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Rent a car in Bristol

Car hire has never been so easy. Rent a car from members of your local community and be on your way in minutes. Whether you need a rental car for an hour, a day or longer we've got you covered. Insurance and RAC included, and with contactless car collection, car hire in Bristol is now faster and more convenient than ever.

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“This rental car has helped massively, not just getting me to work where I've been unable to get public transport but also to be able to visit my mum.”

Jo Cooksley
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Frequently Asked Questions

Karshare is committed to maintaining cleaning and hygiene standards for the Karshare community.

The very best sharing experience relies on vehicles being cleaned, sanitised and cleared of personal items by owners, and returned by renters in the same condition as collected.

For more information on our cleaning charter please click here.

Age requirements

  • You must be aged between 25 yrs – 70 yrs old
  • Young drivers (21 yrs – 25 yrs old) are able to drive certain cars only if they have had 0 incidents since obtaining their licence

Licence requirements

  • UK or EU licence holders only
  • Must have held licence for at least 2 years
  • Must have fewer than 25% of total allowable points on licence (e.g. maximum of 3 points allowed on UK licence)

General requirements

  • No more than 1 insurance claim in the last 3 years where you were at fault


You will pay an insurance fee as a part of the price of renting a vehicle. This will fully insure you to drive the vehicle for the duration of the booking.

The standard excess for any rental booking is £750. This amount will be blocked on your card until the vehicle has been returned and the condition of the vehicle has been checked. When making a booking you have the option to reduce this excess down to £250 for an additional fee.

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The best car hire in Bristol, from your community

We have made car hire in Bristol fast, easy and affordable. With peer to peer car sharing, Bristol now has vehicles available on almost every corner, thanks to all our trusted owners looking to rent their cars. All you need to do to secure a car rental, and rent a car in Bristol is download our app and follow the prompts.

What’s more, our vehicle telematics allows you to locate and open your chosen rental car using the Karshare App, so no queues, counters or face to face key exchanges to gain access.

At Karshare we offer both long and short term vehicle hire, so whether you need to hire a car for an hour, a day or even 2 weeks, renting a car in Bristol has never been easier.

With peer-to-peer car sharing you rent the car you choose. So if you’re looking for budget friendly, cheap car rental in Bristol or a more affluent, sportier ride, we can provide both. Furthermore, with peer-to-peer car sharing, you are not paying the large overheads that typical car rental companies deal with when storing, servicing and maintaining a fleet of rental cars. This means we are able to offer the Bristol community cheaper car rentals.

Car Sharing involves two sets of people (vehicle owners and renters.) Owners rent their cars to members of the Bristol community, who pay a fee for the usage.

With two sides of the coin, there are benefits for both parties.

For renters these benefits are numerous. Your rental car is the car you choose online, the vehicles are located throughout Bristol and insurance and maintenance are all included in the price. This makes it convenient, quick and hassle free.

For owners, car sharing presents a useful stream of secondary income and given that owners don’t need to physically be present to hand over keys or do any administration, it’s as stress-free as passive income gets.

Bristol is situated in South West England and borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Back in the Anglo-Saxon days Bristol was known as a town called Briss Stow, meaning ‘the meeting place at the bridge’ in old Saxon.

Surprising, Bristol also has its own currency. The Bristol pound is a form of local, community currency launched in September 2012. It was formed to encourage people to spend money with local businesses within Bristol, and is backed by the Sterling.

Today with a population nearing half a million, Bristol is becoming a popular tourist destination and wonderful place for local and international travellers to visit. If you are visiting Bristol, rent a car from members of the community and enjoy stress free, contact-less car hire in the city. 

If you are new to Bristol there are plenty of things to do in and around the city, particularly if you rent a car with us. We have put together five of our favourite Bristol related activities:

Clifton Suspension Bridge: Rent a car in Bristol and head out toward the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s truly a masterpiece of design, ingenuity and engineering. Driving over this iconic bridge from Clifton Village to Lea Woods is exhilarating, no matter how many times you’ve driven the route, this fabulous structure never fails to inspire.

Visit the Downs: Stretching from the top of Whiteladies Road all the way to the Suspension Bridge, this wonderful green space (the Downs) are fondly referred to as the lungs of Bristol city. Escaping to this stunning area, the Downs has been helping Bristolians feel miles away from the city for generations.

Get Cultured: Bristolians love culture – and there’s little more enlightening or intellectually invigorating than good old-fashioned theatre. Delving into dramatics is easy in Bristol with many playhouses and auditoriums of all types to choose from.

See Amazing Graffiti: One of the best things to do in Bristol is explore one of its most famous cultural exports – street art. Murals come to life on shop shutters and public walls, Bristol is covered in graffiti. Multiple street tours are available so just ask a local member of the community for help finding one.

Take a ferry: Hop on a boat and see Bristol city from the water. The Bristol Ferry Boats operate waterbus services 364 days a year, they allow you to jump on and off as needed from Bristol Temple Meads train station to the SS Great Britain. Bristol Packet Boats also offer guided tours around the harbor.

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