Southampton car hires from $26

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Southampton with a pick-up date of 17/4 and drop-off date of 24/4. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Economy$26/day
Compact$30/day
Intermediate$35/day
People mover$74/day
Full-size SUV$73/day
Mini$42/day
Premium$74/day
Compact SUV$30/day
Intermediate SUV$36/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Southampton

  • Car hire in Southampton is a great idea to allow you freedom of movement around the city as well as the ability to explore attractions in the surrounding areas, such as Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World, Longdown Activity Farm, Netley Abbey, Manor Farm and National Motor Museum in Beaulieu. Further afield are the charming towns of Bournemouth and Portsmouth, which are well worth seeing.
  • For car hire in Southampton, there are a number of car hire companies to choose from at Southampton Airport (SOU). The car hire desks are located in the Car Rental Reception Centre near the short-term car park, opposite the terminal building. Just follow the signs and you will easily find them. We advise comparing prices and booking through KAYAK in advance to save time and hassle at the airport.
  • The city is not hard to navigate, so car hire in Southampton should not cause any stress. The general road rules of the UK apply in Southampton. Cars drive on the left, everyone in the car is required to wear seatbelts and you give way to cars coming from your right at a roundabout. The Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 0.08%, and pedestrian crossings are strictly observed, so watch out for these.
  • There shouldn’t be any real difficulties driving in Southampton. Watch out for one-way roads, pedestrians and speed limits. There can be quite a bit of traffic at peak times. If you can, avoid the rush hour. The very centre is walkable, so it’s a good idea to park nearby and continue on foot. There are some nice scenic drives around Southampton; you can do the Southampton to Christchurch route, the Brockenhurst to Lymington route, the Winchester to West Meon (via A272) route, the Lymington to Ringwood via the New Forest route or the Portsmouth to Isle of Wight route.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Southampton for $61 or less
  • Book your car hire in Southampton at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in Southampton are around 40% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Compact car hire in Southampton are around 39% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Southampton

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Southampton?

    For Southampton car hire, you don’t need any particular type of car. A smaller car will make it easier to navigate the narrower roads in the city. Of course, if you have a lot of luggage, a bigger car will be more comfortable. Your car hire company will be able to advise you on the best car type for your purposes.

  • What’s the speed limit in Southampton?

    Speeds are measured in miles per hour (mph) in the UK. There are general speed limits, and then there are council-set speed limits, so be sure to pay attention to signs. Motorways and dual carriageways have a speed limit of 70 mph (112 km/h). Single carriageways have a speed limit of 60 mph (96 km/h). Built-up and residential areas have a speed limit of 30 mph (48 km/h). In some areas, such as school zones, there is a speed limit of 20 mph (32 km/h).

  • Where are the best places to park in Southampton?

    There is on-street, pay-and-display parking in the city; they have various time limits, so be sure to read the signs carefully. There are also short stay, long stay and multi-storey paid parking garages in the city centre. You can find paid parking at some malls, such as Westquay Shopping Centre, which has 2,484 parking spaces. When booking a hotel or accommodation, it is a good idea to ensure they have parking for your hire car. You can book some car parks online, which will often give you a discounted deal.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Southampton?

    On average a car hire in Southampton costs $91 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Southampton?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Routes Car & Truck Rentals ($26/day), Sixt ($40/day) and Alamo ($42/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Routes Car & Truck Rentals Unit J,west Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1GZ (1 kilometres from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Southampton?

    The average price of fuel in Southampton is $10.47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $126 and $167, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Southampton?

    Compact (Peugeot 308 SW or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Southampton.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include DRIVALIA, GREEN MOTION, Hertz, Europcar, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Sixt, Budget, Avis, Dollar and Arnold Clark.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Dollar.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include DRIVALIA, GREEN MOTION, Hertz, Alamo, Budget and National.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, Sixt, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, National and Dollar.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, Sixt, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, National and Dollar.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, Sixt, Budget, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, National and Dollar.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Southampton?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Southampton?

    A Compact car hire in Southampton costs $98 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Southampton?

    A Standard car hire in Southampton costs $134 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Southampton?

    An Economy car hire in Southampton costs $201 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Southampton?

    In Southampton, cars are most frequently hired at Routes Car & Truck Rentals Unit J,west Quay Road, Southampton (1 km from city centre ).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Southampton?

    On average a car hire in Southampton costs $634 per week ($91 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Southampton?

