Car Hire in Nottingham
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car in Nottingham and discover the best that the Queen of the Midlands has to offer. Explore Robin Hood country, indulge in the city’s fantastic shops, or just enjoy the freedom of having your own vehicle. With Skyscanner you can find rental cars to suit all budgets, whether you’re looking for a fancy executive car or just a small runaround for your family holiday.
Where to hire a car in Nottingham
Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and National all have branches at East Midlands Airport, a half hour drive from Nottingham city centre. Most of the car rental locations in Nottingham can be found to the south-west of the city, near Nottingham train station. National have a branch in the station, while other brands such as Enterprise, Avis and Budget can be found nearby.
Driving in Nottingham
Some of the streets in central Nottingham are pedestrian only, while traffic is restricted on Milton Street and Lower Parliament Street. There are also a lot of one-way streets. If you’re not used to driving in Nottingham this can quickly get confusing. Bring an up-to-date sat nav with you to make navigating the city centre a little easier. Once you know where you’re going, you’ll find driving around Nottingham isn’t too trying: just remember to look out for trams.
Parking in Nottingham
There are 13 thousand secure parking spaces in Nottingham as well as 15 hundred on-street parking bays. You can choose from multi-storey and surface car parks run by the council as well as private companies. If you don’t want to drive in Nottingham city centre you can leave your car at one of the seven Park & Ride car parks on the outskirts of town.
On-street parking in Nottingham is divided into three zones. There are no parking bays in the middle of the city centre. Zone 1 parking is the closest. Charge periods are from Monday to Saturday, 8am-6pm. Prices drop between 6pm-8-m, and on Sundays the charge period lasts from 8am to 8pm and is much cheaper than on weekdays. Zone 2 and Zone 3 parking bays are a little further out, but are a lot cheaper. Always check the sign to see which zone you’re parking in.
If you don’t carry change for parking you can pay by debit card by calling RingGo. You don’t need to register in advance, just call the number on the side of the machine once you arrive and give them the information they need.
Prices subject to change
Great day trips from Nottingham
Sherwood Pines Forest Park
Home of Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, the world famous Sherwood Forest is less than an hour’s drive from central Nottingham. Sherwood Pines is the largest area of forest remaining in the East Midlands, and is a great place for a wander. There are adventure playgrounds for the kids, a Go Ape, and a fantastic schedule of live music events throughout the summer months.
Cadbury World is just over an hour from Nottingham and is the ideal day out for chocoholics. Wander through the factory and enjoy a few surprises along the way before paying a visit to the world’s largest Cadbury shop: the best place to stock up on all your favourite chocolate bars.
Thrill seekers will love a day out at one of England’s best loved theme parks, Alton Towers. It’s just an hour away from Nottingham and is packed with exciting rollercoasters like Oblivion, Nemesis and Air. There are also easier going rides for little ones, and a fantastic aquarium too.