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Where to pick up your car
There are over 20 car hire locations in Wales, and the most popular city is Cardiff.
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Wales are Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Alamo.
Best time to hire a car
The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Wales are October and November.
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Hire a car in Wales
Holding on tightly to tradition, Wales is an escape from the hectic demands of modern life.
The small nation is often overshadowed by its neighbouring Celtic countries, but there is really no reason that it should be. With an intriguing culture, a distinct language and lively history, Wales manages to fit a hefty amount of character into a compact mass of land.
As for its wildly diverse and beautiful landscapes – rugged mountains, calming valleys and inviting sandy shores – there’s only one thing to say: it’s time for a road trip. Plot your Welsh adventure and search for the vehicle that’s right for you, with easyCar.
Best time to go
The Welsh climate is known to be fairly temperate, with mild winters and warm (never hot) summers. The country is also known for being rainy! Between June and September is the best time if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors under blue skies.
If you’re planning on a road trip to Wales’ fine beaches and major attractions outside of the cities, you’ll likely have to pay a small amount for parking. Most of these car parks do not take card so it’s handy to have some cash on hand.
Though English is widely spoken in Wales, Welsh is also fairly common. You’ll find that place names and road signs are written in both English and Welsh, except in small remote villages where they’re only written in Welsh.
Wales is small and there’s little traffic outside of cities like Cardiff, so you’ll be able to cover a lot of ground in a car.
Tips for driving in Wales
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Phone and internet signal is often hit and miss in the countryside or around the coast, so you’re better off using a Sat Nav. Although you can usually rent one with your hire car, you’ll save money bringing your own.
Severn Toll Bridges
These bridges cross the River Severn, connecting England and Wales. A one way charge of £5.60applies to both the M48 and M4 bridge for cars.
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Explore the cities of Wales
Best for: Head to Newport if you’re looking for cool modern vibes of an emerging city.
Landmark: Spanning the River Usk, Newport’s Transporter Bridge is one of seven working transporter bridges in the world. Built 1906, its Edwardian design and iron architecture is still seen as an engineering feat.
Nearby natural attraction:Wye Valley – rolling grasslands and quiet woodlands make up this much loved Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Best for: Interested in surfing or scouring the coast for hidden treasure? Swansea is the place to be.
Landmark: Surrounded by modern buildings within the city centre, the 14th century fragments of Swansea Castle recall the city’s significance during the Norman era.
Nearby natural attraction:Gower Peninsula – famous for its expansive beaches, which attract both surfer and hikers, it’s hard to beat this waterfront walk.
Best for: With claims of being the oldest city in Wales, Carmarthen is a city for the historian.
Landmark: Just outside of Carmarthen, you can climb its iconic Merlin’s Hill, the site believed to be where the famous wizard was born and is buried.
Nearby natural attraction: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – no matter the season, there is always something to see here, whether it be the wildlife, flora and fauna or excellent beaches.