Cardiff car rentals

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Cardiff car rental information

Pick-up locationCardiff
Car types
Rental locations30
Airport locations8

Cheap car rentals in Cardiff

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Cardiff

  • The expansive countryside and beautiful views are some of the main attractions that Cardiff and Wales offer to visitors. Undeniably, driving offers one of the best ways to enjoy both of those attractions. It is highly recommended that visitors to Cardiff rent a car with this in mind so that they, too, can take the chance to explore the Welsh landscape for themselves.
  • For travelers landing at Cardiff Airport, the airport’s hire car counters are located both in the main terminal’s Arrivals Hall and just outside in the main parking lot.
  • Drivers should note that in Cardiff, and in Wales in general, signaling to other drivers via waves and nods is expected on the road. This is partly because of the small town vibe and culture, but there is also just a local emphasis on being polite. So, when you encounter another car on a narrow road, expect that you may have to stop to let them pass -- and both parties are expected to wave and acknowledge each other.
  • Cardiff has a moderate amount of rush hour traffic during the work week, with the morning rush hour typically running from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. As for the afternoon and evening rush hour period, it usually lasts starts up at around 4:00 p.m. and slows down at around 6:00 p.m. Two of the roads that are hit hardest by congestion during rush hour are St Mary Street and the A4161. Drivers are advised to skirt around both, if possible, during peak traffic hours.
  • Book your rental car in Cardiff at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Standard rental cars in Cardiff are around -48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cardiff

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

    It is recommended that visitors renting vehicles in Cardiff stick to smaller vehicles such as compacts and sedans. This is because many of the city’s streets can be somewhat narrow and on the smaller side. As such, larger cars may struggle to navigate them comfortably, particularly when it comes to finding streetside parking spots large enough for them.

  • What’s the speed limit in Cardiff?

    Unless posted signage say otherwise, speed limits in built-up areas go up to 30 mph in Cardiff. Roads outside of built-up areas often have fairly moderate speed limits, but they do occasionally go up to 60 mph on larger roads. Dual carriageways and motorways, on the other hand, feature speed limits that top out at 70 mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Cardiff?

    If you are looking for parking in the central downtown areas of Cardiff, parking garages are likely your best bet. While there are streetside spots available, they often fill up quickly in the morning, particularly in the most popular areas. In residential areas, though, streetside parking is much more available and is often the most popular option. As for the cost of parking garages, parking rates typically start as low as £2.00 ($2.53) per hour.

  • How much is gas price in Cardiff?

    The average gas price in Cardiff is ₪24.71 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪296 and ₪395, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Cardiff?

    Standard (Class Standard SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cardiff.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Cardiff?

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

  • How much does a Standard car rental cost in Cardiff?

    A Standard car rental in Cardiff costs ₪455 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Cardiff?

    A Compact car rental in Cardiff costs ₪305 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Cardiff?

    An Economy car rental in Cardiff costs ₪186 per day, on average.

Cardiff car rental reviews and directory

Budget

9.7

Wonderful

6 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.7

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.7

Value for money

9.4

2 locations in Cardiff

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Locations in Cardiff

14-22 Tudor Street

+44 344 544 8478

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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Cardiff Internation Airport

+44 344 544 6006

Monday09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00
Thursday09:30 - 18:00
Friday09:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:30 - 18:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Everything was great , but i did not like the headrest position on the peugeot 308, I am 5ft 10 and it bent my neck forward, any changes in height or seat positioning made no difference. My wife at 5 ft 4 had no problem as she did not touch the headrest. So next time rental it will be another make.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
Service was very friendly, location was easy to find and the car was as described. Could have been a little quicker off the mark when we came to drop it back, but they were professional throughout.

