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Why rent a car at London Heathrow Airport?

London, England’s capital, is a vibrant multicultural megalopolis, where the old and traditional stand side by side with the ultra-modern and contemporary, with the Thames river elegantly flowing through it. In London, there is something for every visitor to fall in love with. The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace will delight those who love history, while modernists will admire the panoramic views from high above, on the London Eye and at the Shard. History and art are lavishly covered by London’s excellent museums and galleries, and most don’t even charge admission.

London also caters for retail therapy of all budgets – high street labels at Oxford Street and high-end goods at Harrods. The West End is filled with theatrical gems, restaurants serve an amazing range of high-quality international cuisine, and Soho is bursting with cool entertainment.

Once you’ve covered the main sights in downtown London, it is time to explore further afield with a hire car at Heathrow.

How to get to and around London?

Heathrow Airport is located 14 miles west of central London. It has five terminals and is one of the busiest airports in the world. Heathrow Express provides the quickest link to central London. It departs every 15 minutes and terminates at London Paddington Station, with a journey time of 15 minutes. Heathrow Connect also ends at Paddington but calls at a few intermediate stations in west London, with journey times of 31 to 49 minutes. Depending on what part of London you are aiming for, it may be more practical to take the London Underground’s Piccadilly line, which takes longer but is far cheaper. Travel to Piccadilly Circus is about 50 minutes.

Flights to London can also land at Gatwick, and many budget airlines arrive at Stansted, City and Southend Airport in Rochford, Essex. All the airports offer car hire services.

With a rental car at Heathrow, you’ll be in London in about an hour or so, depending on the traffic, in the comfort of your own vehicle.

Hiring a car in London Heathow Airport city centre

Car hire companies have service desks at all five terminals at Heathrow Airport, and a Shuttle Bus connects passengers to them. Many are open 24 hours and drop-offs are usually also available round the clock.

  • Alamo: 05.00 – 23.59
  • Avis: Mon-Sun: open 24 hours
  • Budget: Mon-Sun: open 24 hours
  • Europcar: open 24 hours
  • National: Mon-Sun: 05.00 – 23.59
  • Hertz: Mon-Sun/bank holidays: 05.00 – 24.00
  • Enterprise: Mon-Sun: 05.00 – 23.59
  • Sixt: Mon-Sun/bank holidays: 05.00 – 24.00
  • What brands are available?

    There are eight car hire companies available at Heathrow Airport, which are located in all five terminals. To get the best deal, use the Expedia car hire search tool and book in advance.

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Sixt
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of London

    The market town of St Albans is an hour north of London and started its life as the Roman city of Verulamium. A giant section of a Roman wall and a Roman theatre remain today. St Albans Cathedral, referred to locally as ‘the Abbey’ for having formerly been one, is mostly Norman and was partially built with stones from the old Roman town. If you visit on a Wednesday or Saturday, check out the market on St Peter’s Street, which has been running since the 13th century.

    An hour northeast of London, visit Cambridge, home of the prestigious Cambridge University. It is situated on the river Cam in eastern England, and in the summer, you can see students punting on it. The stunning King’s College Chapel is one of the finest examples of the Gothic architecture that dominates the city. The Fitzwilliam Museum houses a famous collection of paintings and antiquities, and the Wren Library has rare books and medieval manuscripts.

    If you feel culturally inspired after Cambridge, stop by Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeare’s Birthplace and his wife Ann Hathaway’s Cottage. Theatre lovers will not want to miss an opportunity to catch a play at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, run by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

    Tips and tricks for driving in the UK

    In the UK you must drive on the left-hand side and overtake on the outside right lane on motorways. On roundabouts, cars on the right have priority. Hire cars usually come with manual transmission; if you prefer a vehicle with automatic transmission, request one upon booking.

    Wearing seatbelts is mandatory and use of mobile phones while driving prohibited. Keep your driving licence always at hand, along with your ID (passport) and insurance papers. Licences issued in the EU or EEA are recognised but international licences are also accepted.

    Ready to plan your London city break?

    Feeling inspired to start planning your trip to London and other parts of the UK? The Expedia search tool can help you find the best car hire , flight and hotel deals and research your preferred attractions and activities before your trip.

    Choose a Car Rental to Escape the Crowds

    With car rental you have the freedom to explore places away from the crowds, or to beat the rush. Mystic Stonehenge is a must-see and an easy drive along the A303 from Heathrow, but the swarms of tourists can affect the magic. Instead, why not drive there in advance and book an early morning visit, so you can watch the sun rise over the stones before the coach parties turn up.

    Go Where You Want, When You Want To

    It may not seem important, but an easy return journey is essential if you’re heading somewhere like Legoland Resort, Windsor. After a day immersed in this fantastic world of little plastic bricks, you don’t want to be waiting around because you missed a connection. A hire car means you can get back to your hotel with plenty of time to relax before dinner.

    FAQs for car hire in Heathrow

    What’s the best price car rental in Heathrow?

    In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £32 in Heathrow.

    What’s the average car rental price in Heathrow?

    On average, car rentals in Heathrow 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 Heathrow?

    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 Heathrow?

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