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Berlin to Warsaw by car- Poland Road Trip Itinerary

Discover central Europe- Berlin to Warsaw travel guide. Check out our Poland road trip itinerary!

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Berlin to Poznań- 270km📍 40 PLN Highway Toll (9.1 EUR)

Poznań to Wrocław- 180km📍

Wrocław to Kraków- 270km📍36.2 PLN Highway Toll (8.2 EUR)

Kraków to Warsaw- 300km📍

1 130 kilometers (700 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Poland, Europe, Drop-off at another location

This guide takes you on a road trip through the heart of central Europe. The road trip begins in the capital of Germany, where you will depart east and cross the Oder into Poland. 

Discover the best attractions in Poznań and Wrocław. Get lost in the historic Old Town of Kraków, then take the final stretch to Warsaw and finish with an unforgettable night in the country’s vibrant capital.

Is Poland cheap to travel to?

Though the trip begins in Germany, the majority of the road trip takes you across Poland, which is one of the most affordable countries in the European Union to travel to. 

Poland’s rich history and unique cuisine can be discovered on a tighter budget compared to other countries in the region. For example, lunch in a Polish restaurant will cost you anywhere between 15 and 30zł (3-7 Euro).

Is Poland worth visiting?

Poland is most certainly worth visiting! The country offers a wide selection of attractions, such as:

  •  museums 
  • art galleries 
  • scenic natural beauty
  • authentic restaurants with regional and exotic dishes. 

Combined with a day in Germany, there are even more attractions for all kinds of travelers!

Can tourists drive in Poland?

Yes! Poland, as well as Germany, are both members of the open-border Schengen zone, meaning crossing the borders is quick and hassle-free. 

If your driving license was issued in an EU country, you can drive in Poland and Germany without any limitations. Driving licenses issued in countries that are mentioned in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (list here) are valid for 6 months, as long as the driver is over 18.

 If your driving license was issued in a different country, you will have to obtain an International Driving Permit before coming.

The penalties for speeding and other car-related offenses have increased in recent years. Drivers will lose their license for 3 months if they are caught going more than 50km/h above the speed limit in an urban zone, as well as a 500zł (110 EUR) penalty on the spot.

Check out this Rentalmoose guide on driving in Poland to get more useful tips! Learn all about the tolling system, speed limits, and more.

Poland and Germany both have right-hand side traffic.

Are highways in Poland free?

All of the German highways (Autobahns) are completely free to use. In Poland, however, some of the highway segments are paid. The total toll cost for this trip doesn’t surpass 80zł (18.1 euro), and the fees can be paid by cash or credit directly at the highway booths.

What is the best time to visit Poland?

Do you want to explore the region during the hottest summer weather? Visit during peak summer, keeping in mind it is also the peak of the tourist season. 

If you’re looking to avoid large crowds, go on this trip during early autumn (from the 1st of September) or late spring (until 31 May). 

If you want to experience Poland during the Christmas season, explore the colorful Christmas markets in each of the cities and see snow (if you’re lucky), Rentalmoose recommends going in the second half of December.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Poland road trip itinerary!

Berlin

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Your road trip begins in Berlin, one of the most diverse cities in all of Europe. Pick up your rental car directly from one of the city’s airports, train or coach stations. Numerous car rental companies support drop-off at a different location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose

What is Berlin famous for?

The capital of Germany is a vibrant multicultural city known for its rich history, artistic vibe, and crazy nightlife. Discover the city’s modern Europa-Center, the world-class Zoo or choose your favorite from the many museums around town.

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Tiergarten & Berlin Zoo

Begin with a stroll through Tiergarten, a massive park that is known as the city’s green lungs in the very heart of Berlin. Visit the world-class Berlin Zoo, the most species-rich zoo in the world.

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Victory Column, a landmark in Berlin. See the best places to visit in Berlin with our curated berlin travel guide

Your rental car can be dropped off at Parkhaus am Zoo, a multi-story car park across the road. The day rate is below 20 euros.

Berlin is Germany’s capital of art and culture. Choose from a variety of museums, or head to the Astor Film Lounge for a one of a kind cinematic experience. 

Astor Film Lounge

Germany’s first premium cinema has been open to the public since the late 40s. The best aspects of retro luxury moviegoing combined with modern technology make visiting Astor a truly unforgettable experience. Valet parking and a welcome drink are included, of course.

