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London, ENG, United Kingdom
May 26 — Jun 2
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Cheap car rentals in London

Economy$27/day
Compact$26/day
Intermediate$29/day
Standard$45/day
Mini$24/day
Premium$74/day
Compact SUV$32/day
Intermediate SUV$35/day
Compact station wagon$47/day
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London car rental reviews and directory

From $71/dayRated #1
Hertz
Best rated
6.9 Good (170 reviews)
15 locations in London
Hertz
Locations in London
  • 7.7
  • 7.5
  • 6.6
  • 6.5
  • 6.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentMay 3 2022
Dropoff was exceptionally smooth, even with the lower staff levels. Staff was extremely courteous and helpful, both at pickup and return.
10.0 ExcellentApr 22 2022
Hertz was very quick and did not try to pressure you into purchasing all the add ons. Unlike EuropeCar.
8.0 ExcellentApr 11 2022
Signage for car rental return is poor, but this would be largely the responsibility of the airport
2.0 MediocreFeb 8 2022
Correct vehicle selected by me on Kayak but wrong vehicle when sent through to qeeq. Had to cancel.
10.0 ExcellentJan 9 2022
Good customer service
6.0 GoodJan 4 2022
The new car didn't have ANY USB chargers... only USB-C. That was bloody annoying for a new rental car. That ridiculous system for checking how many points you have on your licence is also both unique and antiquated. I know it's not a Hertz specific problem... but FFS!!! The staff member did help in the end and offer an alternative. The car was great and at a good price.
10.0 ExcellentNov 29 2021
Very accomadating, could have spent a little more time on features of the car. Great car for the money!
3.9 MediocreSep 23 2021
Even though I paid extra for an automatic transmission vehicle, I was given a manual transmission vehicle and they said they had no automatic vehicles available.
1.9 HorribleSep 21 2021
Received a basic vehicle for £40 a day, and when asked about extending for two days, it went up 1500%, and they wanted for £1,200 for two extra days. Was told by staff, to take vehicle and extended after collected vehicle. When tried to do that, was told can only be done in branch. Basically incompetent staff, blind leading the blind and extremely bad customer service. First and last time using Hertz!
2.0 MediocreJun 15 2021
The car was clean and I had no issues with the vehicle.Rekha's behaviour at the counter was unacceptable. She was rude to me and other employees around her. She asked for additional address proof (not sure why since I've never needed more than my license with Hertz). She ran my card for £373 without asking what type of insurance I wanted. She did not tell me about the hidden fees. I expected a bill of £67 + insurance as stated on the Kayak site. When I get there, insurance is £55/day (absolutely insane!), £20 VAT not included in my quote. She was even rude to her own employee denying one of them a coffee break while I was standing at the counter. Overall I enjoyed the car, the dropoff experience but Rekha was downright awful. Would not want to interact with her again.
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From $31/dayRated #2
Easirent
5.1 Okay (171 reviews)
14 locations in London
Easirent
Locations in London
  • 5.9
  • 5.7
  • 4.7
  • 4.5
  • 5
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 17 2022
Booked car hire through Kayak, it appeared to be a very competitive price. Arrived at advertised pick up address to find it was no longer there and had closed 18 months ago and relocated but they had not updated their website and it shows old address. Had to get an Uber to the new address. After arriving, I was told that as I had "booked through a third party" I would need to pay £695 insurance on top of the car hire charge or I would not be able to take the car. I refused, and asked for written confirmation that this was true. The assistant could not show any evidence, and just kept saying "you booked through a third party" I left without the car, and went to Europecar and hired one cheaper there. Nowhere on Kayak or the car hire companies paperwork does it say that compulsory insurance charges will be added on top. I will never book through Kayak again, this car hire company is scamming people into paying higher charges than agreed which is illegal
2.0 MediocreMay 16 2022
You don’t get what you pay for
6.0 GoodMay 10 2022
Easirent at Heathrow is based in a container in the corner of a parking lot. No direct pick up from Terminals, you have to catch a hotel hopping bus. Also, cost advertised is only the car rental. Insurance and damage waiver coverage are extras which really ramps up the price. They may be backed by Fiat (they say) and operate through Pricecom (an American outfit) but their set up is second rate, although in the end the car we had was good, met our needs but was overpriced.
