Swansea car hire

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Swansea car hire information

Pick-up locationSwansea
Car types
Hire locations13
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Swansea

Mini
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Swansea

  • The second largest city in Wales after Cardiff, Swansea occupies a spot along the west coast of Wales and overlooks the Bristol Channel. A car hire in Swansea allows you the mobility to freely explore the westernmost reaches of the landscape, where Pembrokeshire Coast National Park can be found 65 miles away via the A40. If that doesn’t quench your thirst, pick up the A487 north and discover the town of Aberystwyth a further 72 miles up the coastline.
  • Cardiff Airport (CWL) is some 30 miles from the city and if you need a car hire in Swansea, this is a good place to pick one up before heading to your accommodations. The Car Hire Centre at Cardiff Airport is located opposite the Short Stay Car Park about 10min from the main terminal building. There is an on-demand shuttle bus that makes the rounds, which you can catch at the bus stop near the train link shuttle just outside the terminal exit.
  • If you’re looking to escape the typical rush hour traffic, the A4087 coastal road is a great place to start. This major artery flows past the Swindon Marina and the Swindon Docks making it a lightning rod for tie-ups in the morning and evening. The A4118 and the B4489 are also major conduits flowing through the city centre, along which congestion is likely to occur. Anticipate a regular stream of foot traffic in addition to both types of cycle when driving around the downtown area.
  • Residents of coastal cities with active docks and marinas tend to have an early start to the day. That said, if there’s any gridlock along Swansea streets it’s more likely to exist during 07:00-08:00 when people are making their way to work or school. The Mount Pleasant district with its tight concentration of roads is also one to keep away from during the morning, as well as the evening rush period, which is generally busiest between 19:00-20:00.
  • Book your car hire in Swansea at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Swansea

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

    If you’re travelling alone, a compact or small economy car is best to get around the city and points further afield, while families and groups of friends may prefer the comfort and size of an intermediate SUV or people carrier to get around.

  • What’s the speed limit in Swansea?

    There is a 20mph speed limit along Swansea High Street and other districts within thriving commercial and institutional areas, but outside these precincts, the national speed limit of 30mph should be applied. On primary roads like the A4067 and A483, speeds of between 40mph and 50mph are allowed and if you make it out to the M4 the limit increases to 70mph. CCTV and traffic cameras are always in use along busy highways and at junctions, so drive with care and observe the stated limits whenever possible.

  • Where are the best places to park in Swansea?

    Swansea Council operates several parking schemes including on-street parking, city centre car parks inclusive of multi-storey facilities and recreational parking, to name a few. On-street parking is subject to limits on time (maximum 2h) and operates on a pay-and-display basis, where the rate is £0.50 per 30min interval. The tariffs at city centre parking garages vary according to location but typically range between £1.20 and £1.50 per hour, which is similar to those for recreational parking spots. Parking is free on Sundays and bank holidays on most public streets not subject to restrictions and is usually free Monday-Saturday between the hours of 21:00 and 08:00.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Swansea?

    The average price of fuel in Swansea is R130,47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 566 and R2 087, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Swansea?

    Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Swansea.

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

    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 Swansea?

    A Compact car hire in Swansea costs R1 190 per day, on average.

Swansea car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

10,0

Wonderful

3 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.0

2 locations in Swansea

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46-50 Lower Oxford Street

+44 371 384 5985

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Unit 5 Castell Close

+44 371 384 5985

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10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Wonderful and friendly staff, Susan was especially helpful with my plans. Glad that they are in Swansea will be using them on my next trip home.

Cons:

Having to pay extra if I wanted to drop the car off when closed on Saturday afternoon or Sunday.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
The staff were brilliant when I realised that I had booked the car for the wrong day. They still managed to accommodate me and get a car ready quickly!

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Swansea

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Dyfatty Street

+44 1792 480484

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Sway Road

+44 1792 398751

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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8,0 Very Good

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Website easy, Staff very amenable. The car I was given, a Vauxhall, was the worst car I have ever driven.

1 out of 1

Budget

9,7

Wonderful

1 review

2 locations in Swansea

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Ncp Car Cark, Orchard Street

+44 344 544 7931

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Ncp Car Cark

+44 344 544 7931

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2,0 Poor

Jun 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

We arrived to find they had NO CARS. They just said, "Sorry, due to the bank holiday there are no cars and there's nothing we can do. We tried to contact you yesterday, but couldn't call you due to American phone number." So, I got an email reminder from Budget about the reservation, but that wasn't used to tell us of a problem. Also, if they had known for over 24 hours, why didn't they get a car from Cardiff or somewhere? It's not that far away. And why had they lent out so many cars they couldn't cover reservations? When we arrived at the office, they hadn't even bothered to call other agencies for us, so when they did there were no cars at those agencies either. They made essential no effort to fix the problem that was entirely their fault. I have never encountered anything like this in years of renting cars and am blown away by the fact that they didn't have a car for us. Why bother to reserve one? In the end, our local friends had to borrow a car from some of their friends so we could get out to western Wales and our pre-paid, non-refundable cottage. It was an inconvenience all around, and if we didn't have local contacts our holiday would have been sunk.

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

4,0

Mediocre

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One location in Swansea

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46-50 Lower Oxford Street

+44 371 384 5985

Monday18:30 - 23:5908:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:0018:30 - 23:59
Wednesday08:00 - 17:0018:30 - 23:59
Thursday18:30 - 23:5908:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:0018:30 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:0013:30 - 23:59
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Thrifty

4,4

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Swansea

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Neath Road

+44 1432 804805

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

4,2

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Swansea

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46-50 Lower Oxford Street

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Free2Move

No score available yet

2 locations in Swansea

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Neath Road

+44 1792 310111

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:30 - 17:30
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Swansea Road

Monday14:00 - 18:0008:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:0014:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:0014:00 - 18:00
Thursday14:00 - 18:0008:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:0014:00 - 18:00
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Avis

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One location in Swansea

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NCP Car Park

+44 344 544 6104

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

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One location in Swansea

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46-50 Lower Oxford Street

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

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Compact

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