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Car Rental at London Heathrow Airport

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London Airport Heathrow, London, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$17.72 per day
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Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$20.23 per day
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Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 4
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ace Rent a car
$32.60 per day
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Standard
VW Passat or similar
VW Passat
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$39.49 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Intermediate
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$41.81 / per day
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Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$53.53 / per day
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Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$69.96 / per day
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Full-size
BMW 3 series Aut. or similar
BMW 3 series Aut.
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$116.44 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:03 on 2021-03-01. 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
8.4
London Airport Heathrow Car Rental

Airport Car Rental

One of the most popular travel destinations in the world, London has enough landmarks and attractions to be explored for weeks. But the other good thing about this metropolis is that it is near a number of interesting English destinations that can be easily visited on a day trip if you get a rental car. Here are three of them:

  • Brighton. Arguably the most famous resort town in the United Kingdom, Brighton is a great place to visit. Even if you’re in England during the autumn or winter months, the city has plenty of reasons to visit. These include not only the beaches and the famous Brighton Pier, but also many historic streets and buildings, the lavish Royal Pavilion, the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, and the Brighton Fishing Museum. Located some 130 km (80 miles) south of London, Brighton can be reached in less than two hours.
  • Cambridge. Arguably one of the two most famous university cities in the world (its arch-rival Oxford is nearby and also worth a visit), Cambridge is a history lover's dream. Most of the city’s landmarks are unsurprisingly connected to education, such as the picturesque Queens’, Kings’, Trinity, and Jesus Colleges. Many of the Colleges also have museums and art galleries. Cambridge is 101 km (63 miles) north of London and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Suffolk. One of the largest counties in South England, Suffolk is also one of the most traditional and scenic ones. The region is known for its nature exemplified by the wild North Sea coast, as well as heaths and vales, but also has plenty of historic character, not least in the city of Bury St Edmunds known for its cathedral, market, and medieval ruins. The trip to the latter takes about two hours by car.

Top international routes

Main airlines

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Air India

Terminals

The four passenger terminals are Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, and Terminal 5. You can walk between Terminals 2 and 3. To move between Terminal 4 and Terminal 5, take the free shuttle bus number 482 or 490. To move between Terminal 2 or 3 to Terminal 4 or 5, take the free shuttle train. Get a free Inter-Terminal Transfer ticket from a ticket machine in the airport’s train station—and see the airport’s guide for any other questions you might have.

Location

London Heathrow Airport is 23 km (14 miles) west of downtown London. Great West Road and Cromwell Road are the main roads connecting the airport to the city.

Most popular types of rental car

  • Station wagons - from $59 per day
  • Large cars - from $44 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $93 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $102 per day

Car rental desks

Those rental companies with on-airport locations have rental desks in the terminals. You, however, must take a shuttle bus to pick up the car, though.

Those rental companies not located at the airport provide a shuttle service from the terminals to their locations.

Services and facilities

London Heathrow Airport is huge and has plenty to offer. You’ll find many bars, cafeterias, and restaurants, shopping centers, and various lounges. There are ATMs in every terminal before and after security. There are also children’s play areas and other family facilities, a lost property office, pharmacies, medical help, showers, a fitness center, a prayer room, a free Power Pole for charging electronic devices, and countless other services and entertainment opportunities. There are left luggage services on the ground floor of each terminal, all open daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Nearest gas station

Which gas station is most convenient to fill up at prior to returning your rental car depends on which company you rent from. Most will find that a Texaco station located on Bath Rd. (the A4) is the most convenient. The station is near the M4 exit to the airport and requires only a slight detour if returning a car to Alamo, Europcar, Keddy, Enterprise, or Easirent.

If returning a car to Green Motion (and Ace, whose rentals are serviced by Green Motion), then a Shell station located on Holloway Lane, one block west of the Holiday Inn where Green Motion is located is the best station to fill up at. It is less than a mile away from the Holiday Inn.

If returning a car to Sixt’s location, you can conveniently fill up at the BP station that you must drive through anyway to reach the rental return gate.

