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Finding the best deal for a 9 seater minibus hire

So you’re thinking of hiring a nine seater car?

You’ve come to the right place – book with Enjoy Travel and you can choose a wide range of popular larger hire vehicles from leading manufacturers like Volkswagen, Vauxhall, Ford, Renault and more.

With more of us taking staycations than ever these days, it’s the perfect time to hire a nine seater – you can load up gran and gramps in the back alongside your kids while you and your partner sit upfront, and take off on a family reunion tour, holiday with friends in a favourite hotspot, or escape for an away match with your sports team.

Built with safety, comfort and reliability in mind, these types of people-carriers have become perpetually popular in a wide range of markets, from the US to the UK and Europe to Asia and Australia. And because we work with highly-rated car hire brands like Avis, Hertz, Alamo Europcar, Green Motion and more, you can feel confident that you’ll always benefit from a brilliant choice of nearly new, immaculately-maintained 9 seaters which are subject to the highest possible standards for hygiene and cleanliness.

Book a bigger vehicle with Enjoy Travel ahead of time to bag an early bird bargain, pick it up at your most convenient location and get moving in style!

9 Seater cars – a history of motoring adventure

Known as minivans in the US, M-segments, MPVs (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) and people carriers and people movers in Europe and elsewhere, 9 seaters usually have a ‘two box’ body design, or adapted commercial van design, with high roof, sliding doors for rear passengers, high seating in three rows and flat floors.

These handy vehicles have been around for a while – in fact their predecessors can be traced back to at least the 1930s as the streamlined Stout Scarab is often claimed to be the very first of its kind. Other early incarnations include the DKW Schnellaster, introduced in 1949, and the 1956 Fiat 600 Multipla, while the Renault Espace and Dodge Caravan (both unveiled in 1988) heralded the classic body shape which brought these vehicles into the modern era.

Essentially a hybrid of a car and a bus, the 9 seater appeals to families and other large groups – evoking a subtle sense of adventure because in some markets (the US in particular) they’re available in the iconic, ruggedly utilitarian Jeep-style 4-wheel-drive silhouette.

When you’re hitting the road en famille, this car category is the cream of the crop!


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Top 9 seater car manufacturers

Still going strong after all these years, a number of manufacturers produce 9 seater cars in various global markets. Here are just a few highly rated models:

As you can see, there’s a comprehensive range of 9 seater cars available and the choices above merely offer a tasty soupcon of this terrific category. When you want to cruise along in comfort and style, this type of elegant, expansive vehicle really is in a class of its own.

9 seater cars from popular car hire suppliers

At Enjoy Travel, we work with a wide variety of top-rated car hire suppliers worldwide and many of our partners offer excellent choices when it comes to 9 seaters.

If there’s a particular car rental supplier you prefer, here’s the lowdown on the types of models that might be available:

As you can see, lots of your favourite car hire suppliers have attractive 9 seater models complementing their fleets and by booking online right here, you can unlock bargains you’ll struggle to find anywhere else.

Now, you might be wondering what type of road trip really showcases the fabulous functionality and signature style of a larger vehicle. Which is why we’ve collated a list of legendary people carrier road trips – it’s coming up next!

Best 9 seater car road trips

Have you always fancied a road trip adventure in a 9 seater car, you’re open-minded about your destination but not sure where to start?

Perhaps you’ve dreamed about you and your best mate’s families rolling through hill and dale, imagined taking relatives abroad around your favourite lakes and mountains or fantasized about cruising with your sports team or social club to an away day in an exciting new destination?

In that case, you’re in luck, because we’ve locked ourselves away in a cupboard for a month (okay, a day or so) to find the best nine seater road trips from around the world. Strap on your seatbelt, check your mirrors, signal your maneuver and let’s roll.

The Garden Route, South Africa

A sublime stretch of coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River Mouth, perhaps no road showcases South Africa’s preternatural beauty like The Garden Route. With dramatic mountains and verdant vineyards on one side and rugged promontories and soft sandy beaches on the other, this is a road that large cars were created to cruise along!

