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Our York-based car hire firm guarantees excellent customer service. You can explore local attractions like the astounding York Minster in one of our premium cars. Appreciate the unique charm of York even more with our streamlined booking and drop-off procedures. We strive to make your experience hassle-free and memorable.

Car Hire in York

Discovering treasures beyond and within the city.

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Ah, York! It's hard not to fall for the charms of this historic city when the beautiful York Minster is one of the first things you see upon arrival. With its rose-tinted, gothic façade and towering presence, the cathedral is symbolic of both York's rich history and vibrant, cosmopolitan future. The city is a treasure trove for history buffs, its cobblestone streets echoing with tales of Roman and Viking conquests, medieval grandeur, and Georgian elegance. Don’t be mistaken though, modern-day York is very much alive, serving up a tempting mix of street fairs, festivals, and a number of award-winning restaurants.

Moreover, exploring York with a car offers plenty of advantages. Its compact city center is well-defined by its ancient city walls, making it easy to navigate. Little more than an hour's drive from York would take you to the enchanting North York Moors National Park, which boasts stunning landscapes to explore. Picturesque coastal towns such as Whitby and Scarborough are also easily accessible, as are the medieval city of Durham and the bustling urban metropolis of Leeds, affording you a taste of England's diverse cultural offerings.

In addition, if you wish to travel further afield, the likes of the magnificent London, the bohemian city of Manchester and the stunning landscapes of the Lake District are reachable with a few hours drive. However, you might just find that there's so much to see and do in York itself that you won't feel the need to venture too far. Stroll along the iconic Shambles, explore the captivating York Castle Museum, cruise along the River Ouse or just sit back in one of the local pubs and soak in the atmosphere. York is a city that beguiles, and where there’s always something new to discover.

Car Hire York

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost of hiring a car in York?

The price of car hire in York largely depends on the type of car and the duration of hire. We recommend checking current rates on our website for the most accurate information.

2. What car model is most popular to hire in York?

The model that is most frequently hired in York is typically a compact car. This is due to the narrow and winding roads of the historic city, which are easily navigated with a smaller vehicle.

3. Where are the most popular places to hire a car in York?

Cars can be easily hired from multiple locations in York, from the city centre to various points in the outskirts. We have branches in the city centre, train station and easily accessible suburban areas.

4. Is there a 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service?

Yes, we offer a 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service for the convenience of our customers. Please note, this service is subject to availability and may incur additional charges.

5. Is there a minimum rental period?

Yes, our minimum rental period is generally 24 hours. However, we do have options for shorter hire periods subject to availability.

6. What’s the minimum age to hire a car in York?

The minimum age for car hire in York is normally 21 years old, but this may vary depending on the vehicle category.

7. What documentation do I need to hire or drive a car in York?

To hire a car in York, you will need a valid driving licence, ID, and a credit card in the name of the main driver.

8. What's the best time of the year to visit York by car?

While York is a beautiful city to visit year-round, spring and summer offer the best weather for sightseeing by car. Roads and attractions are also less busy during these seasons.

9. Where are the main airports in York?

The main airport near York is the Leeds Bradford Airport, followed by Manchester Airport. Both airports offer car hire services.

10. Can I pick up the car in York and return it in another city?

Yes, you can pick up your hire car in York and return it at another of our locations. Please note, one-way hire services may incur an additional fee.

York by Car

Main Road Connections for Tourists

  1. York - London: A journey of approx. 335 km via M1 and A1(M) lasting nearly 3.5 to 4 hours depending on the traffic. Roads are generally in good condition.
  2. York - Manchester: Covering a distance of 104 km in approximately 1.5 - 2 hours via M62, a major motorway that links Liverpool and Hull.
  3. York - Birmingham: The 190km journey, approximately 2 to 2.5 hours, is a straight shot via M1 with excellent road conditions.
  4. York - Edinburgh: An approximate 4-hour drive covering 363km via the A1. Scenic route with coastal views, but be aware of the changing weather conditions.
  5. York - Cambridge: Around 2.5 to 3 hours drive through A1(M) covering 209km, with generally well maintained roads.
  6. York - Liverpool: Almost 2 hour's journey covering 163km via M62. Heavy traffic can extend travel time.
  7. York - Bath: Around 311km via M1 and M4 providing a journey of approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. Both motorways have service stations for convenient breaks.

Driving in York

Common Questions and Answers

1. Which side of the road should I drive on in York?

In York, as the rest of the UK, you should always drive on the left-hand side of the road.

2. What are the speed limits in York?

York, like the rest of the UK, has a standard speed limit of 30mph in urban areas, 60mph on single carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways. However, always follow the posted signs as limits may vary.

3. Do I need a driving license to drive a car in York?

Yes, you need a full valid driving license to drive in York. If you're visiting from abroad, an international driving permit is also accepted.

4. Are there any special driving rules in York that I should be aware of?

General UK driving laws apply in York. These include obeying speed limits, driving on the left side of the road, no use of handheld mobile devices while driving, etc.

