Car Hire in the Cotswolds
If you do not wish to hire a car either in London or at an airport, there is an option to take a train to Oxford (1 hour 10 minutes from London Paddington) www.nationalrail.co.uk and hire a car there. From Heathrow or Gatwick, there is a very good half-hourly bus service to the centre of Oxford which is very close to the car hire agencies – www.oxfordbus.co.uk.
There are no hire car facilities near Moreton-in-Marsh or Stow-on-the-Wold.
The hire car companies in Oxford are (in no particular order):
Avis: + 44 (0)844-5446087, Abbey Road, OX2 0AD (300 yard walk) (MtoF 8-6, Sat 8-1, Sun and Bank Holidays closed) www.avis.co.uk/oxford
Budget: + 44 (0)1865-724884 (2 min walk behind Long Stay car park)www.budget.co.uk/oxford
Thrifty: + 44 (0)1865-250252 (5 min walk, taxi, or will collect if staff are free) www.thrifty.com
Europcar: + 44 (0)1865-264373, (20 min walk or taxi ride) Europcar offer a Meet and Greet service at the station for an extra charge. www.europcar.co.uk/oxford
www.vroomvroomvroom.co.uk offer a search facility if you type in ‘Oxford station’.
Some visitors find the roads narrow and the speeds a little concerning. Many roads started their lives as cart tracks – all part of the charming nature of the towns and villages through which they pass. If you are concerned a tip is to obtain a magnetic, green ‘P’ plate for the front and rear of the car. In the UK this means that the person driving the car has just passed their test and, as a general rule, other car drivers give this car space and make allowances. UK drivers can otherwise be aggressive and impatient with hesitant drivers. Green P magnetic plates can be obtained by post from www.amazon.co.uk for about £3 and some of the larger garages sell them in the UK. I also keep a supply for £3 hire out.