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        About Manchester

        Manchester is a city in the United Kingdom with a population of2.55 million. The history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort (castra) of Mamucium or Mancunium, established in about AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. Throughout the Middle Ages, Manchester remained a manorial township but began to expand at an astonishing rate around the turn of the 19th century. Manchester achieved city status in 1853. Its fortune declined after the Second World War, owing to deindustrialisation, but the IRA bombing in 1996 led to extensive investment and regeneration. 
        The city is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections.

        Basic info and car hire in Manchester

        • Location: United Kingdom
        • Population: 2.55 million (2022)
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pounds sterling (GBP)
        • Weather: In Manchester, the summers are pleasant and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, very cold, windy and mostly cloudy. During the year, the temperature usually varies between 37°F (3°C) and 69°F (20°C) and is rarely below 27°F (-3°C) or above 78°F (26°C).
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: The conditions for driving are good. Once you get used to driving in Manchester, it's easy because most roads are two lanes, except for the motorway.
        • Car hire in Manchester: When you hire a car from Orbit Car Hire at Manchester Airport or Manchester Piccadilly train station, you can move freely around Manchester and the UK. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your journey.

        Driving in Manchester

        The north of England is a fantastic place to explore in a hire car. If you plan to spend some time in Manchester, a rental car is a great way to get around. Get used to driving in wet weather. It frequently rains in Manchester, so take extra care and slow down.
        Several motorways surround Manchester. Familiarise yourself with the number of the main roads you will need before you travel. The ring road (M60) takes you in a loop around the centre of Manchester. The M62 takes motorists south towards Liverpool. Manchester is a busy place, and roads can often be congested, especially in the central areas where you may also have to use one-way streets. There are several NCP car parks in Manchester city centre and pay and display bays in the city centre. Parking is often accessible in certain car parks if it is a bank holiday. Time restrictions apply in the central parking zones. A toll is charged on Warburton Bridge in Greater Manchester. There are no toll roads in central Manchester, but there is a toll on the M6 if you travel towards the West Midlands. There are toll tunnels and bridges if you travel to Liverpool or Preston. Note that the Mersey Tunnels in Wallasey are toll roads.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company if your policy does not cover you when driving in the United Kingdom).
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Left
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, and the average price per hour is around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in Manchester

        Most popular car hire at Manchester

        The most selected hire car in Manchester is the Fiat 500, with the Ford Fiesta and Kia Stonic also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Manchester are Mini and Economy car categories. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Drive your hired car beyond Manchester

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside Manchester. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location.
        As Manchester is a city in the middle of the United Kingdom, it is exciting to travel beyond Manchester. You can head to many interesting cities with your hired car, such as Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Preston, Lancaster and many more! With the permission of the car rental company you work with, you can even take your hired car to other places like Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and start your little UK trip - the possibilities are endless!
        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the United Kingdom.

        Popular day trips from Manchester

        With its abundance of shopping centres, museums and music venues, Manchester is not where you get bored. But if you are planning a more extended trip or a day out and looking for new weekend activities, there's a wealth of fascinating attractions on your doorstep. National parks, stunning heritage sites and golden coastlines offer a little break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Pack the car and get ready to explore the best day trip destinations from Manchester.

        Liverpool is packed with culture. Great museums in one of the UK's best cities for nightlife. The locals - known as Scousers - could not be prouder of their home. And who could blame them? Attractions abound, including a world-famous football club. The vibrant nightlife has helped make it one of the best places for adults near Manchester. You can admire neon artwork by Tracey Emin in the huge Liverpool Cathedral and plenty of cool bars and restaurants in the recently renovated Baltic Triangle. Do not skip The Beatles Story. It may be cheesy, but it's packed with Fab Four memorabilia and even features a full-size replica of Abbey Road Studios. Liverpool is close to Manchester, only 35 miles (56 km) separate the two cities, and the drive there takes about 1 hour.

        Peak District National Park
        The Peak District is perfect for a scenic day out with Epic hiking trails and cosy pubs. If you are looking for fresh air and picturesque mountain vistas as far as the eye can see, you can not beat a trip to the Peak District. It is one of several national parks accessible from Manchester and a paradise for walkers of all kinds.
        Edale is the destination of choice for day-trippers. You can climb Mam Tor and walk along the Great Ridge to the Back Tor or descend into idyllic Castleton. Explore the ruined village of Peveril Castle - a former royal hunting lodge - and enjoy a hearty pub lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Inn.
        Alternatively, walk to Kinder Scout, the highest point in the region. A circular walk from Edale station will take you around five hours. It is steep in places and sometimes unmarked, so a map is a must.
        Edale is 30 miles (48 km) east of the city. The drive takes about an hour.


        York's interactive museums are great for a family day and soaking up a tapestry of history. York is one of the top places to visit within two hours of Manchester, thanks partly to its incredible history. Walls that once protected the city from invading Vikings encircle a web of medieval streets, while traditional 16th-century pubs house Roman relics in their basements. York Minster is an unmissable behemoth on the city’s skyline and a must-see for first-timers. It’s a particularly good destination for family day trips. Kids will no doubt enjoy the interactive exhibits at the Yorvik Viking Centre and the tantalizing workshops at York’s Chocolate Story. Elsewhere, stroll down the cobbles of The Shambles, where wonky, timber-framed buildings hide boutique shops selling everything from old-fashioned sweets to Harry Potter souvenirs. Hungry? Grab a homemade pie from the Hairy Fig deli or indulge in a classic cream tea at Betty's. Despite being 74 miles (120km) northeast of Manchester, York can be reached in about 90 minutes by road.