Classic Remise

Automotive freaks will find their paradise in Berlin, as Classic Remise is situated on the outskirts of the city. Located in a renovated tram depot from 1899, this hidden gem is home to hundreds of rare classic cars, as well as modern sports cars and motorcycles of all sorts. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in Classic Remise next to vintage cars. Classic Remise Berlin is a great spot to visit in Berlin for car enthusiasts, hundreds of classic cars can be found here.

Petrolheads can find a mix of privately-owned cars put up on display as well as automobiles listed for sale. The best part? Admission is free of charge. Classic Remise is definitely worth a visit for any car fan in town!

Any visit to Berlin wouldn’t possibly be complete without trying Döner Kebap, a Turkish dish that has essentially conquered Germany. 

Where can you eat the best Döner in Berlin?

Mustafa’s

Head to Mustafa’s, one of the best Kebap spots in town, to try the city’s iconic dish. The lengthy queue to the stall is another sign that the kebap is truly delicious.

On-street parking is available in the area but if you can’t find a spot head to this car park around the corner.

Rental Moose mascot standing next to busy Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap food stall. It is one of the best doner kebap in Berlin located in Kreuzberg, and one of the best places to eat in Berlin.

Nightlife

Once dusk falls, be sure to head out and enjoy one of Europe’s best-known nightlife scenes. There are tons of crazy underground clubs and bars to choose from. If you’re not familiar with the scene, be sure to pay a visit to Berghain. This powerplant-turned-club is one of the wildest party spots in town. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Berghain night club in Berlin during sunset. Berghain is a renowned techno club, one of the best underground clubs in Berlin.

What are the best hotels in Berlin?

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Sophisticated guests will surely enjoy spending the night at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, one of Berlin’s most elegant and prestigious 5-star hotels. 

World-class service, luxury amenities such as an enormous spa and wellness center along with a perfect location overlooking the Brandenburg Gate all make for the superb experience.

Plus Berlin

If you’re looking to stay close to the heart of Berlin’s famous nightlife scene, consider booking a room at Plus Berlin.

This budget-friendly hotel offers stylish ensuite rooms, onsite amenities such as a pool and a bar, as well as welcoming service. The surrounding area, Friedrichshain, is the true heart of East Berlin’s nightlife scene, with numerous techno clubs nearby.

Next on your Poland road trip: Poznań, 2 hours 30 minutes  40zł Highway Toll

Poznań

outdoor restaurant in poznan old town square on a cloudy summer day in poland

Poznań’s busy Old Town. Photography by Anna Jelec.

Hop on the A2, named the Highway of Freedom, and head east towards Poland. After roughly two and a half hours you will reach Poznań, one of the biggest cities in the country.

The highway toll between Świecko (the first paid sector in Poland) and Poznań costs 40zł (9.1 euro) and can be paid in cash or by card directly on the highway.

What is there to do in Poznań?

Poznań, the largest city in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, is packed with attractions for tourists from around the world.

Old Market Square

Begin with a visit to the city’s beautiful Old Market Square. The colorful buildings have been carefully reconstructed after World War II took its toll on the heart of Poznań. 

The streets around the main square are lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes of all sorts. Precisely at noon, look up at the historic Town Hall. A small door above the clock will open and you will see two billy goats butt their heads 12 times. The goats are a symbol of the city.

Christmas market

Are you in town during the Christmas season? Every December, the Old Town hosts the magical Christmas market, one of the most beautiful ones in this part of Europe. 

On-street parking is available practically right outside of the square.

Stary Browar

Don’t forget to go shopping in Stary Browar, the city’s go-to shopping and dining venue. The mall, located in a transformed historic brewery, features over 200 shops and restaurants.

Works of art can be found around every corner of Stary Browar. There is a large underground car park that costs under 5zł per hour. Don’t forget to take receipts if you go shopping, 4-hour parking is complimentary for visitors who spend over 90zł (20.5 eur) in Stary Browar.

There are lots of restaurants in town that offer mouth-watering traditional Polish cuisine, picking the best one can get tricky. 

Where can you try Polish food in Poznań?

Pod Niebieniem

Rentalmoose recommends heading for lunch at Restaurant Pod Niebieniem. The restaurant offers regional dishes with a modern twist, such as a vegan version of Gołąbki or a bacon steak.