5. Are there many speed cameras in York?

York does use speed cameras, including fixed and mobile units. It’s important to always stick to the speed limit.

6. How are the driving conditions in York?

The driving conditions in York are generally good. However, like any city, it can get busy during peak times.

7. Are there toll roads in York?

No, there are no toll roads within the city of York. However, they do exist elsewhere in the UK, so be prepared if you plan to travel outside the city.

8. Are there any specific rules for pedestrians in York?

Similar to the rest of the UK, pedestrians in York always have the right of way at a pedestrian crossing.

9. What should I do if I get into an accident while driving in York?

Report the accident to the police and your car hire company as soon as possible. Also, obtain contact details of anyone involved and take photographs of the incident scene if you can.

10. Are there any parking restrictions in York?

Most parts of central York are subject to parking restrictions. Street parking may be metered or require a permit. Always check the nearby parking signs.

11. Can I drive in York with a non-UK driving license?

Yes, you can drive with a non-UK driving license for up to 12 months. An International Driving Permit may also be required.

12. What should I do if I get a traffic fine while driving in York?

If you receive a fine while driving in York, you should pay it as soon as possible to avoid additional fees. Always report the fine to your car hire company.

13. How can I prepare for driving in York?

Ahead of your journey, familiarise yourself with UK driving rules and York’s road network. Plan your route and ensure you're comfortable driving on the left side of the road.

14. Are there any restrictions regarding the transportation of children in a car?

Children must use a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. This applies to both locals and foreigners.

15. How do I familiarise myself with road signs in York?

UK road signs follow international standards. However, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with them in advance. It may be useful to keep a copy of the Highway Code handy.

York: Must-See Attractions

Essential Destinations for Your Car Hire Journey

  1. York Minster: A majestic gothic cathedral, world-renowned for its architectural brilliance.
  2. The Shambles: This medieval street provides a picturesque journey back to the Middle Ages.
  3. Clifford's Tower: An important piece of York's history, offering panoramic views of the city.
  4. Jorvik Viking Centre: An immersive experience into Viking heritage with original artefacts.
  5. National Railway Museum: A delight for train enthusiasts, showcasing Britain's rail history.
  6. York City Walls: Walk alongside history on the best-preserved medieval city walls in England.
  7. Castle Howard: A breath-taking 18th-century residence located a short drive from York.
  8. Yorkshire Museum: Home to some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.

Memorable Road Trips from York

Discover England's scenic routes

  1. York to Lake District: An approximately 144 kilometres drive taking you through some of England's most charming landscapes, passing quaint villages and ancient landmarks.
  2. The Yorkshire Dales Loop: This roughly 128 kilometres circuit takes you around the stunning landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, offering breath-taking views and picturesque rural scenes.
  3. York to Scarborough: A pleasant 68 kilometres coastal drive that brings you through the beautiful North York Moors before arriving at the bustling seaside resort of Scarborough.
  4. Route to Stratford-upon-Avon: A 234 kilometres journey to the home of Shakespeare, passing historical towns like Warwick and Royal Leamington Spa.
  5. The Hadrian's Wall Trail: This 188 kilometres route will guide you along the iconic Roman wall that stretches across the country, offering a unique blend of history and stunning landscapes.
  6. Coast-to-Coast Route: Starting in York and ending in Liverpool, this approximately 172 kilometres long route includes landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales and Lake Districts, as well as the urban charms of Manchester.
  7. York to Cambridge: A 230 kilometres drive that takes you through authentic rural England and historical towns, ending in the romantic and prestigious city of Cambridge.


Customer Voices


Edinburgh – 02-01-2024. Neat and cost-effective service in York! I hired a car for family visit last January. The service was prompt, and the vehicle was in excellent condition. We loved roaming around the historic streets of York. Additionally, the hire price was so affordable, which made the trip even more enjoyable. Certainly would return in the future.


Rome – 07-10-2023. My wife and I were visiting York for our silver anniversary last October. I must admit, this was an easy and smooth hiring process. The car was sparkling clean and gave us zero trouble. We've travelled around York with so much ease, thanks to this service. I also appreciate the professional and courteous staff. Grazie mille!


Belfast – 22-07-2023. We went on a summer road trip around the lovely countryside of York, and this car hire service in York made our experience richer. 'Twas an easy-peasy process! The car was clean and smelt fresh. And, the price was reasonable too. I fully endorse them for anyone going to York.


Glasgow – 30-04-2023. Highly recommend this car hire service in York! The car was in excellent condition and the hiring process was a breeze. Excellent fuel mileage was a cherry on the top. The price was also surprisingly low. I’m already planning my next trip!


Manchester – 18-02-2023. Hired a car from them for a weekend getaway to York. The service was excellent. We got to see the beauty of the Minster and the Shambles, thanks to the brilliant sat-nav system in our car. The price was fair, and the service was faultless. A big thumbs up!


London – 26-01-2023. Attentive staff, clean cars, fair price and smooth hiring process, what's not to like? It was my first time visiting York and this car hire service made my journey memorable. Driving around the historic city of York was a delight. Will definitely use this service again.