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  • Where to pick up your car

    The closest car rental brand to Reading train station is Budget – it takes just under 10 mins to walk there (0.5km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Reading are Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Budget and Thrifty.

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    Coldest month: January (5°C)

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Hire a car in Reading

Set on London’s doorstep in Berkshire, Reading holds some surprising historical treasures.

Reading is packed with all mod cons, from impressive shopping centres to big-time music festivals, not to mention the easy 40-mile drive to London. But there’s a load of culture to be discovered here too.

Check out the picturesque ruins of Reading Abbey, one of Europe's largest and wealthiest medieval buildings founded by and serving as the final resting place of Henry I. The town’s jail is also a noted landmark, made famous by a poem written by its most notable inmate, Oscar Wilde.

Car rental in Reading – the numbers

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Reading?
A. Six to seven days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Reading?
A. July.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Reading?
A. Hertz is the cheapest car rental brand in Reading, offering cars from just £8 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

Fast facts

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Reading
October£13.40
December£20.20
Car typeAverage cost per day of car hire in Reading
Mini£14.20
Economy£14.60
Compact£18.60

Points of interest near Reading

  • Reading

    A history-packed city within close proximity to the capital of England.

  • Oxford

    One of England’s most treasured cities, its prestigious 12th century university - the oldest in the English-speaking world.

  • The Cotswolds

    Rolling hills and chocolate box stone houses make up this quintessential English countryside getaway.

  • Highclere House

    A beautiful country house on a 5000-acre estate, this is the real Downton Abbey.

  • Winchester

    The Great Hall of Winchester Cathedral is the mythological site of King Arthur's Round Table.

A drive away

Stonehenge

This prehistoric structure is possibly the most famous in the world, and arouses more controversy than any other.

The site is speculated to have been built in different stages.Construction began in about 3000 BC, with the central stones set up in 2500 BC and final activities taking place around 1600 BC.

The purpose of the monument still baffles archaeologists and historians. Wild theories range from aliens to wizards, but the more likely ideas include it being a place of healing or burial.

Stonehenge is just over an hour from Reading by car if you drive along the M3. Alternatively you can opt for a more scenic drive through North Wessex Downs, which will take around 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Parking is available on site and is free to those who hold a Stonehenge ticket - book online to reserve a time. From the car park, catch a 10-minute shuttle to the Stones.

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