2.0 MediocreMay 8 2022
Total lack of customer service. Every single person working there acted like a 70’s used car salesman. A bunch of Geezers. No recognition that I am a paying customer and deserve some respect and attention. They talk down to you not caring who you are or what their role should be. Absolutely the worst experience ever.
2.0 MediocreMay 1 2022
Truly not the company to rent a car from. They expected an exorbitant hold on our credit card, and in spite of the fact that we provided proof of insurance--and our policy provides coverage for rental cars--they also expected us to pay for their pricey insurance. We decided to rent a vehicle elsewhere.
8.0 ExcellentApr 24 2022
Type of vehicle was good value, getting to the location was hit and miss, shuttle did not pick up the first time and the return trip driver was very abrupt.
10.0 ExcellentApr 22 2022
Allowed me to rent with payment code!
8.0 ExcellentApr 20 2022
Easy pick up and drop off, insurance was crazy amount, as I had the car for 34 days I had to get their insurance and I could have bought a second hand car and insured it for less.
8.0 ExcellentApr 19 2022
The description of the vehicle was not accurate, as it turned out we got a vehicle with more space. I ordered a Mondeo Estate and was informed that Ford have not made one for 3 years. I was travelling with 3 other adults with luggage for 2 week so the space was important.
2.0 MediocreApr 15 2022
No shuttle available, spent over 20 pounds on a cab. Told the tank was full bit wasn't shown it. 4 miles from the agency I realized it was only a third of a tank. No one answered the phone when I called to report it. Due to a family emergency I had to extend my trip, called the office and was told I would have to come and sign a new contract, 100 miles away. Said they would call back with a quote and never did. Called the head office and inquired about returning to a different location, was told ok for a fee. Arrived at location in Bristol, was rudely told they were not expecting me, that they were leaving for the day and to park the car and leave the keys in a drop box. Asked how I would get to the airport and was told to walk, ok it's only about half a mile but what if I was impaired or travelling with luggage. Easirent it is not......
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From $88/dayRated #3
Sixt
7.7 Good (84 reviews)
17 locations in London
Sixt
Locations in London
  • 8.2
  • 8.1
  • 7.6
  • 7.2
  • 7.4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentMay 6 2022
Drop off was less organised than other rental companies we use. Pick up was great.
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2022
Pick up is in dark underground garage at LHR. Staff do not accompany customers to mark paperwork with existing damage to vehicle or help with controls on vehicle. Telephone assistance, very difficult to reach a live person to address concerns after pickup. World wide Sixt computer system was down for over two days and email assistance was delayed. Usual problems communicating with a live person when I was eventually able to talk to someone in English as it was not their first language. Insurance is very expensive at the counter at pickup. Be sure to buy online with rental prior to pickup. Good luck!
10.0 ExcellentApr 12 2022
Very helpful staff. Lovely car. Very practical location. Very pleased with the service.
2.0 MediocreMar 30 2022
I should have known better. When picking up the vehicle, I was handed a vehicle damage report that literally listed dozens of minor scratches on the vehicle. I couldn't actually see any of these on the car but decided to overlook that. Then, upon returning the vehicle, I was charged a significant amount of money for a very minor scratch on the hubcap, far in excess of what it would have taken to replace the entire hubcap, and certainly not warranted for the minor scratch present. Also, the pickup location is very difficult to find, and the drop-off is equally difficult, as you have to ignore the customary signs pointing to rental car returns at the airport.