1 out of 1

Europcar

8.5

Very good

4 reviews

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.6

3 locations in Cardiff

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8 - 9 Newport Road

+44 371 384 3486

Monday08:00 - 18:0018:30 - 23:59
Tuesday08:00 - 18:0018:30 - 23:59
Wednesday18:30 - 23:5908:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:0018:30 - 23:59
Friday18:30 - 23:5908:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:0013:30 - 23:59
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8&9 Dominion Way Industrial Estate

+44 371 384 3486

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Car Hire Centre

+44 371 384 3404

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7.6 Good

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was kind and helpful

Cons:

The confirmed car wasn’t available

8.0 Very good

Aug 2022

KAYAK
I was expecting a smaller car as the new Vauxhall Corsa is a bigger size but the car was great to drive.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

4.6

Mediocre

4 reviews

Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

4.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

4.6

4 locations in Cardiff

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45 Penarth Road

+44 29 2038 9222

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday11:00 - 15:00
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Enterprise House

+44 292 038 9222

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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Ipswich Road

+44 29 2047 2800

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Unit 2, Freemans Parc, Penarth Road

+44 29 2038 9222

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2.0 Poor

Jul 2023

KAYAK
The experience was the worst possible. We made a reservation, received a confirmation (number 1650637509) and when we arrived, there were no cars available.

2.0 Poor

Aug 2022

KAYAK
They didn’t give me a car. Didn’t notify me until last minute

10.0 Wonderful

Feb 2022

KAYAK
Couldn't fault the service from Enterprise. Very quick turnaround on collection and delivery

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.2

2 locations in Cardiff

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Bessemer Road

+44 29 2022 4548

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
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Cardiff Airport

+44 1446 711722

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
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8.0 Very good

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Pickup service was excellent. Car great. Mileage very good.

Cons:

Hertz rep explained that because Hertz is the only rental agency at LGW North, the airport authorities will not allow more rental return signage. Follow the specific instruction given by the Sofitel porters in the layby.

7.6 Good

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The gentleman who I gave the car to was very helpful. He helped order me a taxi after and was very nice.

Cons:

There wasn't anywhere to park the car. They didn't have a parking lot or any designated places for returning cars. It was very frustrating. I didn't like that even though I prepaid for a full tank of gas, I didn't get any money back when I returned it more than half full. Felt a little cheated there.

1 out of 1

keddy by Europcar

4.0

Mediocre

No reviews available

5 locations in Cardiff

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Locations in Cardiff

265-273 Penarth Rd

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8-9 Dominion Way Industrial Estate, Newport Road

+44 371 384 3486

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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Cardiff Central Station

+44 371 384 3485

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Instore Morrisions Super market

+44 371 384 3485

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Short Stay Car Park Cardiff International Airport

08713843404

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday16:00 - 22:30
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Firefly

7.9

Good

No reviews available

One location in Cardiff

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Bessemer Road

+44 292 022 4548

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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Sixt

7.2

Good

No reviews available

One location in Cardiff

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Hadfield Road

+44-8444993399

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Thrifty

4.4

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Cardiff

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Unit 8 Hadfield Rd

+44 29 2022 7808

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 Cardiff

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10 Dominion Way Industrial Estate

+44 371 384 3486

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FLIZZR

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

One location in Cardiff

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13-15 Hadfield Rd

+44 844 499 3399

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

3 locations in Cardiff

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Airport

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Bessemer Road

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Newport Road

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Avis

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2 locations in Cardiff

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14-22 Tudor Street

+44 344 544 6047

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
Sunday08:00 - 18:00
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Cardiff International Airport

+44 344 544 6006

Monday09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday09:30 - 18:00
Thursday09:30 - 18:00
Friday09:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:30 - 18:00
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YourRent

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2 locations in Cardiff

Locations in Cardiff

Cardiff International Airport

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Cardiff Rail Station Office

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Easirent

No score available yet

One location in Cardiff

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Holiday Inn Express

+44 144 650 0810

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6.4 Okay

Jul 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Vehicle was as specified - not a substitute - which was important as we would not have coped with a different vehicle or smaller minivan. Most of the large Car Rental chains do not offer the larger minivans (Galaxy, Sharan, Alhambra) and visitors from USA will be surprirzed at how relatively small a UK minivan is as offer by the standard chains.

Cons:

Off Airport locations means calling the hotel or Easirent as no shuttle exists. Large credit card down payments and insurance options a surprise. Deposit for potentially no returning with a full tank a surprise.

Free2Move

No score available yet

One location in Cardiff

Locations in Cardiff

Nash House

+44 29 2038 7221

Monday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 16:00
Tuesday13:00 - 16:0008:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 16:00
Thursday13:00 - 16:0008:00 - 18:00
Friday13:00 - 16:0008:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 16:00

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16 travelers who rented a car in Cardiff gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.2

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Standard

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