Chester was once a Roman stronghold and this heritage is still visible and celebrated in the city’s museums and festivities. If you’re interested in driving through northern Wales—to visit, among other landmarks, Snowdonia National Park—Chester is an excellent city in which to book your rental car. Avoid the traffic and the road tolls in the larger metropolis and take the train to Chester before heading out on your self-drive journey. Though Chester is, in fact, located in England, it is the largest city in the vicinity of northern Wales and is a great place to stock up on city adventures before your road trip begins. Here is a brief guide to finding the cheapest car hire in Chester.
Rental cars in Chester are available in two locations: downtown and at the railway station. Car hire in Chester typically starts at around €22 a day at the downtown location, though you can often find last-minute deals under €20 if you are willing to risk waiting.
The cheapest location from which to book your car hire in Chester is downtown, where Keddy by Europcar routinely offers rental cars for around €20 a day. In order to get these deals, however, don’t book your car hire any more than six months in advance of your arrival.
You can often find even cheaper deals on economy car hire in Chester when you book last minute—just days in advance of your arrival. This tactic works best, however, if you are not planning on visiting Chester during one of its many festivals or during the busy summer months.
Car hire at the Chester railway station typically hovers around €37 a day and is offered by Budget. Keep an eye out for the occasional discount from EconomyBookings.com that makes car rental at the Chester railway station even more affordable.
You will not need a rental car to explore central Chester, which is highly navigable by foot, like many older English cities. However, driving outside of city center is fairly effortless in Chester. Here are some tips for navigating Chester with your hired car.
Speed limits in Chester:
Parking in Chester:
There are numerous car parks throughout Chester. As you would expect, parking is more expensive the closer you are to city center or major tourist attractions. These rates can be as expensive a £3 an hour, though often the first 2 hours are included in this base parking rate.
There are also a number of free car parks in Chester. They are on:
You can also park all day at the car parks on Watergate Street and Little Roodee for just £5.
While there are no toll roads in Chester or northern Wales, the Mersey Tunnels in nearby Liverpool are tolled. Liverpool is located just 25 miles north of Chester. The toll for the Mersey Tunnels along both the A41 and A59 is £1.80 for passenger cars. These tolls are payable in cash at the tool booths.