10.0 ExcellentMar 5 2022
Very good experience. Good car. Some of the automatics were moved and had to get the manual out to set up lights. Empty bottle of alcohol in back seat which had been missed. Wasn’t sure on mileage due to mistake in contract. But luckily I wasn’t driving far.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 21 2022
Check in was easy, and we got a free upgrade due to extenuating circumstances. The staff were very friendly and I could not have had a better exp
4.0 OkayFeb 20 2022
Car was not cleaned or sanitised inside, disgustingly dirty, even came with previous renter's finger nail clippings in passenger footwell.
4.0 OkayJan 8 2022
Up sold car type as profit al was not available Multiple issue with car (tyre pressure, battery level, tyre replaced, faulty screen/computer)
8.0 ExcellentDec 24 2021
Very courteous staff
10.0 ExcellentDec 4 2021
The GPS routed us to inferior roads several times. Only complaint.
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From $74/dayRated #4
Budget
7.1 Good (53 reviews)
14 locations in London
Budget
Locations in London
  • 7.9
  • 7.5
  • 6.7
  • 6.9
  • 6.9
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 17 2022
nightmare to get to speak to anyone and even after 9 calls taking over 35 mins holding still no one could help
10.0 ExcellentApr 20 2022
Very good value for money, quick efficient service, was just really quite pleased overal.
8.0 ExcellentMar 14 2022
The extra insurance was too expensive and the staff handed over the car without inspecting it for damage.
10.0 ExcellentFeb 28 2022
The person on the counter was very friendly and polite
10.0 ExcellentFeb 7 2022
A really great experience. Clear advice of required paperwork. Staff were very friendly at collection and drop off. Will definitely recommend to others
2.0 MediocreFeb 3 2022
They need to get right information to people and who can explain things
10.0 ExcellentJan 31 2022
Car was awesome. Staff really good. Car was thirsty so more petrol than I thought but no big issue. Genuinely s great service and glad I bought the extra insurance online as it was almost 6 times cheaper than in store
10.0 ExcellentJan 16 2022
Good on all matters
2.0 MediocreJan 10 2022
I called thousands of times all available numbers to make changes to the reservation and was impossible. It was a recording stating that they were not accepting phone calls. I ended up NOT picking the car up
10.0 ExcellentDec 26 2021
Fast, simple, and friendly.
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From $77/dayRated #5
Europcar
6.8 Good (46 reviews)
22 locations in London
Europcar
Locations in London
  • 7.9
  • 7.6
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodMay 18 2022
The price more than doubled at pick up after insurance and extra driver added. Problem with key which we had to fix - they did reimburse a bit for this but was major hassle getting it sorted. Car was okay but smelled of cigarette smoke. The first customer service person was too much of a sales person for my liking and the drop of person was much much better and more professional. Just so expensive to hire a car these days.
10.0 ExcellentApr 25 2022
The pick was easy and fast and the gentleman that served me was very helpful. The cost of the car was quite high for a very basic model
6.0 GoodApr 24 2022
Staff was trying so hard to make you spend unnecessarily money. He did not want to accept the insurance I bought when booking the car with Kayak.
2.0 MediocreApr 12 2022
Europcar refused to accept my prepaid insurance sourced thro Allianz at the time of booking via the Kayak web site which moved the rental to CarRentals com. Europcar insisted that third party insurance providers were not allowed under their terms of sale ,and buying theirs was my only option. So my insurance cost for the 12 day rental went from $143 thro Allianz to $581 thro Europcar. This did not a happy camper make-- at the rental counter after an overnight flight from Phila. Allianz did reimburse the $143 given their policy was surplus to requirements. This is my first and last rental with Europcar,Kayak,and CarRentals.com.
4.0 OkayApr 5 2022
The car (or similar) to what I had reserved online was not available when I arrived. The gentleman on the desk tried desperately to upsell me in to a more expensive car. They offered me several inappropriate alternatives, at an additional expense may I add, after one hour I ended up paying an additional £300 + to get a suitable vehicle so that I could get on my way. Not impressed Europcar!
