When you decide on a car hire in Redditch, you’re giving yourself the freedom and flexibility to explore more than just the town itself. Once you’ve checked out the Forge Mill Needle Museum and visited the famous John Bonham memorial statue, there’s a variety of parks and attractions to discover a short drive away. A stroll around Arrow Valley Country Park is well-worth the 5min it takes to get there, and the magnificent Coughton Court is only 15min away. You can even experience the hustle and bustle of Birmingham in under 40min or take the 1h 20min trip over to Oxford for a dose of British history and charm.
Birmingham International Airport is around 20 miles from Redditch and hosts a wide selection of car hire firms to choose from. The likes of Europcar, Avis, SIXT and more can be found between Costa and Wrapchic in the Arrivals area of the main terminal building. You’ll collect your Redditch car hire a 5min walk away in Car Park 4 and be on the M42 towards Redditch in a matter of minutes.
In general, Redditch is a quiet town with a steady flow of traffic. Its road systems can be rather confusing at times, especially if you come across the cloverleaf interchange at the A441 junction. There are also many roundabouts in and around town, so be mindful and double check you’re in the right lane. Organising a sat-nav with your car hire in Redditch may be helpful in navigating areas like this, as well as in the centre.
Located on the outskirts of Birmingham, the roads around Redditch do experience a heavy amount of rush hour traffic. In most cases, the weekday periods between 07:00-09:00 and 16:00-18:00 are best avoided, in particular on roads such as the M42 and the M5. There may also be a peak in traffic on Saturday mornings. In the winter, heavy amounts of rain and snow can be expected, so you will have to adjust your speed and maintain a safe distance between yourself and the car in front.
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FAQs about hiring a car in Redditch
The average price of fuel in Redditch is R113,46 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 361 and R1 815, depending on the car size.
Redditch is a relatively new town in the UK, so it doesn’t have lots of narrow, cobbled roads to be mindful of. Nevertheless, a compact economy vehicle may suit travelling along the occasional residential street lined with parked cars. A larger saloon or SUV is better for longer trips on motorways or if the whole family is coming along for the ride with you.
The speed limit in the centre of Redditch is usually 30mph, apart from roads near schools, which are reduced to 20mph. There are stretches of road on the outskirts of town, such as on the A441, where a 30mph speed limit applies, so look out for signs and speed cameras that can be common along these kinds of roads. On motorways like the M5, the limit is set to 70mph unless signposted otherwise.
The average price of fuel in Redditch is around £1.14 per litre. Supermarket petrol stations like the Tesco at the cloverleaf interchange or the Morrisons on Clearwell Road tend to offer slightly lower prices. There are plenty of places to fill up around Birmingham airport before you drop you hire car off, although be prepared to pay a little more at these locations.
It’s not so hard to find a parking spot in the centre of Redditch and the prices are fairly reasonable. The car park at Kingfisher Centre is right in the middle of town and costs around £1.50 per hour. On the edge of town, you can find parking for around £1.20 per hour at Ipsley Street and it’s only a short walk (10-15min) into the centre.