2047 and A3, speeds up to 50mph may be possible in your Portsmouth car hire heading out of the city. If your route heading in takes you onto the M27 or M275 then the maximum speed allowed along these major motorways is 70mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Portsmouth?

    Portsmouth City Council offers several parking garages around the city, like the ones at Clarence Esplanade and Alec Rose Lane, where you can park your vehicle for about £1.80 per hour. On-street parking may be difficult to obtain considering the dense population especially in the downtown area so keep a few pay and display locations in mind just in case. Using the Harbour Car Park leaves you closest to Portsmouth Harbour and from there you can ride the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Parking over 5h costs about £12.00 and a return ticket on the ferry runs about £18.50 per adult.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Portsmouth?

    The average price of fuel in Portsmouth is R129,67 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 556 and R2 075, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Portsmouth?

    Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Portsmouth.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Hertz 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, Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Hertz, keddy by Europcar 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, Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Hertz, keddy by Europcar and Sixt.

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

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

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

    A Mini car hire in Portsmouth costs R819 per day, on average.

Portsmouth car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

8,6

Very Good

4 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.6

Comfort

8.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.3

Value for money

6.6

3 locations in Portsmouth

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6a The Hard

+44 371 384 5977

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Gunstore Road

+44 371 384 5978

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Gunstore Road

+44 371 384 5978

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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The representative was helpful and patient. The location was easy to get to from the train station.

6,0 Okay

Feb 2023

KAYAK
The car was really dirty on the outside, absolutely filthy. When filling out the paperwork I was informed the excess was £100,000!!!! And damage would result in me paying £100,000. They said this was how the booking came over and they thought it was a bit strange. They advised I should take out their basic level of cover that would reduce the excess down to £1600. This cost me an extra £48 on top of the booking price, almost another 50% on top of my price. All in all a very disappointing experience.

1 out of 1

Budget

7,5

2 locations in Portsmouth

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Car Park C Lakeside N Harbour

+44 344 544 7593

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Car Park D Lakeside N Harbour

+44 344 544 6091

Monday08:00 - 10:00
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6,0 Okay

Oct 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Had trouble finding car return in Southampton.

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

7,6

Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Portsmouth

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6A The Hard

+44 371 384 5977

Monday08:00 - 10:00
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Gunstore Road- Limberline Ind Est

+44 371 384 5978

Monday08:00 - 10:00
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Thrifty

5,6

Fair

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Unit G5 Railway Triangle

+44 23 9221 4888

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
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Friday08:30 - 17:30

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Dollar

5,4

Fair

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Unit G5 Railway Triangle Est

+44 23 9221 4888

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

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2,9

Poor

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One location in Portsmouth

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Gun Store Road,Limberline Ind Est, Portsmouth

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FLIZZR

8,2

Very Good

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2 locations in Portsmouth

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32 Quartremaine Rd

+44 844 499 3399

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Anchorage Road

+44 20 7018 8246

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Free2Move

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2 locations in Portsmouth

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599 London Road

+44 23 9266 1321

Monday08:00 - 10:00
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Walton Road

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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Low C Rent

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Lakeside North Harbour Western Rd, Portsmouth

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Sunnycars

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Gunstore Road

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5 travellers who hired a car in Portsmouth gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.1

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Mini

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