Next on your Poland road trip: Wrocław, 2 hours

Wrocław

wroclaw push-pull miniature effect colorful medieval buildings in downtown wroclaw in poland on a sunny day

Photography by Martina Schwab.

Wrocław is a comfy 2-hour drive from Poznań via a well-maintained expressway.

Is Wrocław worth visiting?

Absolutely! The city’s rich history and colorful Old Town, as well as vibrant nightlife, make Wrocław an up-and-coming tourist hotspot. Don’t forget to try some of the local delicacies, too.

Old Town

Begin exploring with a stroll through the magnificent Old Town. Similarly to Poznań, the vibrant cobblestone streets are lined with regional and exotic eateries, colorful shops and welcoming cafes. 

Leave your rental car at Parking Nowy Targ (below 6PLN or 1.4 EUR per hour) and continue on foot. 

Admire the gothic architecture of the Wrocław Cathedral or purchase regional souvenirs at one of the many touristic shops in the area.

National Museum

Art enthusiasts should definitely pop by the National Museum in Wrocław. Regarded as one of the most important museums in the nation, the venue hosts a selection of temporary and permanent exhibitions from various historical periods.

Purchase your ticket online to avoid the queues or directly upon entrance.

Rentalmoose tip: A day of sightseeing will surely make you hungry. Reward yourself with Pierogi, traditional Polish dumplings. 

Where is the best place to try Pierogi in Wrocław?

Pierogarnia Stary Młyn

One of the Rentalmoose favorites is Pierogarnia Stary Młyn, serving various types of pierogi right in the heart of town. Open daily until 11 PM. 

Cocktail Bar by Incognito

Once dusk falls, Wrocław turns into a trendy city overflowing with lively bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Visit Cocktail Bar by Incognito, a stylish underground bar that offers delicious cocktails of all sorts and a unique, somewhat mysterious vibe.

Open daily between 5 PM and 2 AM.

Hotel Monopol

If you’re looking for a prestigious, contemporary hotel in the very heart of Wrocław, consider booking a room at Hotel Monopol. The 5-star hotel offers the perfect amount of modern elegance and luxurious facilities along with a touch of history. Relax while enjoying the view from the rooftop terrace or go for a massage at the hotel spa.

Hotel Śląsk

A budget-friendly, yet elegant, alternative is the 3-star Hotel Śląsk. The hotel offers guests chic rooms, a spa and wellness center, and a tasty restaurant. Complimentary parking is available, too.

Next on your Poland road trip: Kraków, 3 hours 36.2 PLN Highway Toll

Kraków

krakow main market square touristic market and tourists basilica in background during sunset

Photography by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Depart Wrocław and take the A4 highway for roughly 3 hours.

The highway includes paid sectors, and the total cost as of 2020 is 36.2 PLN (8.2 EUR).

Similar to other highway tolls in the country, you can pay by cash or credit card directly at the toll booth.

What can you see in Kraków?

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Kraków has plenty of activities in stock for tourists. Begin with a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most popular attractions in the area. Located near the outskirts of Kraków, the salt mine is filled with underground treasures. 

The mine’s rich history spans seven centuries, with over 240 kilometers of mysterious corridors waiting to be explored. In order to avoid lines at the ticket booths, purchase admission tickets online prior to arrival.

Auschwitz-Birkenau

Learn about Poland’s tragic World War II history at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp museum and memorial. 

Auschwitz, located roughly 70km from Kraków, was the largest Nazi death camp. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives here. A visit to the memorial is an absolute must in order to better understand this devastating part of history.

Main Market Square

Once you’ve explored the surrounding areas, drive to the heart of the city. Stroll along the busy streets of the 13th century Main Market Square, admire the gothic architecture of St. Mary’s Basilica or step inside the church and explore the monumental interior.

Every hour, you can hear St. Mary’s Trumpet Call, a local anthem, played live by a trumpeter from the highest tower of the Basilica. The anthem is a symbol of Kraków and is closely linked with the region’s history.

Kraków Cloth Hall & Art Gallery

Satisfy your souvenir shopping needs at Kraków Cloth Hall located directly in the middle of the Main Market Square. Apart from countless souvenir shops and jewelers, the Cloth Hall is home to The Gallery of The 19th-Century Polish Art. Admission costs below 30 PLN (6.8 EUR), tickets can be purchased upon entry.

Where to stay in Krakow?

