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In my initial research into visiting North Wales (Snowdonia, Caernarfon Castle, etc) it looks like having a car is beneficial as a lot of the attractions are not on the single rail line.

When travelling to/from London, what would be the location with the best combination of convenience to North Wales, on a train line connected to London, and having one or more major car rental agencies, especially if they are within a short walk of the train station?

My first thought was Liverpool or Chester.

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I have to say this is a canonically excellent "what is the best" question. Not only does it contain your criteria but you've taken a first stab at some candidates. Good work! –  Kate Gregory Mar 5 at 19:08
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From a train and onwards driving perspective, Crewe or Shrewsbury or Chester look your best bets to me, but I've not looked into the car hiring part for any of those –  Gagravarr Mar 6 at 4:55

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Driving from Liverpool into North Wales is a pretty poor choice, as you end up paying the toll in the Mersey Tunnel, then driving most of the way to Chester to cross the Dee, so you're adding a lot of miles to your drive for no particular benefit.

Chester is a reasonable choice, but you're going to do a lot of miles on the A55 across North Wales before you get to any of the places that you're interested in getting to. Given UK fuel prices, that's adding cost without any good reason.

I would suggest Llandudno. Google Maps has eleven car rental locations in Llandudno, which should be enough competition to keep prices sensible, and there are five direct trains (taking three hours) every day from London Euston.

Llandudno Junction Station is three miles from the centre of Llandudno, but there are two car-hire places - an Avis and an Enterprise - directly outside the station. Make sure you book for the (small) town of Llandudno Junction rather than the (larger) town of Llandudno

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Chester looks a very reasonable choice. You can get a direct train from Euston (2 hours) and Avis looks to have an office right by the station. Definitely book the car in advance though as it's a small place and they're not going to have a big range available.

Disclaimer: I've never actually been to Chester but Liverpool is a large, unpleasant city and worth avoiding.

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