Penzance car hires from £35/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Penzance with a pick-up date of 3/5 and drop-off date of 7/5. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car hire in Penzance

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Economy£35/day
Compact£37/day
Intermediate£40/day
People carrier£79/day
Full-size SUV£115/day
Mini£35/day
Compact SUV£37/day
Intermediate SUV£40/day
Compact estate car£76/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Penzance

  • Penzance is aiming to reduce traffic congestion in its town centre, emphasising access for pedestrians and cyclists instead. In some areas, there are simply stricter speed limits or suggestions for alternate routes. In others, you may be barred from entering certain roads entirely. For example, Market Jew Street restricts most vehicles from entering between 11 am and 4 pm, every day. The rules aren't currently being heavily enforced so don't be confused if you see other cars disobeying the rules. Stick to the signs and avoid any fines.
  • There are numerous scenic coastal drives you can take between Penzance and some of the UK's best seaside towns. For example, consider taking the scenic route along the Penwith Heritage Coast from Penzance to St Ives. You'll pass by the charming fishing port of Mousehole, the hazy landscapes of Morvah and Zennor, a town known for its mermaid myths, before arriving in picturesque St Ives. The drive itself takes around two hours (not counting the stops you'll make along the way). When you've finished, you can get back to Penzance in less than 20 minutes by simply taking the inland route via the A30. Penzance is also just a 10-minute drive from the ferry to the famous St Michael's Mount.
  • When driving your cheap car hire in Penzance, bear in mind that some roads can be very steep and narrow, which may pose an intimidating task for less experienced drivers. This is true both in the city itself and on the surrounding roads. Be prepared to reverse if you suddenly find yourself trying to turn onto a street that is simply too narrow for your vehicle. If you want to avoid trickier roads, consider asking locals for directions over your SatNav or phone. Online maps will usually give you the shortest route without regard for the difficulty of the roads. Locals might also know the best route for scenic views and good rest stops along the way.
  • Enjoy a trip to the south coast of England and benefit from the flexibility that car hire in Penzance provides. Explore the town at your own pace, rather than relying on alternative transport methods. Go for a drive around the harbour, or take a trip further afield and drive to Mên-an-Tol, an iconic Bronze Age monument. Around a 20min drive away from the town centre, it’s far more convenient to visit this tourist site with Penzance car hire than with other modes of transport.
  • Penzance is located close to the southernmost point of the UK, so it isn’t surrounded by major airports. However, you can get to Exeter Airport (EXT) in about 2h from the town centre. At this airport you’ll find several car hire companies, such as Avis and Europcar. These are easy to locate as they are just outside the terminal building. Upon arrival, leave the Arrivals hall and take a left, at which point you will see the car hire companies. If you are unable to find them, just follow the signposts pointing you in the right direction.
  • Penzance is a small town in the south of England, positioned far away from other large towns and cities. So, when comparing it to other more mainstream towns, it is a little quieter. That being said, it is a popular destination for tourists, especially in the summer when holidaymakers are looking for some Cornish sun. This makes the roads a lot busier, so during the holiday season be alert to tourists crossing the road without looking properly. Penzance is also close to the beginning (or end, depending on how you look at it) of the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route, so you can expect lots of cyclists on the roads throughout the year. Keep an eye out for cyclists when driving your Penzance car hire through the town centre, as they may be in a hurry.
  • With car hire in Penzance, you will notice that the roads are busier during peak times (between 8:00 and 9:00, and 17:00 and 18:00), when locals are heading to and from work. So, if possible, try to avoid driving at these times. It will also be a lot busier during the warmer months, as Penzance is a popular tourist destination for visitors from the rest of the UK. The A30 gets particularly busy due to it being one of the main roads connecting Penzance to the rest of the country, so you may want to avoid driving on this road when possible.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Penzance for £40 or less
  • Book your car hire in Penzance at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hire in Penzance are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car hire in Penzance

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Penzance?

    Penzance is a small town which doesn’t require a big car, so a compact one will do. However, if you’re looking to take a trip into the surrounding countryside, you may want to consider something sturdier, such as a 4x4.

  • What’s the speed limit in Penzance?

