Car Hire in Blackpool
This information is correct as of April 2015
We Brits do love to be beside the seaside, and the resort town of Blackpool is one of the best destinations for a family holiday in the north of England. Hiring a car can make your trip even more special. You can zoom off on exciting day trips, load up the car with goodies for your self catering apartment, or just use the car to get from A to B quickly and easily. Whatever kind of vehicle you’re looking for, Skyscanner can help you find the best deals on car hire in Blackpool.
Where to hire a car in Blackpool
Most of the car hire options in Blackpool can be found near the airport, just a short train ride from the Pleasure Beach. Europcar, Hertz, Avis, National and Budget are all based at the airport. There are a few car hire companies dotted about Blackpool’s suburbs. National Car Rental has a base in the suburb of Squire’s Gate, and there’s an Enterprise in Hawes Side.
Driving in Blackpool
There are quite a few pedestrian only areas in Blackpool, including the pier and Pleasure Beach as well as a few shopping streets in the centre. There are trams to look out for, as well as bus lanes and cyclists. Aside from that, Blackpool is small and fairly easy to get around by car. Like all British towns and cities, Blackpool experiences two rush hours: the first is between 7:30am and 9:30am, the second is in the evening from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The roads can be a lot busier during weekends and bank holidays as families from across the UK descend on the town.
Parking in Blackpool
On-street parking is widely available throughout Blackpool. In the town centre charges are 50p for 30 minutes, £1 for an hour, and £1.50 for 90 minutes (the maximum stay). Along the promenade you can park for 90 minutes for £1.50, three hours for £5, and 12 hours (maximum stay) for £7.50.
There are lots of council run car parks in Blackpool, too. The nearest to the pier is West Street multi-storey. Queen Street car park is nearest the Grundy Art Gallery, Banks Street is near Blackpool North train station, and Tower Street is nearest the famous Blackpool Tower: a replica of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.
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Great day trips from Blackpool
You’ll find plenty of culture in the buzzing city of Liverpool, just over an hour’s drive from central Blackpool. The home of The Beatles has plenty of museums and statues commemorating the Fab Four, and is a must visit for fans of 60’s music. There are also loads of interesting museums, great restaurants, and a fantastic array of shops. You’ll need a big boot if you’re visiting the Liverpool One shopping centre.
Forest of Bowland
This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is just over a drive from Blackpool and is the perfect place to experience the Great British countryside. There are lots of great walking trails to ramble along, with plenty of wildlife to spot and wildflowers to admire. It makes the perfect break from the bright lights and loud noises of pleasure beach.
This Victorian seaside town is less than half an hour from Blackpool by car. The charming marina and long sandy beach are worth a look, while the Freeport shopping village is a great place to visit to pick up a designer bargain. Play a few games of pitch and putt in the Marine Gardens, enjoy the sea views from the pavilion, or spend some time browsing the 250 stalls of the town’s huge covered market.