Sheffield

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Sheffield?

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Do you need a car in Sheffield? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Sheffield is perhaps more famous for the steel from which cars are built rather than being a particularly good or bad place to drive, but it also claims to be the only city in the UK which has a national park within its boundaries, and there is certainly plenty of great scenery nearby.

So if you are using Sheffield as a base from which to explore South Yorkshire and beyond, is it best to get a hire car, or can you get around using public transport and your own two feet?

Note that this Sheffield car hire guide considers locations which are immediately adjacent to Sheffield, and takes the assumption you either flying into Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood airport (DSA), or arriving into Sheffield by train. Please also see our Manchester and Leeds car hire guides, or for destinations further south, please see our East Midlands airport car hire guide.

Why should you rent a car in Sheffield?

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 Sheffield?

Sheffield Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€95

 #95/300

 

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

 

 €95

23/300

 

Free parking score

Total 89 - of which 59 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

66%

#66/300

 
  1. Peak District national park
  2. Yorkshire Dales national park
  3. Humberside
  4. Lincoln
  5. Meadowhall

Why not? Visiting Sheffield without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Sheffield public transport quick facts

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

10%

Overall public transport score

40%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

40%

  1. Peak District cycling trails
  2. Supertram and Don Valley
  3. Meadowhall by public transport
  4. Rail connections – Derby, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester
  5. Peak District by train
  6. Huddersfield
  7. Magna park

Why should you rent a car in Sheffield?

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 Sheffield?

Sheffield Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

60%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€95

 #95/300

 

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

 

 €95

23/300

 

Free parking score

Total 89 - of which 59 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

66%

#66/300

 

The rail network around Sheffield might not be as comprehensive as Leeds, but trains and trams can still take you to most of the urban attractions which are nearby, and the train is also a great way to get into the Peak District without having to worry about being start in slow-moving traffic and trying to find somewhere to park.

Should you rent a car in Sheffield? No!

Would you hire a car in Sheffield?

Have you driven in Sheffield? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Sheffield?
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