San Juan Skyway, USA

If you fancy reaching new heights in your 9 seater vehicle, Colorado’s San Juan Skyway definitely fits the bill. A 380km drive through the heart of the state’s San Juan Mountains, you’ll coast past pounding waterfalls and crystal clear streams, with snow covering your surroundings in a beautiful pristine blanket if you’re travelling in winter and a fiery blaze of oranges and reds as the leaves turn in autumn. If you adore spectacular natural scenery, you’ll see plenty of it from the panoramic windows of your minibus.

Cabot Trail, Canada

A terrific 298km track that traces its way across Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, the Cabot Trail spirits you through the magical Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where you can see nature in all its glory via wildlife like black bears, moose, and bald eagles. There’s a plethora of pretty villages along the way – be sure to make a pitstop and if you’re of French or Scottish extraction, get ready for a particularly warm welcome.

Ring Road, Iceland

As far as scenery goes, it doesn’t get more otherworldly than Iceland’s stark volcanic peaks topped with fresh snow, bubbling lava fields, dramatic fjords, and electric blue thermal pools. This wide open landscape is ideal for exploring by car and the 1,339km N1 ring road takes you right around the island. Be sure to build in a few stops along the way to stay safe and keep your wits about you on the road – it’s a pleasure trip rather than an endurance race!

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Running between Victoria’s Torquay and Warrnambool for 285km, the Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most atmospheric and the highlight is the ‘Shipwreck Coast’ where you can gaze out in wonder at the Twelve Apostles sea stacks. For a manageable road trip (by Australian standards) this really takes some beating and there are stunning sights around every corner that you’ll never forget. Drive safely and pack a picnic so that you can pull up your 9 seater at the most rewarding spots to relax and catch the moments.

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

In this part of the world, a minivan-style vehicle is often called a ‘kombi’ and it’s a great choice for exploring the weird and wonderful Skeleton Coast, an isolated stretch of coastline peppered with the abandoned hulls of many ships which have wrecked here over several centuries and stick out of the sand in various states of disrepair. The terrain also includes granite mountains and volcanic lava ridges, while you shouldn’t be surprised if you spot impressive wildlife like rare black rhinos, springboks and elephants. This is a drive on the wild side with a difference.

Pan-American Highway

Fancy taking off on a long road trip? Like, for a year or so? Ask your favourite car hire provider about their long-term rental deals and take off on the adventure of a lifetime along the Pan-American Highway. The route is 48,000km (including several stops) and stretches from Alaska at the top of North America right down to the most southerly tip of Argentina in the south. It’s the longest road trip in the world and is only interrupted by Panama’s subtropical Darien Gap. If you want to pass through swamps, mountains, farmland, tundra, rainforests, beaches and every type of ecosystem under the sun, your wish will come true in life-enhancing style on this road trip. If you’re intending to take your kids with you, check that it’s ok to keep them out of school for a while – their Pan-American Highway scrapbooks will make the best ‘show and tell’ exhibits ever when they return!

So there you have it – a comprehensive, no stone left unturned, guide to 9 seater cars – who would have thought when we started our journey that we would cover the evolution of people carriers, the tech specs and styles of the world’s most popular models, the car rental companies that provide them and the roads which they were invented to explore?

Let us know if you need more information about 9 seaters or any other type of car – as you know, at Enjoy Travel, we always go above and beyond to make sure that valued customers like you are taken care of.

When you want to roll out safely with your squad, a 9 seater from Enjoy Travel is the discerning driver’s choice!

Top tips for hiring a 9-seater vehicle

The most popular 9-seater minibus sold on EnjoyTravel.com is a Mercedes Vivaro, follwed by a Ford Tourneo, VW Transporter and then a Renault Trafic.

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FAQs about minibus hire

Most frequently asked questions about hiring a minibus

The majority of the major brands in car hire across Europe, North America and Australasia have 9-seater options.
The price of 9-seater minibus hire depends on the country and time of year, the overall average on Enjoy Travel is £41.61 per day.
The most popular is a Mercedes Vivaro, follwed by a Ford Tourneo, VW Transporter and then a Renault Trafic
The majority of rental companies will offer 9-seat vehicles in the majority of countries, such as SIXT, Hertz, Avis, Green Motion, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise.
Normally your standard driving license for a normal car is fine for a 9-seater vehicle, you don't need any special kind of license.