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Norfolk, VA Guide

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Norfolk is a county in eastern England, the largest one in terms of size, with an area of about 2,000 square miles. Therefore, visitors here will find open country as well as scenic lakes and bays, all of which make for the perfect getaway or an excellent respite from the busy cities. Norfolk is best experienced in two of the main attractions of the area: the Wash and the Norfolk Broads.

Who to Book With
Norfolk County has many car hire companies whose rental rates are easily viewed and compared via online booking sites. Many of the companies have their offices in or near the county town of Norwich. First Self-Drive and Norwich Car Hire both have offices on Paddock Street in Norwich. Hertz and Europcar also each have a desk at the terminal building of Norwich Airport.

Best Time to Go
The climate in Norfolk is milder than that of the rest of the United Kingdom due to its position on the British east coast. Annual rainfall is low compared to Cornwall, Cardiff and the Lake District. There are lots of sunny days too, making visits in spring or summer a good choice.

Need to Know Essentials
Renters who booked the vehicle online must have the following when collecting the vehicle:

- Booking confirmation
- The credit card of the renter
- The driving licence of renter (or an International Driving Permit)
- Secondary identification with a photo

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Norwich, the county town, is the transport hub of the area. Roads all go through this city, with the M11 motorway branching off onto the A11 close to Cambridge the best way to get from London to Norwich. The journey should take about two hours. The National Park and Ride Directory lists Norfolk as the county with the most Park and Ride sites, with almost 5,000 parking spaces available. The car parks are situated along the roads leading into the city centre of Norwich.

More UK driving information is available in our guide.

Transport

The main transport hub of the county is Norwich, from where roads radiate out to all areas of the UK. Frequent train services from London are available, and bus connections run to nearby counties as well as to London and Birmingham. Although buses and trains are sufficient for commuters, those wishing to explore the quiet countryside and the remote open country are advised to hire a car.

Trains
Two railway lines provide services for residents and visitors travelling between Norfolk and London. Run by the National Express East Anglia, trains depart for London frequently, up to 35 times daily, taking only two hours from Norwich. Direct services are also available to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, both located along the coast. King's Lynn by the Wash in the west also receives trains from London King's Cross. These services are operated by First Capital Connect.

Taxis
There are plenty of companies providing taxi services in Norfolk, not just in the main towns such as Norwich, although there are certainly a lot more found here. ABC Taxis, A2B Taxi, Five Star Taxis, Beeline and Dolphin Taxis and many more are represented in Norwich, with services available within and outside town. Many of these companies have websites that accept online bookings.

Buses
Routes within the region are operated by First Eastern Counties. One bus line, Excel X1, begins at Peterborough Railway Station and runs to Wisbeach, King's Lynn, Norwich and Lowestoft. For journeys involving larger distances, National Express operates several services to Birmingham and London. It is advisable to check online as discounts are often offered.

Exploring

The idyllic countryside is what many holidaymakers come to Norfolk for. Tourists can enjoy endless areas of open natural beauty as well as lazy boat rides along the many waterways of the county. When you have your own car here, such experiences in the more outlying areas of the county become available.

Recommended Drives

Norwich - A good starting point for visitors coming to Norfolk. This lively town has many cultural and historical sites well worth the visit, including the 900-year old Norman church, the Norwich Cathedral, as well as the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, found on University of East Anglia campus.

The Wash - This is a bay in the northern part of Norfolk. This square-shaped bay is one of the largest estuaries of the UK, home to a range of wildlife and birds, including waders, geese and ducks. Those interested in seeing more wildlife can head to Hunstanton and the Sea Life Sanctuary, a rescue centre for marine animals found near the Wash.

The Norfolk Broads - A protected area comprised of navigable rivers, lakes and canals. Boating, kayaking and biking are ideal activities to do while enjoying the beauty of the Broads.

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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