Pros: Staff were EXCEPTIONAL - extremely helpful, gave us all kinds of useful information, really great attitudes and I got lost in trying to find the drop off and was going to miss my flight so one of the staff gave me a ride to the terminal and I was able to catch my flight. I couldn't be more grateful!Cons: GPS does not pick up car rental village... have BIG SIGN out on the roadway showing car rental return like they do in the USA it's so easy here. The GPS took me to an Uber waiting parking area and not one of the signs on the roundabout said CAR RENTAL VILLAGE.
Pros: Helpful and supportive staff. What I was told is what happened. Car in good condition and very clean. Quick pick up and drop off.
10.0 Excellent26 Oct 2018
Great bargainPros: I picked up my car an hour late with no problems after my flight was delayed! The service was friendly & i was in my rental in about 20min. Great service! I had a Volkswagen Polo, duh a great car with great gas milage around town & long distances. I would recommend Budget!Cons: N/A
9.2 Excellent26 May 2017
Scotland rental.Pros: Ease of access and check in process was quick. There is a close service station to fill tank.
4.4 Okay8 Jan 2017
Cons: Rental return poorly signposted. Had to wait too long for a shuttle back to airport.
Pros: Reservation price was different to the actual price at pick up. Original price per the booking should have been honored.
7.6 Good1 Jan 2019
Cons: Difficult to find drop off locations for rental cars- not sign posted well (for all rental returns not just Enterprise). Lobby of waiting area was clean but the seats are in really poor condition. Again a communal area not just for Enterprise customers.
9.2 Excellent22 Sep 2018
Very GoodPros: Although there was a slight mix up about the pick up location for the car. The manager was able to get me the car at anothe location and they transported me for free to this location to pick up the car. The car itself was a fairly new car and I did not have any problems whatsoever driving the car. I will use this rental service again.Cons: Nothing
10.0 Excellent15 Jun 2018
Pros: We got more value for our money than expected.
Cons: For the sales person not to push so hard for insurance.
6.0 Good10 Dec 2018
Not class reservedCons: They didn’t have any mid-size suvs—the class we had reserved. Tried to rent us large 10 passenger van instead, which was unacceptable. Eventually manager became involved and we settled on Ford Galaxy which they told us was our only other option without paying much more.
7.2 Good17 Sep 2018
Just okayPros: Car rental facility, once you find it, is pretty close to the terminals, with rapid bus service.Cons: Dropoff procedure at Manchester Airport was slow (10 minutes to get car checked in, due to understaffing) and not terribly friendly.
10.0 Excellent5 Aug 2018
Car check policyPros: Very friendly customer CareCons: You should have more desks for dealing at Manchester airport
5.6 Okay21 Jul 2018
Unpleasant drop offPros: No queue.Cons: Agent was nitpicking at drop off. He focused on Minor wear and tear I could not even have seen at pickup because the car park was too dark. I was not charged, but it made me feel very uncomfortable and delayed my departure.
2.0 Mediocre13 Jun 2018
Cons: I’m from the US and when the car was returned 30 min late because I was lost, I was charged another day’s rental. Plus, the insurance rates are too high! I will not rent from Hertz again!
4.0 Okay4 Jul 2017
Why is car rental at British airports so awful?Pros: Car was fine, but lacked any frills.Cons: Heathrow and Manchester seem designed to give the worst possible first impression of the country, and the car rental facilities are the worst of the worst. Have the designers never traveled to a half-decent airport in the US, Asia or Europe? Poor signage (also at Gatwick); lousy shuttles; complacent service by people who clearly don't care. This trip was capped by a ridiculous charge for an invisible "dent". The car rental has a veneer of efficiency (e.g. Electronic check-in), but this was a poor and sloppy experience through-and-through.
2.0 Mediocre5 Mar 2017
Don't trust KayakPros: NothingCons: Hertz refused to release the car at the price quoted by Kayak. Even though I had pre-paid the insurance. I hired a car from Avis at a lot less. Also it seems I am unable to reclaim the pre-paid insurance. Rubbish company.
8.4 Excellent27 Feb 2017
Pros: Dropoff was very smooth.
10.0 Excellent20 Feb 2017
Quick & EasyPros: Attendant came right over. Great attitude considering it was before 7 am on a Saturday. No hassles on the turn in checklist. Asked which airline I was flying - told me the terminal - and which shuttle bus to board. That's service !
Lack of transparencyCons: I was extremely frustrated to find I *had* to purchase additional theft insurance, even though I have full coverage through my credit card. This added significantly to the daily cost of the rental in ways I had not planned on. It would be one thing if this had been communicated transparently at the point of booking, but to find this out at the point of pick up was extremely frustrating. I will be more discerning in future, and will not be choosing Europcar.