Hotel Stary

Book your night at the exclusive 5-star Hotel Stary and let the stunning award-winning interior design speak for itself. Spend the evening relaxing at the spa, or go for a dip in one of the two pools. 

Visiting during the summer? Enjoy a snack at the seasonal terrace restaurant while enjoying the best view of the Main Market Square.

Hotel Amadeus

Looking for a moderately-priced alternative with an equally convenient location? Consider booking a room at Hotel Amadeus, a 4-star boutique hotel located just 200 meters from the Main Market Square. 

The hotel offers 22 rooms with a historic interior that pays homage to the 1700s, as well as a sauna, a cozy gym, and a car park. 

Next on your Poland road trip: Warsaw, 3 hours 30 minutes

Warsaw

Rental Moose mascot posing in Warsaw's Old Town during a sunny summer day in the capital of Poland. See the best places to visit in Warsaw with our curated travel guide.


Welcome to Warsaw, the vibrant capital of Poland. The city is home to over 1.7 million people, making it the largest in the country. Warsaw is a mix of post-communist blocks of flats, a medieval Old Town and ultra-modern skyscrapers around the business district.

Warsaw, despite being a large city, hasn’t been negatively impacted by over-tourism, making it a perfect getaway in this part of Europe. The city is known for its diverse cuisine, rich history, and an exciting nightlife scene.

What are the best attractions in Warsaw?

Old Town

Stroll around the Old Town, a historic district reconstructed after it was completely destroyed during the Second World War. 

Walk along the vivid streets lined with shops and restaurants, try some freshly-made waffles in the summer or a grilled sausage in the winter, both served in local eateries directly by the streets.

Head to the Royal Castle, either admire its vibrant facade or visit the museum inside. Purchase your tickets here.

Warsaw Old Town, Zygmunt Column and The Royal Castle seen during sunset. See the best things to do in Warsaw with our curated travel guide

Leave your rental car at the on-street parking along Podwale street (pay at the parking meter, roughly 3-4zł per hour). 

Krakowskie Przedmieście & The New World

Continue walking along Krakowskie Przedmieście and you will soon reach The New World, Warsaw’s trendy hotspot for dining and nightlife. Head for a traditional Polish lunch at Zapiecek, one of the most popular regional restaurants in town. 

Rentalmoose order tip: Enjoy a bowl of pierogi, Polish sausage or a portion of beetroot soup. 

Hala Koszyki

If you’re looking to discover a modern, trendy part of Warsaw, go to Hala Koszyki for a delicious lunch. The beautiful venue is located in a restored market hall and is home to tens of restaurants and bars with all sorts of European, Asian and American dishes. 

Whether you’re looking for seafood, a portion of green Thai curry or an elegant fine-dining experience, Hala Koszyki has got you covered.

Rental Moose mascot posing with a bowl of thai soup in Hala Koszyki foodcourt in downtown Warsaw. Hala Koszyki is one of the best places to eat out in Warsaw Poland.

Palace of Culture and Science

A trip to Warsaw wouldn’t be complete without paying the Palace of Culture and Science a visit. The Soviet structure dates back to the 50s and has become the symbol of Warsaw ever since. 

Inside, you can find multiple theaters, cafes, a cinema complex, and frequent temporary exhibitions and expos. There is a viewing terrace on the 30th floor of the building, too. 

However, Rentalmoose knows a secret way of getting the best panoramic view of the city from a different spot! Leave your car at the palace’s car park (around 5PLN per hour) and walk to the Marriott Hotel across the street.

Panorama Sky Bar- The Best View of Warsaw

Panorama Sky Bar is a jaw-dropping bar situated on the 40th floor of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

The bar is open daily from 6 PM, not just for hotel guests! 

Simply walk inside the hotel and take one of the elevators up to the top floor directly from the lobby. The drinks are pricey for Polish standards, but the utterly beautiful panoramic views make the experience absolutely worth it!

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

Luxury-seekers will be happy to hear that Warsaw has various top-notch hotels to choose from. Rentalmoose’s favorite hotel in Warsaw is Raffles Europejski Warsaw

The 5-star hotel is located minutes away from the Old Town and offers its guests a selection of stylish rooms and suites. Enjoy a minute of relaxation at Raffles Spa, or go for dinner at one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants.

