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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Birmingham

Known as ‘Brum’ by the locals, Birmingham makes hiring a car essential due to its sprawling size, and there are enough attractions in the outlying areas to make driving a desirable and pleasant experience. Car rental in Birmingham is one of the best ways to get around and explore the city and the wider region and its made simply by Hertz having several branches in and around the city.

Birmingham is Britain’s second largest city after the capital and it has more than its fair share of attractions with the Bullring Shopping Centre, Symphony Hall and the National Sea Life Centre easy to access by road. It’s also well connected to the rest of the UK, sitting at the very heart of England’s motorway network and making it as easy to travel to cities in all directions such as London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Driving and Parking in Birmingham

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 25 to rent a car in Birmingham, or over 23 with a young driver surcharge. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Birmingham, take a look at our page about renting a car in the United Kingdom.

Driving in the centre of Birmingham is easy, if a bit slow. The one-way system makes the city easy to navigate, but the sheer size means congestion is a regular occurrence, particularly at rush hour times. The heart of the city is pedestrianised, so bear in mind you will need to find nearby parking to visit anywhere in this area.

Parking is plentiful though, with many private options such as the car park at the Bullring Shopping Centre. There are also lots of council-run car parks and on-street parking spaces to choose from. You can either pay for your parking with cash at the meter, or use the council’s online system that allows you to pay using a mobile app.

Pickup Locations Birmingham

  • Birmingham City

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: 40 Upper Gough Street

    Phone: +44 (0) 121 285 0310

  • Birmingham New Street Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: 40 Upper Gough Street

    Phone: +44 (0) 121 285 0310

  • Birmingham International Railway Station

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0630-2400

    Address: Airport Way,
    Elmdon

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3005**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Birmingham International Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0630-2400

    Address: Airport Way

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3005**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

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Driving in and around Birmingham

Key Routes

If you rent a car in Birmingham, the main route you will need to get to know is the A540 Birmingham ring road. This circles the outskirts of the city centre, allowing you to bypass a lot of the city traffic and get to most of the key neighbourhoods. It also connects, via a series of A-roads, to the motorway network.

The A38, the A56 and A4400, on the other hand, join together and cut through the heart of the city centre, allowing you to get from one side of the city to the other, while still connecting to the wider city. From here you will get a chance to see much of Birmingham’s architecture, which is a contrasting mix of old and new.

Major Highways

Birmingham is one of the best connected cities in the UK thanks to its central location. It immediately connects to the M6, the M5, the M40 and the M42, which in turn connect to the wider network, giving accessibility to pretty much anywhere in England, Wales and Scotland.

When driving on UK motorways, remember that British drivers drive on the left and pass on the right. So, on a three-lane stretch of motorway, slower vehicles use the left lane to allow faster vehicles to pass in the middle and right lanes. When approaching entrance slip roads, you move over to the middle to allow traffic joining the motorway to get on, and move over to the left lane in plenty of time for your exit, which will be well signposted.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.