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Reading, ENG, United Kingdom
3 Aug — 10 Aug
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Reading, ENG, United Kingdom
Tue 3/8
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Tue 10/8
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Reading car hire information

Pick-up locationReading
Car typesCompact, Compact estate car, Economy, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Intermediate estate car, Mini, Premium estate car, Standard, Standard estate car
Hire locations18
Popular agenciesSixt, Hertz, keddy by Europcar

Cheap car hire in Reading

£33/dayEconomy
£34/dayCompact
£41/dayIntermediate
£55/dayStandard
£93/dayFull-size SUV
£36/dayMini
£47/dayCompact estate car
£47/dayIntermediate estate car
£49/dayIntermediate SUV
£75/dayStandard estate car
£103/dayPremium estate car
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Reading car hire reviews and directory

From £48/dayRated no. 1
Enterprise
Best rated
9.4 Excellent (2 reviews)
3 locations in Reading
Enterprise
Locations in Reading
19 Boulton Road+44 118 975 8200
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Cow Lane+44 118 956 9466
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
Qpark Car Park, Chatham Street+44 118 956 0777
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
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From £20/dayRated no. 2
Sixt
Most popular
8.1 Excellent (5 reviews)
1 location in Reading
Sixt
Locations in Reading
Fronting Rose Kiln Lane+44 20 7018 8246
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
  • 7.6
  • 8.4
  • 7.6
  • 8.8
  • 8.4
Recent reviews
10.0 Excellent9 May 2017
Pros: An update by email on the type of CAR will help prepare better.
8.0 Excellent8 May 2017
Pros: Location was good, lovely car to drive and clean.Cons: Not clear on website that you need two forms of IDENTITY, driving licence and passport so we had to go back home to get it.
4.8 Okay30 Dec 2015
Don't pay for the excess waiver!Pros: Car and price were good. Good location.Cons: The car was filthy on the outside although they did offer me a car wash voucher. I didn't take it as I hadn't accounted for the extra time to get the car cleaned. By far the worst experience was being upsold the insurance excess waiver, even though I'd taken a policy with Kayak at the time of booking. I could kick myself for paying for this as its a complete rip off. The girl who served me sowed sufficient doubt in my mind that the policy I had already paid for (excess waiver), wouldn't in fact cover me should I damage the car. Take my advice, if you take out the excess waiver with Kayak, don't let Sixt sell you additional insurance for the insurance excess, which they quote as £1000. I opted for the 50% waiver which still cost 40% of the vehicle rental.
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From £15/dayRated no. 3
Avis
4 Okay (1 review)
1 location in Reading
Avis
Locations in Reading
45 Caversham Road+44 344 544 9785
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
  • 8
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  • 6
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4.0 Okay18 Sep 2016
When I came to pick my car I was surprised that thPros: NothingCons: Everything
From £17/dayRated no. 4
Budget
2 Mediocre (1 review)
1 location in Reading
Budget
Locations in Reading
45 Caversham Road+44 344 544 9736
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
  • 2
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2.0 Mediocre5 Jul 2017
Cons: at local office, no response to calls and nobody picks. central call center just redirects
Sunnycars
3 locations in Reading
Sunnycars
Locations in Reading
131 Wokingham Road
25 Boulton Road
6-8 Commercial Road
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Firefly
2 locations in Reading
Firefly
Locations in Reading
131 Wokingham Road+44 118 324 0558
Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 17:30
Sunday10:00 - 16:00
25 Boulton Road
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From £18/day
Alamo
1 location in Reading
Alamo
Locations in Reading
Enterprise Rent A Car+44 118 956 9466
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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From £18/day
Europcar
1 location in Reading
Europcar
Locations in Reading
6-8 Commercial Road+44 371 384 9952
Recent reviews
From £15/day
Hertz
1 location in Reading
Hertz
Locations in Reading
131 Wokingham Road+44 118 324 0558
Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 17:30
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From £14/day
keddy by Europcar
Cheapest deal
1 location in Reading
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Reading
6-8 Commercial Rd+44 371 384 9952
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00
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National
1 location in Reading
National
Locations in Reading
Enterprise Rent A Car+44 118 956 9466
Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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Thrifty
1 location in Reading
Thrifty
Locations in Reading
Reading City Wide+44 118 951 1123
Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Recent reviews
9 travellers who hired a car in Reading gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.3