    On average a car hire in Southampton costs $2,717 per month ($91 per day).

Southampton car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

10.0

Wonderful

4 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

9.6

4 locations in Southampton

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108 Bitterne Road West

+44 23 8023 2244

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

High Street

+44 23 8077 7555

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

Southampton Intl Airport

+44 23 8065 3700

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

Western Esplanade

+44 23 8017 8240

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2023

KAYAK
Always a good experience. Even got a ride to the ferry in Southampton.

10.0 Wonderful

July 2022

KAYAK
Zane was really great in his efforts to ensure that my rental experience was the best ever

1 out of 1

Alamo

8.0

Very Good

1 review
Most popular

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

6.0

3 locations in Southampton

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Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 23 8077 7555

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 23 8065 3700

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00

Western Esplanade

+44 23 8024 8190

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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6.0 Okay

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

car Was better than I expected

Cons:

1) Alamo found one of the types to have a chip out of it so keep our GBP 300 deposit. Absolutely certain it was not us who did that ( we only did 60 miles and the car was left in secure parking over night). ......double and triple check before you hire! Video your car,

1 out of 1

Sixt

7.6

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.4

Value for money

6.8

2 locations in Southampton

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Mitchell Way

+44 20 7018 8246

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
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Wide Lane

+44 20 7018 8246

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2022

KAYAK
The process was calm and efficient.

10.0 Wonderful

June 2022

KAYAK
The whole experience was very good.

2.0 Poor

May 2023

KAYAK
Auto broke down after 3 hours. Not happy with resolution which is still pending.

1 out of 1

Budget

7.5

Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

7.5

Comfort

7.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.5

Value for money

7.5

2 locations in Southampton

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Southampton International Airp

+44 344 544 4085

Monday07:30 - 20:00
Tuesday07:30 - 20:00
Wednesday07:30 - 20:00
Thursday07:30 - 20:00
Friday07:30 - 20:00
Saturday08:30 - 14:00
Sunday12:30 - 20:00

Southampton Road

+44 344 544 4602

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
It was very easy to go through the process and people were helpful

1 out of 1

Hertz

7.4

Cleanliness

9.3

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.6

4 locations in Southampton

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Southampton Int'l Airport

+44 843 309 3069

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

West Quay Ind Estate

+44 843 309 3070

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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West Quay Ind Estate

+44 843 309 3070

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
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Friday09:00 - 12:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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West Quay Road

+44 843 309 3070

Monday09:00 - 12:00
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8.4 Very Good

June 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was a matter of minutes.

Cons:

Shuttle service from port would have helped. Had double wait time. One hour wait for taxi at port and one hour at Hertz pickup.

10.0 Wonderful

May 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly and helpful

Cons:

I liked everything

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Organized No fuss

Cons:

Signage and parking arrangements confusing.

4.0 Mediocre

June 2022

KAYAK
Car wasn’t ready for pickup even though I was a bit late getting there. The staff were definitely not rushed off their feet, just inefficient with being prepared. Also, I did not like having to pay with my card before the total price could be confirmed. This is either a bad business practice or the staff were not acting properly. On a more positive note, the drop off procedure was smooth, painless and very efficient.

1 out of 2

Avis

6.6

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

6.0

One location in Southampton

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Southampton Airport

+44 344 544 6026

Monday07:30 - 20:00
Tuesday07:30 - 20:00
Wednesday07:30 - 20:00
Thursday07:30 - 20:00
Friday07:30 - 20:00
Saturday08:30 - 14:00
Sunday12:30 - 20:00

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2022

KAYAK
Customer service were awesome! Thanks Southampton team!

2.0 Poor

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Wrong car offered at the end of a long lengthy process with no alternatives.

1 out of 1

Europcar

5.3

Cleanliness

4.0

Comfort

5.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.6

Value for money

5.3

2 locations in Southampton

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Car Rental Building

+44 371 384 3418

Opening times not available

Unit J

+44 371 384 5983

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2.0 Poor

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Had to rate as poor across the board. When I booked the hire car through Kayak, the confirmation email clearly stated that Third Party Insurance was included. When I arrived to collect the car, I was told this was not the case and effectively there was no Third Party Insurance on my booking, and the excess was £100,000 unless I agreed to pay a further £280 in additional insurances. I hire cars frequently and am well aware of the different levels of insurance to consider - but I was careful to book a car where the Third Party Insurance was included. I couldn’t believe it when the team at Europcar ignored what was on the booking form and maintained that it was not, and that I would be liable for the large amount excess in the case of any incident. I refused to drive the car on that basis and currently am left over £500 out of pocket for this non refundable booking. Won’t use Europcar (or Kayak) again.