2.0 Mediocre2 May 2018
Not enough informationPros: NothingCons: Everything
10.0 Excellent2 Nov 2017
Pros: The man who served me at the start was nice, helpful and efficient.Cons: Got automatic when I wanted manual
8.4 Excellent19 Oct 2017
Pros: Smooth transition and very helpful and polite staff memberCons: Waiting on bus to car rental village cold after flying in from Croatia
7.2 Good8 May 2017
Mixed, but generally good.Pros: Nice clean cars and helpful staff.Cons: Had to wait 45 min for pickup, and bill was £20 more than it should have been - but they were quick to address when I pointed it out.
2.0 Mediocre15 Apr 2017
After long wait at counter, company would not honor arranged priceCons: Company required purchase of insurance which would more than double rental price. Declined to rent and rented instead from National at adjacent counter with no problems and lower price. Will not rent from Europcar again. Was fortunate to find and available car, in same class, at a good price during holiday week..
6.0 Good13 Nov 2016
Pros: The car was clean aCons: Representative I initially self with was unpleasant. Fortunately someone stepped in to be more helpful. The cost was much more than I paid during my last visit to the UK.
3.6 Mediocre11 Oct 2016
ended up a rip-offPros: A good high quality car, friendly personnelCons: was lured in by low online rate but then aggressively upsold into insurance that I didn't need, such that I ended up paying three times the amount I was originally quoted. I would not use them again.
Pros: The staff were brilliant, I hire cars all the time and this was the best experience yet Lesley and Darrell Were fantastic at drop off. I only wish I’d Written down the name of the girl at check because she was so helpful tooCons: Nothing.100% (And i can be a right pain in the a*rse)
4.4 Okay18 Aug 2018
Not what we paid forPros: QuietCons: No power, we ordered a Nokia got a Renault Capture, much smaller vehicle tiny boot
5.2 Okay19 Dec 2017
Did not get final bill immediaitly after rental still waiting - 48 hrsPros: Car was fine, pretty standardCons: Did not get a final bill at the return -- got a copy of damage report emailed (no damage, everything in order, fuel full, etc. ), but did not get a bill. I rent a lot for business and family trips and expect to immediatly get a final bill for the rental on return -- very unsatisfactory. Will I get a surprise? I don't know?
5.2 Okay26 Aug 2017
Pros: Ease of pick up and no worried about the vehicleCons: I don't like that you always end up spending 2x more money than the rental to cover insurance as they will not take insurance from the state's. Would like to have this disclosed.
2.0 Mediocre27 Jun 2017
The car given could only hold 2 large suitcasesPros: Ease of bookingCons: Car which was given could only hold 2 large suitcases and not 3-4 as in the description (which was why I made the booking)
10.0 Excellent5 Jun 2017
Pros: Check in lady Check out guy
10.0 Excellent1 Jun 2017
Fantastic servicePros: They were so professional, extremely helpful. Best service I've ever had. Cannot fault them In any way. I've never known a company be so lovely. Thank youCons: I liked everything.
Pros: Staff was friendly as they charged me double the agreed-upon price.Cons: Payment due at pickup doubled from what I agreed upon when I hired the car via Kayak. I didn't have time to argue the charges because I was on vacation and had time-sensitive plans. This company seems to prey on foreigners in this type of situation. Advertise a low price, double it upon arrival.
4.0 Okay25 Aug 2018
1.5 hour delay in pick up, car mileage is over 33000 milesPros: Shuttle was on timeCons: Delay, Basic insurance was not included and the car was old (mileage was over 33000 miles)
4.4 Okay29 Jul 2018
Pros: It’s relatively cheap if you take extra care they don’t squeez in extra optional insurance charges.Cons: They tried for almost 2 hrs to sell us damage waiver which we already had. They were claiming ours would not work because liability and damage should be bundled!! Finally we got them to agree to unbundle the two via American Express representative in the phone from US!!!! We end up saving $50 but it drove us crazy with a 2-yr old with us that my wife had to entertain after an 11-hr flight!
4.4 Okay5 Jul 2017
Ripped off,Pros: The car itself was decent, full size + luxury as described (although Volvo not Mercedes). No sign of any Mercs on the lot either, so not sure if they actually have any.Cons: The worst service EVER upon pick up from Easirent. No routine shuttle bus from airport, apparently you have to phone for a pick up but no contact number was given. Jumped in a cab to rental center but it has moved & Kayak has incorrect address. Eventually arranged pick up, took 1 hr 30 mins for the shuttle bus to arrive after I managed to speak to them + everyone was totally unapologetic and basically complaining about how hard they were working. There were 2 customers ahead of me in the queue when I finally arrived at rental center but it took an hour to process them + me. The woman in front of me was in tears because of the standard "you need to take our premium insurance" line which left her an additional $600 out of pocket. Of course, I got gouged as well an additional $100... "we cannot let you take this car without additional insurance, you're not legal on the road without it" despite the fact my US credit card covers this and I don't have a problem elsewhere. Companies like this should NOT be in business, and thankfully the service is so bad that they won't be for long, there is no way they can survive when they are so appallingly bad.
