Car Hire in Dorset
Welcome to the Enterprise Dorset car rental page. Choose from a wide selection of cars ranging from smaller economy cars to larger SUVs and people carriers
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Car Rental in Dorset
With miles of pristine coastline, scenic boat-filled harbours, and many areas of outstanding natural beauty, it’s no surprise that Dorset is a popular tourist hotspot. Dorset (once known as Dorsetshire) is a large county that is located in South West England, roughly three hours' drive away from London. The county is divided into six shire districts which include Purbeck, Christchurch and Weymouth.
Dorset covers over 980 km², so it’s a good idea to hire a car to easily explore the area at your own pace. We have a branch located in Dorchester, Dorset, as well as near to most of the major airports in England so you can easily pick up your car on your next trip.
Our Vehicles for Hire in Dorset
From economic models to luxury sports cars, we have a huge selection of vehicles to choose from. If you’re travelling with the whole family in tow, then we suggest that you book one of our people carriers. These spacious vehicles can accommodate up to 9 people comfortably, and they come with ample boot space so that you can fit all of those suitcases in. Our SUVs for also offer an affordable way to see the country in style.
If you’re moving house or doing a little DIY, then our minivan hire may be more suited to your needs. Our range of vans can safely and easily transport those bulky items, and save you plenty of money on removal costs too.
Attractions in Dorset
Dorset is home to hundreds of attractions and beautiful places to visit. No trip to the county is complete without a stop at the small peninsula and sandy beach that is Sandbanks. This exclusive area is popular with the rich and the famous, and it even has the nickname of British Palm Beach. It’s here you can soak up the sun on the golden sand, or enjoy a dinner al fresco at one of the many highly-rated restaurants in the area.
If you’d like something to keep the little ones entertained, then the Tank Museum in Bovington has a huge array of armoured vehicles that are sure to impress. Another fun afternoon can be spent at Monkey World in Wareham where you can get up close and personal with a range of cheeky primates. Nature lovers will adore the manicured grounds and lush vegetation at Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset. Or for something a little different, head to Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and take a ride in a traditional horse and carriage.
Rent a car in Dorset and you’ll find it’s easy to zip from beach to restaurant, or from a shopping trip to your hotel.
Places to Visit Outside Dorset
With so much going on in Dorset, there is no need to leave the county for entertainment. However, if you want to explore more of what England has on offer, then there are plenty of drivable destinations nearby. Cornwall has lots of pretty beaches as well as the iconic Eden Project or, for a glimpse into England's rich past, you can drive to the historic city of Oxford. London can also be easily reached in a matter of hours. Take a road trip to the capital and you could see the Tower of London, Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and so much more on your getaway. You can easily travel to any destination in England, Wales and even Scotland with a car.
Airport Car Hire
Dorset is served by Bournemouth Airport. This small airport has a selection of scheduled flights to top destinations in Europe and North Africa. Carriers that fly to and from this airport include EasyJet, Ryanair and Thomson Airways. There is ample parking available at the airport, too.
It’s also common to fly to one of the major London airports and then drive down to Dorset. London Airports include Heathrow, Luton and Stansted. We have branches located near to all three of those airports, so you can pick up your car with ease.
Parking and Traffic Information in Dorset
There are a large selection of parking options available throughout the county, many of which are much more affordable in comparison to parking charges in London. Many of the hotels and guesthouses in Dorset will offer free parking to all guests with rented vehicles, too. The traffic here is also minimal, although be prepared for light traffic around the busier seaside towns in the summer months. Choose a satellite navigation system add-on to your rental package, and it will automatically alert you to the current road conditions.
Cheap Car Hire
Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers hassle-free, affordable car hire, with a large choice of vehicles on fleet and in stock. Enterprise guarantees cheap rates on car hire from all our Dorset branch. Our range of modern economy cars are comfortable and reliable, but also fuel efficient, which keeps running costs low. Book online today and explore Dorset and its surrounding areas at a price which suits any budget.
Whether you’re moving to a different city or just simply picking up some flat pack furniture, Enterprise Rent-A-Car's extensive range of new, reliable vans at our Dorset branch will get you and your goods on the road and to your destination in safety and comfort. Choose from our large fleet of commercial and passenger vans online today.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I need to hire a car with Enterprise?
The essential items you will need to bring to an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch when hiring a vehicle are a valid drivers licence, valid ID, and a credit or debit card. You will also need to prove you are over 25 years of age, and there may be additional documentation required for international drivers. Learn more about what you need when hiring here.
- Do I need insurance to rent a car or van?
No. At Enterprise you don't need to purchase insurance as we provide a damage waiver within the cost of your hire. You can, of course, take option to purchase additional protection products to reduce the excess further to give you complete peace of mind. Visit our car hire insurance page for further details.
- How old do I need to be to hire a car or van?
All drivers must be a minimum of 25 years old. Only drivers over 30 years old may hire full-size MPVs, premium vehicles/exotic cars and Luton vans. Younger drivers might be interested in Enterprise Car Club. Learn more about age requirements for hiring a vehicle here.
- What are the driver's licence requirements for car hire in the UK & Ireland?
All drivers must present a full valid driving license. If the driving license is written in a language and characters different to those of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit is also required. Learn more about car hire driving licence requirements here.
- Can I hire a car with a debit card?
We accept payment by either a debit or credit card in the name of the renter. A credit card is required if you are renting a People Carrier, Compact Elite, SUV, Premium, Luxury or Executive vehicle. Learn more about our accepted card payment methods here.
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