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By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Cambridge?

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Do you need a car in Cambridge? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Cambridge is the UK’s cycling capital – at least in numerical terms. The city itself is compact and driving is a nightmare. So why would you want to hire a car there?

Why should you rent a car in Cambridge?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Cambridge?

Cambridge Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€85

 #108/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €85

16/300

 

Free parking score

Total 130 - of which 62 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

48%

#132/300

 
  • Explore Cambridgeshire villages.
  • Visit The Fens and the East Anglia coast line.
 

Why not? Visiting Cambridge without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Cambridge public transport quick facts

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

80%

Overall public transport score

60%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Cambridge. 

90%

  • There are very few reasons to visit Cambridge with a car – as outlined above!
  • Cycling city – Cambridge is the UK’s cycling city, with more journeys made by bike (per capita) than any other. Around 30% of all journeys in Cambridge are made by bike, putting it on a par with the Dutch average.
  • Easy cycle hire – starting at “Station Cycles“, which does exactly what the name suggests – hiring various different types of cycle directly outside the Cambridge station building.
  • Pedestrian friendly – Cambridge is also an easy city to walk around, with all the major attractions within a short distance of each other.
  • Take a punt – why not mess around on a boat on the Cam River?
  • Take a train to Ely.

Ratings

Car rental in - Cambridge Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Cambridge?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Cambridge?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Cambridge?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Cambridge if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Cambridge if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Cambridge if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Cambridge on the Carornocar scale?

1

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Conclusion – Cambridge is an obvious place where a hire car really isn’t worth considering.

Verdict – no

Would you hire a car in Cambridge?

Have you driven in Cambridge? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Cambridge?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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