Car Hire in Plymouth
This information is correct as of April 2015
There’s plenty of adventure to be had when you hire a car in Plymouth. You can visit the South of England’s most beautiful coastlines, explore beautiful national parks, or just spend some time zipping around town. Whether you’re visiting Plymouth on your holidays or live there and just fancy a road trip, Skyscanner makes it easy to find great deals on car hire.
Where to hire a car in Plymouth
There are lots of car hire companies in Plymouth, from world renowned brands like Avis and Budget to local companies like Borrow a Banger. Most of them can be found around Sutton Harbour. There’s an Avis and a Simple Car Hire.co.uk at Plymouth railway station, perfect if you’re arriving by train. Enterprise both have locations on Rendle Street in the city centre, and there is a Europcar and National on George Place.
Driving in Plymouth
Plymouth is an easy city to navigate by car, with very little traffic and no complicated one-way systems. Like all British cities the roads do get busy during rush hour, so it’s best to avoid the city centre and surrounding motorways between 7:30am-9am and 5pm-6:30pm. Some streets are pedestrian only: to explore these you will need to leave your car in one of the city’s many car parks.
Parking in Plymouth
There are nineteen council run pay-and-display car parks in the centre of Plymouth. If you don’t have enough change for the parking meters you can use RingGo to pay by debit card. You don’t need to pre-register, just phone the number on the side of the machine when you need to pay. On-street spaces are also available, but restrictions and prices vary. Always check the signage before leaving your car.
Plymouth is a ferry port, with frequent routes to France and Spain. It’s a popular pit-stop for people going on or returning from driving holidays, so you’ll find plenty of hotels with guest parking in and around Plymouth. Some charge extra, so it’s best to confirm before booking.
Great day trips from Plymouth
The Monkey Sanctuary
This is no ordinary zoo. Every monkey that lives here has been rescued: some were pets, some worked in circuses. There are lots of woolly monkeys, Barbary macaques, and capuchin monkeys, all living in large enclosures. The sanctuary is open to the public during the summer months, and is a 40 minute drive from Plymouth.
The barren but beautiful Dartmoor is just a 15 minute drive from the city centre. The moor is famous for its wild ponies, rocky ‘tors’, and as the setting for the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles. Leave your car in a layby or in one of the many car parks and set aside a few hours for exploring.
Great Britain’s most south-westerly point is two hours from Plymouth. Enjoy the view and then head south to Lizard’s point, the most southerly point in Great Britain. This is a trip that’s more about the journey than the destination: on the way you’ll see some amazing scenery. Before heading back to Plymouth you can grab lunch in The Top House Inn: Britain’s most southerly pub (soft drinks only for the driver, obviously!)