Where to Hire a VW California Campervan in the UK

Thinking about hiring a VW California for the ultimate staycation holiday? Our VW California hire directory is what you need.

Whether you’re considering buying one of these brilliant campervans or just want to enjoy a camping holiday in comfort and style, you’re in the right place. 

We’ve put together this handy directory of VW California rental companies by UK region, and listed which vehicle models they hire. We hope you find it useful.

VW California Hire – Scotland

Hire CompanyLocationsPostcode AreaCalifornia Models
California ScotlandLeadburn nr EdinburghEH46VW California Ocean
Cheeky CooCampervansHamiltonML3VW California Ocean
Clarkies CampersEdinburgh, AberdeenEH25 9SL
AB21 7GQ
VW California Ocean
Cool Campervan Hire ScotlandCumbernauld (other collection options)G67 2XXVW California Ocean
Easi Campervan HireEdinburghEH28 8PJVW California Ocean
Four Seasons CampersLoch LomondG83 9LXVW California Ocean, VW California Coast
Kombi CampersPaisleyPA3 1QTVW California Ocean
Mountain CampersInvernessIV2 6YPVW California Ocean
Stoney CampersAberdeenAB39VW California Ocean
VW Camperhire ScotlandEdinburghVW California Ocean

VW California Hire – Yorkshire and North-West UK

Hire CompanyLocationsPostcode AreaCalifornia Models
Easi Campervan HireManchester, Liverpool, Wigan, Preston, BlackburnVW California Ocean
EV Motorhome HirePenrithVW California Ocean
Hiders SeekersDoncasterVW California Ocean
Leighton Camper HireRotherham nr SheffieldS60 1BX VW California Ocean
Liberty CampersIlkley nr Leeds/BradfordVW California Coast

VW California Hire – East and West Midlands, UK

Hire CompanyLocationsPostcode AreasCalifornia Models
Easi Campervan HireWolverhampton, BirminghamVW California Ocean
Fernwhe Campervan HireWoodhouse Eaves, LoughboroughLE12VW California Ocean
My CaliforniaLeicester, KetteringLE1 3EA
NN15 6XY
VW California SE, VW California Beach
VanGloriousRedmile, LeicestershireNG13VW California Ocean

VW California Hire – South East UK

Hire CompanyLocationsPostcode AreaCalifornia Models
Aktive KampersWilmingtonBN26VW California Ocean
BMVSBognor Regis, ChichesterPO22 9RT, PO19 7TFVW California Ocean
CampervantasticForest Hill, LondonSE23 1BXVW California Ocean, VW  California Beach, VW Grand California
Explore CampervansTingewick, BuckinghamMK18 4BDVW California Ocean
KamperhireBishops Waltham (other collection options)SO32 1FBVW California Ocean, VW California Coast
LandCruiseChichesterPO20 2BXVW California Ocean
Loko CampersGuildfordGU2 7RZVW California Ocean, VW California Beach
Ocean Mist CampersLissGU33 6HAVW California Ocean
Southampton CampersSouthamptonSO16 8LSVW California Ocean, VW Grand California
Turtle VansMilton KeynesMK1 1DBVW California Ocean
VW California 4 HireBrighton, Bexley HeathVW California Ocean

VW California Hire – South West UK & Wales

Hire CompanyLocationsPostcode AreaCalifornia Models
Bathwick Car and Van HireChippenhamSN14 0ABVW California Ocean
California CamperWestbury-on-Trym, BristolBS9 3JTVW California Ocean
Chief Motorhome HirePaigntonTQ4 5EFVW California Ocean
Call Campervan HireRingwoodBH24 3SBVW California Ocean
Crawford Motorhome HireMaidenheadSL6 3TEVW California Ocean
Go MushroomArdudwy, GwyneddLL44 2EAVW California Ocean
Heritage AutomotiveSalisburySP2 7QDVW California Ocean
North Devon Camper HireEast BudleighEX9 7DTVW California Ocean
O’Connors CampersOkehamptonEX20 1SPVW California Ocean
Sunkissed Campervan HireBristolBS31 2EDVW California Ocean
VW KamperhireSidmouthEX10 0NJVW California Ocean

Why hire a VW California?