Polonia Palace

Elegance doesn’t always come at an ultra-high price tag, and Polonia Palace Hotel is the perfect example. Located across the street from the Palace of Culture and Science, this 4-star hotel features classy rooms and an elegant restaurant and bar. 

Looking for more attractions in Warsaw?

Check out this Rentalmoose travel guide, where you can find more places worth visiting, restaurants and hotels in town. You don’t want to miss them!

Poland Road Trip Extension to the Baltic Sea

Your Poland road trip doesn’t have to end in Warsaw. Once you reach the capital, take a look at this Rentalmoose travel guide that will take you up to the northern tip of Poland.

Relax at the Masurian Lake District, explore the world’s biggest castle, spend a night in Tricity and visit Toruń and Łódź on your way back.

Drop-off

For maximum comfort, Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car directly at the Warsaw Chopin Airport before leaving. Various rental companies support drop-off at another location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

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The Ultimate 4-Day UK Road Trip Itinerary

Across the UK by rental car- 4-day UK road trip itinerary.

Have you ever wondered what the Loch Ness looks like? Ever wanted to visit Oxford – the famous University-city? See the home town of Manchester United? 

This is your chance to tick these dreams off your bucket list! This travel guide takes you on a UK road trip that starts from London, England, and finishes in Inverness Scotland. 

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

London to Stonehenge- 90 miles (145 km)📍 13 Euro Toll

Stonehenge to Bath- 35 miles (55km)📍

Bath to Oxford- 80 miles (130km)📍

Oxford to Birmingham – 75 miles (120km)📍

Birmingham to Manchester- 85 miles (135km)📍

Manchester to Carlisle- 120 miles (195km)📍

Carlisle to Edinburgh- 100 miles (160km)📍

Edinburgh to Blair Atholl- 80 miles (130km)📍

Blair Atholl to Inverness- 80 miles (130km)📍

730 miles (1175 kilometers) in total

Planning- Before you leave

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

This road trip takes a minimum of 3-4 days to complete, the total driving time is about 15 hours.

The total length of the journey is about 729 miles (1173 km).

These numbers will be smaller if you decide to skip a few optional locations and shorten the length of the road trip.

This is a perfect route with a rental car, you can pick up the car from London and drop it off in Inverness. Many car rental suppliers support drop-off at another location, please take a look for available options using Rentalmoose.

Rentalmoose recommends starting this journey on the morning of the first day so you can visit all landmarks and enjoy the ride in a relaxed manner and finish the journey whenever you want – depending on how much time you decide to spend at each stop.

What is the best time for a United Kingdom road trip?

The best season for your UK road trip would be from March until October. Winters in England are mostly very rainy, grey, and frosty. 

Road Trip Extensions to France

Are you a real road trip fanatic? Instead of flying directly to London, pick from a selection of fascinating destinations in France and explore a bit of the best places to visit in France before heading to the UK.

Can’t decide which city to pick?

Check out the Rentalmoose travel guides to regions in France: Normandy and Brittany or picturesque Southern France.

Can tourists drive in the United Kingdom?

Absolutely! The UK accepts most of the driving licenses in the world, so do not hesitate to start riding on the left side of the road! If your license is not in English, you are required to obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving your home country.

Keep in mind that the United Kingdom is packed with speed cameras. If you’re caught speeding in a rental car, the ticket will be sent to the car rental agency and the penalty will be added to your car rental fee, usually with an extra surcharge. 

The minimum speeding fine in the UK is 100 pounds (110 EUR).

Just in case – don’t forget the excess cover provided by Rentalmoose and for extra peace of mind, it is recommended to add it when booking a vehicle. Also, please do not forget to take check-in photos with the Rentalmoose app to qualify for a 50% rebate from excess coverage.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into this exciting UK road trip!

London

harrods luxury department store in london. Decorative lighting on the building's exterior facade seen during night time, london taxi passing the street in foreground.

Famous Harrods – luxury department store in London

This is where the road trip begins. For maximum comfort, we recommend you to pick up the car from the airport where you enter the UK.  

If you arrived here earlier, there are plenty of things to do and see in London. 

Rental Moose mascot posing with red telephone booth in London, UK. See London during our UK road trip itinerary.

Should you drive a rental car in London?

The city might not be the best place to travel around by car because of heavy traffic. If spending some time in London, then choose a hotel with parking so you can park your car for the days in the city – it’s easier to use public transport in London, rather than a private car. 

