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Bradford Guide

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Situated on the tip of the Moors, Bradford is a modern and vibrant city in West Yorkshire that has plenty of appeal to tourists. While once the wool capital of the world during the nineteenth century, the city is now a cosmopolitan haven with a large South Asian population and several art galleries and unique crafts shops. Using Bradford as a base, there are diverse day trips accessible by car, including to the historical city of Leeds.

Who to Book With
There are six car hire companies to choose from, with the two most centrally-located companies being Europcar and National – both of which are found on Nelson Street. Alternatively, Enterprise is located on Queen's Road. Those that wish to use a locally-based company can opt for Arrow Self Drive, Kwik Car Rental or Evolution. Most of the car hire companies in Bradford accept online bookings.

Best time to go
June, July and August are considered the best months to visit Bradford given that this is the period when the city enjoys its finest weather. As the majority of attractions are located indoors however, preferences on when to head to the city are down to tourists.

Need to Know Essentials
In order to pick up your rental car, you must bring the following:

- Full valid British or EU driving license and/or International Driving Permit
- Additional form of photo ID
- Valid credit card used to make the booking
- Printed confirmation of rental

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Driving around Bradford is easy, although like in most cities traffic can build up around rush hours. Parking spaces are available both on the street and in multi-storey lots that are privately-run or are situated on the premises of shopping malls. Bradford is well-linked to other cities around Yorkshire and northern England.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving in Britain.

Transport

The ideal way to navigate the city of Bradford is by car. A day away from being behind the wheel though can see visitors relying on a well-developed public transport system in addition to taxis. Other Yorkshire cities such as Leeds and Sheffield are easy to travel to but heading out into the moors or Yorkshire Dales really requires having a rental vehicle.

Trains
Bradford Forster Square and Bradford Interchange are the two main railway stations in Bradford. While those travelling from London, Manchester, York, Leeds and North Lancashire can travel directly to the city by rail, others will find their trip runs much smoother if they first head to Leeds and then transfer. Rail services to and from Bradford are mostly supplied by Northern Rail.

Buses
First is the supplier of bus transport in Bradford and makes it possible to travel around town, the suburbs and to other destinations in West Yorkshire or elsewhere in the county. Those that will use the bus on a regular basis may wish to look into purchasing a Metro Card, which costs around £21 per week. Additionally, the Bradford ‘freecitybus’ is an alternative option.

Taxis
While there are taxi ranks around the city centre, residents mostly advise visitors to call private hire services and book transport in advance, if required. Bradford Town Taxis is the main operator here and its offices are located on Morley Street.

Exploring

In Bradford, visitors can enjoy the National Media Museum (formerly the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television), home to the UK's first-ever IMAX screen. Alternatively, historians often head to the Bradford Industrial Museum to learn more about the city's involvement in the wool trade over the past few centuries. Those with spending money burning a hole in their pocket will most likely head to Darley Street, Kirkgate or Broadway for the best shopping. Art lovers often drive a short distance out of the town to the Salt Mill in Saltaire which hosts collections by David Hockney, Bradford's world-famous artist.

Recommended Drives

The Pennines - Located only a short drive from the centre of Bradford the Pennines offer fantastic views as well as a range of outdoor activities. As they separate Manchester and Yorkshire, those that wish to keep heading through these hills will eventually end up in the north's largest city.

Leeds - Like Bradford, Leeds is also located in West Yorkshire and is the largest city in its county. Visitors usually enjoy trips to the Royal Armouries, shopping in the Victoria Arcade or on Merrion Way, international cuisine that ranges from West Indian to Vietnamese, and great nightlife that mostly revolves around live music venues.

Todmorden - This is around half an hour from Bradford by car and is known for its natural beauty above all. This destination is one of few unspoiled market towns still left in the country and is also renowned for its fine restaurants.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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