8.0 Very Good

Oct 2023

KAYAK
The exterior of the car was dirty, with bird droppings on it. Otherwise, the only other issue was that the car kept falsely showing low rear tire pressure.

6.0 Okay

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Had it not been for Tatiana wh was very helpful I would still be stood at the counter wondering where everybody was!

1 out of 1

National

3.9

Poor

No reviews available

Cleanliness

7.9

Comfort

3.9

Pick-up/Drop-off

1.9

Value for money

5.9

3 locations in Southampton

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Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 23 8077 7555

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday09:00 - 12:00

Enterprise Rent A Car

+44 23 8065 3700

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
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Western Esplanade

+44 23 8024 8190

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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Easirent

4.8

Mediocre

1 review

2 locations in Southampton

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Southampton Airport

+44 238 001 6158

Monday06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday06:00 - 23:00
Thursday06:00 - 23:00
Friday06:00 - 23:00
Saturday06:00 - 23:00
Sunday06:00 - 23:00

Southampton Cruise Terminal

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3.6 Poor

Apr 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

The lady that helped us was very patient and polite. She must meditate and listen to relaxing music in her free time to be able to cope with all the angry customers she gets.

Cons:

Off airport. Compulsary insurance which costs a fortune. From the look of it the cars that were provided had quite some damage already so maintanance/turnover is questionable. Uber was a lot more afordable in our case. We ended up going back to the airport and taking a taxi.

1 out of 1

Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

No reviews available

2 locations in Southampton

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Southampton / Weather Centre

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W Quay Road

+44 843 309 3070

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
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keddy by Europcar

7.6

Good

No reviews available

3 locations in Southampton

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Car Rental Building

8713843418

Monday07:30 - 20:00
Tuesday07:30 - 20:00
Wednesday07:30 - 20:00
Thursday07:30 - 20:00
Friday07:30 - 20:00
Saturday07:30 - 20:00
Sunday09:30 - 22:00

Herbert Walker Avenue

+44 371 384 5983

Opening times not available

Unit J, West Quay Road

+44 371 384 5983

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Thrifty

5.6

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Southampton

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Floating Bridge Rd

+44 23 8063 8437

Monday08:30 - 14:00
Tuesday08:30 - 14:00
Wednesday08:30 - 14:00
Thursday08:30 - 14:00
Friday08:30 - 14:00

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DRIVALIA

5.0

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Unit G Woodside Trade Centre Parham Drive

+44 23 8001 6158

Opening times not available

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.9

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Southampton

from $46/day

Locations in Southampton

Unit J,west Quay Road, Southampton

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INTERRENT

2.6

Poor

No reviews available

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Car Rental Centre

+44 371 384 3418

Opening times not available

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FLIZZR

8.0

Very Good

No reviews available

2 locations in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

204 Millbrook Rd E

+44 844 499 3399

Opening times not available

Car Rental Building Southampton Int.airport, Wide Lane

+44 207 018 8246

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Free2Move

No score available yet

2 locations in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Britannia Road

Monday09:00 - 12:00
Tuesday09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday09:00 - 12:00
Thursday09:00 - 12:00
Friday09:00 - 12:00

Portsmouth Road

+44 23 8044 9232

Monday13:00 - 18:0008:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:0013:00 - 18:00
Wednesday13:00 - 18:0008:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:0013:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 17:0013:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Sunnycars

No score available yet

2 locations in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Southampton Int.airport, Wide Lane

Opening times not available

West Quay Road

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A Car Rental

No score available yet

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

3 Flanders Road, Hedge End

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Low C Rent

No score available yet

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Car Rental Building Southampton Int.airport, Wide Lane

+44 148 987 8229

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Low Cost Cars

No score available yet

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Southampton airport

080 0170 1331

Opening times not available

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Toyota Rent a Car

No score available yet

One location in Southampton

Locations in Southampton

Toyota Snows Southampton

+44 1494 769810

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27 travellers who hired a car in Southampton gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.3

Car hire locations in or near Southampton

Good to know

Most popular agency

Alamo

Most popular car type

Compact

Average price

$91/day

Good deal

$61/day

When to book a car hire in Southampton

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