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Car hire Southampton

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Car hire Southampton Southampton is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Popular rental locations in Southampton

The following rental locations are the most popular for renting a car in Southampton

Car rental offers in Southampton

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Southampton.

Car type
Station wagon
Passenger van

Car rental companies in Southampton

Below are the car rental companies in Southampton with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.

  • Alamo

    8.8 (8465)
    From £ 38 / day
  • Enterprise

    8.5 (1896)
    From £ 38 / day
  • FireFly Car Rental

    8.5 (3766)
    No rates available
  • National Car Rental

    8.4 (400)
    From £ 47 / day
  • Europcar

    8.3 (7901)
    From £ 30 / day
  • Hertz

    8.1 (6764)
    No rates available
  • Avis

    8 (5879)
    From £ 22 / day
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.8 (3274)
    From £ 32 / day
  • Sixt

    7.8 (3238)
    No rates available
  • Budget

    7.7 (9503)
    From £ 26 / day
  • Flizzr

    7.6 (301)
    No rates available
  • Easirent

    6.4 (516)
    No rates available
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.7 (4233)
    No rates available
  • Drivalia

    7.6 (518)
    No rates available

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Car rental companies in and around Southampton

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Available locations in Southampton:

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Location information for Southampton

Car hire in Southampton

The historic UK port city of Southampton lies at the confluence of the rivers Test and Itchen, just up from the narrow strait giving access to the Isle of Wight. The city offers lots of fascinating attractions and museums and is the perfect base for exploring the Hampshire coastline and the New Forest. Major companies offer self-drive vehicles in Southampton, so compare cheap car hire in Southampton, in advance for the best rates and deals.

Why visit

The 13th century Town Quay is sited at the fork where Southampton's two rivers meet. The adjacent Mayflower Park is the venue for the Southampton Boat Show, an annual event that attracts millions of visitors. The medieval walls in town are some of the finest in England, with the God's House Tower housing archaeological relics dating back as far as Romans times. Tudor houses and the city maritime museum are among other great draws.


Most major roads and rail routes in Hampshire pass through Southampton. The M27 bypass skirts the north side of the city. For those with car rental in Southampton this is the route east for Portsmouth and west for the New Forest. Southampton Central has trains running from London, Bournemouth and local stations. The town centre is easily explored on foot, and buses travel out to the suburbs. There is a car ferry service from the Town Quay to the Isle of Wight.

What to see and do

The New Forest begins on the opposite bank of the River Test and boasts pastoral scenes and charming villages. Southampton car hire offers easy access to Buckler's Hard, the Beaulieu Motor Museum and Paultons Family Theme Park in the forest. Other great destinations within a comfortable driving distance of Southampton are Marwell Wildlife Sanctuary and Winchester. The latter is noted for its stunning cathedral, the ruins of the 12th century Wolvesey Castle and the museum housed in the medieval Winchester Castle's Great Hall.

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    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

Which car rental companies are compared by at this location?
  • Alamo
  • Enterprise
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • National Car Rental
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Sixt
  • Budget
  • Flizzr
  • Easirent
  • Dollar Rent a Car
  • Drivalia