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    Car hire in Liverpool – Land of the Beatles

    Car hire in Liverpool

    Liverpool is a warm and very welcoming city that attracts visitors from all four corners of the world who arrive at John Lennon Airport or Lime Street Train Station to find a vibrant metropolis full of purposeful development and innovative tourism projects dotted all over the city.

    The origin of the name Liverpool can be traced right the way back to 1173 when it first appeared in a charter granted by England's King Henry II. These days it is a burgeoning destination with a plethora of fascinating attractions - both old and new - along with dozens of delightful day-trip options all within a short drive of the centre.

    Located in the heart of north-west England, Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became a major port for the mass movement of people. It was also a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management.

    Key sights include its two extremely unique cathedrals, namely the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Anglican Cathedral, the latter of which affords fine vistas across city and beynd. And music fans won't want to miss the chance to immerse themselves in the history of The Beatles, the world's most famous group, including visits to Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and even a magical mystery tour to John Lennon’s childhood home on Menlove Avenue.

    With a car hire in Liverpool you can enjoy the best of the city before embarking on a road-trip around this glorious part of the English countryside. Top of the list is the Lake District, a huge national park and one of the most scenic parts of the British Isles just an hour and a half's drive from the city. Manchester is another of the area's major tourist destinations that's quickly accessible only a few miles away from Liverpool.

    As one of the world's leading car hire companies with over 24,000 locations in more than 180 countries, Auto Europe has all the right solutions for your trip to Liverpool and elsewhere in north-west England. Please don't hesitate to call our reservation specialists +44 123 3225 114 if you need any help with your booking.

    For more information on renting a vehicle in Liverpool, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to pick up a car hire in Liverpool

    By working with all the world's top car hire providers, Auto Europe can offer you a wide choice of locations in and around Liverpool, meaning that you can pick up your vehicle in the heart of the city centre and start exploring the top attractions as soon as you arrive. Besides the many car hire companies operating at Liverpool Airport, there are several conveniently-located suppliers' offices in and around the city centre, such as St Anne Street, East Prescott Road and the Queen's Dock Commercial Centre.

    Our state-of-the-art booking engine will help you make the right choice by allowing you to do a comprehensive search of the best vehicles and the most suitable pick-up points for your next cheap car hire in Liverpool and the many other key travel destinations in the north of England.

    Liverpool Airport

    Opened in 1933, Liverpool Airport was originally built to cater for the demands of the growing number of people crossing the Irish Sea. Today Liverpool John Lennon Airport (as it is now called) is a major international airport that serves not just the city of Liverpool but the north-western parts of England and North Wales, all of which are directly connected by motorway. As all the main suppliers are located in the same place, it is really easy to pick up your low-cost car hire in Liverpool from the airport due to the fact that the main rental desks and car parks are located next to the Arrivals Hall.

    Liverpool Airport (LPL)
    Website: Liverpool Airport
    Address: Speke Hall Ave, Speke, Liverpool L24 1YD, United Kingdom
    Telephone: +44 871 521 8484

    Book with the best car hire suppliers in Liverpool

    Auto Europe is a global car rental company that offers a wide variety of pick-up/drop-off points in more than 180 popular destinations all over the world, including Liverpool. Thanks to our many years of experience dealing with all the top international and local car rental companies, we pride ourselveson being able to offer you the best service and lowest rates.

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    Should you require additional information about the car hire companies we work with or their policies, for example out of office pick up or questions regarding age restrictions, our car rental specialists are just a phone call or e-mail away and happy to assist you.

    Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Liverpool

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    This section features the most frequent questions asked by people booking a car hire in Liverpool. Scroll down for important tips relating to a wide range of essential car hire topics, such as credit cards, coverage, tolls, traffic and much more. If you need any more information, please call our reservations team on +44 123 3225 114 and they will be happy to help you with your reservation and assist you with your travel itinerary in and around north-west England.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Liverpool?

