Discover the Welsh capital of Cardiff and its beautiful surrounds with an Avis hire car. Avis has car rental locations at both Cardiff Airport and the city centre, so whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, you can collect your hire car wherever it suits you best. We’ll prepare your vehicle with all the extra comforts you need to make it the best trip yet. We also offer flexible one-way options so you can continue your journey and drop your car off at another location at the end of your stay.
Avis also prioritises the well-being of our customers. To keep you safe during the ongoing COVID-19 situation we have taken steps to protect our customers in order to help you travel with confidence. Measures include flexible cancellation policies, guaranteed sanitisation of cars—with special attention paid to areas common to touch such as steering wheels, door handles and controls, and a fully contactless car rental experience.
Life is busy enough without having to worry about the details. You just want to feel the freedom of Cardiff’s rolling roads. We understand. That’s why we won’t hold you up.
Whether you fancy a stealthy compact car for urban routes, a sleek saloon for that business trip, a dependable estate for a weekend in the country, or a herculean cargo carrier to haul large loads, we have the perfect hire vehicle for you.
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Cardiff is a dynamic city steeped in culture, offering visitors a special blend of world-class entertainment and scores of historic landmarks. Not only that, but the city’s location means there are plenty of opportunities to explore some of the best Welsh countryside, which is best explored by car.
The first port of call in Cardiff should be a tour of the majestic 11th century Cardiff Castle, situated in the heart of the city and surrounded by idyllic parkland. Explore 2,000 years of heritage, then head to Cardiff Bay, one of Europe’s largest waterfront developments with an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary architecture. Wander out to the barrage and take in superb views with the Bay to your left and the Severn estuary to your right.
Cardiff is also a shopper’s paradise, with many beautiful Victorian arcades housing independent boutiques, cafes and galleries. The Norwegian Church is a must see for fans of Roald Dhal, while sci-fi fans might want to tick off the Doctor Who Exhibition.
For sporting enthusiasts, a visit to the Principality Stadium is a chance to sample the city’s longstanding sporting culture. The stadium hosts major international sporting events and is the home of the world-famous Wales national rugby union team.
With a hire car you are free to explore beyond the city limits on your own schedule. Take a scenic drive through the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, the site of the highest mountain range in southern Britain. Innumerable trails along open ridges, on peaceful towpaths and through picturesque woods, offer walks for all levels of ability.
A showstopping sight on your tour is the caves of Dan yr Ogof. These natural caves were sculpted over millions of years by an underground river and consist of a labyrinth of passageways and vast chambers full of impressive stalagmites and stalactites.
Alternatively, Hay-on-Wye, the second-hand bookshop capital of the world and a prime spot for river sports, is on the other side of Brecon Beacons park.
The Gower Peninsula is another area of outstanding beauty just over one hour’s drive from Cardiff, offering visitors the chance to see epic sandy beaches, dramatic limestone cliffs and ancient woodlands.
Cardiff is also less than an hour’s drive from the vibrant city of Bristol, which in turn is only 35 minutes from the historical town of Bath, a spa destination since Celtic times.
What do you need to shift? Our van rental fleet spans small hire vans, perfect for that weekend DIY project; medium vans, well suited to hauling rolls of carpet, heavy floor tiles, or moving the kids to university; and large vans to accommodate some or all your worldly goods.