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    Car hire in Exeter - Find your perfect rental

    The city of Exeter, which was once the Roman Empire's most westerly settlement within Britain, is nowadays one of the main cities in the county of Devon. Located on the River Exe, Exeter emerges from the landscape through its iconic cathedral - which can be seen for miles. A relatively small city by comparison with other British cities, Exeter is packed with entertainment, culture and historical locations that rival may other cities.

    By visiting the cities beautiful quayside, museums, galleries and numerous visitor attractions, you will quickly realise that a day - just may not be enough. For family entertainment of all ages, why not visit the Crealy Great Adventure Park. At your disposal is up to 60 attractions and rides, with an additional 100 animals to visit, including meerkats and wallabies. Throughout the city you will also find bars, pubs, cafes, shops, delis, markets and restaurants - all of which reinforces Exeter's lively city to status.

    When visiting the historical city of Exeter, taking a car hire in Exeter is the ideal option for giving you that added freedom to explore the area. Before setting off though, read up on our UK travel information, so as to be totally aware of any rules and regulations. Simply contact Auto Europe and we will help you, to not only obtain the most competitive quotations, but also place at your disposal a large selection of vehicles to choose from. Don't hesitate and contact us today. Read the first-hand accounts written by some of our previous customers on our Exeter car hire reviews page.


    Unfortunately, Exeter has been rated, according to INRIX, as the busiest UK city during rush hour. On average drivers are up to 25% of their time stuck in traffic, and reach an average speed of only 4.6mph (7.4km/h)! Taking your car hire into Exeter city can still be a viable option. There are multiple parking spaces but make sure you plan your route beforehand, so as to minimise the chances of getting caught up in the gridlock. Taking your car rental vehicle into the city will provide you with added freedom, but take note of the car park charges which can add up.


    Ample car parking is available within the city of Exeter. In addition, a park & ride system exists; here you can leave your car in one of the designated car parks and hop-on a bus into town. Along with the car parks provided by Exeter City Council, three NCP car parks are also available. City Council car parks are set out from Premium to zones 1 until 3. Premium car parks are located in the actual city centre, within walking distance from the retail zones. Zone 1 car parks are sited close to the city centre and are slightly cheaper. Zone 2 car parks are sited approximately 5 to 15 minutes' walk from the city centre. And lastly, zone 3 car parks are not sited near the city centre but are the cheapest option for parking.

    Geographic Information

    Exeter is set on land backed by a steep hill on the River Exe. The area is prone to flooding due to its location on the flood plains - however the city is mainly built on top of sandstone. The city has mild but wet winters, with average temperatures as low as 8ºC and as high as 21ºC in the summer. The city is approximately 47.1 miles (75.8kms) northeast of Plymouth, 61.6 miles (99kms) west of Weymouth and 197 miles (317kms) west of London, the United Kingdom's capital.

    Exeter Airport

    Exeter Airport is located approximately 4 miles (6.4kms) east of the city of Exeter, within the district of East Devon, southwest England. Currently a total of eight airlines operate out of Exeter Airport on domestic and international routes.

    Exeter Airport (EXT
    Address: Clyst Honiton, Exeter, EX5 2BD, UK
    Telephone: +44 (0)1392 367 433

    Public Transportation

    Exeter has a good road network, which means picking up your car hire from Exeter a smart move. If this isn't an option, then Exeter also has taxis - which can be obtained from any taxi rank, and a substantial bus network. For journeys further afield, coaches operate out of Exeter Bus & Coach Station to multiple locations and as far afield as London Victoria Coach Station.

    Three Great Western Railway Stations exist within Exeter; Exeter St Davids, Exeter St.Thomas Station and further out, St.James Park Station. From these train stations you are able to board a train to Exmouth, Axminster and London Waterloo Station - to name but a few.

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