Manchester Airport car hire

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*Based on an individual aged 31 with no pre-existing medical conditions taking single trip cover for 7 days to France. Cover starts on June 24, 2024 and ends on June 30, 2024. Price correct as of February 2, 2024.

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Famous for cultural icons from The Smiths to Granada TV's Coronation Street, Manchester is the largest city in northern Britain and full of surprises. Football, music, shopping and world-class arts festivals - it has it all. And don't forget the industrial heritage.

Many of Manchester’s car rental companies, including Enterprise, Budget and Hertz, can be found at Manchester Airport. These are some of Manchester’s cheapest rental companies, especially when you book ahead. You’ll also find several car hire firms scattered conveniently across the city.

Car rental in Manchester is cheapest when you book in advance online – you’ll also save time at the rental office if you get everything arranged beforehand. Meanwhile, if you’re after something more specialist, such as one-way car hire or long-term car hire, booking in advance is also recommended. For bigger groups, minibus hire options are also available. Compare the cheapest before you book.

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Manchester?

As in the rest of the UK, you need to be 21 years old to hire a vehicle in Manchester. You'll usually find that age restrictions change with vehicle classes – so while it's 21 for a car with most rental companies, it's usually 25 for larger vans, for example.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Manchester?

You'll need a full, clean driving licence that you've held for at least a year if you want to hire a car in Manchester. Most car hire companies will also ask for another form of ID (say, a passport) and you may also need proof of address and/or a licence check code from the DVLA.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Manchester?

You're not required to have car hire excess insurance anywhere in the UK. However, if you want peace of mind, it's a good idea. This insurance means that if you do have an accident, you're covered for the excess, which can often be expensive. If you do go for car hire excess insurance, consider taking out a standalone third-party policy before you collect your car – it will almost certainly be cheaper than buying it as an upgrade at the desk.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Manchester?

Yes, it's possible to use a debit card to hire a car in Manchester. Some companies may only accept credit cards – you can check with your provider or look at checkout when booking online.

Which rental companies are available at Manchester Airport?

You can pick up a rental car at Manchester Airport's dedicated car rental village from the following providers: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Manchester?

Manchester Airport has a dedicated car rental village, making it easy to pick up your car straight from the airport. There are other rental pickup sites nearby, but you'll need to make your own way to them, which means they can be cheaper.

Can you rent a car in Manchester and drop it off in another city?

Yes. You can rent a car in Manchester with most of the major rental companies, and they nearly all allow you to drop off in another city. This is usually more expensive than dropping off at the same place.

Can you rent a car the same day in Manchester?

Yes. You can go straight to the desk of any of the car rental companies at Manchester Airport, but look online first to find a deal – you can usually still do this on the same day.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Manchester?

Yes. If you're 21 and have held a full driving licence for at least a year then you can rent with most providers. Remember, most car rental companies will class you as a 'young driver' and apply a surcharge.