Next: Stonehenge, 2 hours

Stonehenge

stonehenge natural wonder of the world. Rock formation on a green lawn during a sunny day, some tourists near the right end of the frame.

Stonehenge photographed by Gareth Wiscombe/flickr.com

Visiting Stonehenge is actually optional on this UK road trip – depending on whether you are into historical monuments or not. Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument, so we strongly recommend stopping by!

Why is Stonehenge famous?

The monument consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, seven feet wide, and weighing around 25 tons  – which makes it one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. If seeing this with your own eyes excites you, then hop on your rental car and drive to Salisbury! 

Rentalmoose tip: Weekends can get very busy, so consider heading to Stonehenge early in the morning or an hour before closing.

If you do not wish to visit Stonehenge, you can just drive from London straight to Bath (about 2,5 hours) or Oxford (about 1,5 hours).  

Next: Bath, 1 hour

Bath

traditional roman baths in bath, united kingdom. the bath is observed by tourists from the balcony one level above. tourist attraction in united kingdom, must-see on a UK road trip

The Roman baths. Photo by loseitlady/pixabay.com

Bath is one of Britain’s most picturesque cities to visit, it’s known for its Roman-built baths. Hence the name! Thanks to that, the city became a World Heritage site in 1987. 

What is the history of Bath?

It was 60 AD when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although hot springs were known even before then. A lot of history in this place! So no wonder that there are so many museums – including:

  • Museum of Bath Architecture
  • Victoria Art Gallery
  • Museum of East Asian Art
  • Herschel Museum of Astronomy
  • Holburne Museum.

Take some time to explore the Roman baths, natural springs, and the Royal Crescent (a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent). 

Lunch recommendations near Bath

For filling up in between your explorations, Rentalmoose suggests heading to Sotto Sotto – a classic Italian restaurant with a contemporary twist in candlelit vaulted cellars with bare stone walls.

(Booking in advance is strongly recommended!) or a more laid-back option The White Hart which is great for a quick fix. 

As you probably want to enjoy more of the baths and the city and are already tired from driving, this will be another overnight stop for you on this UK road trip

For a fine sleep in Bath why not stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa? You can tick off 3 things from the list at once – going to a spa, seeing the Royal Crescent, and having an amazing place to wake up! 

You can also have a lovely place to sleep for almost half of that price (prices may vary depending on the day and how full the hotel is) – choose the Macdonald Bath Spa hotel

Next: Oxford, 1 hour 30 minutes

Oxford

prestigious oxford university view from above. gothic architecture, large university campus in united kingdom on a sunny day.

Oxford University photographed by Alfonso Cerezo.

Your next stop on this UK road trip is the well-known town of Oxford. You can park your rental car on the street just near the world-famous Oxford University and see the historical site and other city landmarks. You can find more information about parking in Oxford here.

Tour of the University of Oxford

A good recommendation would be to book an Oxford University tour!

An easier way to find out a lot about this impressive institute.

There are different walking tours to choose from, check the Oxford Walking Tours website for more details. Each tour lasts around 90 minutes.

What can’t you miss in Oxford?

Oxford Castle & Bodleian Library

The best places to see in Oxford (after the famous University) would be the Oxford Castle and Prison, as well as the Bodleian Library – they definitely don’t do libraries like this anymore so it’s totally worth seeing this impressive place. 

Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. Check the official website for opening hours.

Blenheim Palace

Don’t forget to see the Blenheim Palace – a huge country house with epic gardens and a parkland that will take you around 20 minutes to drive to from Oxford. The estate is best known as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

Museums

It’s not often that people genuinely get excited about visiting a museum.

The Museum of Natural History is one exception, and so is the Pitt Rivers in Oxford – a world-famous museum of archaeology and ethnography. The best news is that the entry there is free!

A tour for Harry Potter fans

And finally something for the Harry Potter fans! There is a tour especially for you at Oxford – a tour of the locations used in the shooting of the Harry Potter films. See more information about it here.

Tired of the fish and chips already? Then we recommend tasting some authentic Thai food in Oxford! Head to Oli’s Thai for a delicious meal. Make sure to book your table in advance, as it’s one of the best picks in town!

Where to stay in Oxford?

