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    Car hire in Wales at the best prices

    Portrayed in numerous films, Wales boasts many historic sights, iconic landscapes, and beautiful sceneries perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. The country is famous for its castles from the Middle Ages, interesting historical museums and galleries. Steeped in history, Wales is an attractive place with a living Celtic culture. Most of the country is mountainous terrain which makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities and attracts tourists all year-round.

    Choose Auto Europe as your rental broker for your car hire in Wales. With pick-up locations in all major cities, including airports and railway stations, Auto Europe is able to offer you a rental car all over the country. Thanks to a large choice of vehicles Auto Europe helps everyone find just the right car for their needs. Discover everything Wales has to offer at your own pace.

    Road Rules, Driving Information and Petrol Stations

    Take a look at our short guide to driving your car rental in Wales. The road regulations do not differ from the rest of the UK. Be careful on narrow countryside roads, where you need to pay attention to live stock; sheep may graze close or come on the road. In the mountains, when the weather becomes wintry, pay attention to slippery roads. Because of the topography of the country, travelling from north to south is time-consuming but very rewarding due to the beautiful scenery.

    • Driving is done on the left in Wales.
    • Generally, speed limits are as follows: in the city the limit is 30 mph, outside of the city the limit is generally 60 mph, and on motorways you should limit your speed to 70 mph.
    • Most vehicles in the UK have manual gearshift.
    • Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers.
    • Blood alcohol limit in Wales is 0.05 BAC.
    • The minimum driving age is 17, but for car hire it is mostly 23 (exceptions may apply). Car rental companies may apply additional fees for drivers under 25.
    • In Wales, children under 12 are allowed to sit in the front or rear of the vehicle as long as they have the appropriate restraint system.
    • It is illegal to use your phone while driving and comes with hefty fines.
    • Petrol stations are easy to find along the motorways and in towns.

    Must Do

    Wales is mostly known for its rich wildlife and beautiful landscapes. The country's most scenic region, Snowdonia has been portrayed in numerous films, one of them being "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword", for example. Therefore, when visiting Wales you have to go to the mountains and experience first-hand what this country is famous for. All of the below mentioned attractions can easily be reached with your car hire in Wales

    • Snowdonia: Snowdonia is Wales' number one attraction when it comes to nature. It is mountainous terrain in the county of Gwynedd. Snowdonia is featured in the legends of King Arthur and is now home to Snowdonia National Park, one of the most popular hiking destinations in the UK. Its highest peak Snowdon, 3,546 feet high, can be accessed on foot or by train. A perk to the beautiful scenery is the Zip World in Penrhyn Quarry - the longest zipline in Europe. Zip five hundred feet in the air at 100 mph and enjoy the panoramic views!
    • Ffestiniog Railway: Once in Snowdonia, you cannot miss the opportunity to take a ride with the Ffestiniog Railway. It is a narrow gauge historic railway, located in Snowdonia National Park. The heritage railway runs 40 miles through the park's most beautiful scenery connecting Caernarfon with Blaenau Ffestiniog.
    • Caernarfon Castle: Caernarfon is one of the historic towns in Wales. It features one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in Europe - Caernarfon Castle. Built in 1283 by King Edward I, the castle switched hands from the English to the Welsh in the years to come. The castle was rebuilt in the 19th century. It has been site to two investitures, the last one of Prince Charles in 1969.
    • Brecon Beacons National Park: It is located in the heart of Brecon Beacons hills in the south of Wales. It is mostly famous for the wild ponies living in the east of the park. Often visited by hikers, the park is also famous for its caves and waterfalls.
    • Swansea Indoor Market: "When in Rome..." Stroll through over 100 stalls at one of the most popular indoor markets in Swansea. Shop for local fresh-made food and Welsh specialities like cockles or laverbread. The market also features jewellery and gifts shops as well as leather goods, caf├ęs and coffee shops.

