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Top tips for renting a car in Somerset

  • Somerset is an outstanding UK touring destination. With its coastal routes, rolling hills and rugged landscape, it offers a slice of England that is exciting and full of surprises. The region is packed with historic towns, attractive villages and naturally beautiful spots that visitors will want to spend time in, and hiring a car is a great way to reach them. There is local transport available, but to explore the county the way that it deserves via this method would take a lot of time and effort. It’s worth considering an upgrade to a larger car or SUV to enjoy the countryside and roads in greater comfort; this will also give you better visibility on smaller roads with high hedges, of which there are many in this rural location.
  • As in all parts of the UK, you drive on the left and overtake on the right, and car seats for children are mandatory. Most car hire companies will be able to provide a car seat as an added extra, so make sure when you’re choosing your car hire company that they can fulfill this. All other passengers must wear their seatbelt at all times.
  • Petrol stations tend to be clustered around the M5 motorway in Somerset. Outside these areas they are usually in larger towns. If heading into rural Somerset for the day, it's worth researching where the petrol stations are in that area, as they can be quite rare in some parts of the county.
  • While driving is a great activity, make sure that you get out in nature in Somerset as well. Your car can bring you to many incredible activities, such as coastal walks, crab fishing and hiking in Minehead. Alternatively, try the countryside and river walks of South Somerset with its beautiful villages, historic buildings and vibrant arts scene.
  • Book your rental car in Somerset at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Somerset are around 50% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Somerset

  • Should I rent a car in Somerset?

    While public transport in the UK is good, the volume of places you might want to visit in Somerset is very large. Travelling by bus or train will eat into your time and keep you on the most popular routes only. If you really want to explore the region and discover your own version of Somerset at your own pace, then a hire car is ideal. Driving is also very well catered for with plenty of parking in and around tourist attractions. Somerset is also a great location for agri-tourism, and reaching attractions like working farms, country houses or Somerset orchards could be difficult without a car.

  • What is driving like in Somerset?

    Road conditions in Somerset are generally very good. The main motorway cutting through the county from north-east to south-west is the M5. It links the midlands with the south-west of the UK and runs from West Bromwich to Exeter in Devon. This is the route to take if you want to get to parts of Somerset quickly but, of course, most people will want to travel on the more rural roads, closer to picturesque places. The B3135, for example, is considered by many to be one of the most enjoyable for tourists as it winds its way through Mendip Hills. These are a range of limestone hills that you’ll find south of Bristol and Bath, and they often top the lists of driving tourists. They have excellent hiking routes, the starting point for which is often best reached by car.

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

    The minimum age to hire a car in the UK varies by company. For example, Enterprise requires drivers to be 25 years old and only drivers who are over the age of 30 can hire MPVs or four-wheel drives. Other companies, like Avis or Hertz, will charge a surcharge for anyone under the age of 25, and the minimum age is 23. You can hire a car on a UK or EU licence, but if your driving licence is written in a script other than Latin (such as Cyrillac or Arabic) then you will need an international driving permit also.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Somerset?

    Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Somerset.

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

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

Car rental locations in Somerset

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  • free2move

    Free2Move car rental locations in Somerset

    7 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Somerset

    7 Locations

  • firefly

    Firefly car rental locations in Somerset

    6 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car rental locations in Somerset

    5 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Somerset

    5 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Somerset

    4 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Somerset

    4 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car rental locations in Somerset

    3 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Somerset

    3 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Somerset

    2 Locations

  • acerentalcars

    Ace Rental Cars car rental locations in Somerset

    1 Location

  • alamo

    Alamo car rental locations in Somerset

    1 Location

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