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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

London Edgware Car Rental
Mini
Toyota IQ or similar
Toyota IQ
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$24.32 per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$24.55 per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$24.80 per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo 3d or similar
VW Polo 3d
  • 5
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$25.42 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

London Edgware Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$26.06 / per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$26.71 / per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$27.37 / per day
London Edgware Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus STW or similar
Ford Focus STW
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$29.18 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:38 on 2022-08-10. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
44
Economy car rental price
$82.36 / per day
Average car rental length
2 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.2
Average gasoline price
$2.15 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.41 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$2.00 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in London?

One of the great cities of Europe and the world, London is a place that everyone should experience at least once. Both historic, modern, diverse and yet maintaining a unique local character, its neighborhoods, buildings, and attractions can be explored for days. Getting a rental car is your best bet to see as much as possible.

London Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in London

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in London and drop off in another city include:

  • From London to Manchester - 307 offers from US$ 28.46 per day
  • From London to Edinburgh - 183 offers from US$ 39.01 per day
  • From London to Luton - 90 offers from US$ 37.79 per day
  • From London to Bristol - 165 offers from US$ 39.01 per day
  • From London to Glasgow - 254 offers from US$ 30.17 per day

Top ways to enter London

  • London Heathrow Airport. The largest in Europe and among the top 10 in the world, Heathrow Airport feels like a city in its own right. The airport is located just west of London. 
  • London Gatwick Airport. Offering flights to and from destinations all over Europe, as well as North America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia, Gatwick Airport serves nearly 50 million passengers every year. The airport is in West Sussex county about an hour’s drive south of London.
  • London City Airport. The only international airport serving London that’s located inside the city’s boundaries, London City Airport is a base for British Airways and is also served by a handful of other airlines.
  • London Stansted Airport. A huge base for Ryanair and also served by a number of other low-cost carriers, flying to Stansted is often the cheapest way to reach London. The airport itself is about an hour’s drive northeast of the city proper.
  • Luton Airport. Often also branded as London Luton Airport thanks to its proximity to the capital, but located in the neighboring city of Luton, this airport is served by nine different airlines.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in London by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at many of London’s train stations. London Bridge, Croydon South, Hammersmith, Victoria, and Paddington are just some of them.

City facts

London has a temperate oceanic climate and is warmer than most of the other large cities of the United Kingdom. The average temperature is 18.7 °C  (65.7 °F) in July and 5.2 °C  (41.4 °F) in January. Despite its reputation for being very rainy, London actually has less precipitation than Lisbon, Rome, New York City, and Sydney.

London is made up of 32 boroughs or local authority districts. 12 boroughs are within Inner London while 20 are in Outer London. The most populous London borough is Croydon in South London. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Buckingham Palace. The home of the Royal family and, for many, the number one landmark of London, Buckingham Palace is only open for tours during the summer months, but even if you visit during another time of year, it’s magnificence can be observed from outside.
  • British Museum. London has countless world-class museums, such as the National History Museum and Tate Modern, but the British Museum is probably the crown jewel of them all, both for its immensity and for the awesome quality of its exhibitions. From the history of the inhabitants of the British Isles to Ancient Greeks and Romans to equally impressive civilizations outside Europe, it really covers human history in its fullness.
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral. Arguably the most famous Anglican church in the world, St Paul’s Cathedral is located on the site of a much older church dating back to AD 604. Rebuilt after the great fire of London in 1666, nowadays the cathedral provides an especially impressive sight when illuminated after dark.
  • Natural History Museum. With a truly vast and impressive collection, the Natural History Museum stands out from its counterparts around the world. Whether you marvel at the skeletons of Diplodocus, take in the size of the blue whale, or explore specimens found by none other than Charles Darwin, this is one place that can all but guarantee to inspire awe. Better yet, there is no entrance fee. The Natural History Museum is located near two other museums, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum of decorative arts and design.