    Penzance is a compact town with lots of residential areas, so the speed limits alternate between 20mph and 30mph. Keep an eye on the speed limit and make sure you aren’t going too fast, as there are speed cameras, especially on the A30.

  • Where are the best places to park in Penzance?

    Parking in Penzance is quite easy and you shouldn’t find it too hard to locate a space. There are some free parking spaces, but most likely you will have to pay. You can park at the Harbour Long Stay Car Park from around £2.50 for 2h, or £8.50 for the day. Alternatively, you can park at Penzance Station Car Park from only about £3.50 for the day. Both of these are only a short walk from the main attractions in the town.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Penzance?

    On average a car hire in Penzance costs £56 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Penzance?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (£35/day), keddy by Europcar (£39/day) and Europcar (£40/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car The Forecourt TR20 8HZ (2 miles from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Penzance?

    The average price of fuel in Penzance is £5.46 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £65 and £87, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Penzance?

    Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Penzance.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Penzance?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Penzance?

    A Mini car hire in Penzance costs £38 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Penzance?

    An Economy car hire in Penzance costs £63 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Penzance?

    An Intermediate car hire in Penzance costs £71 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Penzance?

    In Penzance, cars are most frequently hired at Enterprise Rent-A-Car The Forecourt (2 miles from city centre).

  • How much does a car hire in Penzance cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Penzance costs £394 per week (£56 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Penzance cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Penzance costs £1,687 per month (£56 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Penzance?

    Most car hire providers in Penzance offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Penzance, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

  • What should I be aware of when driving in the countryside with my Penzance car hire?

    While you'll have escaped the busier roads in Penzance, don't be fooled into thinking there's no one around. If you need to take a sharp turn, consider giving a short honk beforehand just to make sure there's no one waiting around the corner (especially on single-track roads).

  • Are there electric charging stations in Penzance?

    There are a number of electric charging stations you can use for your cheap car hire in Penzance. Major supermarkets like Tesco's and Sainsbury's often have stations available and the local YMCA has some available too. In fact, you can find charging stations in most major Cornwall cities so road trips from Penzance are simple.

Penzance car hire reviews and directory

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

3 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

8.6

One location in Penzance

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Penzance Railway Station

+44 371 384 5975

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
Everything was great except for the price . £130 minimum per day for a Fiat 500 is expensive. Is it supply and demand, location-hard to know? We required a rental from our destination and Europcar were it ! Otherwise the process was seemless , the car was fine, staff helpful and friendly and location for pickup convenient.

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Very good customer service at each end. Good price. Good cancellation policy. Liked the empty tank deal. Liked the assist service

10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Everything was to my liking

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very Good

3 reviews

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Penzance

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Kernick Road

+44 1326 373355

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

The Forecourt

+44 1736 332000

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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6.0 Okay

Sept 2023

KAYAK
Interior was very dirty and hairy. Nearly charged twice for deposit and payment, which I’d already paid.

1 out of 1

Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

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One location in Penzance

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Tolverth Garage

+44 173 632 2094

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 12:00

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keddy by Europcar

7.6

Good

No reviews available

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Penzance Railway Station- Albert Street

+44 371 384 5975

Monday08:00 - 17:0017:30 - 23:5916:30 - 23:5908:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:0017:00 - 23:5916:30 - 23:5908:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:0008:00 - 17:0016:30 - 23:5917:00 - 23:59
Thursday08:00 - 17:0016:30 - 23:5908:00 - 17:0017:00 - 23:59
Friday08:00 - 17:0008:00 - 17:0017:30 - 23:5916:30 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:0009:00 - 12:0013:30 - 23:59
Sunday

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Thrifty

5.6

Fair

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Threemilestone Industrial Est

+44 1872 223638

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.9

Poor

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Penzance Railway Station ,albert Street, Penzance

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Penzance

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Albert Street

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Station Road

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Free2Move

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Cornwall Business Park West

+44 1872 226500

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:30 - 17:30

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6 travellers who hired a car in Penzance gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

Car hire locations in or near Penzance

Good to know

Most popular agency

keddy by Europcar

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

£56/day

Good deal

£40/day

When to book a car hire in Penzance

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Car hire insurance in Penzance

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Penzance car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Penzance.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Penzance car hire.