Car Hire Manchester

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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 feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Manchester

Car rental in Manchester is made easy thanks to the Hertz branches in convenient locations around the city. The Greater Manchester area is vast, so renting a car is essential if you want to enjoy the wider area or even go as far afield as the Peak District National Park or the Lake District to the north. Hiring a car in Manchester means you aren’t reliant on public transport and can experience the sights and sounds at your own speed.

One of the most visited cities in England outside of London, Manchester is unofficially known as the ‘capital of the North’. Whether you’re going to see some football at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium, taking in some shopping and theatre at Salford Quays or enjoying the thriving music scene in central Manchester, a car ensures you can see it all.

Driving and Parking in Manchester

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

Central Manchester gets very congested and can be difficult to navigate if you’re not familiar with the city. Unless you really need to drive into the centre, it’s not generally advised to do so. You can, however, park your car for free at any of the Metrolink stations around the city and then take a tram to your destination. If you do need to drive into the centre, make sure you’ve checked your route beforehand.

There is ample parking in the city centre if you rent a car in Manchester, although it can be expensive if you are using on-street parking during the daytime. There are designated Pay & Display parking bays throughout the city where you can park for up to 10 hours between 8am and 8pm. Outside of these times, though, parking is free. There are also many car parks around the city for your use.

Pickup Locations Manchester

  • Piccadilly Railway Station

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

    Address: Boad Street,
    Level 3, Long stay Carpark

    Phone: +44 (0) 161 8501933

  • Manchester Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 0630-2400

    Address: Ringway Road, , Car Rental Village - Premier Parking

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3047**

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

  • Walkden-Barlow Street

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

    Address: Unit 1C Barlow Street

    Phone: 1618501720

  • Stretford-1246 Chester Road

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1730, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: 1246 Chester Road

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3073**

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

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Driving in and around Manchester

Key Routes

If you are travelling around Manchester, the M60 motorway provides a ringroad around the city. This is a convenient way to bypass much of the traffic and easily access the part of the city you need. However, it often becomes congested during rush hour traffic so it can be worthwhile to check travel reports before departing.

Closer to the centre, there are also two inner ring roads helping you navigate city traffic. Particularly of note is the A56 Chester Road, which will take you into Manchester while travelling past the iconic Old Trafford football stadium and Salford Keys, home of MediaCityUK.

Major Highways

The city is well connected to the UK motorway network so if you rent a car in Manchester you will find it easy to visit other towns and cities. Liverpool and Leeds are both within an hour’s drive in opposite directions along the M62. The M62 also gives access to the M6, taking you to the world famous Lake District in the North, or down towards Birmingham and the Midlands.

The motorways are connected to a network of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads that are easy to navigate — just remember than in the UK you drive on the left. Speed limits run to 70mph on motorways and dual carriageways, 60mph on open roads, 30mph in built-up areas and 20mph in residential and school zones. Speed limits do vary along stretches of road — even motorways — so do stay aware of local signposts.