Traffic and parking

  • The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road.
  • On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and next to red lines is illegal).
  • You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving, unless you use a hands-free system.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lightning.
  • In England and Wales, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for both experienced and novice drivers. Do keep in mind, however, that in Scotland the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • The insurance and documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Toll roads

Currently there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 toll. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels, as well as for entering the central areas of London and Durham (a city in North East England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43 km (27 mi) long portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can pay by either cash or credit card. As of March 2019, the price is £6.40 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.10 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Windsor Castle. Claiming to be the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, this royal residence is nearly as important as the Buckingham Palace. Besides its important inhabitants, it also houses beautiful artworks by Rembrandt, Rubens, and Canaletto. Unlike Buckingham, Windsor is open for visitors throughout the year. The castle, located in the town of the same name, is about 40 km (23 mi) west of London.
  • Stonehenge. The prehistoric ring of stones has been standing since the Bronze Age. Its meaning still hasn’t been fully deciphered, which only adds to its mystery. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is in Wiltshire Country and can be reached from London in about two and a half hours.
  • Cambridge. Home to one of the world’s most famous universities, Cambridge is also a surprisingly green and cozy city. Befitting a great academic center, it also houses a large number of amazing museums, from the Folk Museum and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology to the University Museum of Zoology and the Polar Museum. With only 60 miles (90 km) to cover, it makes an ideal day trip from London.
  • South Downs National Park. Home to 14 million people, Greater London is one of the largest and most densely populated urban areas in Europe — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t provide access to nature. Located just a 90-minute drive southwest of the capital, South Downs is a supremely calm and scenic area of chalk hills, valleys, and woodlands. Other nature areas not far from London include the Surrey Hills, Kent Downs, and Chiltern Hills.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in London is the Peugeot 108, although many travelers also pick the Ford Fiesta and the Volvo V40. The most popular rental car types are mini, intermediate, and economy.

Further destinations

  • Manchester. Embracing its industrial past rather than trying to avoid it, Manchester is a unique and vibrant cultural center. Come here for its beautiful historic buildings, unique neighborhoods, great museums and art galleries, and two world class football clubs. Manchester is less than four hours drive north of London.
  • Edinburgh. The capital of Scotland might not be quite as immense as its English counterpart, but what it lacks in size, Edinburgh more than makes up for in charm. A city with a truly unique historic feel, Edinburgh is about seven hours drive north of London. That might seem like a long drive, but you’d be crossing all of England where there are countless opportunities for stopping along the way. And besides, the final destination will be worth it.
  • Devon. A large county in the southwest of England, Devon is home to the Jurassic Coast, an area so rich in dinosaur bones and other fossils that a whole geologic period of the Paleozoic was named after it. There are plenty of other attractions too, not least of which are historic sites related to the human habitation of the British Isles, Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks, and the sophisticated cathedral city of Exeter, which is about a 3-hour-and-30-minute drive from London.

Car Rental Prices in London

  • Station wagons - from $218 per day
  • Large cars - from $134 per day
  • Medium cars - from $105 per day
  • Vans - from $602 per day
  • Premium cars - from $241 per day
  • Small cars - from $87 per day
  • SUVs - from $182 per day

Money-saving tips

There are many things you can do to get a good car rental deal in London. Start with:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting London is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 39% cheaper than the yearly average and about 60% cheaper than renting in May.

Top 20 Cities near London

  1. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $43.27 per day
    505.4 km / 314.1 miles away
  2. 245.1 km / 152.3 miles away
  3. Belfast Car Rentals from $75.34 per day
    507.1 km / 315.1 miles away
  4. Luton Car Rentals from $78.96 per day
    41.4 km / 25.7 miles away
  5. Glasgow Car Rentals from $43.27 per day
    536.5 km / 333.4 miles away
  6. Birmingham Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    160.3 km / 99.6 miles away
  7. 255.1 km / 158.5 miles away
  8. Bristol Car Rentals from $102.30 per day
    199.3 km / 123.9 miles away
  9. Liverpool Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    263.3 km / 163.6 miles away
  10. Inverness Car Rentals from $38.69 per day
    686.3 km / 426.4 miles away
  11. Newcastle Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    373.0 km / 231.8 miles away
  12. Watford Car Rentals from $31.74 per day
    50.2 km / 31.2 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $89.08 per day
    151.6 km / 94.2 miles away
  14. Reading Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    97.7 km / 60.7 miles away
  15. 62.3 km / 38.7 miles away
  16. Cardiff Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    252.8 km / 157.1 miles away
  17. Wolverhampton Car Rentals from $67.26 per day
    178.3 km / 110.8 miles away
  18. Preston Car Rentals from $30.50 per day
    289.4 km / 179.8 miles away
  19. Slough Car Rentals from $33.29 per day
    71.9 km / 44.7 miles away
  20. Bolton Car Rentals from $84.08 per day
    258.2 km / 160.4 miles away

