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Car Hire from Plymouth Airport

Car Hire at Plymouth Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015

Plymouth, a gritty town with a pack of possibilities such as a redeveloped waterfront, boating trips, and various landmarks, such as top-class theatre acts. Going around here to enjoy the sights will bring you to Plymouth Hoe, a grassy headland offering captivating views of the bay.

Where to hire a car at Plymouth Airport

Those going here will find that Plymouth City Airport, which used to be the main port of entry in the area, has closed down. No rental agencies can be found here, but you can check out the operators based in the city. There are various options to find here, as big brands offer various types of vehicles. Some of them are Budget Car & Van Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar Plymouth – Car & Van Hire, and Thrifty Car and Van Rental Plymouth. Other operators offer their services, which help you to consider various choices when travelling to this part of England.

Cars with manual transmission are the common type to be found in Plymouth. If you need automatic transmission, be sure to reserve ahead to get one. You may also need an International Driver's Permit (IDP) if your licence is not in English. Enquire about additional requirements, such as insurance to make sure you have everything in order when you rent a car.

What to expect when hiring a car from Plymouth Airport

The roads surrounding the city of Plymouth connect to major routes such as A386, A38, Manadon Hill, and Tavistock Rd. Traffic jams often occur here during commuting times and special occasions. The communities surrounding Plymouth are: Southway, Woolwell, Roborough, Brickleigh, Efford, Spriddlestone, Brixton, Saltash, and many others. Toll roads may also be passed along the way, such as A38 and Tamar Bridge, so you will need to prepare a specific amount before going to this part of Newcastle. Congestion charging is not yet introduced here.

One-way systems in the city can be found in the old routes and side streets, which make it necessary to drive carefully. This applies to situations when you encounter cyclists, so you should pay more attention on the road and the speed limits. If you need to refuel, there is an Esso branch by Alma Rd, as well as other petrol station in different parts of the city.

Driving around Plymouth Airport

When going to Plymouth from the direction of the old airport, head south-west on Plymbridge Ln towards Runway Rd and then turn right onto Derriford Rd. At Derriford Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Tavistock Rd/A386. Make a slight left onto Outland Rd/A386 and then take the 2nd exit onto Pennycomequick Hill/A386 to go on to your destination. Parking in Plymouth can be found in several car parks in Plymouth, with the Blue Badge scheme meant for people with disability.

Getting to your destination

There are various places to visit from Plymouth. Some of them are:

St Austell
One of Cornwall's biggest towns, St Austell was once a city known for the production of porcelain and other industries. You will find here the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, which makes an interesting insight into the 19th-century clay works. Other sights to check out include St Austell Brewery, the biggest one in Cornwall and the Charlestown harbour where you can see old sailing ships.

Going here from Plymouth can be possible if you get on The Pkwy/A38 from A386 and then follow A38 and A390 to South St in Saint Austell. Follow South St to Trinity St and move on to St Austell. The trip can be made in over an hour, depending on the traffic conditions. Parking can be done in several establishments, street parking, and many others.

Kingsbridge
The hustle and bustle of a traditional English market town can be found in Kingsbridge. It is situated in the South Devon area, with a lush green countryside and features two royal estates, Alvington and Chillington. You will find the marketplace especially delightful due to the quality of cheeses and freshly baked delicacies, smoked goods, chocolates, and overflowing hampers of produce.

To get here, you will need to follow A379 to fore St in Kingsbridge. This drive can be accomplished in 45 minutes, with parking spaces in different parts of the town.

Dartmouth
Situated at the mouth of River Dart is a historical town with streets in an enchanting scenic location. It has one of the finest natural harbours in the country with a strong maritime heritage that you will experience in the Dartmouth Regatta, a week-long celebration of the town's maritime links. The town also has many events geared around the arts in its many galleries.

When going here, take A374, A38, and A3122 to Mayor's Ave in Dartmouth. Turn right onto Mayor's Ave to get to Dartmouth proper. The trip can be made in around an hour, depending on the traffic conditions. Parking can be possible in the spaces provided by the city council or the surrounding establishments.

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