    Yes. Whenever you rent a car in Liverpool no matter the time of year, you will always be required to present a valid credit card (not a debit or pre-paid card) in the name of the main driver at the time of pick-up. The supplier will use this card to place a security deposit against the value of the vehicle when you arrive to pick it up, the amount of which is clearly stated on the voucher and in the terms and conditions. You can also access the same details after making a quick search in our booking engine by clicking on the blue and white info icon (i). When you return the car at the end of your rental agreement, the deposit will be released back onto your card, but this will only be done if the car is returned in exactly the same condition as when it was collected. Please note that for luxury and high performance car bookings, some suppliers might ask for at least two credit cards (again in the main driver’s name), including Mastercard, Visa, Diners and American Express. It's important to make sure that you have enough funds to cover the deposit or you may risk not being able to collect the vehicle. For a list of the most common questions please visit our credit cards and deposits section. Please take a look at our blog post to find out the six most important things relating to credit cards and deposits.


    What insurance do I need for my car rental in Liverpool?

    The first thing to take into account is the fact that Auto Europe's car hire rates always include the minimum legally required Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection (TP) in accordance with the law, which can be with or without excess (depending on the supplier). Please note that CDW does not cover any damage to the vehicle's tyres, wheels, roof, mirrors, undercarriage, engine, vehicle interior, locks or keys, etc., so the best way to completely protect yourself when booking a car hire in Liverpool is to purchase our Full Protection product at the time of check-out.

    When you arrive to collect your vehicle, don't be surprised if the local car hire staff attempt to sell you their own additional cover, which is entirely optional and you are under no obligation to buy it. These policies can include Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Personal Effects Coverage (PEC), Super CDW, Seguro Relax Insurance and Roadside Assistance, amongst others. Auto Europe will not be able to refund you any of the amount of this extra car hire insurance should it deemed surplus to your requirements. Any cover you have previously purchased coverage through us will more than likely protect you against all eventualities on the road. Please do not hesitate to call our award-winning rental specialists if you have any questions relating to our popular and very affordable Full Protection policy.

    The car hire coverage terms and conditions (CDW deductibles, Theft Insurance Deductibles, Liability Insurance, etc.) can be easily viewed in the booking engine by clicking on the blue and white info icon (i) after making a search in the Auto Europe booking engine. Once booked, the same information will be attached to the car rental voucher sent by e-mail after the reservation has been confirmed. Please take a look at our dedicated blog post to find out what types of car hire coverage are available for your forthcoming trip to Liverpool.


    How is the traffic in Liverpool?

    Like most major cities in the United ingdom, traffic during the morning and evening weekday rush-hours can be quite intense, and as the centre is not very large we would recommend that you park your cheap car rental in Liverpool outside these hours. If you are planning on reaching the city centre via the Queensway or Kingsway tunnel, please be aware that a toll charge is mandatory (cash and card options are both available for payment). Pay a visit to Auto Europe's driving information page to learn more about traffic regulations in the UK.


    Where can I park my car hire in Liverpool?

    The city has plenty of parking possibilities from which to choose when drivers look for somewhere to park their car rental in Liverpool. You can park on the waterfront when exploring that part of the city or park in the centre to explore the heart of Liverpool where many of the best shops, restaurants and theatres are located. Liverpool City Council offers parking at a variety of car parks, as well as on-street Pay and Display parking areas most usually from 8am-6pm daily. The parking charges are divided into inner and outer zones where the charges vary between £1 and £5 depending on the length of your stay. Another alternative for parking is the city's ONE car park situated inside the ONE Shopping precicnt which is open 24/7 and is a good option for your low-cost car hire in Liverpool.


    Do I need to pay a congestion charge when driving my car hire in Liverpool?

    Not at the moment, but plans are in the pipeline to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the heart of the city centre in the not-too-distant future. Four types of CAZ are currently under consideration for Liverpool, including a zone where non-compliant vehicles will be charged unless exempt (exemptions to be confirmed), while additional measures are also being examined to further improve air quality in Liverpool and to support non-compliant vehicle owners.


    Do I need to pay toll when driving my car rental in Liverpool?

    Yes, on some of the local bridges and tunnels crossing the River Mersey. For instance, the Kingsway Tunnel (or Wallasey Tunnel) is a toll road tunnel under the River Mersey running between Liverpool and Wallasey. Visitors can also expect to ay a toll on the Queensway Tunnel (often referred to as the Birkenhead tunnel) which runs under the same river between Liverpool and Birkenhead. Likewise, a toll is collected on the Mersey Gateway Bridge and the nearby Silver Jubilee Bridge.

