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  • Where to pick up your car

    The closest car rental brand to Oxford train station is Europcar – it takes just over 10 mins' to walk there (0.9km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Oxford are Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Avis and Interrent.

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    Warmest month: July (16°C)
    Coldest month: January (4°C)

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Hire a car in Oxford

The city of dreamy spireshas a head grounded inage-old academia anda heart that beats withcosmopolitan youth.

Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the city of Oxford has been shaped by its historic seat of learning for the past 800 years. Ever evolving, Oxford is not all about centuries of educational tradition. Its hallowed university buildings are only a stone's throw away from bustling hubs of modern bars and restaurants.

Oxford is an ideal base for exploring the wider county of Oxfordshire – the beautiful Cotswolds are just an hour's drive from the city.

Car rental in Oxford – the numbers

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Oxford?
A. Four to five days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Oxford?
A. September.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Oxford?
A. Keddy by Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Oxford, offering cars from just £6 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

Fast facts

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Oxford
January£11.70
April£18.70
Car typeAverage cost per day of car hire in Oxford
Mini£12.50
Economy£15.20
Compact£18.50

Local knowledge

Places of interest

Oxford is bursting with historical and cultural attractions to tick off your sightseeing list. Here are a few of our top recommendations.

University of Oxford
You simply can't visit Oxford without taking in the colleges that make up one of the most famous universities in the world. The iconic golden-stone buildings all have their own architectural personality and claims to fame to discover. Christ Church is one especially for the Harry Potter fans.

Bodleian Library
One of the oldest libraries in Europe, the Bodleian forms part of the University of Oxford. Some of the most iconic books and collections include Shakespeare's First Folio and the letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Oxford Castle and Prison
Take an hour-long guided tour to hear stories from the last 1,000 years. A costumed character guide will reveal highlights such as St George's Tower and Prison D-Wing.

Pitt Rivers Museum
This museum showcases archaeological collections from the University of Oxford. Marvel at pieces from around the world as you soak up the period feel of the building.

Driving tips

Roads
As is the case throughout Britain, driving is on the left side of the road and cars are right-hand drive.

City centre driving
Cars are mostly discouraged in the city centre, so be aware of this when planning days out in and around the city.

Countryside driving
Roads in the Oxford area can be narrow, especially out in more rural parts. Always take extra care and time when driving.

Congestion around the city
Particularly busy times on the roads in and around Oxford are rush hours, Sundays and Bank Holidays – avoid these times if possible.

Driving away
Connections to travel in and out of Oxford are numerous, thanks to the ring road around the city. The A40 will take you into the Cotswolds and the A34 towards the North Wessex Downs.

A drive away

All's well in Stratford-upon-Avon

Just over an hour's drive to the north west and you're in Shakespeare territory – Stratford-upon-Avon. The birthplace of William Shakespeare, this medieval market town is home to several buildings that played key parts in the life of the bard.

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Explore the half-timbered house where Shakespeare was born in 1564 and enjoy history come to life, thanks to costumed guides and recreations of domestic family life.

Nash's House/New Place
Nash's House was home to Thomas Nash, who married Shakespeare's granddaughter. New Place house was owned by Shakespeare himself and no longer stands, but is now the site of gardens adjacent to Nash's House.

Hall's Croft
The home of Shakespeare's daughter and husband offers the chance to explore a restored Jacobean house as well as a medicinal herb garden.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm are further attractions no Shakespeare fan should miss out on. Both are just a short drive from the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon and from each other.

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