2.0 MediocreApr 4 2022
I used to use Europcar most times I came into Heathrow, but after the egregious actions of the agent misselling me insurance on this last occasion I won’t be going near this company again. Terms like “mandatory” and “required by UK law” were used by the agent to pressure me into purchasing what is actually optional insurance and extract an extra $250 out of me. When I realized something was seriously off with this, I raised the issue with Europcar “customer service” but they have showed zero good faith in pursuing my complaint. Other reviews on Google from a year ago highlight the same deceitful techniques being used at this location so, as shocking as it is, it clearly is not a priority for them to resolve. If you’ve experienced the same issues at this location I suggest logging a complaint with the BVRLA here as I will be doing: https://www.bvrla.co.uk/consumer-advice/making-a-complaint-adr/complaint-eligibility.html
8.0 ExcellentDec 30 2021
Easy pick up and return. Would have been nice if they left the GPS chip in the car
8.0 ExcellentNov 18 2021
Cars were cleaned well and in great condition. Shuttles from terminals were not as frequent as for other rental companies.
1.9 HorribleSep 19 2021
A complete con. I booked a standard hatchback for three weeks via Kayak for collection at Europcar Heathrow in August 2021. The price was $873.29 which was due at pick up and included $229.31 on top of the base price as applicable taxes. No mention of other costs was made to me during the booking process. Upon picking up the car I was told by Europcar the actual price I needed to pay was a whopping $1,786 due to 'other taxes' and 'insurance'. I was told that this was due to vehicle insurance not being included in the price quoted to me, as Kayak does not factor this in for non-US or Canadian citizens at the time of booking. Upon enquiring why it's not added, I was told this was a rare occurrence for British Citizens booking on the Kayak platform and that Europcar had not seen this before. This was blatantly untrue as the customers left and right of me, also picking up rental cars, were complaining for the same reason and equally as shocked. Kayak and Europcar have lost my future business for their lack of transparency and I will be complaining to both. I urge people considering a car rental with them in the UK to double-check the insurances and 'hidden costs'. At a time when car rental prices in the UK are already astronomical, this smacks of pure greed and swindling customers searching for economical deals.
3.9 MediocreAug 2 2021
1. Indifferent employees at pick-up. More interested in upselling than just giving us the keys to our car. 2. Europcar added two additional charges at the end without any notice or explanation. I still don't know what those charges (about $200) were for. Might have been legit, might not have been-- I have no idea because they just tacked them on w/o any explanation. No transparency. I will be hesitant to use Europcar in the future because of this. 3. Buying insurance initially, it was not clear to me that the insurance would be third party. Allianz is OK, but if I buy insurance I would much rather just get it through the rental company directly.
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From $50/dayRated #6
GREEN MOTION
Most popular
5.8 Okay (36 reviews)
11 locations in London
GREEN MOTION
Locations in London
  • 6.6
  • 6.7
  • 5.5
  • 5.2
  • 5.8
Recent reviews
4.0 OkayMay 14 2022
I upgraded to green motions full insurance, they didn't recognize the one I got on the site and wanted to put a huge hold on my credit card. Once I got their own insurance everything became easy, fixed miles went away, reasonable holds. This might not be green motion's fault it could be Kayak working with too many vendors
2.0 MediocreMay 7 2022
A huge 2.5k quid deposit. No shuttle. Never turned up either way so that was an extra 50 quid in taxis. Wouldn’t let me cancel when I heard about the deposit. I would strongly suggest you use a different company. At the drop off zone where the office was closed at 6am, the people who worked at the hotel for asylum seekers next door said that absolutely everyone that they meet waiting for the shuttle that never arrives complains. Everyone. After a long flight, dealing with that is the last thing you need.
8.0 ExcellentApr 27 2022
I had to get car insurance since we were from out of the country and the sales pitch was a hard sell and very expensive. Ended up bundling the insurance with an upgrade, unlimited mileage and a Navigation system which lessened the pain but overall it was an expensive rental. Distance between car pick up /drop off and the bus pick up was excessive. If you have mobility issues this maybe a concern. The car was almost new and we had zero issues with it.
