Bath car hire

You’ll find the best rates through brokers or price comparison websites. See the Simonseeks booking tool above, powered by Kayak, and read the money-saving guide on car hire.

Hire from Bristol Airport

Hertz (, Avis (, Europcar (, Budget ( and National ( have desks in the airport.

Hire from Heathrow Airport

Hertz (, Avis (, Europcar (, Budget (, Alamo (, Sixt (, Enterprise (, National ( and luxury car hire firm Season Cars ( have desks in all terminals.

City-based hire

Most car hire companies are on the outskirts of Bath towards Bristol. Europcar (+44 (0)1761 479205;, National (+44 (0)1225 432154; and Alamo (+44 (0)1225 481898; are all based on Brassmill Lane. Enterprise (+44 (0)1225 443311; is based on Lower Bristol Road and Hertz is nearby on Windsor Bridge Road (+44 (0)870 8502691;

What you need to know about car hire

Bath can be frustrating and expensive in a car – the traffic can be bad and parking is pricey, so it's best to only get a vehicle if you are venturing outside of the city and it’s a good idea to opt for a hotel that includes free parking. Otherwise you can expect to pay at least £3 for the pleasure of parking in Bath for a few hours. Most parking spaces outside houses require resident permits and your best bet for short-stay parking is the new SouthGate development near the bus and train stations. Charlotte Street is ideal for long-stay parking, but it fills up quickly – Avon Street is your next best option. If you’re heading to Charlotte Street enter by the park entrance as it is less-congested than the Charlotte Street main gate.