To make the most of your time in the 'city of dreaming spires', make sure you hire a car in Oxford ahead of time.
DriveNow's free and simple-to-use system allows you to compare Oxford rental car rates so you are guaranteed to get a good deal without paying any booking or administration fees
and there are no cancellation charges should your travel arrangements change.
In fact, you will not need to pull out your credit card until you reach this beautiful University City. All you need is an email address, as the details of your rental car will be sent to you online so you can take them to your destination to pick up your vehicle.
Renting a car in Oxford ahead of time will not only save you the hassle and stress of finding your way around this famous city, but will be a more cost effective option as these rates increase the closer you get to your
visit. There are several rental branch locations in Oxford including Avis and
are conveniently located next to Oxford Railway Station - across the overpass
and car park to the left as you emerge from the station on the city side.
Oxford is known for its university, but this city has more historical areas to offer tourists than just its prestigious learning institute. There are plenty of museums you can explore, a world famous Botanical Gardens to visit and the Cotswolds are a stone’s throw away.
One of the more popular places to visit is Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of
Marlborough and birth place of Winston Churchill.
No matter what you decide to do while you're in this beautiful city, make sure you've organised your rental car in Oxford before you arrive.
DriveNow compares prices from the UK’s top rental companies to ensure you get the best price when you hire a car in Oxford or elsewhere across the UK and beyond.
How old must I be to rent a car in Oxford?
While you can hire a car in the UK if you are between the ages 21 and 25, you might be subject to a youth surcharge and may face limits on the type of vehicles you can hire.
It is best to check the price breakdown before you confirm your booking if you fit into this age bracket, as this surcharge can differ depending on the provider you choose.
Do I need an international drivers permit (IDP)?
If your licence is in English, and is a full licence, you do not need an IDP when you rent in the UK. However, if it is in another language you will require an IDP. You should carry both your licence and the permit when you drive.
What road rules should you be aware of?
Cars on UK roads drive on the left. Distance and speed are measured in miles. However, petrol is measured in litres.
If you are on a motorway, the speed limit will be 70mph. For major highways, the limit is 60mph and in urban areas you don't want to exceed 30mph unless otherwise signposted. Speed limits across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are uniform and enforced with speed cameras.
Seatbelts are required, and if you have children under 12 years old or less than 135 cm high, they must be fitted into a child booster seat. This can be included in your rental car booking.
What additional extras can I hire alongside my rental car?
You can also hire a car seat, satellite navigation system and additional insurance or a Collision Damage Waiver when you pick up your vehicle.
A Collision Damage Waiver reduces the amount you need to pay if you are involved in an accident. This charge averages around £10.00 per day
and varies between suppliers.