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Car Hire in Essex

Offering easy access to London, Essex is perfectly situated for car hire. Yet, there’s plenty much closer to home in the county itself for those who rent a car in Essex.

There are idyllic medieval villages and the rolling countryside inspired Constable, one of England’s most popular painters. Whether you want to drive out to the history of Colchester or enjoy the brasher charms of Southend–on–Sea, hiring a car in Essex places everything within easy reach.

Essex’s softer side can be found away from its seaside resorts. There is a wealth of gardens to relax in, including the beautifully restored historic gems of Bridge End and Easton Lodge. Capability Brown sculpted the landscapes at Audley End to offer endless views of temples reflected in serene lakes.

But, if all this sounds a little relaxed for you, your car hire in Essex can also open up the more active pleasures of the great outdoors. From world–class golf courses to the chance to sail the coast or canter on a horse through the countryside, there is no end of chances to get sporty. Feel the thrills at the Lee Valley White Water Centre or just take it easy on a narrowboat trip on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation.


Cheap Car Hire in Essex

Expedia partners with a vast network of car hire service providers across the UK. This means that we can bring you all the latest Essex car hire deals – and we can offer you cars available for hire wherever you are in the county.

Perhaps you have bagged a bargain flight to London Stansted or London Southend Airport? If so, it’s simple to arrange for your car to be waiting for you as soon as you land.

But, if you are flying from these handy airports in Essex you can also arrange your car hire in your hometown and leave your car at the airport. Thanks to our car hire partners’ nationwide coverage you can always pick up and drop off your hire car in different locations.

Booking your car is easy – and you can do it online to save yourself time and money. A simple search lets you select your car from the best deals available at the most convenient location for you. Make your booking and your car will be waiting for you – just pick up the keys, get behind the wheel and cruise off to the coast or to Constable country.

You’ll find a wide choice of cars available to hire. If you are travelling on business there are executive cars offering more than a splash of style. If you are travelling on a budget you’ll find plenty of choice of economy–class cars. For families and larger groups, our spacious SUVs ensure everyone enjoys a comfortable ride.


Car Hire in Clacton–on–Sea

The traditional pleasures of the seaside are offered a modern twist in Clacton. Your day out at the seaside will be backed by all the fun of the fair and the more soothing attractions of its award–winning seafront gardens.

The largest town on the Essex Sunshine Coast boasts an array of entertainment facilities, including the Princes and the Westcliff Theatres. Clacton’s annual events programme ensures that fetes, fairs, carnivals and the two–day annual Clacton Airshow in August will keep you occupied.

Bargain hunters should drive just outside of town to the Clacton Factory Outlet, where a number of outlets offer big name brands at discounted prices.


Car Hire in Chelmsford

For families the city of Chelmsford in Essex offers plenty to explore. Whether its discovering the history of the area at Chelmsford Museum or watching a game of cricket at the County Ground, young and old alike will find plenty of things to do and see.

Impressive architecture abounds, particularly in buildings such as Chelmsford Cathedral, Shire Hall and the fully restored Grade II–listed Hylands House. Nature lovers should drive out to RHS Hyde Hall, where hilltop views can be enjoyed from its rose and woodland garden. After this you can park up for a stroll in one of the many parks in Chelmsford or in the picturesque villages that surround it.


Car Hire in Colchester

Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town with a rich history that dates back more than two millennia.

Conveniently situated for exploring East Anglia, and circled by some beautiful villages, Colchester offers Roman history and the coast all within a short drive.

In the Castle Park, Colchester’s castle is a huge Norman keep, built on the foundations of a Roman temple. Nearby, in the Dutch Quarter, you can discover the remains of a Roman theatre.

Colchester is just 30 miles from London Stansted and 20 miles (32 km) from the passenger ferry port of Harwich.


Car Hire in Southend–on–Sea

London’s favourite seaside resort Southend-on-Sea has a pier so long that it is served by its own train. Just a short drive away is Adventure Island, an amusement park promising crashes and splashes on its fairground rides and water slides.

To view the waters from above head for the Cliff Lift, a century–old funicular, which climbs the hillside to offer glorious coastal views. To view the waters from below pop into the Sea Life Adventure aquarium, which is home to otters, clownfish and turtles.


Where Will Your Car Hire in Essex Take You?

Roman ruins or a roam through Constable Country, where will you go when you hire a car in Essex?


FAQs for car hire in Essex

What’s the best price car rental in Essex?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £31 in Essex.

What’s the average car rental price in Essex?

On average, car rentals in Essex are £33.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Essex?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Essex?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.