Popular one-way rentals

Airport info

Rating
8.1
  • Getting to the airport 7.6
  • Departure and check-in 7.9
  • Terminal facilities 7.8
  • Wi-Fi connectivity 6.7
  • Restaurants and car rental services 7.2
  • Lounge 6.4

London Airport Heathrow (LHR)

  • IATA: LHR
  • ICAO: EGLL
  • Name: London Airport Heathrow (LHR)
  • Size: Large Airport
  • Aircraft movements (per year): 475,783
  • Passengers (per year): 78,047,278
  • Distance from City: 13.7 miles / 22 km W of town
  • Phone: +44 (0) 20 3368 8968
  • Email: info@heathrowairport.com

Top 19 Locations near London Heathrow Airport

  1. 6.5 km / 4.1 miles away
  2. 8.6 km / 5.4 miles away
  3. 8.9 km / 5.6 miles away
  4. 11.2 km / 6.9 miles away
  5. 11.4 km / 7.1 miles away
  6. 11.5 km / 7.1 miles away
  7. Car Rental in London Ilford from $17.90 per day
    12.2 km / 7.6 miles away
  8. 12.8 km / 7.9 miles away
  9. 13.0 km / 8.1 miles away
  10. 13.3 km / 8.3 miles away
  11. Car Rental in London Fulham from $21.18 per day
    13.6 km / 8.5 miles away
  12. 14.1 km / 8.7 miles away
  13. 16.2 km / 10.1 miles away
  14. Car Rental at London Edgware from $28.02 per day
    24.8 km / 15.4 miles away
  15. 37.1 km / 23.0 miles away
  16. 50.0 km / 31.1 miles away
  17. 50.1 km / 31.2 miles away
  18. Car Rental at Luton Airport from $20.09 per day
    52.3 km / 32.5 miles away
  19. 108.8 km / 67.6 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

When are car rental prices cheapest at London Heathrow Airport?

The cost of renting a car at London Heathrow Airport depends on the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best deal.
Average Rental Price at London Heathrow Airport
$27.76
January
$41.02
February
$37.24
March
$39.65
April
$50.55
May
$40.06
June
$49.71
July
$41.62
August
$31.16
September
$24.68
October
$19.24
November
$42.37
December
The cheapest time of the year to rent a vehicle at London Heathrow Airport is November when prices for an Economy class start from $19.24. You can see that this is 48% cheaper than the yearly average and 62% cheaper than renting a car in May (when rental prices start at $50.55 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price. But remember that these are average numbers. The exact cost of your rental will depend on your rental length and on how far in advance you book the car. Enter your travel dates at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers!

What’s the most popular rental length at London Heathrow Airport?

Travel length differs from one month to another: in September the average rental period is 9 days, while in August, the average rental period is only 6 days.
Average Rental Length
7
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
8
June
7
July
6
August
9
September
9
October
8
November
7
December

Which is the busiest car rental month at London Heathrow Airport?

Travelers are most likely to rent a car at London Heathrow Airport in May, while the fewest number of travelers rent in June.
Popularity by Monthly Searches
90%
January
85%
February
88%
March
107%
April
134%
May
80%
June
117%
July
124%
August
89%
September
96%
October
91%
November
98%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

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

FAQ

Can I take a rental from London Heathrow Airport car abroad?
Yes, it is possible to take a rental car to Ireland or mainland Europe. Not all rental companies allow this and the ones that do charge an extra fee. First, make sure to check the rental conditions prior to booking to make sure the car you would like to rent can be taken out of the country. Next, be sure to confirm with the company in advance that your planned route is allowed (especially whether you should use a ferry or the tunnel). Also, keep in mind that vehicle renting in the UK must be returned to the UK.
How much is the security deposit for a rental car at London Heathrow Airport?
The amount of the security deposit varies from rental company to rental company and across different categories of vehicles. You can see this amount in the rental conditions of each car.
What happens if the rental car from London Heathrow Airport breaks down?
In the event the vehicle breaks down, you should call the rental company at the number provided when you picked up the vehicle. If roadside assistance was included in your contract, the company will send someone to help you. If the vehicle must be repaired, you will be provided with a replacement.
Is full insurance included with the rental car at London Heathrow Airport?
No, your rental contract will likely only include basic coverage. We off an additional product, Full Coverage, as protection meant to compensate the customer for any amount (up to 3,000EUR) charged form the deductible by the car rental company for damage or theft.
Can I drop off my rental car from London Heathrow Airport in Manchester or Glasgow?
Yes, it is possible to drop off a car rented at Heathrow Airport in another city, though the rental company you choose must have an office where you want to drop it off at. Be sure to search using the location you would like to drop the car at to see which cars are available and what the total price is.
How old do I have to be to rent a car at London Heathrow Airport?
You must be at least 21 years old.

