Wales is an incredible country full of wildlife, stunning beaches, mountain hikes and beautiful lakes.
With so many amazing places to see, hiring a campervan is the ABSOLUTE best way to explore the country.
When it comes to hiring a campervan in Wales, there are several things to think about including pick up locations, the size of the vehicle and your budget.
This article is going to dive deep into the best campervan hire companies in Wales and the ones located close to the border, or with airport pick up.
This will help you see what types of vehicles are on offer in Wales, and which company is best for you!
Lets get stuck in ...
Before we go any further, it’s important to note that actual rental pickups in Wales are much more limited.
And yes, below we do have motorhome and camper rental companies with pickup locations across Wales (Yescapa is best for this).
However, I would imagine that if you are visiting Wales, you will likely be flying into and coming from somewhere in England (like London or Manchester).
In which case, your best bet is actually to pick up a van rental from one of these locations where there is far greater availability, and then drive across into Wales.
For example, if you are flying in and out of London Heathrow, you can pick up your rental near London airport, drive to Wales, do all your sightseeing, then drive back to London, drop off your vehicle and fly home.
This will actually give you more options, and probably work out much more convenient and affordable.
In this article, we are going to list 5 campervan rentals located in England with convenient pickup spots for you, as well as 5 campervan rentals in Wales.
So there's something for everybody!
When it comes to booking your chosen rental in Wales, you have two main options:
Our top recommendation for booking a rental actually IN Wales, would be Yescapa.
They are essentially the Airbnb of campervan and motorhome rentals across Europe.
With more than 10,000 listings across the continent, what they do is connect you with locals who own their own vehicle and are happy to rent it out.
Meaning you get access to a much wider array of vehicles, PLUS the chance to pick up some really cool and quirky self converted vans!
They also feature vehicles from most of the top Welsh rental firms, so it's sort of the best of both worlds.
Plus, all bookings include:
Your second option is to use a search tool, but do be aware that there are few pickup locations with these big firms actually inside of the Welsh border.
So you can choose to book through a Welsh rental firm OR you can choose a pick up location in England, and book with Motorhome Republic.
Now what is Motorhome Republic?
It’s a comparison website that looks at motorhome and campervan rental across the UK, offering you the best prices and an easy way to search availability.
I’m not going to lie to you, booking a rental can be stressful especially for first timers. However, Motorhome Republic makes it a stress free process with a support team on hand 24/7 to help you with any booking issues or queries.
They also have a vehicle guarantee meaning you won’t be left stranded before your trip if your rental firm lets you down!
Not only that, but they offer the lowest possible price for rentals. If you do find a vehicle cheaper elsewhere, they will price match so you can have your van for the same price with a lot less stress.
For independent rentals in Wales you will have to book through them specifically.
If you choose to book your camper or motorhome through a Welsh rental, it’s important to research packages, amenities included and the type of help available throughout your trip.
Luckily for you we’ve done a bit of research for you, so here are our top Welsh rental picks below!
As I discussed above, Yescapa is probably the best place to begin your search for camper or motorhome rentals in Wales itself.
They have a huge database of vehicle rental options.
If you haven't come across them before, they are essentially the Airbnb of the camper rental world.
Offering a huge selection of vehicles available to rent directly from Welsh locals.
They now offer more than 10,000 listings for vehicles across Europe, and have grown to include a large multilingual support team.
Which makes them great if you are booking in a foreign country and don't necessarily speak the local language.
Due to the nature of the site, it's possible to rent all kinds of motorhomes and campervans through Yescapa.
In fact many of the big rentals firms in Wales actually list on Yescapa.
So when perusing the available vehicles for your dates, you will be getting the biggest array of vehicles available anyway.
This includes large standard motorhomes, right through to custom converted campervans.
It can also include rugged 4x4 vehicles with roof tents; just in case youre looking to go off-road in the Welsh countryside for a few days!
I recommend checking out their handy filtering options when beginning your search This will quickly narrow down exactly what vehicles are available for your dates, and which actually suit your needs.
