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Cornwall car rentals

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Top tips for renting a car in Cornwall

  • Enjoy a relaxing holiday in Cornwall with the flexibility of your very own car hire. With the roads in Cornwall being of the highest standard, you will find that any car you choose to hire will be well suited to the terrain. During the peak season Cornwall can get extremely busy with tourists though, so opting for a smaller, more compact, car might be useful for when it comes to parking in the towns and at the beaches. As some of the country roads can get narrow too, you might also find smaller cars better suited in general for driving around the county.
  • It is important that you abide by the rules of the road when you are driving your car hire in Cornwall. If you have children in the car with you that are younger than 12 or shorter than 135cm tall, then it is your responsibility to make sure that they are in a child seat that is correctly sized for them. Everyone, at all times, must also be wearing their seat belt whilst in the vehicle. Drink driving is a serious crime and, should you get pulled over by police, they might require a breath test. The drink-driving limit is 0.5 mg of alcohol per ml of blood so ensure you do not have any alcohol prior to driving your car hire.
  • If you want to do your bit for the environment then you can choose a car hire that has lower emissions. For example, if you choose a hybrid car then the vehicle will run on both petrol and electricity, which means it releases less greenhouse gases. One of the good things about hiring these cars in Cornwall is that there are lots of electric charge points around the county where you can charge your vehicle. You will also find lots of petrol stations around the country which makes driving even more convenient.
  • Book your rental car in Cornwall at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Cornwall are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Cornwall

  • Should I rent a car in Cornwall?

    If you rent a car in Cornwall, you will get you explore the beautiful beaches and coastline as and when you please. With the roads and highways being a much more convenient way to travel than the somewhat limited public transport system, you will be able to get to places of interest much faster. For example, if you want to travel to a secluded beach such as Hemmick Beach, then you would be able to get there in much more efficient fashion than if you opted for a mode of public transport.

  • What is driving like in Cornwall?

    You will find driving in Cornwall very similar to that of driving in the rest of the United Kingdom, as you drive on the left and have the steering wheel on the right. The speed limits of the country are also the same as the rest of the UK, so you will know not to travel faster than 30mph in towns, 60mph outside of towns and 70mph on motorways. Also, you will be familiar with the change of speed to 20mph when you drive into a residential area.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Cornwall?

    When you are hiring a car in Cornwall you must be aware of the minimum age that is set by each individual car hire company. It is advised to contact the company you want to hire from before you arrive to ensure you meet the requirements. You must be at least 21 years of age, but some companies will require you to be older. You are also likely to have less choice when it comes to vehicle selection if you are under a certain age bracket, as car companies will restrict you from using the more powerful cars. If you are under a specific age, often 25, then you will also most likely have to pay a surcharge for hiring a car in Cornwall.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Cornwall?

    Compact (Vauxhall Astra or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Cornwall.

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

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

Car rental locations in Cornwall

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  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Cornwall

    6 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Cornwall

    5 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Cornwall

    4 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Cornwall

    3 Locations

  • free2move

    Free2Move car rental locations in Cornwall

    3 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Cornwall

    2 Locations

  • shouqi

    Shouqi car rental locations in Cornwall

    2 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Cornwall

    1 Location

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Cornwall

    1 Location

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