The Cotswolds are known as an area of particular natural beauty in the UK, and one of the easiest ways of getting to all the tourist attractions is to book car hire in Worcester and base yourself there. The number one thing that the city is known for is Worcester Cathedral, so you’ll want to tick that off you list first. Gheluvelt Park is another scenic place to visit, and if you’re in the mood to drive further out of Newport along the M5 motorway, you’ll be rewarded with a great day out at Worcester Woods Country Park.
The nearest airport to Worcester is Birmingham International Airport, which is a little over 27.5 miles away from the city. Collecting the vehicle you chose when you booked your Worcester car hire is really easy at the airport, rather than taking public transport into the city first. National, Enterprise, Avis, Budget and many others have their front desks in the Arrivals Hall, and from there you simply need to take a short 5-minute walk to Car Park 4, which is where the designated hire car area is located.
When you’re driving in Worcester and on the roads surrounding it, you’re likely to encounter roadworks at some point. The council constantly repairs and upgrades roads to the point where it has almost become a fixture in the city. The M5 is a busy road, and much of these road works occur here. Like many other cities in the UK that are becoming more environmentally aware, Worcester encourages cycling and walking, so expect to encounter plenty of that form of traffic as well as vehicular.
Rush hours in Worcester are predictable, starting in the early morning at roughly 07:30 and peaking at around 08:30. For some reason, Thursdays are the most congested days on average. In the afternoon, prepare for dense traffic from around 16:00 to 17:30. The M5 is the big culprit here, and best avoided at these times if possible, particularly in the vicinity of the J4A M42. Other roads to be circumspect about are the A456 Kidderminster Road, the A450 Worcester Road and Station Drive.
Book your rental car in Worcester at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact rental cars in Worcester are around -9% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Worcester
The average gas price in Worcester is ₪23.63 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪284 and ₪378, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Worcester.
The only car rental company onsite at Birmingham airport is Firefly.
A Compact car rental in Worcester costs ₪97 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Worcester costs ₪70 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Worcester costs ₪73 per day, on average.
Your choice of car hire in Worcester comes down to your reasons for visiting the city. The heavily congested central areas suggest that you get only as much car as your needs dictate, so that you can save on petrol costs while sitting in traffic, and to give you more agility. A compact city car or saloon will do the trick, and if you’re travelling alone you should consider a really small economy model. If you’re going to be exploring broader Worcestershire in the city’s vicinity, you can happily book an SUV or a larger saloon model. Tour groups can book a minibus or one of the bigger MPV models.
Speed limits in Worcester have been reduced to 20mph in the centre of the city. The roads that are affected include those in the Pershore district and the Arboretum, as well as Merrimans Hill Road, Somers Park Avenue in Malvern, Duke of Edinburgh Way and Coronation Road. Most other roads in town have a 30mph speed limit, and on some roads, you can drive at up to 40mph. The latter include the A451 Stourport Road and the B4197 from where it meets the A443.
You’ll pay around £1.19 per litre for petrol in Worcester. Both the larger multinational brands and independent operators have petrol stations well distributed across the city. Prominent ones are the Esso on Worcester Road, The Essar on Henwick Road and the Murco on Alcester Road. You’ll also find a Pace petrol station on Hanley Road. Check the independents for slightly lower prices.
There are 14 council-run car parks in the city, making car hire in Worcester really convenient. The ones that offer free parking for the first 30min are in Pitchcroft and Tallow Hill, and on Croft Road and Tybridge Street.