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Wolverhampton, a major industrial centre during the Victorian era with roots that stretch back to the Anglo-Saxon period, is one of the largest cities in the West Midlands. Although not known for its tourist attractions, there are a few historic architectural gems and Victorian parks to enjoy in and around the city. It’s also very easy to escape the urban scene of Wolverhampton and drive around the very scenic Shropshire countryside for a nice balance of activities.
Who to Book With
Most of the big car hire chains, including Avis, Europcar and Enterprise, are represented in Wolverhampton. Several of the offices are located along Birmingham Road, while others are found near the train station and in business parks on the outskirts of town. Since driving around the countryside is a big part of many visitors’ agendas, popular car rental models are often sold out. To ensure you get the car you want at the best possible rates, go online and make your rental reservation as early as possible.
Best Time to Go
The weather in Wolverhampton is as English as it gets. Summer is the best season here with long days, warm temperatures around 21°C and more sun than most other months. Winters are rather damp and chilly, at around 8°C, so consider planning your trip any time between May and September for optimal weather conditions.
Need to Know Essentials
Rental offices typically require the following documents to collect a vehicle:
- A valid UK, EU or international driving license
- Another form of picture ID
- A printed rental confirmation paper
- The credit card from the online booking
Wolverhampton is a fairly large city and suffers the usual traffic congestion issues in its downtown streets. Fortunately, the Inner Ring Road forms a complete circle around the centre of Wolverhampton, helping to keep most traffic from clogging up the streets. Like the spokes of a wheel, trunk roads branch out in all directions from the Ring Road, eventually connecting to the M5, M6 and M54 motorways.
There are both private and city-run car parks in Wolverhampton. Most of the 11 city-run car parks are open from 06:00 to 04:00, nearly 24 hours a day. Sundays and weekdays after 17:30 are free to park here, but fees of £2 per day for long-stay lots and £1.70 for two hours at the short-stay lots apply the rest of the time. A dozen or so private car parks are also available with varying hours of operation. Four free Park and Ride locations offer another parking option.
While it’s very useful to have your own vehicle in Wolverhampton, the city does offer a helpful public transportation system of buses and trams. There are good train services from London and other major UK cities, as well as an extensive coach service from cities around the country. Taxis are another option for quick trips around the city.
Wolverhampton lies along the West Coast Mainline, which offers frequent direct trains to London, Manchester and Birmingham along with countless other UK cities. The main train station is just a short walk from the centre of town, right across the street from the bus station.
The newest addition to Wolverhampton’s public transport network is its light rail tram line called the Metro. These modern efficient trams run from Bilston Street’s St George’s stop to Birmingham’s Snow Hill Station. Along the way, the trams stop at several places in the city. Tickets cost around £5 for a Daytripper Pass or around £2.10 for a single-trip ticket from end to end.
The city’s principal bus station is at Piper’s Row, just across from the train terminal. Centro is the company that runs the local buses, with routes both within Wolverhampton and around the surrounding area running until 23:00. A new service is the Wolverhampton City Centre 500 bus, which runs in a loop around the city centre on market days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) for free.
A significant number of taxi companies operate in Wolverhampton, providing convenient transport around the clock. Central Taxis is just one of the more established outfits in the city, featuring online bookings or phone-in pick-ups.
With a car rental, you have the flexibility to venture out to larger neighbouring cities like Birmingham or into the beautiful Shropshire countryside. Wolverhampton sits right on the fringe of development in this part of northwestern England, offering some lovely rural driving along lightly-travelled roads. Check out Shrewsbury or head into central Wales; the options for daytrips are endless.
Shrewsbury - This is an excellent example of a quintessential medieval market town, with a historic core that looks a lot like it did several centuries ago. Shrewsbury Castle is just one of the highlights here, but simply strolling around the town centre is a treat in itself.
The Shropshire Hills - Some of England’s prettiest landscape, and sit right on the doorstep of Wolverhampton. Besides cruising the countryside for fun, visitors can tour the 32 historic castles scattered around this region in varying states of ruin. Pick a few to see and make a daytrip of it.
Ironbridge Gorge - This is one of the birthplaces of England’s Industrial Revolution, and a must-visit location if you have an interest in this important era in global development. The world’s first iron bridge can be found at this cool UNESCO World Heritage site along with several museums to put things into perspective.
The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.
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.
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).
In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.
Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.
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).
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).