While spending the day in the city of Oxford, Rentalmoose suggests driving a little outside to the UK countryside to spend a night there – just about a 1-hour drive from Oxford is the cute little village of Cotswolds – another pretty location to visit with its rolling hills, picturesque rural looking towns and beautiful history.

Barnsley House

Just about 12 minutes drive from the center of the Cotswolds is Barnsley House – an old manor turned into a luxurious country house. Of course, they also have a spa where you can rest before hitting the road again. 

Another great spa, restaurant, and hotel options are Thyme manor  (it is located halfway from Oxford to Cotswolds) and Lords Of The Manor

Are you a fan of stylish, authentic manors?

Consider heading to Estonia for your next road trip! The country is full of elegantly restored manors. Click here for our travel guide.

Next: Birmingham, 1 hour 30 minutes

Birmingham

birmingham river during sunset. parked boats surrounded by red brick buildings with lights on, no people are seen. beautiful sunset in united kingdom

Birmingham river photographed by Wonjong Oh.

Out from the country living and straight into big city life – welcome to Birmingham! The second-most-populous city in the UK, after London, with an estimated 1,137,123 inhabitants. It is a must if you’re planning one of the best road trips in the UK.

What is there to do in Birmingham?

There are major cultural institutions in the big city – the Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Just choose which speaks to you the most! 

Cadbury World

Rentalmoose recommends visiting the UK’s famous Cadbury World chocolate factory Café – especially if traveling with kids!

It is time for Cadbury World’s Afternoon Tea that gives the classic British experience with a chocolate-themed twist, combined with the best sandwiches. 

Take your time to enjoy and later follow the route and ride via Birmingham city center for the next stop on your UK road trip. 

Next: Manchester, 2 hours

Manchester

manchester etihad stadium busy during a large football game. footballers playing on the pitch, sunset, the stadium is illuminated. wide angle shot from the upper rows at the stadium.

Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Wikimedia Commons

What is Manchester famous for?

Manchester City is probably known to everyone in the world because of being the home of the Manchester United football team.

Whether you’re a die-hard football fan, or just visiting Manchester with your family, it’s for sure recommended to visit the National Football Museum here to enjoy the world’s biggest and best museum dedicated to football.  

The Old Trafford

Football lovers should also visit the Old Trafford – a football stadium that is the home stadium of Manchester United, offering behind-the-scenes stadium tours and 75,000 seats for matches. 

The Etihad Stadium

Then there is another big stadium just 8 minutes away – The Etihad Stadium (it’s currently known as the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons) which is the home of the Manchester City football team.

The John Rylands Library

There is also another amazing library to see on this road trip – The John Rylands Library.

For those who set eyes on Deansgate’s (the main road through Manchester city center) The John Rylands Library for the first time, ‘library’ might not be the first word that comes to mind. This masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture looks more like a castle or cathedral. 

Where The Light Gets In

For a lovely meal, go to Where The Light Gets In (aka WTLGI) – yes, this is the name of the restaurant. 

Serious food fans from around the world thanks to an inspired seasonal tasting menu (most ingredients from their own farm nearby), a great wine list and relaxed but attentive service. 

And of course the atmosphere – a loft in a Victorian restored warehouse with huge windows from where the light gets in 🙂

Hispi

Another recommendation would be Hispi – an intimate dining room in a former bank, with an innovative menu offering set and a la carte options. Thumbs up from us!

What are the best hotels in Manchester?

Radisson Blu Edwardian

For your night in Manchester, consider choosing the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel which is in a gorgeous old building but all new and modern inside. 

The Football Hotel

For football lovers, there is no other option than The Football Hotel. Also, it’s a great option when traveling with kids. The hotel is located opposite Old Trafford Football Stadium and close to Media City and Manchester City Centre. 

Carlisle is the next stop on your UK road trip, located around 2 hours away.

Next: Carlisle, 2 hours

Carlisle

carlisle cathedral view from the west side. beautiful well preserved traditional building in front of neatly cut lawn, free from tourists. clear skies on a sunny day in united kingdom

Carlisle Cathedral. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

A detour to the Lake District

 Another optional visit when driving from Manchester to Carlisle would be The Lake District. It is a National Park which is one of Britain’s most stunning areas to see. 

The hills and lakes have created a landscape that’ll leave you impressed and inspired to keep exploring. Visit the charming town called Windermere, walk up the hills, and enjoy the beauty of this region.