8.0 ExcellentApr 16 2022
Picked up my car at heathrow where the staff were okay. Arranged to drop off at Gatwick where Marie was absolutely fantastic. Will use them again at the Gatwick location.
10.0 ExcellentApr 7 2022
Better information regarding the shuttle to LHR upon returning the vehicle would have been useful. I did not realize that they only ran 1 per hour, could have been a huge issue.
8.0 ExcellentFeb 24 2022
When picking the vehicle up there was a lot of pressure to pay for extra insurance. Perhaps they should make people aware of this at the time of booking. This was necessary as I demonstrated I had the excess covered. This did not stop them scrutinizing my documents. Returning the vehicle was trouble free. The guy who checked the vehicle back in was called Mark and he couldn’t have been more helpful. Thank you Mark. Not sure why it takes up to 14 days to refund the somewhat excessive deposit of GBP 2,500! Green motion where quick to take the money but it seems not too keen to give it back!
2.0 MediocreFeb 18 2022
At pickup you’re offered a range of damage cover from £30-£60 a day. Does not include wheels and tires. Plus a hold of £1800 on your card. A scratch on any part will require replacement. Normal wear and tear from proper use is not allowed. I was charged £435 to replace a tire for a scratch on the sidewall.
8.0 ExcellentJan 25 2022
The car was economic in fuel and good to drive . Easy by to park . Thank you
10.0 ExcellentDec 3 2021
I am unclear about Green Motions extended hire policy. I asked about an extension a while ago and the price was in line with the weekly rate I was already paying. I enquired about an extension this time and the rate seemed to revert to the day rate i.e. two and half times more. I would like to know what the policy is to inform future trips.
7.9 GoodSep 19 2021
The shuttle to the airport did not come after 1 hour 15 minutes. So to avoid missing my flight i stopped a cab in the road and spent 20 pounds sterling to get to terminal 2.
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From $90/dayRated #7
Ace
4.4 Okay (34 reviews)
1 location in London
Ace
Locations in London
  • 5.5
  • 5.3
  • 3.9
  • 3.7
  • 4
Recent reviews
8.0 ExcellentOct 30 2021
I couldn't get a hold of the company before traveling to make amendments to the booking. I called Kayak and tried to call Ace and the name of the company was something else entirely. Kayak said to visit their kiosk when I got to Heathrow, there was no kiosk at Heathrow. No phone number would connect me to a human and in the end I showed up to pick up the time I wanted to change it to and they were very accommodating. Shame about the runabout in the lead up.
1.9 HorribleAug 17 2021
They didn't accept the insurance on my credit card so the car cost a lot more than I had planned for. The car they gave me had worn through the brake pads and you could hear the rotors rubbing when you braked. I was staying 200 miles away from the rental place so was hard to bring the car back for a replacement. I am upset that they provided me with a car, that I drove my children around in, that was not fit for purpose. To add to this the person at the desk when I returned the car was not polite, barely talked and was not too apologetic about the state of the vehicle. Will never use again or recommend to anyone!
2.8 MediocreMar 13 2020
Very confusing process. Ended up paying triple of what I thought I was going to. I would suggest a more reputable brand. Might cost more on paper but not worth the headache of this rental experience.Shuttle to the car park. Clear terms and conditions.
3.6 MediocreFeb 11 2020
The car I requested was not available, the insurance I prepaid I was told was not god enough. I had to pay an extra 350GBP on pick up
6.8 GoodSep 8 2019
Clean new car.More information about the true costs incurred with the rental (e.g. insurance, milage).
2.0 MediocreJul 30 2019
Bad customer serviceBetter communication
2.0 MediocreJul 18 2019
The drop off was fast.I had a reservation for a car which the sales staff completely ignored to start a new transaction. They proceeded to ignore pricing to push their insurance plan, and basically wouldn't let you leave until you had purchased it. I literally told them what I thought they were doing was a scam.