Top 19 Locations near London

  1. 0.5 km / 0.3 miles away
  2. 1.2 km / 0.7 miles away
  3. London Mayfair Car Rentals from $95.38 per day
    2.0 km / 1.2 miles away
  4. 3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
  5. 3.6 km / 2.2 miles away
  6. 3.9 km / 2.4 miles away
  7. 4.3 km / 2.7 miles away
  8. 4.7 km / 2.9 miles away
  9. London Fulham Car Rentals from $97.01 per day
    4.7 km / 2.9 miles away
  10. 4.8 km / 3.0 miles away
  11. 4.9 km / 3.0 miles away
  12. London South Bank Car Rentals from $104.91 per day
    4.9 km / 3.1 miles away
  13. 5.3 km / 3.3 miles away
  14. London Kennington Car Rentals from $152.13 per day
    5.5 km / 3.4 miles away
  15. 5.7 km / 3.5 miles away
  16. 6.8 km / 4.3 miles away
  17. 7.1 km / 4.4 miles away
  18. North Wembley Car Rentals from $96.28 per day
    11.1 km / 6.9 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in London?

Car rental prices in London vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in London
January
$34.02
February
March
$50.58
April
$86.02
May
$46.01
June
July
$56.23
August
September
$46.43
October
November
$61.08
December
The best month to rent a car in London is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $34.02). This is 37% cheaper than the yearly average and 60% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $86.02 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in London?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in March, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in London
4
January
6
February
3
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
8
July
5
August
6
September
9
October
10
November
8
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in London?

The most popular month for renting a car in London is February, and the least popular is March.
Popularity of Car Rental in London by Monthly Searches
January
395%
February
March
249%
April
122%
May
44%
June
July
139%
August
September
150%
October
November
100%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Surprice Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Surprice Ford Fiesta 4 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Australia
VW Golf
July 5, 2019
As car rentals go you could do a lot worse.
Portugal
VW Polo
January 3, 2019
Best city on earth
Spain
Ford Fiesta 3d
November 3, 2018
We visited family
Ireland
VW Golf
October 10, 2018
If you have young children, public transport can be quite difficult so a rental car makes getting around easier.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Alamo
8.79 / 10
Lowest rated company
Ace Rent a car
6.78 / 10
Total number of reviews
40
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
$82.36
Lowest daily price
$15.38
Total cars available
1409

Top 15 Suppliers in London in 2022

Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.8 / 131 reviews
+442088972100
Northern Perimeter Rd, Heathrow, Longford, Hounslow TW6 2RY
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 13 reviews
+4408433093009
Heathrow Airport, Northern Perimeter Rd, London TW6 2QD
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.7 / 90 reviews
+442070188246
Lower Forecourt, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NY
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6 / 63 reviews
+4403713843408
London Gatwick South Terminal
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 32 reviews
+442088972100
Northern Perimeter Rd, Heathrow, Longford, Hounslow TW6 2RY
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 7 reviews
+4402088972100
Heathrow Airport, Northern Perimeter Rd, Hounslow TW6 2RY
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:00
Tue:06:00-23:00
Wed:06:00-23:00
Thu:06:00-23:00
Fri:06:00-23:00
Sat:06:00-23:00
Sun:06:00-23:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5 / 51 reviews
+4403713843408
London Gatwick South Terminal
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5 / 15 reviews
03445446061
88 Eversholt Street
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
Sun:08:00-13:00
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1 / 2 reviews
08433093045
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.1
+443301188341
450 Bath Rd, Longford, Regus Ub7 0Eb, Uk
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.8 / 5 reviews
+442078621732 / +442078621791
InterRent Cabin, Car Rental Village, Coopers End Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-23:00
Tue:08:00-23:00
Wed:08:00-23:00
Thu:08:00-23:00
Fri:08:00-23:00
Sat:08:00-23:00
Sun:08:00-23:00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.4 / 69 reviews
+443300949033 / +447967584241
450 Bath Road, Longford Heathrow, London Greater London, UB7 0EB, United Kingdom
Working hours
Mon:06:00-23:59
Tue:06:00-23:59
Wed:06:00-23:59
Thu:06:00-23:59
Fri:06:00-23:59
Sat:06:00-23:59
Sun:06:00-23:59
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4 / 541 reviews
+4402036576054
Q Park - PIMLICO, CUMBERLAND STREET, SW1V 4LR, London
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.4 / 533 reviews
+4402071860000
Green Motion Central London Edgware Road, Hilton London Metropole, 225 Edgware Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Good 6.8 / 211 reviews
+442086197000 / +443172487251
Holiday Inn M4 J4, Sipson Rd, West Drayton
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
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