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The secrets of Exeter with a rental car

Exeter lies in the southern part of Devon and enjoys a charming location on the River Exe. It has a rich past of being a Roman fortified settlement whose remnants can be seen scattered around the city today.

Travellers who choose Exeter as their destination will be delighted by its architecture straight from the Middle Ages. Whatever the weather, Exeter is a great place to stay as it offers attractions both for seekers of active holidays as well as for families with children.

Exploration of Exeter and its interesting surroundings will be most convenient with a rental car. With Driveboo, you can compare different car rental offers and book your dream rental car in next to no time.

Renting a car in Exeter

Car hire companies are popular in Exeter and there are a wide range on offer. If you feel up to it after your flight, you can embark on your journey straight after landing renting a car directly at the airport.

Exeter Airport (EXT) is the nearest airport to the city centre. It can be found around 7 miles (11 km) from Exeter. Some travellers choose Bristol Airport (BRS) as their destination, and do some sightseeing along the way. The airport lies 69 miles (111 km) from Exeter city centre.

Driving a rental car in England

In England, the drivers are required to follow the left-hand traffic. This might be a small obstacle in the beginning of your journey. However, you can always try your skills on smaller and less frequented roads. A European driver's licence is sufficient to rent a car in England; however, you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving licence to do so. When it comes to seatbelts, drivers are only responsible for themselves and minors. All passengers are required to wear seatbelts.

What are the speed limits for cars in England?

Type of road Maximum speed in mph Maximum speed in km/h
Motorway 70 mph 112 km/h
Dual carriageway 70 mph 112 km/h
Built-up areas 30 mph 48 km/h
Single carriageway 60 mph 96 km/h

How much are speeding tickets in England?

  • minimum speeding fine in England amounts to BGP 100
  • maximum speeding fine in England amounts to BGP 1,000
  • maximum speeding fine on a motorway amounts to BGP 2,500
  • speeding fine depends on the degree of the offence

Insurance of a rental car in Exeter

All car rental companies are required to provide you with insurance. However, there are different options. When searching for rental cars online, you may come across the following terms: Car Excess Reimbursement, Total Damage Excess Waiver (TDEW), Fully Refundable Excess, Excess Protection (and more). These are all connected with an additional insurance for your rental car. Online purchase will be always less expensive when compared to the offer at the rental car company. Make a mindful decision about whether you want an additional insurance covering theft, injury, or damage of, for example, wheels, glass, etc.

Are there any toll roads in England?

M6 Toll is the only toll road in England. You will also find several bridges and tunnels where tolls are collected.

What is the legal alcohol limit while driving in England?

The permissible level of alcohol content in a driver’s body is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood (35 mg per 100 ml of breath).

Emergency phone numbers in England

Emergency situation Phone number
Police 999 or 112
Fire department 999 or 112
Ambulance 999 or 112

The gems of Exeter perfect to discover with a rental car

An ideal place to start your journey around Exeter is Exeter Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture. The church is considered to be one of the finest examples of this type of architecture in the entire country. It boasts two Norman towers, a stunning carved front, and Gothic vaulting.

Another must-see is the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Inside, art lovers will find their paradise. The museum offers a wide selection of interesting displays and exhibitions. It houses as many as 16 art galleries. The museum covers a variety of topics; thus, all types of visitors will find something to interest them.

Exeter’s Historic Quayside is another great place to visit. It is located within a 15-minute walk from the charming city centre. Considered to be one of the most attractive venues in the city, it offers extensive green areas, interesting architecture, and multiple pubs bustling with life round the clock.

Those who want to delve deeper into Exeter’s attractions can visit Exeter’s Underground Passages, a complex system of subterranean passages that run under the city streets. The system dates back to the Roman times. You can participate in an interesting guided tour which will bring you closer to the history of this unique place.

Explore the surroundings of Exeter with a rental car

The convenient location of the city of Exeter makes it a great gateway for exploration of the region. All destinations are within your reach, thanks to your rental car.

Plymouth, with one of the largest ports in Great Britain, will be a great first choice. Apart from having historic importance, as it participated in the struggle against the Spanish, it also offers beautiful parks and gardens, and enjoys a charming location on the River Tamar.

Those who enjoy spending their time in natural environments should head for Dartmoor National Park, covering the moorland of southern Devon. It boasts a large variety of terrain forms, and is a great place for outdoor activities such as hiking or bike riding.

Bristol is another city that you can visit with your rental car. It houses one of the country’s oldest ports which in the past was the gateway to many exploration voyages. Apart from multiple historical monuments, Bristol is also a great place for shopping.

Other notable places that can be recommended while moving around in a rental car:
  • Torquay
  • Bath
Destination Distance by car in miles Distance by car in kilometres Time
Plymouth 44.8 miles 72 km 1 h 1 min
Bristol 90.2 miles 145 km 1 h 44 min
Bath 103 miles 166 km 2 h 11 min
Dartmoor National Park 28 miles 45 km 36 min
Torquay 22.7 miles 37 km 43 min
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