As mentioned previously, depending on where you are entering the country, it may be beneficial to get your campervan from a rental firm located elsewhere in the UK.
Spaceship Rentals have pick up locations in both London and Edinburgh, which is handy if you are arriving in the country by flight.
They are known to be the UK’s most reliable and trustworthy motorhome rental company and offer a variety of vehicles.
Unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance options, 24-hour roadside assistance and a temporary access code to the Caravan and Motorhome Club are all included in their rentals.
We used them when renting our campervan in Ireland and had the best experience!
Spaceship offers three different vehicles that range from 2-7 berths. They are all easy to drive, compact and fuel-efficient which makes them more economical.
Each rental vehicle comes with cooking facilities, a fridge/freezer, washing facilities, a built-in awning and storage areas.
If you decide to hire a motorhome rather than a campervan, they come with the bonus of a heating and cooling system, meaning you can travel around Wales during any season.
Although they don’t have a pickup point in Wales, they have made it onto this list due to their variety of locations.
With pick up points in Bristol and Preston, this makes it easy to hire your camper and then drive in to South or North Wales as these locations are pretty close to the border.
Each rental at McRent includes comprehensive coverage, 24/7 camper care and 24hr roadside assistance. Some of the vehicles also come with unlimited mileage so it’s important to do some research before you choose.
There is something for everyone at McRent with 10 different vehicles available to rent.
These range from campervans to luxury motorhomes and can sleep 2-6 people depending on which vehicle you choose.
Although the company does have campervans to rent, they are still large vehicles, so if you would prefer to drive something smaller it may be worth looking elsewhere.
Each vehicle comes with an outside awning, and a water hose and cable.
Touring Cars is one of the largest motorhome rental companies in the UK, and is incredibly reliable.
This company has made it on to the list as they pick up from Manchester and Liverpool airport, which are both located around a 45-minute drive from the North Wales border.
Touring Cars specialise in high-quality motorhomes, and all their vehicles have driven less than 100,000km.
Each rental comes with unlimited mileage, 24/7 road assistance, insurance and airport transfers which is incredibly handy when you are flying into the UK.
Touring Cars offer a range of motorhomes that sleep 2-6 people.
Each rental comes with cutlery and cooking facilities, a gas stove, refrigerator, a toilet and a shower. They also come with a heating and air conditioning unit meaning you can travel around Wales at any time of year.
The vehicles here are regarded as higher quality than the industry average, making them a very popular company.
Snowdonia Classic Campers focuses on vintage campervans that will give campers a memorable experience.
These stunning old VW campervans are the perfect way to enjoy the Welsh countryside.
Each rental comes with full comprehensive cover, breakdown cover and unlimited mileage.
It’s important to note that the campervans are restricted to travelling in the areas of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy unless discussed before the hire period.
Snowdonia Classic Campers has 4 different VW vehicles available to hire, all a different colour.
All vehicles come with a cooker, fridge, kitchen utensils and an electric heater.
Although perfect for a trip around Snowdonia, it’s important to remember that with a top speed of 55mph they aren’t suitable for long journeys on motorways.
Day’s Motorhomes offers quality motorhomes that suit every budget, and lifestyle.
Each rental comes with unlimited mileage, full comprehensive cover and breakdown cover.
Another bonus of using Day’s is that they are dog friendly, so you can bring your pets with you.
Day’s Motorhomes offer an array of vehicles ranging from 2-6 berths.
Every hire vehicle comes with all the camper accessories you could need; including cooking facilities, utensils, a hookup cable, TV, toilet and shower.
Whether you choose to go for a 2 berth campervan or one of the large motorhomes, these vehicles are incredibly spacious.
Pronto Motorhome specialises in luxury motorhomes for everyone, ranging from couples to large families.
Each rental comes with breakdown cover, comprehensive insurance and a full handover upon collection.
The motorhomes are also covered to be driven in Europe at an extra cost, although a discussion must be had first to determine expected mileage.
With 7 luxury motorhomes available to rent, you will find something to your taste.
Each motorhome comes equipped with cooking facilities and full off-grid water system, such as sink, toilet, and shower.
