Car Hire in Cambridge
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hiring a car in Cambridge gives you the freedom to explore and discover some of the region’s most famous attractions. You can enjoy exciting day trips throughout Cambridgeshire, shop ‘til you drop without having to drag heavy bags onto public transport, and get around all of the main sights quickly and easily. With Skyscanner you can always find the best deals on car hire, and we’ve also got some excellent tips to help you make the most of your Cambridge rental car.
Where to hire a car in Cambridge
There are no pick-up locations in Cambridge city centre. Europcar, Thrifty and National both have pickup locations on Newmarket Road, the main artery connecting the city to its airport. Hertz has an office at Cambridge train station, and National also have a pick-up point a little further along Station Road. As car hire branches are few and far between in the city, it’s definitely best to book your car hire in advance to avoid disappointment.
Driving in Cambridge
Cambridge city centre has a lot of one-way systems and pedestrian only streets. If you’re not familiar with the roads you should definitely bring an up to date sat-nav (or download an app on your phone). Remember to always keep your eyes on the road while driving: turn voice navigation on, or get a passenger to direct you.
Some roads in the city centre are closed off for a few hours each day by rising bollards. St John’s Road is closed from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Saturday. King’s Parade is closed from 9am until 6pm every day, while Silver Street is closed every day from midnight to 6am and again from 10am to 4pm. Bridge Street is pedestrian only, and is always closed to traffic.
Parking in Cambridge
There’s a good variety of multi-storey car parks, pay and display car parks, and private car parks in Cambridge city centre. NCP operate a multi-storey car park near Cambridge train station, while council operated car parks are more prevalent in the city center. Grand Arcade car park is very central and is within easy reach of the university. Grafton West car park is closest to the city’s main shopping streets, as well as the Grafton shopping centre itself.
Great day trips from Cambridge
Great and Little Gransden
Visiting these tranquil English villages is like taking a step back in time. Wander around and admire the thatched roof cottages, grab some grub in the traditional pubs, and pay a visit to some lovely ancient buildings: including England’s oldest post mill. The villages are just a half hour drive from Cambridge, and are a pleasant place to while away the afternoon.
This famous cathedral dates back to the 11th Century and dominates the fen skyline for miles around. You can wander through the cathedral yourself and admire the grand interior, or for a more informed trip take a guided tour. The cathedral hosts concerts and other big events throughout the year, so be sure to check the calendar before visiting to see what’s on. The city of Ely is just over half an hour from Cambridge.
West Stow Anglo Saxon Village
On the edge of Thetford Forest Park, the West Stow Anglo Saxon Village is a fun day out for all the family. As well as being an important archeological site, the village also serves as an open-air museum. Learn about what life was like hundreds of years ago, play with rare-breed chickens and pigs, dress up like an Anglo Saxon warrior, and meet up with hobbits and other Lord of the Rings characters.