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Car Rental in Cotswolds, where?

My wife and I will be travelling from North Wales, probably Conwy and heading toward the Cotswolds. Where would I need to train to in order to rent a car? If it makes a difference, planning on homebasing in Stow-in-the-Wold.


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I was not coming from Wales, but I was staying near Stow, and I found renting a car in Oxford to be fairly easy. The Europcar location was a short taxi ride from the train station, and out of the center of the city, so it was a straight shot to head into the Cotswolds. I arranged my rental with in the US.

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I'd guess that from North Wales by train you'd come east to Chester or Crewe (or both) and then Birmingham New Street whence you can take a Cross Country train one stop to Cheltenham. Nice easy drive to Stow on the Wold (where the wind blows cold). I'd be surprised if you can't get a car near the Cheltenham station.

I've never tried, mind, I drive my own car to see family in Cheltenham so have never needed to.

Or you could go just beyond Birmingham New Street to Birmingham International for Birmingham Airport. I know for a fact that all the majors are in the terminal there and they have a decent selection, especially if you need an automatic. You can either drive out of the airport onto the M42 southbound to the M42 westbound to the M5 southbound to Cheltenham - or M42 southbound to M40 southbound to A46 (junction 15) and off the roundabout at the A429 towards Wellesbourne and Halford, joining the Fosse Way at Halford; the continuing in pretty much a straight line through Moreton in Marsh and up into Stow on the Wold (where the wind blows cold as my auntie always used to say).