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Compare car hire in London

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Choose from over 65 car rental locations across London with our car hire comparison engine. So whether you're a local looking for a break from the city, or a holidaymaker wanting to see for yourself what makes London one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world, you'll not be short of choice for cheap car rentals.

3 steps to cheap car hire

  • Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
  • Select - choose the car you want to hire
  • Book - with our secure payment system

Whatever the nature of your journey we can help save you time and money. Our 3 step online booking engine can help you find the most affordable car hire available.

Once you have booked and your payment has been authorised you will receive an automatic email confirmation with your booking reference number. It is important you keep all this information handy as you will need it along with your other documents when you collect the car at your pick-up location. We also have a useful checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you set off.

Car rental London

With our car hire comparison you can visit London and search over 65 pick-up and drop-off points across the capital including airports and train stations, as well as smaller, provincial locations, so you can be sure to find a rental location close to you.

Airport car rentals | Railway station car rentals

Most airports in London will have car rental desks located in the arrivals terminal, alternatively you may be met by your car hire representative or need to take a shuttle bus to their office. This information will be presented to you as you compare different car hire options for your pick-up location.

  • London Heathrow Airport
  • London Gatwick Airport
  • London Stansted Airport
  • Luton Airport Airport
  • London City Airport
  • St Pancras International Station
  • Waterloo Station
  • Victoria Station

How it Works

Once your payment has been authorised you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Keep all the information on your booking confirmation handy as you will need it along with your other documents when you collect the car at your destination. We also have a useful checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you set off.

If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.

If you're looking simply for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras provides great deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.

At Holiday Extras we want to make your trip as hassle free as possible, so you can hit the road happy. If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.

Other rental locations

If you are picking up from any other location in London make sure you double check the exact address as some car rental offices have more than one location near by to one another.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at London Gatwick Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving on London's roads**

London's roads are some of the best in the world and well maintained. If you're heading out of town you will also find some of the best roads that will link you across the UK in a matter of hours. Don't forget, if you're staying in London, you may have to pay the Congestion Charge (see below).

  • Right hand drive - drive on the left-hand side of the road, overtake on the right.
  • Minimum age to hire - at least 18. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
  • Seatbelt - Compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers under 18 are wearing a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - children under 3 years old and less than 135cm must use the correct child seat.
  • Petrol stations - Many are open 24/7 and accept all major credit cards.
  • Toll Roads - Ythe M6 is the only toll road in the UK. There are some toll bridges throughout the UK such as the Severn crossing between England and Wales.
  • London Congestion Zone - if you drive through certain parts of central London you will be liable for paying the Congestion Charge (see below for more details).

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Motorway - 70mph/112kph
  • Dual carriageways - 70mph/112kph
  • Single carriageways - 60mph/96kph
  • Built up/urban areas - 30mph/48kph

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

Mobile phone use

You can receive a fixed penalty notice if you are caught using a hand-held phone while driving. You could also receive a £100 fine and 3 points on your licence. You can use hands-free devices and satnavs while driving, but if the police think you are distracted and not in control of the vehicle, you can be stopped and penalised.

London Congestion Charge

The Congestion Charge is a £10 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the Congestion Charge zone from 07:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday

There is no charge on public holidays, between Christmas and New Years day inclusive or between 18:00 and 07:00.

It will be your responsibility to pay the Congestion Charge, not your car hire company. Failure to do so, may result in any unpaid charges and penalties being recovered from you by them.

How to pay the Congestion Charge:

Drinking and driving

If you are stopped by the Police, they can ask you to use a breathalyser if they believe you to have been drinking. The limit for all motorists is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.


**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.

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