Our Customers Reviews

Norway
Ford Fiesta
July 7, 2021
Very straightforward car hire, good pick up and drop off service, good value for money, no problems!
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Crossland
August 30, 2020
We hired a car to go on a trip out of London. I wouldn't hire a car to travel within London itself.
Bahrain
Nissan Qashqai
August 23, 2020
London Heathrow depot well organised. Exeter drop off just hand over keys.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
February 10, 2020
I would not rent a car to visit central London, but I would recommend a rental car to go outside of London.
Ireland
Toyota Aygo
February 9, 2020
Alamo was the best. Smooth operation and such helpful staff.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
February 7, 2020
London and Wales are beautiful
Malaysia
Ford Focus
January 7, 2020
I am a Londoner, so driving around London is not a problem for me, but I would seriously urge non-locals to not consider driving in London. Outside of London, no problem. But driving in the city is challenging.
United Arab Emirates
Fiat Tipo
December 15, 2019
UK expat, not visiting as such but returning to UK to see family
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
October 10, 2019
It's only necessary to hire a car if you're going OUT of London. Be careful. If anything happens to this car while you're driving it, you could be SOL.
Malaysia
Vauxhall Crossland
September 20, 2019
Use sixt
Vietnam
Citroen C4 Cactus Auto.
August 3, 2019
Just get the car and tour the sights are great anywhere in the city, I of course used mine in Scotland for 8 days
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
July 9, 2019
Fast, efficient,
United Kingdom
VW Golf
June 26, 2019
I did not spend time in London but travelled around the country so am unable to provide any comments about London itself.
Malaysia
Toyota Corolla
June 11, 2019
Make sure your credit card is valid and can guarantee the excess if high. perhaps phone bank beforehand. Remember, they do not accept debit cards. If your is not working, you may have to pay a hefty further sum at the desk to lower or cancel the excess.Leave enough time to get back to your terminal.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
June 5, 2019
Interrent/goldcar stickers on the cars are not very pleasant + Deposit too high
Australia
VW Polo
April 7, 2019
Great place to visit
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus 3d
October 30, 2018
Only in order to get out of the city. For London itself, a car hire is not needed and is actually cumbersome.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
October 20, 2018
I was visiting family, always loved coming back to UK.
United Arab Emirates
FIAT 500
October 4, 2018
I was visiting my hometown.
United Kingdom
Ford Tourneo
October 3, 2018
Excellent service.
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa 5 door
September 18, 2018
Visited family in Birmingham...landed on Sunday..so traffic was " heavy" on M25 but doable!
United Kingdom
VAUXHALL INSIGNIA
August 25, 2018
Only hire a car for outskirts, central London is easier by train and tube/bus. Parking and congestion charges make driving in London a bit of a headache!

Top 15 Suppliers at London Heathrow Airport in 2021

Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+442038980140
79 New Road, Harlington, Hayes
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-21:30
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:09:00-21:00
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
+442088972100
Northern Perimeter Rd, Heathrow, Longford, Hounslow TW6 2RY
$26 - $197
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+442088972100
Northern Perimeter Rd, Heathrow, Longford, Hounslow TW6 2RY
$25 - $98
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+442070188246
Great South West Road Heathrow Airport, Feltham TW14 0PR
$54 - $239
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+443713843410
Northern Perimeter Road West Heathrow Airport, Longford, Hounslow TW6 2QE
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
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446000
London Heathrow Airport T3-4 Northrop Road
$29 - $90
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
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
02088972100
Enterprise Rent A Car
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
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843410
NORTHERN PERIMETER ROAD WEST
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
Interrent
Very good 7.7
+4402087590185
79, New Road, Harlington, Hayes, Middlesex
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+4402086197000
239 Sipson Rd, Sipson, West Drayton UB7 0HW
$20 - $87
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
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+442031300447 / +442031300448
804-834 Bath Road Heathrow, Airport, Hounslow TW5 9UH
$18 - $92
Working hours
Mon:05:00-00:30
Tue:05:00-00:30
Wed:05:00-00:30
Thu:05:00-00:30
Fri:05:00-00:30
Sat:05:00-00:30
Sun:05:00-00:30
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+442087590185 / +442082739565
79 New Road, Harlington, Hayes, UB3 5BQ, UK
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+442078621732
56-99 New Rd, Harlington, Hayes
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.1
+442086197000 / +443172487251
Holiday Inn M4 J4, Sipson Rd, West Drayton
$23 - $100
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
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+443300949033 / +447944418666
Sovereign Court, Unit 6, Jetsave LTD, 633 Sipson Rd, London, West Drayton UB7 0JE
$31 - $58
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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