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Car Hire in Exeter

Car Hire in Exeter

This information is correct as of April 2015

Hire a car and explore Exeter the easy way. Spend an afternoon driving along the English Riviera, drive through the harsh but beautiful landscapes of Dartmoor, or make the most of your boot with a massive shopping spree on Exeter’s high street. Whether you’re visiting Exeter for the weekend, or live in the city and are planning a memorable road trip, you can find the best rental car prices with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car in Exeter

There are four car hire companies operating out of Exeter Airport: Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Car rental is also available in the city itself. There’s a cluster of car hire companies on the Marsh Barton Trading Estate in the south of the city. These include Europcar and National. Thrifty are also based nearby on Marsh Barton Road. Simple Car Hire have a meet and greet point at Exeter St David’s train station.

Driving in Exeter

Compared to other British cities, driving in Exeter is a breeze. The roads are never too congested (although there are the usual traffic spikes during rush hour), and although there are a few one-way streets in the city centre the system isn’t too complicated. If you don’t know your way around Exeter it’s a good idea to bring a sat-nav system to make getting around a little easier. Some streets are pedestrian only, so you will need to leave your car in a car park and do a bit of exploring on foot.

Parking in Exeter

Exeter City Council operates a number of pay and display car parks in the city centre. Mary Arches Street , Smythen Street, and Bartholomew Terrace are the closest car parks to Exeter Cathedral. There are also a few car parks near the Princesshay shopping centre. APCOA have a small 47 space car park at Exeter Central Station.

Great day trips from Exeter


This old fashioned seaside resort on the English Riviera is probably most famous as the home of Fawlty Towers. It’s not all faded glamour here though: the nine beaches of Torquay boast three European Blue Flags, which is more than any other resort in England. As well as award winning beaches, Torquay also has plenty of award winning restaurants: and a few award winning chip shops.

Dartmoor National Park

The setting for the Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and home to a huge array of Bronze Age ruins, Dartmoor is an area that begs to be explored. You can happily leave your car parked in a layby for the day and enjoy climbing the tors (hills with granite outcrops) and generally wandering around. If you’re lucky you might spot one of the wild ponies.


There are few places better than the beach on a sunny day in Devon. Exmouth is the closest to Exeter, and boasts a two mile long beach: the east end of which marks the beginning of England’s famous Jurassic Coast. There’s a mini golf course during the summer, and there are some lovely walks along the cliffs. Exmouth has the usual range of cafes and restaurants that you would expect from a British town.

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