Car hire locations in or near Reading

Good to know

Most popular agency

GREEN MOTION

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

£19/day

Good deal

£13/day

When to book a car hire in Reading

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

Top tips for renting a car in Reading

  • Visiting Berkshire and seeing its many tourist attractions is much easier if you book car hire in Reading. And there really are some superb places to visit. The quaintest of all is the Museum of English Rural Life in the city centre, but venture further out and you’ll find plenty of other gems. A mere 10 miles from town is the ancient English settlement of Silchester, built in the 1st century by the Romans. There’s also Caversham Court with its enchanting gardens on the north bank of the Thames where it flows through the outskirts of the city.
  • If you’re flying in, the nearest airport that services Reading is London Heathrow Airport (LHR), which is just over 22 miles away. All the car hire desks are situated in Heathrow’s Terminals 2 to 5, and you can then take a free shuttle to the actual parking area to collect your Reading hire car. To do this from Terminal 2 or 3, go to the central bus station. Terminals 4 and 5 have shuttle departure points just outside Arrivals. All the major brands are represented, including Avis, Europcar, SIXT and Hertz. You’ll then have about a 45-minute drive to Reading itself.
  • Be particularly careful when driving on the main Inner Distribution Road (IDR) through the city. There are numerous points on the road where it’s easy to become disorientated or where you need to be aware of concealed entrances. Pay special attention when coming from the Broad Street Mall car park on to the Castle Hill section of the IDR, as you can’t see the oncoming traffic until it’s virtually on top of you. Keep your wits about you on the A4074 too: although it’s a wide and generally safe road, it encourages speeding and sometimes reckless driving.
  • The worst times to drive in Reading are during the week between 08:00 and 09:00. The evening rush hour isn’t quite as bad, although getting caught up in either of them will most likely add up to 20min to your trip. Once again, it’s the main IDR that is the source of most of the gridlock, so if you avoid the road at those times, you’ll find that your driving experience in Reading is a lot more pleasant.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Reading for £13 or less
  • Book your car hire in Reading at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Reading are around 81% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Reading

  • Some car hire companies in Reading 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 hire car in Reading costs £19 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz (£25/day), keddy by Europcar (£40/day) and Sixt (£43/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz 131 Wokingham Road RG6 1LW (2 miles from the city centre).

  • The average price of fuel in Reading is £5.02 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 Reading.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, Sixt, Ace, keddy by Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Virtuo and Budget.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Easirent, Europcar, Sixt, keddy by Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Goldcar Rental SP and City Car & Truck Rentals.

  • Car hire companies onsite at London City airport include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, keddy by Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Firefly and City Car & Truck Rentals.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, INTERRENT, Sixt, Alamo, Ace, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, INTERRENT, Sixt, Alamo, Ace, keddy by Europcar, Avis and Hertz.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from London City airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Europcar, Avis, Hertz and Budget.

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

  • A Compact car hire in Reading costs £26 per day, on average.

  • A Premium car hire in Reading costs £24 per day, on average.

  • A Economy car hire in Reading costs £15 per day, on average.

  • In Reading, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION Holiday Inn M4J4, 239 Sipson Road (23 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Reading costs £136 per week (£19 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Reading costs £584 per month (£19 per day).

  • When you’re booking car hire in Reading, you’d be well advised to get a vehicle that is just big enough for your needs, especially if you’re intending to spend a lot of time in the centre of town. Choose a smaller economy car or a compact model, or perhaps a small MPV if you can. If you want more luxury, a smaller saloon will do the trick. Once you’re away from the city centre and driving out to the rural areas around it, you can take advantage of something roomier, like a luxury saloon or a more sizeable 4x4.

  • The speed limits can vary in Reading, with the usual speed limit set at 30mph. Other roads have had their speed limits reduced to 20mph. Make sure you check for signs when you’re driving on roads like Portman Road, where the speed limit has been reduced from 40mph to 30mph. Also keep an eye out for speed cameras near where Portman Road intersects with Chester Mews and Bridgewater Close.

  • The price of petrol in Reading is somewhat lower than in the larger urban areas: you can expect to pay around £1.16 per litre. This makes it even more economical to hire a car in Reading. Head to Oxford Road or School Road for petrol stations that usually keep their prices on the lower side of average.

  • In Reading itself you can park in any number of Reading Borough Council car parks. These include ones at Broad Street Mall in the city centre, on Queen’s Road about a mile away from it, and on Recreation Road, from where it’s roughly a 15-minute bus ride into downtown Reading. Prices average out at around £1 per hour, with some of them offering the first 30min for free.