3.6 MediocreJul 9 2019
Terrible pickup and dropoff. Hidden fees
2.0 MediocreJul 8 2019
There is not a normal car shuttle and the Hopper would not take me to pick up car....you have to 6lb for Hopper. The rental place is impossible to find because it’s not called Ace.
2.0 MediocreJun 30 2019
Staff were not friendly nor helpful there was no shuttle from the airport for rental pu. We had to pay for a hotel bus to drop us off .The whole set up could be better. Ace could do with revamping their entire system.
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From $91/dayRated #8
National
10 Excellent (2 reviews)
9 locations in London
National
Locations in London
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentJan 3 2019
quick service.Petrol tank only half full on pickup. Trying to bring a car back with a half full tank is difficult.
10.0 ExcellentJun 18 2018
easy process, straight forward. no pressure upsale.accessibility of facility
From $99/dayRated #9
Enterprise
9.1 Excellent (13 reviews)
22 locations in London
Enterprise
Locations in London
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9.2
  • 9.2
  • 8.9
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentSep 7 2019
Brits could learn to drive on the right side of the road
9.6 ExcellentMar 16 2018
English countryside tourI was upgraded to a Hybrid car which was great as I was doing a lot of out of town travel as Gaza being already quite expensive in UK. This was a great advantage. Also the car had a GPS system which was great. The staff were very nice & helpful both at pick up & especially on return.The pick up was a little slower then anticipated. First you have to take a bus to the car which seems to be the same for all rental companies & I guess can’t be helped, but when we did get to the car lot it did take a little while till the car was ready. Staff were very not ce & apoligised, but that should be improved.
8.0 ExcellentDec 31 2017
Good value van hireEverything was good. Pick up went well, van was clean and quite new.The excess was high at £1150 and to bring it down to £250 would have doubled the cost. Seems a lot proportionate to risk.
10.0 ExcellentSep 3 2017
the service was fast, very helpful, and very friendly. best car renting experience so far!
10.0 ExcellentDec 30 2016
Fast service, great car, convenient location!Fast friendly service. Easy to find. Helpful staff who went the extra mile.
9.6 ExcellentDec 29 2016
Give your review a headlineVery simple to rent a car , the difference is the staff. We have to admit that Enterprise is trying hard and the staff is extremenly polite and willing to assit . Well done Enterprise ! My Avis card will go to the bin! AP
9.2 ExcellentJun 1 2016
If you want customer service: go to Enterprise.Customer service, new car, no hidden charges. Enterprise is the best.Location is bad. It's in a sketchy area of London.
10.0 ExcellentApr 5 2016
Great service, excellent carPersonal touch, free pick up service, Easter Egg surprise gift. Highly recommended!!!
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From $24/dayRated #10
keddy by Europcar
Cheapest deal
8.7 Excellent (4 reviews)
34 locations in London
keddy by Europcar
Locations in London
  • 8
  • 9
  • 9
  • 9
  • 8.5
Recent reviews
10.0 ExcellentNov 12 2018
Very good friendly service.
8.8 ExcellentMay 20 2017
Keddy GatwickService on reception - not getting the hard sell for insurance. And not getting ripped off with fraudulent damage Claims like enterprise heathrow!
From $90/dayRated #11
Avis
7.7 Good (17 reviews)
8 locations in London
Avis
Locations in London
  • 8.4
  • 8.1
  • 7.5
  • 7.4
  • 7.5
Recent reviews
6.0 GoodApr 30 2022
We waited forever for a shuttle bus and when it turned up, it had room for 2 people. There were about 8 people in front of us and 7 in our party with 3 little kids. We'd just got off an 8hr overnight flight and the kids were cranky. The party in front of us let us go before them on the 3rd shuttle to show up, but that could only fit 3 people. It took forever to get our whole group to the actual Avis location, over several shuttle busses. The desk was really busy and my pre-booking took forever to process. Not the slickest operation, but the car was new & clean and ready for us. Price was ok, vehicle great, process poor.
