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Car Rental in London

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

London Ilford Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$19.17 per day
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London Gatwick Airport Car Rental
Mini
FIAT 500 or similar
FIAT 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$19.47 per day
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London Gatwick Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$20.65 per day
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London Gatwick Airport Car Rental
Compact
Kia Ceed or similar
Kia Ceed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$21.64 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$23.18 / per day
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London Fulham Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$23.69 / per day
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London Heathrow Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$24.32 / per day
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London Stansted Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$24.85 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 23:51 on 2021-04-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
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%
Rating
6.5

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$ 33.07 per day
  • From London to Edinburgh - 183 offers from US$ 45.34 per day
  • From London to Luton - 90 offers from US$ 43.91 per day
  • From London to Bristol - 165 offers from US$ 45.34 per day
  • From London to Glasgow - 254 offers from US$ 35.06 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.

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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 $78 per day
  • Large cars - from $53 per day
  • Medium cars - from $45 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $116 per day
  • Premium cars - from $134 per day
  • Small cars - from $32 per day
  • SUVs - from $83 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 $20.26 per day
    531.2 km / 330.1 miles away
  2. 260.9 km / 162.1 miles away
  3. Glasgow Car Rentals from $19.16 per day
    559.6 km / 347.7 miles away
  4. Birmingham Car Rentals from $20.26 per day
    151.3 km / 94.0 miles away
  5. Belfast Car Rentals from $17.67 per day
    515.7 km / 320.4 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $20.26 per day
    41.7 km / 25.9 miles away
  7. Inverness Car Rentals from $48.89 per day
    714.4 km / 443.9 miles away
  8. Leeds Car Rentals from $24.49 per day
    267.4 km / 166.2 miles away
  9. Bristol Car Rentals from $21.36 per day
    180.4 km / 112.1 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $15.12 per day
    272.6 km / 169.4 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $25.85 per day
    166.2 km / 103.3 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $25.03 per day
    403.4 km / 250.7 miles away
  13. Cardiff Car Rentals from $30.13 per day
    223.8 km / 139.1 miles away
  14. Bolton Car Rentals from $44.62 per day
    274.0 km / 170.2 miles away
  15. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $27.98 per day
    146.4 km / 91.0 miles away
  16. Southampton Car Rentals from $28.68 per day
    107.7 km / 66.9 miles away
  17. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $18.05 per day
    644.7 km / 400.6 miles away
  18. Exeter Car Rentals from $22.79 per day
    246.3 km / 153.1 miles away
  19. Brighton Car Rentals from $22.81 per day
    78.4 km / 48.7 miles away
  20. Norwich Car Rentals from $25.90 per day
    159.2 km / 98.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near London

  1. 0.4 km / 0.3 miles away
  2. 1.1 km / 0.7 miles away
  3. 3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
  4. 3.7 km / 2.3 miles away
  5. 3.8 km / 2.4 miles away
  6. 4.3 km / 2.7 miles away
  7. 4.5 km / 2.8 miles away
  8. 8.2 km / 5.1 miles away
  9. London Fulham Car Rentals from $21.36 per day
    8.4 km / 5.2 miles away
  10. 9.1 km / 5.7 miles away
  11. 12.5 km / 7.8 miles away
  12. London Edgware Car Rentals from $28.26 per day
    13.7 km / 8.5 miles away
  13. London Ilford Car Rentals from $18.05 per day
    13.9 km / 8.6 miles away
  14. 19.7 km / 12.2 miles away
  15. 24.4 km / 15.1 miles away
  16. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $20.26 per day
    41.7 km / 25.9 miles away
  17. 43.1 km / 26.8 miles away
  18. 46.2 km / 28.7 miles away
  19. 56.6 km / 35.2 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
$75.40
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
The best month to rent a car in London is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $75.40). This is < 1% cheaper than the yearly average and < 1% cheaper than renting in January (when rental prices start at $75.40 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 July, travelers rent a car for an average of 18 days in March, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in London
9
January
6
February
3
March
4
April
4
May
4
June
18
July
5
August
12
September
9
October
6
November
7
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 February, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Rental in London by Monthly Searches
1%
January
393%
February
6%
March
1%
April
2%
May
4%
June
6%
July
4%
August
76%
September
92%
October
297%
November
319%
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
GreenMotion Kia Ceed 3 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 3d 3 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Toyota IQ 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Volvo V40
February 4, 2020
Renting a car in London is good as long as you are aware of congestion charging times and zones
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 in London in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+4401279690762
Car Rental Village, Coopers End Rd, Stansted CM24 1SJ
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
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
02072786307
S K SECURE PARKING, 170 MARYLEBONE ROAD
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+4402085637400
200 King St, Hammersmith, London W6 0RA
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
02085637400
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, 200 KING STREET
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713845952
136 - 150 Pentonville Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+442070188246
457-463 Caledonian Road
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446030
London City Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-13:00
Tue:08:00-13:00
Wed:08:00-13:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:08:00-14:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
01279682955
Car Rental Village
Working hours
Mon:07:00-17:00
Tue:07:00-17:00
Wed:07:00-17:00
Thu:07:00-17:00
Fri:07:00-17:00
Sat:07:00-17:00
Sun:07:00-17:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713845952
136 - 150 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9JE
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+4402071860000
Green Motion London Kings Cross, 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
Sun:09:00-13:00
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+442036576051
Rcp Car Park 40 Bernard St Bloomsbury
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:08:00-14:00
Sun:08:00-14:00
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+441279690762
Car Rental Village, Coopers End Road, London Stansted Airport, Stansted, CM24 1SJ, UK
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+442078621732
London Stansted Airport, Coopers End Rd, Stansted CM24 1SJ
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+441293855100 / 3172487251
H14 Kennel Lane
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+443300949033 / +447523232343
Spiritwood, Broadbridge Ln, Smallfield, Horley RH6 9RF
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
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