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Reading car hire information

Pick-up locationReading
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Hire locations19
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Reading

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Reading

  • Visiting Berkshire and seeing its many tourist attractions is much easier if you book car hire in Reading. And there really are some superb places to visit. The quaintest of all is the Museum of English Rural Life in the city centre, but venture further out and you’ll find plenty of other gems. A mere 10 miles from town is the ancient English settlement of Silchester, built in the 1st century by the Romans. There’s also Caversham Court with its enchanting gardens on the north bank of the Thames where it flows through the outskirts of the city.
  • If you’re flying in, the nearest airport that services Reading is London Heathrow Airport (LHR), which is just over 22 miles away. All the car hire desks are situated in Heathrow’s Terminals 2 to 5, and you can then take a free shuttle to the actual parking area to collect your Reading hire car. To do this from Terminal 2 or 3, go to the central bus station. Terminals 4 and 5 have shuttle departure points just outside Arrivals. All the major brands are represented, including Avis, Europcar, SIXT and Hertz. You’ll then have about a 45-minute drive to Reading itself.
  • Be particularly careful when driving on the main Inner Distribution Road (IDR) through the city. There are numerous points on the road where it’s easy to become disorientated or where you need to be aware of concealed entrances. Pay special attention when coming from the Broad Street Mall car park on to the Castle Hill section of the IDR, as you can’t see the oncoming traffic until it’s virtually on top of you. Keep your wits about you on the A4074 too: although it’s a wide and generally safe road, it encourages speeding and sometimes reckless driving.
  • The worst times to drive in Reading are during the week between 08:00 and 09:00. The evening rush hour isn’t quite as bad, although getting caught up in either of them will most likely add up to 20min to your trip. Once again, it’s the main IDR that is the source of most of the gridlock, so if you avoid the road at those times, you’ll find that your driving experience in Reading is a lot more pleasant.
  • Book your car hire in Reading at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard car hire in Reading are around 75% cheaper than other car types, on average

Reading car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Reading 
GilesJul 2023
There appears to be a major vehicle shortage in Reading and only Enterprise were able to commit to providing, and then actually provide a vehicle of any kind.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Driving was fine, I travel to the UK often.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Expect to pay for additional driver.

FAQs about hiring a car in Reading

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

    When you’re booking car hire in Reading, you’d be well advised to get a vehicle that is just big enough for your needs, especially if you’re intending to spend a lot of time in the centre of town. Choose a smaller economy car or a compact model, or perhaps a small MPV if you can. If you want more luxury, a smaller saloon will do the trick. Once you’re away from the city centre and driving out to the rural areas around it, you can take advantage of something roomier, like a luxury saloon or a more sizeable 4x4.

  • What’s the speed limit in Reading?

    The speed limits can vary in Reading, with the usual speed limit set at 30mph. Other roads have had their speed limits reduced to 20mph. Make sure you check for signs when you’re driving on roads like Portman Road, where the speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph. Also keep an eye out for speed cameras near where Portman Road intersects with Chester Mews and Bridgewater Close.

  • Where are the best places to park in Reading?

    In Reading itself you can park in any number of Reading Borough Council car parks. These include ones at Broad Street Mall in the city centre, on Queen’s Road about a mile away from it, and on Recreation Road, from where it’s roughly a 15-minute bus ride into downtown Reading. Prices average out at around £1 per hour, with some of them offering the first 30min for free.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Reading?

    The average price of fuel in Reading is R127,99 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 536 and R2 048, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Reading?

    Standard (Class Commercial Truck or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Reading.

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

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

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

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Budget, Europcar, 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, Budget, Alamo, 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, INTERRENT, Budget, Alamo, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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

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

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

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

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Reading?

    A Standard car hire in Reading costs R559 per day, on average.

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

    A Mini car hire in Reading costs R2 359 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in Reading?

    A Premium car hire in Reading costs R3 193 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Reading?

    In Reading, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION Holiday Inn M4J4, 239 Sipson Road (36 km from city centre ).