    Liverpool Travel Guide

    Spread along the east bank of the Mersey Estuary, Liverpool is one of England's most appealing cities due to its immense cultural heritage and strong individualistic spirit. The inner city has many historic buildings and interesting museums to offer in pleasant locations close to many of the city's well-kept parks and gardens.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Liverpool

    If you've decided to rent a car in Liverpool, you’ll have all the freedom and flexibility you'll need to get to know the city's surroundings and discover more of what the north-western parts of England have to offer.

    For longer trips such as to the lovely Lake District you can share the driving and save money by taking advantage of Auto Europe’s regular Free Additional Driver Deals advertised on our website. Furthermore, for clients wishing to pick up their cheap car hire in Liverpool and drop it off somewhere else such as London for instance, why not take advantage of Auto Europe's one-way car hire special offers which provide scope for a much longer road-trip.

    Lake District National Park

    Just a 90-minute drive from Liverpool on the M6 motorway lies the largest national park in England, namely the Lake District National Park. With its breathtaking skylines and beautiful lakes, it is the perfect choice for a day out with your cheap car rental in Liverpool. Here you can walk, cycle and even take a step back in time by visiting the historic houses and gardens, as well as the Roman remains and four well-conserved stone circles.


    This seaside town is just 40 minutes away from Liverpool and offers a range of attractions. It has everything you might look for in a relaxing getaway excursion from Liverpool, with sandy beaches, a stroll along the quiet pier or perhaps some excitement with a visit to SplashWorld and Pleasureland theme park. Perfect in all weather conditions and at any time of the year, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city to breath in some fresh sea air in one of the north-west England's most popular beach towns.


    Driving along the M62, you can reach this magnificent city in less than an hour. Being the first industrialised city in the world, Manchester has a lot to offer the visitor and pays homage to its roots with museums and the conservation of historic sites. Besides two of the world's most famous football clubs, tt is also popular for its music scene, most notably Oasis and The Smiths.

    What to do in Liverpool

    With a car hire in Liverpool you can explore this diverse city and the surrounding areas in comfort and style. Jump in your hire vehicle and drive out of the city to experience the world famous Grand National horse race at Aintree or visit some of the most iconic sights below:

    • The Beatles Story: The Beatles Story is a must-see attraction that transports you on an immersive journey into the Beatles. A FAB4 Cafe is located on the premises and is open all year round, making it the perfect olace to recharge your batteries after the visit and check your message using the free Wi-Fi on offer. Do not forget to buy your souvenir from one of the FAB4 stores where many unique gifts and limited editions are available.

    • Tate Liverpool: Since its opening in 1897, the Tate Liverpool has displayed a rare collection of British artworks. Nowadays it is the biggest art gallery outside of London and a must-see-attraction located in the city's Royal Albert Dock district.

    • The Cavern Club: One of the most famous clubs worldwide is still the cradle of British pop music where The Beatles began their amazing journey. Nowadays it is a live music veue showcasing The Beatles and other established artists as well as the city's best up and coming bands. With live music every nighyt, you can't miss this popular and very historic music club.

    • Royal Albert Dock: Opened in 1846 and considered revolutionary thanks to its unique system of loading and unloading ship cargo directly from the warehouses, as well as the instalment of hydraulic cranes, these docks were once a popular place for storing valuable items. Today the docks have been transformed into a busy cosmopolitan centre with cafes, shops, bars, hotels, restaurants and museums.

    • Anglican Cathedral: Known as the Liverpool Cathedral, this Anglican cathedral was erected between 1904 and 1978. With 207 yards (189m) it is the longest cathedral in the world. The tower experience is a one-of-a-kind panoramic view from 500ft above sea level with the only open-air 360º rooftop view of Liverpool.

    • Metropolitan Cathedral: The construction begun in 1962 and was completed in 1967, with several designs having been proposed in 1933 and 1953 but never completed. The spirit of the cathedral is embedded in its history, a tale of determination and conviction to create a spiritual place for all those who choose to visit. Take some time to explore the crypt and try to coincide your visit with one of the cathedral's regular music events.

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