Car Hire in Liverpool
Getting around Liverpool is a dawdle when you have your own set of wheels. Whether you’re dashing to and from important business meetings, zipping around the sights, or planning an exciting day trip in the surrounding countryside, you can find the perfect rental car with Skyscanner. Our quick guide to car hire in Liverpool will give you an idea of what to expect while driving in the city.
Where to hire a car in Liverpool
All of the top car hire companies have pick up locations in Liverpool city centre. If you’re flying into the city you can pick your car up at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, an easy 9 mile drive (about 25 minutes) from the city centre. If you’re already planning on hiring a car you can fly to Manchester Airport instead, which is just over 35 miles (under an hour’s drive) away from Liverpool. There are also a few car hire locations in and around Liverpool Lime Street Station, for those arriving by train.
Driving in Liverpool
Liverpool is one of Britain’s top cities for traffic jams, so load up your smart-phone with podcasts if you’re planning on driving during rush hour. Like most British cities, rush hour lasts from 7:30am-9:30am and 5pm-6:30pm. Outside of these hours you shouldn’t find the roads too congested.
Liverpool city centre has a lot of one-way systems to navigate, making it quite difficult for drivers. It’s a good idea to plan your route before jumping in your car, or bring along a good sat-nav device. If you’re planning on driving through the Mersey Tunnel bring £1.50 for the toll.
Parking in Liverpool
Parking is ample in the centre of Liverpool, although it doesn’t come for free. The city centre is divided into the inner controlled zone and outer controlled zone. In the inner zone you pay £1 per 30 minutes, with a maximum stay of four hours. In the outer zone the maximum stay is two hours (£4.40) and the hourly rate is £1.10.
There are also plenty of multi-storey car parks. The massive Liverpool Waterfront Car Park on King’s Dock is handy for the Echo Arena and the city’s main waterfront attractions. Queen Square Car Park in the city centre is ideally located for exploring Liverpool, and is within walking distance of major shopping and entertainment areas. There are also three Q-Park car parks serving the popular Liverpool One shopping centre. There are also a variety of council run car parks throughout the city centre.
Great day trips from Liverpool
Home to the famous Anthony Gormley installation ‘Another Place’, Crosby Beach is a popular destination for art lovers. Like all beaches, it’s at its best on sunny summer days. If you get bored of relaxing on the sands, wander along the coastal path for fantastic views over to the Wirral and North Wales.
Knowsley Safari Park
Kids of all ages will love a trip out to Knowsley Safari Park, just a half hour drive from Liverpool City Centre. The park has more than 700 animals, with a 550 acre Safari Self Drive area where you can really get up close and personal with lions and baboons. There are also birds of prey, elephants, giraffes, and a sea lion show.
If you fancy a longer road trip, head north to Windermere in the Lake District. The drive will take just over two hours but you’ll be rewarded with some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside. Windermere is England’s largest lake and is great for water sports. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails around it, too.
The lake has three major car parks. At Hammarbank the first hour is free. Stays of up to two hours cost £2.50, four hours cost £4.50, and you can park all day for £6.50. Beech Hill has a similar pricing structure, although it’s £1.80 for the first hour. Waterhead is the most expensive car park, with rates starting at £2 for one hour and ending at £8 for up to 12 hours.
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