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    The closest car rental brand to Derby train station is Europcar – it takes just over 20 mins to walk there (1.8km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Derby are Europcar, Keddy, Thrifty, Alamo and Hertz.

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Hire a car in Derby

Derby is a generous gateway to the Derbyshire countryside and stunning Peak District.

One of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, Derby’s importance in the country rose as it became a manufacturing centre. It was the site of the first water-powered silk mill in Britain, as well as for car manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Toyota. The city’s cultural developments are on the rise too, with a frenzy of festivals and museums like the Pickford House.

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Derby?
A. Seven to eight days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Derby?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Derby?
A. Keddy by Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Derby, offering cars from just £11 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Points of interest near Derby

  • Derby

    From the city, it is a short drive to the Lincolnshire countryside and coast.

  • Kedleston Hall

    A Neo-classical family home inspired by Roman architecture

  • Sudbury Hall

    A late 17th century home housing the Museum of Childhood.

  • Calke Abbey

    A former family home displayed in the manner it was found – in a state of decline.

  • Haddon Hall

    A Tudor country house with a grand hall and fine Elizabethan gardens.

Road links

Derby conveniently links to the M1 and A38, so it is easy to reach England’s biggest cities in the north and south. It is approximately two and a half hours’ drive to both London and Manchester. Birmingham is around one hour driving time from the small city. Looking for something a little less urban? The Peak District is just an hour's drive away.

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Wonderful drives

Winnats Pass

Cutting through what was once thought to be a ravine, this mountain pass road in the High Peak area of the Peak District, is an intrepid drive.

The 5.8-mile winding route is a steep climb through the Hope Valley. Limestone pinnacles loom over the road creating a natural amphitheater. Its sharp gradient and narrow turns means it is off limits to buses, coaches and heavy vehicles, but a wonder to drive for smaller cars and motorbikes.

Located between the villages of Hope and Sparrowpit, the road passes by tourist caves, caverns and the famous “Bottomless Pit”.

Start the journey by making your way to Sparrowpit or to Hope, both take approximately one hour and 20 minutes to reach by car.

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