2.0 MediocreMar 7 2022
When I booked a car you took £6 out of my bank abs I had the pay £40 when I got there, got all the way to London city airport to pick up my hire car only to be told it wasn't there some one using it kayak didn't update there list of availability and second was to be told I would have to pay a extra £50 on top of the £40 for a new car then to be told I had to pay a £200 for a holding fee which didn't explain when I booked the car so I will not be using these again
2.8 MediocreDec 31 2019
I will never use Avis again - ever. In Jan 2019 I booked a car for pick up at LHR Dec 16, making the mistake that my flight out of SFO was actually getting into LHR Dec 17. Had I picked up the car Dec 16, I would have been paying $460 for my rental period. With zero flexibility they wanted me to now pay £2000 for the same rental package (1 day less in fact). After a long haul flight with 4 biggish bags - which the Avis shuttle driver gave no help with - I had to go back to T2 and get a car from National for £600. Same size as my original Avis booking, help with baggage into and off of bus and even into my car! Enterprise rocks. Avis sucks big time.
9.2 ExcellentJul 30 2019
Excellent staff.Very expensive vehicle.
9.2 ExcellentMay 13 2019
Pick up/drop off at T5 was awesome - not little bus. Very convenientCheckIn process is long winded. Don’t know why the Avis rep (who was very helpful) has to go through so many steps to release the car?
8.0 ExcellentMar 27 2019
CheapI think they gave me a car smaller than I rented but I was in too much of a rudh to argue about it.
8.8 ExcellentApr 23 2017
Good value. Very clean. Pleasant customer service.If we had really need space for 7 passengers the car would not have been big enough. After hours drop off was a little challenging due to tight quarters in hotel car park.
10.0 ExcellentOct 2 2016
Good service fair priceWe got a upgraded car that included GPS and and free second driver.
5.2 OkayOct 18 2015
Avis rentalCar was in good state, process was simplePoor customer service, car was not full pf gas and had to chase Avis agent to prove Bc I rented with kayak avis agent mentioned we would have to deal with all expenses first and then claim through third party - clearly not convenient to customer
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From $105/dayRated #12
Alamo
6.2 Good (7 reviews)
7 locations in London
Alamo
Locations in London
  • 7.1
  • 7.1
  • 6.2
  • 6.5
  • 6.2
Recent reviews
2.0 MediocreMay 2 2022
I used KAYAK as the search engine for my car rental. After selecting my vehicle, I was redirected to QEEQ.COM, where I confirmed my selection. Once my reservation was made, it was different to my initial selection, ie. I selected a 4-door, 5-seat vehicle, but my reservation came through as a 2-door, 5-seat vehicle. I called QEEQ.COM and was told that my reservation was indeed 2 doors and 5 seats, but when we went to collect our vehicle it was a very small 2-door, 4-seat vehicle, a small Fiat 500. I had to upgrade my vehicle with Enterprise/Alamo at an extra expense of £10 per day in order to get a vehicle that would accommodate my family and our bags. I am very disappointed and feel I was utterly duped in this vehicle rental. I would very much appreciate it if someone could respond to my review and am prepared to share screenshots of my selections and actual reservation.
10.0 ExcellentJan 3 2022
I thought the staff were excellent everything was quick and informative would definitely use the service again
2.0 MediocreSep 15 2019
They called to talk to me.They canceled my reservation. It would be better to have the vehicles in stock if I’m able to reserve them.
8.0 ExcellentSep 10 2018
Quick turnaround, will use them againShort queue, nice person behind the desk and no high pressure up-sale which I would have refused anyway.The car was a little basic, but I didn't really expect much more for the low price I paid.
