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Cardiff, WLS, United Kingdom
8 Mar — 15 Mar
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Cardiff car hire information

Pick-up locationCardiff
Car typesCompact, Compact estate car, Economy, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Mini, People carrier, Premium, Standard, Supplier choice
Hire locations27
Airport locations9
Popular agenciesEuropcar, keddy by Europcar, Avis, Budget, Hertz

Cheap car hire in Cardiff

£22/dayEconomy
£24/dayCompact
£29/dayIntermediate
£30/dayStandard
£86/dayPeople carrier
£22/dayMini
£41/dayPremium
£58/dayLuxury
£29/dayIntermediate SUV
£35/daySupplier choice
£43/dayCompact estate car
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Cardiff car hire reviews and directory

From £32/dayRated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
10 Excellent (1 review)
3 locations in Cardiff
Enterprise
Locations in Cardiff
45 Penarth Road+44 29 2038 9222
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Enterprise House+44 292 038 9222
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Ipswich Road+44 29 2047 2800
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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From £13/dayRated no. 2
Europcar
7.8 Good (2 reviews)
3 locations in Cardiff
Europcar
Locations in Cardiff
8 - 9 Newport Road+44 371 384 3486
8&9 Dominion Way Industrial Estate+44 371 384 3486
Car Hire Centre+44 371 384 3404
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Recent reviews
7.6 Good15 Jun 2019
Pros: The staff was kind and helpfulCons: The confirmed car wasn’t available
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From £20/dayRated no. 3
Hertz
7.8 Good (2 reviews)
2 locations in Cardiff
Hertz
Locations in Cardiff
Bessemer Road+44 29 2022 4548
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Cardiff Airport+44 1446 711722
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
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Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent15 May 2018
Better signage at LGWPros: 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 Good19 Apr 2017
No where to return the car.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.
From £10/dayRated no. 4
Easirent
Most popular
Cheapest deal
7.2 Good (3 reviews)
1 location in Cardiff
Easirent
Locations in Cardiff
Holiday Inn Express+44 144 650 0810
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6.4 Good31 Jul 2017
Cardiff AirportPros: 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.
Sunnycars
5 locations in Cardiff
Sunnycars
Locations in Cardiff
Airport
Bessemer Road
Morrisons Supermarket
Newport Road
Port Road, Holiday Inn Express
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From £12/day
keddy by Europcar
4 locations in Cardiff
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Cardiff
8-9 Dominion Way Industrial Estate, Newport Road+44 371 384 3486
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Cardiff Central Station+44 371 384 3485
Instore Morrisions Super market
Short Stay Car Park Cardiff International Airport08713843404
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday16:00 - 22:30
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From £13/day
Avis
2 locations in Cardiff
Avis
Locations in Cardiff
14-22 Tudor Street+44 344 544 6047
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
The Vale of Glamorgan+44 344 544 6006
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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From £15/day
Budget
2 locations in Cardiff
Budget
Locations in Cardiff
14-22 Tudor Street+44 344 544 8478
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Cardiff International Airport+44 344 544 6006
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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YourRent
2 locations in Cardiff
YourRent
Locations in Cardiff
Cardiff International Airport
Cardiff Rail Station Office
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From £12/day
Firefly
1 location in Cardiff
Firefly
Locations in Cardiff
Bessemer Road+44 292 022 4548
Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 16:00
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
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INTERRENT
1 location in Cardiff
INTERRENT
Locations in Cardiff
10 Dominion Way Industrial Estate+44 371 384 3486
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Thrifty
1 location in Cardiff
Thrifty
Locations in Cardiff
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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8 travellers who hired a car in Cardiff gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.8

Car hire locations in or near Cardiff

Good to know

Most popular agency

Easirent

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£19/day

Good deal

£13/day

When to book a car hire in Cardiff

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Top tips for hiring 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.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Cardiff for £13 or less
  • Book your car hire in Cardiff at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Cardiff are around 56% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Cardiff

  • Some car hire companies in Cardiff which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Avis and Budget

  • On average a car hire in Cardiff costs £19 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at keddy by Europcar (£17/day), Budget (£21/day) and Europcar (£27/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at keddy by Europcar 8-9 Dominion Way Industrial Estate, Newport Road CF24 1RF (1 miles from the city centre).

  • The average price of fuel in Cardiff is £3.32 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £40 and £53, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Opel Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Cardiff.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Cardiff-Wales Arpt airport include Easirent, Europcar, Avis, keddy by Europcar, Budget and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Cardiff-Wales Arpt airport to off-airport locations include Easirent, Europcar, Avis, keddy by Europcar, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz and National.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Cardiff costs £23 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Cardiff costs £25 per day, on average.

  • A Mini car hire in Cardiff costs £16 per day, on average.

  • In Cardiff, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION The Old Forge, Bridgewater Road (22 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Cardiff costs £133 per week (£19 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Cardiff costs £569 per month (£19 per day).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The average price of petrol in Cardiff is around £1.22 ($1.55) per liter, which is roughly £4.62 ($5.85) per gallon.

  • 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.