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Hire from Bristol Airport
Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk), Budget (www.budget.com) and National (www.nationalcar.co.uk) have desks in the airport.
Hire from Heathrow Airport
Hertz (www.hertz.co.uk), Avis (www.avis.co.uk), Europcar (www.europcar.co.uk), Budget (www.budget.com), Alamo (www.alamo.co.uk), Sixt (www.sixt.com), Enterprise (www.enterprise.co.uk), National (www.nationalcar.co.uk) and luxury car hire firm Season Cars (www.seasoncars.com) have desks in all terminals.
Most car hire companies are on the outskirts of Bath towards Bristol. Europcar (+44 (0)1761 479205; www.europcar.co.uk), National (+44 (0)1225 432154; www.national.co.uk) and Alamo (+44 (0)1225 481898; www.alamo.co.uk) are all based on Brassmill Lane. Enterprise (+44 (0)1225 443311; www.enterprise.co.uk) is based on Lower Bristol Road and Hertz is nearby on Windsor Bridge Road (+44 (0)870 8502691; www.hertz.co.uk).
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.