The advantages of booking a hire car in Truro are endless. Not only will you gain the freedom and flexibility to discover this beautiful city, but you can venture further afield and explore everything else Cornwall has to offer. Truro is home to traditional markets, the Royal Cornwell Museum and a stunning cathedral. It’s also surrounded by national parks that comprise the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Beaches such as Loe Beach and Pendower Beach are only a 30min drive away, or you can head out to Trewithen Gardens and take a stroll under the Cornish sun.
The closest airport to Truro is in Newquay, which is around a 30min drive away. Car hire firms such as Europcar and Hertz are located in the main terminal, and you can choose from their extensive selection for a vehicle to suit all your needs. Offices are open 8:00–16:00 Monday to Friday, 8:00–13:00 on Saturday and closed on Sunday. If you’re arriving outside these hours, you are able to pre-book a meet and greet service to collect your Truro car hire.
Truro is renowned for its cobbled and narrow streets that will require extra care and attention when driving. Many central roads are reserved for pedestrians only, so you may find adding a sat nav to your car hire in Truro helpful. Roads can also be steep, which you’ll need to be cautious of in wet or icy conditions. Generally, drivers in Truro are kind and patient, so don’t worry too much about finding your way around.
As a popular tourist destination, the roads in and around Truro can get busy at any time of the year, although especially in summer. It’s advisable to avoid roads like the A390 heading into Truro during rush hour, where commuters travel into the city for work. This is usually between 8:00 and 9:00 and from 17:00–18:00. The weather in Truro is generally great during the summer, although heavy rain and snow is possible in the winter months, so you may have to adjust your driving accordingly in these conditions.
Book your car hire in Truro at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy car hire in Truro are around 25% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Truro
A small, compact economy car is ideal for picking your way around the narrow streets of Truro. If you plan on exploring the national parks and Cornish coastline whilst you’re there, a sturdy 4x4 may be better suited, especially in poor weather. When the whole family is coming along for the ride, you might want to opt for a larger saloon for more space and comfort.
The A390, which heads through the centre of Truro, has varying speed limits mostly ranging from 30–40mph. Other main roads in the area include the St. Austell bypass and Tregolls Road, which both have a speed limit of 30mph. Pay particular attention to the speed cameras around the junctions along Tregolls Road. They can be difficult to spot and can easily catch you out during busy periods.
There are twelve car parks in Truro that range from £2–£4 for 2h. Alternatively, you can use one of two Park and Ride services, which cost £2 for the day (£1 on Saturdays) up to 20:30, when all cars must vacate. The Langarth and Tregurra Park sites offer shuttles into the city centre included with your ticket. The journey from Langarth takes around 15min and from Tregurra Park, it’s roughly 5–7min.
The average price of fuel in Truro 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 (Vauxhall Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Truro.