        What to see in Manchester

        Manchester is full of activities, culture and life! There is plenty to do and see in exciting Manchester.

        Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour
        The Manchester United Museum & Stadium Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s most iconic stadium – Old Trafford. Come and sit in the manager's seat in the dugout, walk through the players’ tunnel towards the hallowed turf and find the seat of your favourite player in the dressing room. Get a feel for life in the Premier League and immerse yourself in an unrivalled story, the most incredible football story ever told. They welcome groups of all sizes from all over the world every day to the home of Manchester United, from individuals and families to international group tours, providing the same world-class experience to all.

        Manchester Gin Disterilly
        A guided tour and tasting of Manchester Gin's spirits with an insight into the distillery life. Your experience will begin with a drink of your choice upon arrival, ranging from rum, vodka and gin, followed by a tour and insight into the art of distillation and our passion for spirits. The tour will continue with a tasting of Manchester Gin's award-winning spirits, including One-Eyed Rebel Spiced Rum, Manchester Spirit Grain Vodka, Forty-Five Vermouth, abSINthe – and, of course, a couple of Manchester Gin samples thrown in for good measure. You will also get to know about the history behind them and explore new flavour profiles. This experience is perfect if you’re ready to expand your palette if you’d like to join the tasting & tour, but you like more than just gin.

        Chester Zoo
        A visit to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens. With over 500 different animal species on the 125 acres, you’re sure to have a great day out full of adventure - discovering and learning more about theINCREDIBLE animals and plants. The fun doesn’t stop there! Why not turn your zoo visit into an ADVENTURE and book one of their unique Experiences that gives you an incredible opportunity to get closer to animals and plants and gain behind-the-scenes knowledge from their AMAZING experts? Visiting the zoo can be hungry work, so why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks in the zoo? From classic family-friendly dishes to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian-inspired dishes. If you’re looking for something special, their contemporary British pub, The Oakfield, serves freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines, and spirits, sure to warm up your winter zoo visit.

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        Outside Old Trafford in Manchester

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Manchester

        Manchester's food and drink culture is thriving. Restaurants, bars, gastropubs, microbreweries and cafés are opening weekly, and the city is establishing itself as one of the most exciting foodie destinations in the UK.
        From fine dining and afternoon tea to pop-up markets and simple street food, Greater Manchester offers many options for every mood and type of cuisine you can imagine. This city is a vegan and vegetarian paradise and offers a range of halal options.
        From family-friendly eateries perfect for little ones (and big ones) to Manchester's massive selection of cafés and delis, you'll be spoilt for choice.

        Best restaurants and bars in Manchester

        El Gato Negro Tapas
        Chef Simon Shaw creates seasonally influenced dishes that combine modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques, drawing inspiration from the local area.
        The food is perfectly complemented by a fine selection of Spanish wines and sherries and a dedicated cocktail bar.

        The menu at Tattu focuses on dim sum and small plates prepared by a talented team led by Chef Clifton Muil. The bar offers an extensive cocktail menu and wine list with a selection of sake.
        There are high-top tables and intimate seating areas for groups, and a menu of champagne and bottle service is offered. The decadent Tattu Parlour is the venue's exclusive private room with its entrance, bar and toilets. The Parlour can be booked for up to 30 people for a seated meal or up to 60 people for a canapé reception or event.

        V Revolution
        V Rev is the first and only 100% vegan restaurant in Manchester, established in 2011. The café offers burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and much more.

        Federal Cafe & Bar
        Independently run café bar serving gourmet coffee, speciality teas, delicious brunch, bagels and homemade cakes. Now open until 8 pm Monday to Thursday and until 11 pm Friday to Saturday for food, cocktails, gin, beer and wine.

        Salvi's Mozzarella Bar and Restaurant
        Founded and run by husband and wife team Maurizio and Claire, Salvi's is synonymous with all that is traditional Neapolitan food - rustic, homely, generous and fine dining using the finest, carefully selected Italian ingredients. Upstairs in the café and bar, you can expect Italian hams, Italian cheeses, a wide selection of antipasti, carefully selected Italian wines and proseccos, paninis and specially sourced products for the kitchen - all under the direction of Roberto (Salvi's 'Master of Mozzarella'). Downstairs in the restaurant, expect authentic Neapolitan dishes, including wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta dishes and hearty main courses. There is also a private dining area (seats 8) and outdoor seating.

        Three Little Words
        Manchester's only distillery bar & restaurant. Enjoy superb cocktails, G&Ts, beers and wines in beautifully restored II * listed red brick arches in the heart of Manchester. The vaults under Manchester Central, home to Three Little Words and The Spirit of Manchester Distillery, have been lovingly opened up and transformed into a stunning distillery, bar and restaurant. Three Little Words' cocktail menu mixes the best spirits and liqueurs into unique creations. You'll find all the classics, shaken, stirred and poured to perfection, and an original list of drinks created by the talented bar team. In addition to cocktails, you'll also find a well-stocked wine list, an exciting selection of local beers and premium soft drinks. Drink. Eat. Distil.


        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
        • One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher, and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world. 

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