London car rentals from $12/day

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London car rental information

Pick-up locationLondon
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size SUV, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Mini, Premium
Rental locations341
Airport locations75
Popular agenciesGREEN MOTION , DRIVALIA , Europcar, Alamo

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in London

  • Surrey Hills is ideal for short drives if you want access to the most scenic places in England and still be close to the city center. If you don't mind heading out of town, you can pick up a pre-planned route and then drive cheap car rentals in London about 77 miles to the Cotswold, Sevenoaks, or Epping Forest area that boasts over 100 lakes and ponds, making it a great spot for couples, families and pet enthusiasts. You will have an incident-free trip provided you ensure toddlers are secured in age-appropriate booster seats, and all your passengers wear seat belts at all times.
  • London is a tough city to operate a vehicle, especially at peak times. If you're going to do a lot of driving around central London from Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 6 pm, including 12 pm to 6 pm on weekends and bank holidays, you may incur a Congestion Charge. It will cost you approximately £15 ($18) if you pay the fee in advance or on the same day via Auto Pay, online, or by telephone. If you make payment up to 3 days after traveling, a rate of £17.50 ($22) applies and up to £150 ($184) in fines if you default on payments. The Congestion Zone is labeled with the letter "C" in a red circle on signs and painted on the road.
  • Depending on the time of year you visit the U.K, for example, between January and March, when temperatures fall below seven degrees, it's advisable to book London car rentals fitted with winter tires. Snow wheels with more than 2mm of tread are essential for safe driving in wintertime. If it's going to be your first time operating cheap car rentals in London during harsh conditions, confirm when booking your vehicle through KAYAK that car rental companies in the U.K provide them.
  • 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 $33 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 13% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in London are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average

London car rental experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travelers who rented a car in London 
Verified travelerMar 2024
The smallest car you can fit in is best—old cities make for narrow roads, which makes driving on the other side of the road even more challenging! The more narrow you are the easier it is to get past other cars AND park in VERY narrow spaces.
Verified travelerDec 2023
If you aren't used to driving on the left side of the road, just take your time getting used to it! Otherwise, drivers are very polite and so long as you follow the rules, you'll have no problems. Watch out for speed cameras on the motorways!
VijayakumarFeb 2024
Please take full insurance cover always and avoid paying excess. Rentalcars.com offers very good prices on insurance.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Danielle (at the desk, Heathrow airport) was really helpful, I was 2 hours early to pick up the car and she has managed to find me a nice car.
Verified travelerNov 2023
Get out of London ASAP. No place to drive unless you are renting a car to drive to locations outside the capital. Then driving is perfect!
schneur f.Sep 2023
Before you make your trip to the car rental find out I'm you agreement comes with full insurance and a zero excess
Verified travelerSep 2023
Bags does not mean suitcases of any size. It appears to mean small carry ons.
Verified travelerAug 2023
In suburban streets people park on both sides of the road meaning sometimes you only have a single carriageway and have to dart into an open parking bay to let others through. Drivers are extremely considerate though
Verified travelerJul 2023
Get a car with 360 camera if you never drive on the left side.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Don’t rent a car unless you can drive manual. Make sure you set up international phone service before you get there so that you can call the shuttle company and the car company if you need to, and you can have navigation in the car. Bring the right cords for connection and charging.
BrianJun 2023
London and the UK are undergoing a lot of changes, be aware there are roadworks everywhere, which may impede your journey or add additional driving time (notably the M3 motorway, which is undergoing weekend and nighttime maintenance).
TimothyAug 2023
Check the fine print carefully, and avoid car rental companies that sell you cars without any insurance
Verified travelerJul 2023
Rent your car outside airport. Price at Heathrow are very expensive.
Verified travelerMay 2023
If in the Central area only take smaller Cars And watch your speed as cameras everywhere

FAQs about renting a car in London

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in London?

    A mini or compact car is the recommended option in London for travelers who don't require much space for passengers or luggage, as they are easiest to drive and park around the city.

  • What’s the speed limit in London?

    The speed limit in the UK is 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour) on urban roads with street lighting, 60 mph (97 kph) on single roadways, and 70 mph (115 kph) on dual roadways and freeways. However, in some parts of inner-city London, speed limits are set at 20 mph (32 kph).

  • Where are the best places to park in London?

    Street parking can be both extremely hard to find and pricey in central London. However, parking in The City of London, the central district, is free after 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, after 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and all day on Sundays. Most street parking spots will be metered, and depending on the areas, it can cost anywhere between £1 and £5 per hour (approximately $1.30-$6.40).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in London?

    On average a rental car in London costs $45 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in London found in the last 2 weeks is $11.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in London?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at GREEN MOTION ($12/day), DRIVALIA ($15/day) and Europcar ($24/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at GREEN MOTION London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road - In Terminal E16 2QT (7 miles from city center).

  • What is the best rental car company in London?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in London are Sixt (7.6, 69 reviews), Budget (7.3, 58 reviews), and Europcar (7.2, 67 reviews).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in London?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in London. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in London?

    The average gas price in London is $6.88 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $83 and $110, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in London?

    Compact (Class Compact SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in London.

  • Which car rental companies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Europcar, Hertz, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Sixt, Budget, Dollar, Avis and keddy by Europcar.

  • Which car rental companies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Dollar, keddy by Europcar, City Car & Truck Rentals and Easirent.

  • Which car rental companies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, National, keddy by Europcar, City Car & Truck Rentals and Easirent.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Dollar, Advantage, and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Dollar, Advantage, and National.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Dollar, National, and Avis.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in London?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in London?

    A Compact car rental in London costs $59 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in London?

    An Economy car rental in London costs $51 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car rental cost in London?

    An Intermediate car rental in London costs $53 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in London?

    In London, cars are most frequently rented at SURPRICE CAR RENTAL Unit 6 Sovereign Ct 633 Sipson Road (14 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in London?

    On average a rental car in London costs $318 per week ($45 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in London?

    On average a rental car in London costs $1,361 per month ($45 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in London?

    Most car rental providers in London offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in London, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in London?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 39 car rental agencies in London.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in London?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in London?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in London so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • Are there London car rental companies near train stations?

    There is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch inside Britain's largest and busiest station, Waterloo. You can also find an Alamo desk as you leave Waterloo station via the main exit and an off-site location for National car Hire Company along Spur Road, London SE1 7LY.

  • Is it legal to drink and drive in London?

    It's best not to drink alcohol if you are the designated driver during your London trip. If you're found guilty of attempting to operate a vehicle while over the legal limit of 0.6% blood alcohol content (BAC), you may risk jail time, unlimited fines, or a driving suspension.

London car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

Best rated

Cleanliness

8.1

Comfort

7.7

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.8

Value for money

6.4

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156 Southampton Row

+44 843 309 3065