Reading car rental reviews and directory

Sixt

10,0

Wonderful

6 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Reading

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Fronting Rose Kiln Lane

+44 20 7018 8246

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
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Thursday08:00 - 16:00
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10,0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

An update by email on the type of CAR will help prepare better.

8,0 Very Good

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Location was good, lovely car to drive and clean.

Cons:

Not clear on website that you need two forms of IDENTITY, driving licence and passport so we had to go back home to get it.

4,8 Mediocre

Dec 2015

KAYAK

Pros:

Car and price were good. Good location.

Cons:

The car was filthy on the outside although they did offer me a car wash voucher. I didn't take it as I hadn't accounted for the extra time to get the car cleaned. By far the worst experience was being upsold the insurance excess waiver, even though I'd taken a policy with Kayak at the time of booking. I could kick myself for paying for this as its a complete rip off. The girl who served me sowed sufficient doubt in my mind that the policy I had already paid for (excess waiver), wouldn't in fact cover me should I damage the car. Take my advice, if you take out the excess waiver with Kayak, don't let Sixt sell you additional insurance for the insurance excess, which they quote as £1000. I opted for the 50% waiver which still cost 40% of the vehicle rental.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

7,3

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.6

Value for money

7.3

3 locations in Reading

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171 Basingstoke Rd

+44 118 975 8200

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Thursday08:00 - 16:00
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Saturday09:00 - 16:00
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Cow Lane

+44 118 956 9466

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday08:00 - 16:00
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Friday08:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Qpark Car Park, Chatham Street

+44 118 956 0777

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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2,0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Doing better. You could have been honest and truthful about the charges. I really think I should warn others on social media to avoid your company.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2022

KAYAK
Paul was superb. Very polite and spent a lot of time making sure we were comfortable driving in England for the first time. He answered any question we had. Vehicle was perfect and suited our needs. Great experience.

1 out of 1

Hertz

6,4

Cleanliness

6.4

Comfort

6.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.4

3 locations in Reading

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131 Wokingham Road

+44 118 324 0558

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
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131 Wokingham Road

+44 118 324 0558

Monday09:00 - 16:00
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Friday09:00 - 16:00
Saturday09:30 - 12:00
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25 Boulton Road

+44 118 986 1313

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The gentleman who took our return was helpful and polite.

1 out of 1

Europcar

2,0

Cleanliness

2.0

Comfort

2.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

2.0

Value for money

2.0

One location in Reading

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6-8 Commercial Road

+44 371 384 9952

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2,0 Poor

Jul 2022

KAYAK
Car couldn’t be provided. Outdated information.

1 out of 1

Budget

7,4

One location in Reading

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45 Caversham Road

+44 344 544 9736

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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2,0 Poor

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

at local office, no response to calls and nobody picks. central call center just redirects

1 out of 1

Firefly

9,6

Wonderful

No reviews available

2 locations in Reading

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131 Wokingham Road

+44 118 324 0558

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Saturday08:30 - 17:30
Sunday10:00 - 15:00
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25 Boulton Road

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National

9,1

Wonderful

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One location in Reading

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Cow Lane

+44 118 956 9466

Monday00:00 - 00:00
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keddy by Europcar

8,0

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Reading

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6-8 Commercial Rd

+44 371 384 9952

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Avis

7,5

Good

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One location in Reading

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45 Caversham Road

+44 344 544 9785

Monday08:00 - 16:00
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Thrifty

5,6

Fair

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Reading City Wide

+44 118 951 1123

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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FLIZZR

8,0

Very Good

No reviews available

One location in Reading

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37B Caversham Rd

+44 844 499 3399

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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Reading

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131 Wokingham Road

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6-8 Commercial Road

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Free2Move

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One location in Reading

Locations in Reading

38 Portman Road

+44 118 939 4394

Monday08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday13:00 - 16:0008:00 - 16:00
Thursday08:00 - 16:0013:00 - 16:00
Friday13:00 - 16:0008:00 - 16:00
Saturday08:00 - 16:00

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14 travellers who hired a car in Reading gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7,6

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Standard

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