Car Hire in Birmingham
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Where to hire a car in Birmingham
Most car hire companies serving Birmingham can be found around the central area within the confines of the A450, along the A45, Bristol Road, and others. Birmingham Airport also holds several car hire offices within its facility. Some of the car hire agencies located in Birmingham include major international groups like Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, National, and Enterprise, while local ones include Green Motion, MHL Motors, NV Vehicle Solutions, Advantage Car Hire, Practical Car and Van Rental, the Flash Car Rental, and many more. Bigger car hire companies tend to rent out more types of vehicles and charge a little bit more than the base price, but they can actually match offers by local car hire companies. Discounts are sometimes given for online bookings, along with daily/weekly/monthly deals.
What to expect when hiring a car from Birmingham
Birmingham has an intricate and well-maintained system of roads and is served by major highways that connect it to other cities in England. Some of the main highways here include the A450 and the A32, the A45, M5, M6, and many others. Usually, traffic in Birmingham picks up at around 8:00 in the morning until mid-day, and then plateaus at around lunch time, heating up again at around 4:00 in the afternoon onwards early evening. The 'heart' of the city specifically experiences sectional heavy traffic during the day. Drivers are advised to simply avoid driving towards the said area at the above-mentioned times, and are also advised to walk around as most establishments are not far from each other. If planning on going out of the city, the other districts that surround central Birmingham also experiences traffic situations, but is relatively lighter than that of Birmingham proper. Parking around the city is safer on the covered car parking lots than the streets.
Getting to your destination
England's capital that is set on River Thames, London is a 21st century city that has a colourful and rich history stretching back to the Roman times. It is a key superpower city, with many iconic destinations; the seat of royalty in the United Kingdom.
London can be reached from Birmingham by getting on the M6 from Aston Expressway/A38 and Exit 6 towards M40 to A40 in Denham. Continue on to the A40 to enter the Mall in London.
Once a centre for heavy industry, Bristol has reinvented itself as a hub of culture and creativity. It is now home to many art collectives, community-run cafes, and music venues that dot the city's streets. Street art is also popular here.
From Birmingham, reach Bristol by getting on the M5 and driving all the way to the A4032 in Bristol.
One of the world's most famous university cities, Oxford is a privileged place that is formed from history, knowledge, and great architecture. Its new and youthful vibe that is brought about by its large student population adds some interesting aura to this old city, while its gastronomy and art scenes is at par with other cities in England.
Oxford is reachable through the M6 and M42 going towards the direction of the M40 and A34.