Car Hire in Cambridge City Centre
Car hire in Cambridge City Centre
The Avis car hire Cambridge branch is conveniently located close to the city centre, within easy reach of the train station and major motorway routes.
From the city centre and train station proceed down Mill Road towards the ring road (A1134) and you will find Avis Cambridge approximately one mile away on the left hand side.
How to get to Avis CambridgeFrom A14
Take A1303 to Cambridge Airport.
At roundabout, continue straight following signs for Cambridge.
Continue past airport through traffic lights to next roundabout and turn left into Barnwell Rd.
At next roundabout continue straight into Brooks Rd.
At traffic lights turn right in Brookfields which leads into Mill Road
The Avis rental station is located approx 300 metres at junction with traffic lights
From M11 Junction 11
Follow signs to Cambridge. Traffic lights straight onto High St, Trumpington
Next traffic lights turn right into Long Road.
Next traffic lights go straight over into Queen Edith's Way.
Next roundabout bear left into Mowbray Road.
Next roundabout straight over into Perne Road.
Straight over next roundabout.
At traffic lights junction of Brookfields, turn left.
The office is 700 metres on the right.
Closest petrol station: Sainsburys, Coldhams Lane
Out of hours instructionsIf you are returning your car to our Cambridge car hire branch outside normal opening hours, please park behind the Avis office. Make sure you lock the car and leave the keys in the drop box situated on the right-hand side of the garage door at the front of the building. Please leave your paperwork in the car.
Plan your journey from Cambridge car hireWant to get your bearings first? Park your hire car neat the River Cam, hire a punt and explore this ancient university town from the backs. 'The Backs' refer to a series of manicured parks and gardens which lie between the colleges' grand facades and the river. Glide under the Bridge of Sighs and, at Clare College, the oldest of the city's river crossings that was erected in 1639.
Back on dry land, spare some time to tour the colleges themselves. A good starting point is gothic King's College Chapel, which must be the most striking building in Cambridge. Gaze up at the staggering 80m-long, fan-vaulted ceiling – it's the largest on the planet. Return for evensong and witness the chapel's world-famous choir fill the space with soaring song.
Further inspiration can be had a mile south of the city. Cambridge University Botanic Garden is spread over 40 verdant acres and is worth a visit for its humungous Glasshouse alone, a welcoming refuge on a cold day.
A visit to this great centre of learning would be incomplete without some serious museum time. Bursting to the seams with priceless treasures that span the ancient world, the Fitzwilliam Museum was one of the country's first public art museums. The Polar Museum, meanwhile, charts the challenges of 19th- and 20th-century adventurers like Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Road trips from CambridgeJust under two hours' drive from Cambridge, the Norfolk coast is the place to go if you're travelling with kids in tow. Take a boat trip from Blakeney Point on the north Norfolk coast to see seals and sea birds aplenty; nearby Holkham, 20 minutes' drive due west, reveals miles of sandy beaches, shallow pools, dunes and pine woods.
Seafood lovers should head west along the coast to the town of Cromer. The world-famous Cromer Crab, a fresh brown variety, can be sampled in eateries throughout the town's tightly packed streets. Find also a magnificent pier (which features the last end-of-pier show in Europe) and maritime museum. From the Esplanade it's an easy walk east towards Overstrand, or west to the large beaches of the Runtons (where the biggest and best-preserved mammoth skeleton ever found was discovered by dog walkers).
An hour’s drive from Cambridge to the southeast, Dedham is a medieval village located in Dedham Vale on the River Stour. Take a rowboat in this designated area of outstanding natural beauty to Flatford Mill. This is the site where artist John Constable drew his masterpiece “The Hay Wain” in 1821.
The racecourse at Newmarket is just 11 miles from Cambridge. Visit the foals, mares and stallions of 500-acre The National Stud, the only commercial thoroughbred farm to welcome the public.
Driving rules in the United KingdomWhich side of the road?
In the United Kingdom, please drive on the left side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device
- Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
- There is a congestion charge payable when driving in London
- Zebra crossings (black and white stripes on the road) give pedestrians right of way to cross the road
All speed signs will be in mph.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 30 mph (48 km/h)
- Rural areas: 60 mph (96 km/h)
- Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 or less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Please note, it is the child’s parent/guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.