The VW California campervan is Volkswagen’s answer to a factory-built motorhome.

Actually, VW have made the California (affectionately known as the Cali) in various forms for over 30 years.

VW California models – comparison

The VW California is produced in four models to suit needs and budget. This table outlines their key differences:

ModelBerthsSeatsBuilt in KitchenToilet & Shower
Beach44 or 5N*N
Grand California **24YY

* The 4-seater California Beach T6.1 model has a pop-out kitchen.

** The Grand California 600 has two adult-sized berths and above cab sleeping for two small children. The rear seats for two extra people are narrow but suitable for children.

VW California benefits

Hiring a genuine VW California will give you luxury and attention to detail you won’t find in a campervan conversion.

The key benefits are:

  • Not too big, not too small. The VW California is similar in size to a standard large family car. No restrictions when parking. Big enough to carry gear for four people for a trip away.
  • Innovative design. The VW California delivers the very best ways to maximise space, comfort and practicality.
  • Highest safety standards.
  • A campervan that drives like a car. You’ll notice little difference between the handling of a VW California and a standard car. It’s effortless to drive.
  • Latest Bluemotion technology for great fuel economy.
  • Leisure batteries to keep you powered for several days off electric hook up.
  • 240V sockets for electric hook up.
  • On-board heating, so the VW California can be used year-round.
  • Cleverly built-in outdoor table and chairs.

VW California Ocean v Coast v Beach

VW California Ocean kitchen hob and sink

Aside from the berths and seatbelted positions, what are the main differences between the VW California Ocean, Coast and Beach?

As you might imagine, they are the Gold, Silver, and Bronze offering of the Volkswagen California campervan fleet. Actually, make that Platinum, Gold, and Silver – they are all great vehicles.

The VW California Ocean has the most to offer, followed by the Coast and then the Beach. 

Outside of seats, storage and kitchen detailed above, these are the main differences:

California ModelElevating Roof MechanismWheel SizeEngine SizeDiscover Media Package
OceanElectronic17”150 or 204bhpIncluded

The VW California Ocean and the Coast have the same kitchen and wardrobe storage options. The Beach has no kitchen or rear storage options, although the T6.1 Beach four-seat option does have a pop-out kitchen in the living area. 

It should be noted that the VW California Beach has a fixed built-in shelf in the tailgate of the campervan, which comprises part of the rock n roll bed. This can be removed in the other VW California models to have a large boot space. This makes the rear boot space of the Beach slightly more restrictive.

This same shelf in the VW California Coast can tilt upwards to provide you with a reclined seated position. Great if you want to sit up in bed and have a coffee with your legs extended. The VW California Ocean and Beach do not have this feature.

The VW California Beach has the widest bed of the range – 150cm wide by 200cm long. It is the same size as a UK King bed (although the VW Grand California 680 model has an even wider 167cm lower bed).

Campervan hire companies who supply a VW California Beach model without the pop-out kitchen, may well offer a portable kitchen unit as part of the hire, to be used outside of the van.

VW Grand California

The VW Grand California is the true motorhome of the fleet. That is to say, it has all the facilities on board for you to be self-sufficient.

The VW Grand California 600 model officially berths four but is limited. The over-cab bed is short and can’t take a lot of weight so is only suitable for small children.

The same is true of the rear two seatbelted seats. They are narrow and would be uncomfortable on a long journey for two adults.

Like the Ocean and the Coast, the Grand California has a built-in kitchen, comprising two gas rings, a fridge and a sink. It is the only vehicle in the VW California fleet to have a wet room on board with a shower and toilet inside.

As can be seen in our VW California hire directory, there are only two hiring companies that currently offer Grand California hire, both in the South East UK region.

Try before you buy

If you are thinking about purchasing a VW California, it is a great idea to try before you buy. 

Spending a few nights in a campervan might help you decide exactly what model you need, potentially saving you thousands of pounds or regrets in the long run. Or it may convince you that a VW California is the way to go, as it did for us.

Other VW California rental firms?

We’ve tried to be as comprehensive as possible but may have overlooked some companies that rent out VW California campervans.

If you know any other VW California hirers we should showcase in our directory, please do contact us with the details.