Pronto specialise in large motorhomes and there are no options to rent a smaller vehicle, so that’s something to take into consideration.
Sunshine Campers is a rental company that focuses purely on VW Transporter campervans.
Each rental comes with unlimited mileage, AA breakdown cover and free parking for your vehicle at their unit.
Some of the vehicles are also dog friendly, so you can bring along the whole family.
Sunshine Campers has 4 different VW Transporter campers available to hire.
All vehicles include a gas cooking stove, fridge, lighting, utensils and an outside dining table with chairs.
These campers are a lot smaller in comparison to some of the other vans and motorhomes on this list so are a better choice if you aren’t a very confident driver.
Taffi Campers specialises in luxury VW T5 campers, each one kitted out with everything you need.
Each rental comes with insurance, breakdown cover and a full tank of diesel to get you started.
However, hiring a van with this company also comes with some other epic bonuses. You get discounts with numerous companies in the area including Falcon Boats (who offer wildlife boat tours) and the Tyf Group (who offer plenty of activities including coasteering and kayaking).
Each vehicle at Taffi Campers comes with cooking facilities, a hookup cable, a fan heater if required, and an outside table with chairs.
Although they only have one type of vehicle available to rent, this company’s pick up spot is located in the heart of Wales.
That means everything is literally on your doorstep, and you won’t have to worry about driving 100’s of miles if you don’t want to.
Indie Campers are a great road trip provider in Europe and are unique in their approach to rentals.
Not only do they rent out their own campervans, but they also rent out other people’s too which makes for a large selection of campervans and motorhomes.
One of their pick up points is located in Manchester which is only around an hour's drive away from the border of North Wales.
Indie Campers are also known for their flexible cancellation policy, meaning you can cancel your trip for free up to 15 days before your hire date.
Indie Campers have a wide range of vehicles to choose from.
As you have the companies own campers and other people’s vehicles to choose from, you get a lot of choices when it comes to design, berth and amenities.
The one thing to remember when hiring with Indie Campers is to see what comes included with each rental.
Some of the rentals come with unlimited mileage, whilst others don’t.
If you are looking for a quirky vehicle with a pickup point located near the Welsh border, then this is a great choice.
The cost of hiring a campervan in Wales varies and depends on the size of the vehicle, age of driver, rental duration and included amenities.
Generally expect to pay around £60-£110 for small campervans, and from £100 upwards to around £170 per day for large motorhomes.
As there are fewer campervan rental companies in Wales, you may find it cheaper to hire a campervan in England and travel over.
Wild camping is illegal in many parts of the UK including Wales, so unfortunately you will have to pitch up at campsites.
You only have the right to camp overnight on land if you have the permission of the landowner, otherwise, you are committing an offence.
When it comes to travelling around Wales in a motorhome, some destinations will be inaccessible.
Although there are plenty of large roads and motorways in the country, there are also plenty of narrow winding lanes that wouldn’t be suitable for a motorhome.
Some of these lanes are very small, with little to no passing areas and incredibly windy, meaning your view is often restricted.
When planning your route, it’s important to use your judgement on what you think is safe.
Generally, most companies will hire out motorhomes for those aged 21 and above. However, a young driver surcharge is often automatically added to your hire package.
However, it’s important to look at the terms and conditions of the company you are hiring with as all have their own rules.
Some companies won’t hire students or anyone under the age of 30, whilst others will happily hire drivers as young as 18.
When parking in large cities it’s important to head to the larger car parks that don’t have a height barrier.
You also need to make sure the bays are long enough for you to park in, so you aren’t sticking out and affecting other drivers.
As mentioned before, wild camping in Wales is illegal so you can’t just park up anywhere overnight. It’s also important not to park on private property.
Now you have the rental part of your trip sorted, it’s time for the fun part. The planning!
Wales is a beautiful country, and has so much to offer. Whether you decide to visit North Wales, South Wales or do an entire loop, you will find many beautiful beaches, historic castles and great scenery.
If you have any questions about van rentals, don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments below!