2.0 Mediocre6 Jun 2017
Avoid this company-Big ScamPros: NothingCons: The hidden charges and fraudulent practices
4.0 Okay13 Apr 2017
Pros: The priceCons: The 40 minute wait to be seen
6.8 Good19 Dec 2016
Pros: Easy access to/from M56 near Manchester Airport. Friendly staff but very busy.Cons: Hidden fees. Very expensive insurance. Empty fuel tank. I had to find a service area immediately or risk running out of fuel.
Pros: The helpful staff were amazing.Cons: I booked a Mercedes or similar for $375 but when I got there to pick it up they only had a Volkswagen Golf available and wanted $988. I got a my credit card total refund.Ordered a taxi to a location away from the airport and got a Mercedes for $340 from Enterprise.
Pros: Nothing.Cons: The company or location I reserved could have been actually open. Had to do another booking for a much higher price.
4.8 Okay8 Oct 2019
Pros: Car was just what I orderedCons: Pick up was a disaster, was stated to be at airport was not, no indication of how to get to them google gave a closed office location and phone number did not work, price was not as quoted would have been similar price to go with a main stream company. Even details of how to get back to airport was vague end result lots of walk g both ways!
Although Manchester offers a fairly good public transportation system, you can avoid the crowds by renting a car. It is the most comfortable way to go around the city, particularly in the winter months when it is often raining there. Hop in the car for a scenic drive along Oxford Road with its many museums and theaters, or to head to neighboring Liverpool, which is only one hour away. Make the most of your hire car by exploring the countryside of Northern England, with the unmissable Lake District being just an hour and a half ride from Manchester.
The big car hire agencies can be found at Manchester International Airport (MAN), which is located 8.6 miles from the city. Most of the car hire counters are set in the Car Rental Village, which can be accessed by the free shuttle buses departing from all terminals every 10 minutes or so. Tourists will only need their domestic driver's license to rent a vehicle in the UK.
When driving in the United Kingdom, remember that traffic stays on the left side of the road. As with any big city, roads can get a bit congested in the city center, so you may want to avoid the stress of driving in that area by leaving the car at your hotel or in one of the many parking lots before heading there. Because of the constant rainy weather, make sure you take extra precautions when driving in the city.
Although traffic isn't horrible in Manchester, make sure you avoid the typical rush hours so you don't add extra time to your travels. Morning rush hour is usually between 7 and 9:30 a.m., while evening rush hour normally between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Visiting Manchester in the summer months (between June and August) will contribute to a smoother driving experience because of the nicer weather.
25% of our users found a car hire in Manchester for £14 or less
Book your car hire in Manchester at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Off-airport car hire locations in Manchester are around 171% more expensive than airport locations on average
Mini car hires in Manchester are around 59% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about car rentals in Manchester
Some car hire companies in Manchester 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 Enterprise
On average a hire car in Manchester costs £19 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Easirent (£17/day), Avis (£21/day) and Budget (£21/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at GREEN MOTION Manchester Airport M225WH (8 miles from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Manchester is £5.03 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £60 and £80, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Manchester.
A Compact car hire in Manchester costs £21 per day, on average.
A Premium car hire in Manchester costs £17 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Manchester costs £18 per day, on average.
In Manchester, cars are most frequently hired at Easirent Easirent c/o Skypark, 22 Owen Drive (27 miles from city centre).
On average hiring a car in Manchester costs £136 per week (£19 per day).
On average a car hire in Manchester costs £582 per month (£19 per day).
For travelers who don't require much space, a small, compact car is ideal for driving and parking around Manchester. But if you're planning a road trip to the countryside, a sedan might be a better option — especially if you're traveling with the whole family, as it offers enough space for everyone.
The speed limit in the city is typically 30 miles per hour (mph), but it may be lower in certain residential areas, in which case the speed limit signs will be posted. The speed limit in single carriageway highways is 60 mph, while dual carriageways and motorways have a speed limit of 70 mph.
The average petrol prices in Manchester are approximately £4.67 (around $5.96) per gallon. You can find lower prices of around £4.43 ($5.65) per gallon, and the higher prices are usually £5.03 ($6.42) per gallon. However, don't forget that petrol in the UK is known as petrol and that it is priced by the liter and not the gallon.
Street parking is the best option for short-term stays, and it is usually free after 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday, and all day on Sundays — except in the city center, where parking restrictions mean you have to pay for parking between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Sunday. Street parking prices range between £1 and £3 per hour. The best option is to leave your vehicle in one of the many parking lots or garages around the city, usually located near metro stations.