Now, back to our main track. Carlisle is a 2000-year-old city with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one World Heritage Site. The capital of Cumberland. This is where the Roman empire limited its expansion and built Hadrian’s Wall to protect the empire against Scottish tribes. 

A city steeped in history, Carlisle is known as the ‘great border city’ and today is a vibrant place with great shops, a variety of places to eat and drink, and lots of culture from museums and galleries, theatre, music, comedy and events.

What can’t you miss in Carlisle?

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery – a family-friendly Roman Frontier Gallery – is a good place to start. It tells the fascinating frontier story and shows the effect of Roman occupation on Britain through interactive exhibitions and Roman artifacts.

You can either opt to stay overnight in Carlisle and continue the trip the next day if you want to explore more or just visit for a day trip. 

Where to stay in Carlisle?

Willowbeck Lodge

There are plenty of nice historical hotels around, in case you decide to stay here for the night, a great recommendation for you would be Willowbeck Lodge that is situated in one of the most beautiful and spectacular locations in England.

The place offers free parking for those who stay in the hotel.

Next: Edinburgh, 2 hours

Edinburgh

the clock tower of edinburgh. traditional architecture illuminated by the sun on a cold sunny day. car, construction barriers and people at bus stop in front of the clock tower.

Clock Tower Edinburgh

Welcome to the capital of Scotland! It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. 

What is Edinburgh famous for?

Edinburgh Castle

Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Edinburgh Castle is the most recognizable landmark in the city, it sits atop a volcanic peak and dominates the city skyline.

Mary King’s Close

Did you know that there is a secret city inside Edinburgh? It’s called Mary King’s Close. It used to be a part of the old town in the 16th century but then these buildings were buried and built on to make space for creating a more developed Edinburgh. 

It is now open to the public. Go and wander in these hundreds of years old streets but be aware – there is a rumor that this place is haunted by the people that used to live there. Spooky. 

The Devil’s Advocate

If you are not the one driving then treat yourself to the most well-known export that Scotland is known for – their whiskey. 

And if whiskey is not your cup of tea (or a glass of shot should I say?) then try the very famous cocktail bar – The Devil’s Advocate. It’s said to have one of the best mixologists in the city! It’s not just a bar – you can get a decent meal from here as well. Come for lunch or dinner. 

After visiting all the suggested places, head over the Queensferry Crossing bridge over the Firth of Forth, opened in 2017, for your next stop on your road trip.

Next: Blair Atholl, 2 hours

Blair Atholl

blair castle frontal view, symmetrical photo from across the castle shows its white walls, windows. cloudy day in great britain.

Blair Castle photographed by Guillaume Piolle

Out of the city and back into the countryside – Blair Atholl is a calm village. 

What should you see in Blair Atholl?

Blair Atholl Distillery

It is time to take a break in Blair Atholl distillery and see how the best of whiskey has been made for centuries.

Rentalmoose tip: Beware of tasting all the good stuff, Scotland has harsh limits for allowed alcohol in blood, and drink-and-drive is prohibited. Enjoy whiskey only if you are in the passenger seat.

Blair Castle

Whilst you are in the area, you don’t want to miss Blair Castle which is one of the most famous tourist landmarks in the area. The bright white fairytale-like castle is recognizable from afar. Now, where is the Sleeping Beauty?

Cairngorms National Park

The journey continues driving along Cairngorms National Park offering spectacular views for Scottish wildlife. Scenic drives are a must on any great road trip!

Next: Inverness, 1 hour 30 minutes

Inverness

inverness castle. hilltop castle near a river is made from red brick, illuminated by the sun during sunset. beautiful sunset in united kingdom.

Inverness Castle. Photo by Dave Conner.

This is your final destination on this UK road trip. Scottish Highlands is a spectacular place to drive around and see the wonderful landscape including mountains and fjords. And who knows, maybe you will be lucky enough to meet the Loch Ness monster yourself! 

We have chosen the best place for you to spend the night so you’d be ready to go and meet the monster the next morning. We recommend staying overnight at Inverness and Rentalmoose has selected a special place for the night: Loch Ness Country House Hotel.

Would you dare to try Scotland’s famous national dish, Haggis (a savory pudding containing sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach)? It’s the cherry on top of your Scotland experience!

Drop-off

The next day (or whenever you have finished your explorations) you can drop off your rental car at Inverness and fly back home via Inverness airport that has many direct connections to various places.

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