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        About Southampton

        Southampton is a city located in southern England. The city is home to a large number of businesses and organizations, as well as is a popular tourist destination. Southampton is also home to several universities and colleges. The history of Southampton dates back to the Roman era when the city was known as Clausentum. The city has a long and varied history, shaped by its location and role as a major port. Today, Southampton is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with diverse people and cultures. The city is home to several museums and galleries, live music and a nightlife scene. The city also has several green spaces, including the New Forest and Southampton Common. With its rich history, diverse culture and array of things to see and do, Southampton is an ideal place to live, work or study.

        Basic info and car hire in Southampton

        • Location: United Kingdom.
        • Population: 252,872.
        • Official language: English.
        • Currency: Pounds Sterling (GBP).
        • Weather: The weather in Southampton is mild and temperate. The average temperature in the summer is around 21°C, and in the winter, it is around 5°C. The city experiences a fair amount of rainfall throughout the year, with an average of around 1,200 mm per year. Snow is not common in Southampton, but it does occasionally happen. 
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: The roads in Southampton are generally in good condition. However, some areas can be quite tricky, especially during bad weather. The city centre is particularly difficult, with many narrow streets and a lot of traffic. If you are driving in Southampton, take extra care and drive slowly. Outside of the city centre, the roads are much better, and it is easier to get around. However, some areas can be tricky to navigate, so pay attention to signs and road markings. In general, the roads in Southampton are safe to drive on. Be sure to drive carefully and stay alert at all times.
        • Car hire in Southampton: Hiring a car at Southampton Airport, Southampton Central Railway Station or Southampton Downtown with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Southampton 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 trip.

        Driving in Southampton

        Southampton, one of the UK's most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, is an excellent driving place. The city centre is compact while the surrounding countryside is perfect for car exploration.

        • 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 in case your policy does not cover you when driving in the UK).
        • 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 Southampton

        Most popular car hire at Southampton

        The most selected hire car in Southampton is the Toyota Aygo, with the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla also being a popular option. The mini and economy car categories are the most popular car types in Southampton. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Southampton

        Do you want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way rentals in many locations outside of Newcastle. A one-way rental is ideal for travelling across town or the country and saves you time by not having to return to your original site.
        Southampton is in southern England, and it is exciting to travel beyond Southampton. There are many fascinating places to drive to with your hired car, such as London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and many more! With permission of the car hire company you work with, you can even take your rental 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 excellent options for one-way car hire locations all over the UK.

        Popular day trips from Southampton

        There are plenty of great day trips that can be taken from Southampton. For those who love the outdoors, there are many options for walks and hikes in the area.

        The New Forest National Park is a great place to start, and there are also plenty of coastal paths to explore. It's a protected area in the south of England. It's home to various wildlife, including deer, ponies, and pigs. The New Forest is a popular tourist destination, with attractions such as walking and cycling trails, horse riding, and camping. The park also has several historic sites, including castles and churches.

        There are plenty of options for those who prefer to spend their time indoors. The city of Winchester is just a short drive away and is home to several fantastic museums and galleries. The city of Winchester is the county town of Hampshire in South East England. The city is located on the River Itchen. Winchester was the capital of England from the 8th to the 11th centuries, and it was one of the largest cities in Europe during that time. The city is home to several historic buildings and landmarks, including Winchester Cathedral, Winchester College, and the University of Winchester. The city is also a popular tourist destination, with attractions such as St Giles' Fair and the Great Hall of Winchester.

        Bath – This historic city is home to Roman baths, an impressive abbey and Georgian architecture. There are plenty of things to do and see in Bath. Visitors can explore the Roman baths, take a tour of Georgian architecture, or even pay a visit to the Royal Crescent. For those looking for a more active experience, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails to enjoy in and around the city. And of course, no trip to Bath would be complete without trying out the famous Thermae Bath Spa! It makes for a very interesting day trip.

        What to see in Southampton

        There's plenty to see and do in Southampton. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find something to keep you entertained in Southampton!

        There's the Tudor House Museum and the remains of Southampton Castle for history buffs. The Southampton Harbour is also worth a visit. This harbour was once used as a departure point for the ill-fated Titanic. Today, it is home to several cruises and a popular tourist destination.

        Nature lovers can explore one of the many green spaces in the city, such as Palmerston Park or Weston Shore. The Mayflower Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the views of the River Thames. The park also has a playground and several restaurants.

        The city's museums and art galleries are also worth a visit. The Southampton City Art Gallery has a large collection of paintings, while the Titanic Museum contains artefacts from the ship.

        And for those who enjoy a good shopping spree, WestQuay Shopping Centre is a must-visit.

        With so much to see and do, Southampton is a great place to visit.

        Southampton Pier

        Tudor House in Southampton

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Southampton

        There are plenty of great places to eat and drink in Southampton and it is home to many different types of food and drink. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as several pubs and bars. Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat or a leisurely meal, you're sure to find something to suit your taste in Southampton.

        Best restaurants and bars in Southampton

        Soleto is a modern Italian restaurant situated in the heart of Southampton. The restaurant offers a wide selection of freshly made dishes, all perfectly cooked by their talented team of chefs. Whether you’re looking for a light starter or a hearty main course, we’re sure you’ll find something to tantalise your taste buds at Soleto.

        Banana Wharf
        Banana Wharf is a seafood restaurant located in the city's historic maritime district and overlooks the River Test. Banana Wharf serves fresh seafood dishes sourced from local fishermen. The restaurant also has a bar serving cocktails and wine. Banana Wharf is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended.

        Basmati is a world-renowned Indian restaurant situated in the heart of Southampton. The restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic Indian cuisine, prepared using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Basmati has a team of highly skilled and experienced chefs who have been trained in the art of Indian cookery, and they can create mouth-watering dishes that will tantalise your taste buds. Whether you are looking for a light lunchtime snack or a sumptuous evening meal, Basmati is sure to have something to suit your needs. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, including local and international wines, so you can enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple with your meal. Basmati is the perfect place to enjoy a taste of India, and you will have an unforgettable dining experience.

        All Bar One Westquay
        All Bar One Westquay is a stylish bar located in the heart of Southampton's bustling waterfront. The perfect place to enjoy cocktails with friends or unwind after work with a glass of wine, All Bar One Westquay offers a relaxed and chic setting for any occasion. Whether catching up with friends or enjoying a romantic night out, All Bar One Westquay is the perfect place to relax and socialise.

        The Black Phoenix Pub
        The Black Phoenix Pub is a local pub in Southampton that is well-known for its dark and mysterious atmosphere. The pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a black cat, which is said to roam the premises at night. The pub is also known for its excellent selection of beer and cider and its hearty food menu. If you're looking for a place to enjoy a pint or two in an atmospheric setting, then the Black Phoenix Pub is worth a try!

        The Standing Order Pub
        The Standing Order Pub in Southampton is one of the most popular pubs in the city. The pub has a great atmosphere and is always busy with locals and visitors. The pub serves a wide range of drinks and has a good food selection. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the prices are very reasonable. The Standing Order Pub is worth a visit if you are ever in Southampton.


        What you need to know about renting a car

        What do I need to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Do I need car insurance in the UK?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the United Kingdom with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in the UK?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I get the cheapest car in the United Kingdom?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.

        What is the cheapest rental car in the UK?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in the United Kingdom?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental, Europcar Rent a Car and Green motion.

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the United Kingdom?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Volvo XC 60.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the UK?

        Most car rentals in the UK offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        Find The Best Car Hire Companies In Southampton

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