Car Sharing in Bristol – The Alternative to Car Hire & Ownership

Car Sharing in Bristol – The Alternative to Car Hire & Ownership

Bristol is justly one of the country’s most famous cities. As the second most populous city in southern England, it’s no surprise that it’s known for its vibrant energy with a wide range of events always going on. With its fair share of restaurants and shops and a unique music scene, Bristol is a great place for both residents and visitors. That’s why we offer cheap car sharing in Bristol so that everyone can enjoy what the city has to offer.

With the ability to rent cars and vans by the hour means you don’t have to worry about using public transport or relying on a friend with a car. Our service is both flexible and affordable meaning that you can do what you need to get done whether it’s a simple drive across town or a trip out into the surrounding countryside.

Where to find Zipcars in Bristol

You can find a lot of Zipcars and vans based around Bristol city centre meaning they’re incredibly easy to get to when you need one for short term car hire.

If you’re coming from Bristol Temple Meads station, you can find one just a short distance away. Closer to the University of Bristol and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, there are five more all within walking distance. Over by Victoria Square and Brandon Hill there are another three, while you can choose from six more cars by Clifton Down station.

When you’ve picked out the Zipcar you want, our car club in Bristol makes it easy to start your journey. All you have to do is find the car on the website or app, book it out and then take your membership card to its location to unlock the doors. And that’s that, you’re good to go.

The benefits of cheap car rental

Owning a car outright can obviously be very expensive with the upfront cost, insurance and any repairs. For those who don’t need one every day it can be a waste, but what happens when you want to do a big shop or take a trip outside the city? In many instances, public transport just won’t cut it.

By using Zipcar’s car sharing service, you can do give yourself the freedom of having a car without the burden of ownership. You pay by the hour with Zipcar, so it can be a cheap option if you don’t need the vehicle for long, while 60 miles of travel and insurance costs are all included in the price. Click here to see our options for business car sharing in Bristol.

Why Choose Zipcar

  • Zipcar is a car cub - the world's leading car club network currently operating in London, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge and Maidstone (and another 50+ cities across Europe and North America).
  • Joining Zipcar gives you access to the car or van you need when you need it, perfectly maintained but with none of the hassle or expense of ownership.
  • Zipcar is far simpler and more convenient than conventional car hire. Once a member, when you need a car, just choose your make and model from the great selection parked around your local area; get in and drive off.
  • "One Zipcar helps take 17 privately owned vehicles off the road in the UK."*
    *Source: Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs 2013/14 (London)

4 Simple Steps to Zipcar Freedom

How to enjoy your car share experience

Having a car gives you a lot of freedom, especially when public transport can be so expensive. Actually owning a car is fraught with its own problems in the form of costs and repairs, so Zipcar’s service means you can have access to affordable travel without all the mess and fuss. Not only is it cheaper than owning a car, it’s more environmentally friendly too.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a first time visitor, Bristol will always have something new to offer. So grabbing a car for the day is a great way to see something new either within the city or further afield.

If you’re new to Bristol, there are some incredible attractions that can’t be missed. Bristol Zoo is always worth a visit if you want to see some exciting wildlife including lions, gorillas, meerkats and red pandas. For culture lovers, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery hosts various events and exhibitions throughout the year.

It’s also worth having a stroll around Bristol Harbour where you can find galleries, museums, exhibitions and bars. It’s the perfect place to get the true feel of Bristol. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is another must-see for visitors, as it’s one the UK’s most iconic architectural achievements.

If you live in Bristol, you might want to use your Zipcar to travel elsewhere. There are a wide range of interesting locations incredibly close by, so you won’t have to go far to see something new.

Just south east of Bristol is the historic city of Bath. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and it’s easy to simply the spend the day wandering around admiring the architecture. The city’s Roman Baths are top of most visitors’ itineraries, while the Pump Room’s Regency splendour is an unforgettable backdrop for lunch or afternoon tea.

If you’d rather get back to nature, you could head south to Exmoor National Park. Here you can enjoy some long walks over hills or along the coast and see some Exmoor ponies. The park is so big, you’ll never be able to see the whole thing with one trip, so why not come back again in the future?