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Car Sharing in Bristol

Book or reserve on-demand, and drive our thousands of cars and vans by the hour or day just around the corner.
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Sometimes you just need a car in Bristol

Bristol is justly one of the country’s most famous cities. As the second most populous city in southern England, it’s no surprise that it’s known for its vibrant energy with a wide range of events always going on. With its fair share of restaurants and shops and a unique music scene, Bristol is a great place for both residents and visitors. That’s why we offer cheap car sharing in Bristol so that everyone can enjoy what the city has to offer. With the ability to rent a cars or vans by the hour, you don’t have to worry about using public transport or relying on a friend with a car. Our service is both flexible and affordable meaning that you can do what you need to get done whether it’s a simple drive across town or a trip out into the surrounding countryside.

Why Zipcar?

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Save money

We pay for fuel, parking, Congestion Charge and insurance – so you get access to a car without all the hassle of owning one!

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Rent a car locally

Zipcars live just around the corner. We've got the largest car sharing fleet in the UK (not that we're boasting) and you'll find us in cities across the UK. 

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Drive on-demand

Whatever you need wheels for, we’ve got them. Rent cars and vans by the minute, hour or day when and where you need them.

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Live greener

We’re the perfect addition to buses, trains and bikes for those times when you just need a car. We've also got hundreds of electric cars in our fleet. 

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Find Zipcars near you

Take your pick from thousands of our cars and vans across Bristol the UK. Use the map to find Zipcars near you - the green pins are our Roundtrip vehicles and blue are Flex, one-way cars available in London.

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Where to find Zipcars in Bristol

You can find a lot of Zipcars and vans to hire around Bristol city centre meaning they’re incredibly easy to get to when you need one for short term car hire. If you’re coming from Bristol Temple Meads station, you can find one just a short distance away. Closer to the University of Bristol and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, there are five more all within walking distance. Over by Victoria Square and Brandon Hill there are another three, while you can choose from six more cars by Clifton Down station. When you’ve picked out the Zipcar you want, our car club in Bristol makes it easy to start your journey. All you have to do is find the car on the website or app, book it out and then take your membership card to its location to unlock the doors. And that’s that, you’re good to go.

How to enjoy car sharing in Bristol

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How to enjoy car sharing in Bristol

Having a car gives you a lot of freedom, especially when public transport can be so expensive. Actually owning a car is fraught with its own problems in the form of costs and repairs, so Zipcar’s car hire service means you can have access to affordable travel without all the mess and fuss. Not only is it cheaper than owning a car, it’s more environmentally friendly too.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a local or a first time visitor, Bristol will always have something new to offer. So renting a car for the day is a great way to see something new either within the city or further afield. 

If you’re new to Bristol, there are some incredible attractions that can’t be missed. Bristol Zoo is always worth a visit if you want to see some exciting wildlife including lions, gorillas, meerkats and red pandas. For culture lovers, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery hosts various events and exhibitions throughout the year.

It’s also worth having a stroll around Bristol Harbour where you can find galleries, museums, exhibitions and bars. It’s the perfect place to get the true feel of Bristol. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is another must-see for visitors, as it’s one the UK’s most iconic architectural achievements.

Check out our Bristol city guide with some of the best things to do in Bristol for more inspiration!

Car sharing if you live in Bristol

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Car sharing if you live in Bristol

If you live in Bristol, you might want to use your Zipcar to travel elsewhere. There are a wide range of interesting locations incredibly close by, so you won’t have to go far to see something new.

Just south east of Bristol is the historic city of Bath. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and it’s easy to simply spend the day wandering around admiring the architecture. The city’s Roman Baths are top of most visitors’ itineraries, while the Pump Room’s Regency splendour is an unforgettable backdrop for lunch or afternoon tea.

If you’d rather get back to nature, you could head south to Exmoor National Park. Here you can enjoy some long walks over hills or along the coast and see some Exmoor ponies. The park is so big, you’ll never be able to see the whole thing with one trip, so why not come back again in the future?

Hire a Van in Bristol with Zipcar

Wherever you are in Bristol, there’s a Zipvan to rent close by. Whether you're looking for a moving van to hire, doing some DIY or need a van for your latest job, Zipcar has the vehicles that you need to get it done. Just use the app to find a nearby vehicle, reserve it and you can unlock it with your card or phone - our Bristol van hire service is cheaper than traditional van rental, with far less waiting around. Book vans up to a year in advance, or whenever you need them, all with our handy app. 

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How Zipcar works

Join online, and once you’re a member you’ll have access to all our Bristol hire cars, and the rest of our fleet to book Roundtrip journeys. Just download the app, reserve and drive.

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Apply online with a picture of your driving licence at the ready. As soon as you’re approved, you’re good to go.

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Drive a Roundtrip

Rent a car by the hour or day, perfect for weekends away and trips around town. Unlock with the app or your Zipcard.  

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When you’re done, return your Roundtrip vehicle to the same dedicated bay you got it from. Pop the keys in the glovebox and lock via the app.