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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Auto.
Easirent
$12.28 / per day
London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$15.15 / per day
London Gatwick Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$17.74 / per day
London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Volvo V40 or similar
Volvo V40
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$18.18 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 2008 or similar
Peugeot 2008
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$18.18 / per day
London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$18.18 / per day
London Heathrow Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Juke or similar
Nissan Juke
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$19.66 / per day
London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$20.74 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 12:47 on 2019-11-11. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$42.98 / per day
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%

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

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.

Useful 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.

Traffic and parking tips

  • 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.

Most popular rental types and 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.
  • Paris. The capital of France is sometimes considered London’s rival, so why not play along and compare the two? Regardless of which one you prefer, Paris is an amazing destination for its atmosphere, history, and cuisine, and can be reached in less than six hours.

Car Rental Prices in London

  • Station wagons - from $88 per day
  • Large cars - from $80 per day
  • Medium cars - from $76 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $94 per day
  • Premium cars - from $112 per day
  • Small cars - from $48 per day
  • SUVs - from $60 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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 $14.32 per day
    543.1 km / 337.5 miles away
  2. Birmingham Car Rentals from $27.99 per day
    162.4 km / 100.9 miles away
  3. Manchester Car Rentals from $16.56 per day
    259.2 km / 161.1 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    568.2 km / 353.0 miles away
  5. Belfast Car Rentals from $23.53 per day
    525.7 km / 326.7 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $19.38 per day
    50.4 km / 31.3 miles away
  7. Bristol Car Rentals from $15.34 per day
    192.3 km / 119.5 miles away
  8. Leeds Car Rentals from $27.16 per day
    286.8 km / 178.2 miles away
  9. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.00 per day
    721.3 km / 448.2 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $14.29 per day
    283.0 km / 175.9 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $11.72 per day
    175.0 km / 108.8 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $15.67 per day
    409.6 km / 254.5 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $25.56 per day
    116.1 km / 72.1 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $27.88 per day
    235.8 km / 146.5 miles away
  15. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $22.07 per day
    650.2 km / 404.0 miles away
  16. Exeter Car Rentals from $23.53 per day
    256.8 km / 159.6 miles away
  17. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $29.71 per day
    155.0 km / 96.3 miles away
  18. Norwich Car Rentals from $27.88 per day
    154.8 km / 96.2 miles away
  19. Dundee Car Rentals from $43.33 per day
    585.7 km / 363.9 miles away
  20. 230.4 km / 143.2 miles away

Top 20 Locations near London

  1. London Edgware Car Rentals from $32.85 per day
  2. 0.7 km / 0.4 miles away
  3. 2.1 km / 1.3 miles away
  4. 3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
  5. 3.7 km / 2.3 miles away
  6. 9.2 km / 5.7 miles away
  7. 13.3 km / 8.3 miles away
  8. 23.4 km / 14.5 miles away
  9. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $19.38 per day
    41.8 km / 26.0 miles away
  10. 42.4 km / 26.4 miles away
  11. 47.1 km / 29.3 miles away
  12. 57.6 km / 35.8 miles away
  13. 106.7 km / 66.3 miles away
  14. 145.3 km / 90.3 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
$49.04
January
$36.45
February
$43.91
March
$54.19
April
$92.16
May
June
July
August
September
$49.74
October
November
$65.45
December
The best month to rent a car in London is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $36.45). This is 35% cheaper than the yearly average and 60% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $92.16 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 September, travelers rent a car for an average of 17 days in March, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in London
8
January
6
February
4
March
4
April
5
May
5
June
12
July
5
August
17
September
8
October
6
November
4
December

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

While travelers visit London year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is October, and the least popular is September.
London Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
117%
January
116%
February
128%
March
160%
April
195%
May
June
July
August
September
322%
October
November
160%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
GreenMotion FIAT 500 2 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 4 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Ace Rent a car Ford Focus 5 4 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
September 9, 2019
This spot to rent the car was almost outside of the city - at least it felt that way. For someone who had never driven on the other side of the road, there was only a few turns to get onto the highway, which was awesome! Highly recommend. We will pick up our next rental from here again.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
June 26, 2019
I live there - makes no sense having car on day-to-day basis, so being able to rent close to home is a great option
United Kingdom
VW Golf
December 11, 2018
Best value car rental. Super friendly. Thank you
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark 3d
December 6, 2018
Crazy traffic in London in busy hours.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
October 17, 2018
I found booking trough discoverycarhire.com was the cheapest I ever booked a car for and I have been booking cars for the last ten years. I had to rebook and there was no haste I can not recommend discoverycarhire high enough.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 7, 2018
I rented the car in London but traveled to Northamptonshire the petrol consumption was great the car was easy to drive. I loved it
United Kingdom
Kia Sportage
September 1, 2018
Go for a drive in the Peak District for quintessential English pastoral countryside! Stunning views and enthralling drive!

Top 15 Suppliers for London in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+4401293461061 / +4401293513662
Lower Forecourt Road Lowfield Heath, Lowfield Heath, Crawley RH11 0PR
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
02082161100
ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR, 25 JUTE LN
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
02082161100
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, JUTE LANE, BRIMSDOWN
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+442072786307
S&K SECURE PARKING, 170 MARYLEBONE ROAD
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+448444993399
London Regatta Centre,Dockside
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843412
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446030
London City Airport
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843412
Hartmann Rd, Royal Docks, London E16 2PX
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4401293461061
Windmill Garage, Old Brighton Road South Crawley
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+4402071860016
1010 Dockside Rd, London E16 2QT
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+442036576051
104 Judd Street
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+34965233425 / +441293461061
Windmill Garage, Old Brighton Road South, Lowfield Heath, RH11 0PR, Crawley, UK
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+442078621732
Windmill Garage, 5 Old Brighton Rd S, Horley, Lowfield Heath, Crawley RH11 0PR
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+441293855100 / 3172487251
H14 Kennel Lane
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+443300949033 / +447523232343
Spiritwood, Broadbridge Ln, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9RF

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