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Rated #13
Dollar
5.8 Okay (6 reviews)
3 locations in London
Dollar
Locations in London
  • 7.3
  • 7.3
  • 5
  • 4.6
  • 5
Recent reviews
5.2 OkayAug 28 2020
easy pickup.extremely long wait for shuttle. charged over GBP 300 for a tiny scuff which they insisted as a "deep scratch".
3.2 MediocreSep 4 2019
Reservation to pickup Saturday at 1000, drop off Bank Holiday Monday at 1000. Arrived told no car available and probably wouldn't get one. At 1130 they gave us a just returned car that was for someone else. Told us we couldn't return on Monday because of holiday, they'd be closed.Don't allow return reservation if facility will be closed and no alternate drop-off. Cost me 26 pounds to park. DON'T OVERBOOK.
6.8 GoodJul 16 2019
Take too long for serving customers at check in and check out. The airport pick up point information is not accurate. All customers were getting irritated with waiting time. I think its not staff issue, but seems like company policy might be too strict on staff on any mistakes. Will avoid in future
6.0 GoodNov 23 2016
Car was good, price just OKI had to take a larger car that I ordered. Waiting to get the car was longer than it should have been.
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10.0 ExcellentJan 5 2018
Great car & value for money. Super slick pick up and drop off. Deposit was back in my account within a couple of hours.
5.2 OkayJun 29 2017
Pickup/drop off process too slow.
5.6 OkaySep 23 2016
0ne and a quarter hours waiting at terminal 5Car good, service goodBack to waiting 1 1/4 hour outside in the cold waiting for pickup
2.8 MediocreAug 8 2016
These are bait and switch bandits, avoid like theI booked a car online for 13 pounds a day for 10 days. On arrival I was told I would have to pay an additional 13.25 per day basic insurance. As it was nearly midnight I told them I would take the car for 1 day. When I returned the car I heard them doing the same con on another customer. I rented a better car for less at Europecar just down the road.
2.0 MediocreAug 7 2016
NothingI will never use Thrifty again, absolutely the worst customer service I have ever experienced.
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They never answered the 15+ calls we made for the shuttle to come get us from the airport. We had to cancel it, then pay money for an Uber and couldn’t rent a car the whole time we were there. It was a joke.
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Most popular car type

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Average price

$79/day

Good deal

$60/day

When to book a rental car in London

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Top tips for renting a car in London

  • The English capital is an extremely busy city, which means driving around central London can be incredibly stressful. But, while public transportation is the best option when discovering the city center, a rental car is the perfect option for those looking to leave London and explore the English countryside or coastal towns such as Brighton.
  • London has five airports: London City (LCY), London Stansted (STN), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), and London Gatwick (LGW). At City Airport, car rental counters are located next to the main terminal building. At Heathrow Airport, car rental companies have desks in all the arrivals terminals. At Gatwick, you'll find car rental desks in both the North and South terminal. Stansted Airport's car rental companies operate from the Airport Car Rental Village, which is outside the terminal building (free shuttle buses that will drop you off there depart from the terminal forecourt every 10 minutes). The Car Hire Center at Luton Airport is accessed via the free APCOA shuttle bus, which you can catch at Bay 1A.
  • The main thing you have to know about driving in the United Kingdom is that traffic runs on the left-hand side of the road. If you're brave enough to drive around the city center, beware that the streets are constantly bustling with tourists. Take into consideration that certain areas in the city are subject to the Congestion Charge, which means you must pay £11.50 (approximately $14.70) per day if you drive in said zones between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., which is applicable Monday to Friday.
  • Driving during London's rush hour can easily add 40 minutes to an hour to your travel time, so avoid going into and out of central London between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and again in the evening, between 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Roads leading to the city's many airports are often busy during these times as well, so take that into consideration if you're driving back to the airport.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in London for $60 or less
  • Book your rental car in London at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in London are around 42% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Mini rental cars in London are around 85% cheaper than other car types, on average

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