    Road Trips in Wales

    In this section, we would like to present you with a choice of one-day trips in Wales. For the trips in the rest of the UK, please see our road trip page. Our selection includes historic and leisure destinations perfect for a trip with family and friends or romantic getaways.

    • Cardiff: The country's economic centre, Cardiff was named the capital city in 1955. This port city is located on the south coast of Wales and has once been the world's largest coal port. Today the city attracts visitors with the impressive Cardiff Castle. The National Museum Cardiff is devoted to arts and natural history. Cardiff museum, together with six other institutions spread around the country, forms the Welsh National Museum. Cardiff museum is well worth a visit as it exhibits interesting nature displays and fine art. This lively and modern capital city is now one of the top ten shopping destinations in the UK and is growing more and more popular with tourists. 
    • Conwy Castle: As one of the four Welsh castles listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Conwy Castle is said to be the most beautiful one. Built in the late 13th century, the castle offers its visitors fantastic views over Conwy, mountains and the sea. It was one of the most costly Edward I castles in Wales and is one of the best preserved medieval fortresses in the UK.

    • Barafundle Bay: And now for something completely different, we would like to draw your attention to Barafundle Bay. It's a small and stunning white sand beach outlined with dunes, pine trees and green hills. It is located in the south west of Wales in Pembrokeshire. Barafundle Bay is the perfect destination for a leisure trip to the seaside.

    Age Requirements

    Although the minimum driving age in Wales is 17, it will depend on the terms and conditions of the supplier if there are any age restrictions. In general, most car hire suppliers have a minimum age requirement of 23. Most suppliers have a young driver surcharge for drivers that are under the age of 25. Make sure to check the terms and conditions, and in case you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our reservation department.

    Tolls

    Most of the roads in Wales are toll-free. Two bridges connecting Wales with England are toll-bridges: Second Severn Crossing on the M4 and Severn Bridge on the M48. The third toll-bridge in Wales is Cleddau Bridge on the A477 in Pembrokeshire in the south of the country.

    History of Wales

    Celtic Wales was occupied by the Romans from the 1st to the 5th century. The Kingdom of Gwynedd was a successor state that occupied the most territories of today's Wales. It was ruled by Celtic kings until it was conquered by Edward I in 1283. In 1301, he named his son, Edward III, the Prince of Wales. Until today the oldest son of the reigning British monarch becomes the Prince of Wales. Owain Glyndwr, who was the last Welsh born Prince of Wales, began the revolt against the English rulers in 1400 which ended 10 years later. In the middle of the 16th century, Wales was united with England and since then was ruled from London. The National Assembly for Wales was created in 1998, and in 2006 it was given legislative powers.

    Currency

    The official currency in Wales is British Pound, just like in the rest of the UK. Unlike in Scotland and Northern Ireland, Wales does not have its own banknotes. ATM's are very common; check with your bank which machines you can use without incurring withdrawal charges.

    Time difference

    There is no time difference between Wales and the rest of the UK. Wales observes British Summer and Winter Time.

    Dictionary

    There are two officially recognized languages in Wales; Welsh (Cymraeg) and English. While the fifth of the population of Wales speaks Welsh, 99 percent speaks English. Below you can find some helpful phrases in Welsh.

    Welcome - Croeso
    Good Morning - Bore da
    How are you? - Sut Ydych chi
    Excuse me - Esgusodwch fi
    Do you speak English? - Ydych chi'n siarad Saesneg
    Petrol station - Gorsaf betrol
    Motorway - Traffordd
    Street - Stryd
    Goodbye - Hwyl

    Electricity

    Electrical voltage in Wales is 220-240 Volts. If you are travelling with electrical equipment from outside of the UK, you may need an adapter. Electrical goods produced for the British market do not need any adapters.

    Campervan hire

    Travelling around Wales may become more independent with a motorhome. Campervans in the UK are widely available for rent and Auto Europe has some of the best offers. Give a home on wheels a try and make the most of your travels in Wales. 

    Useful links

    Tourist Information Wales

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