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London, the capital of the United Kingdom, is also England’s largest city. Bursting with rich history yet thoroughly modern, it's the perfect spot for a city break. Hiring a car in London is an excellent way to make the most of your visit by hitting the many local attractions and cultural events and sights found throughout the area.
With your own vehicle at your disposal, you will have the freedom to go where you like when you like. You can visit local museums for a dose of art and culture, explore the shops for which the city is so renowned or venture out of the city to discover the nearby English countryside.
When you book your hire car in advance, it will be ready and waiting for you upon arrival at the airport, so you can start enjoying your trip without missing a beat.
London is served by 5 major airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and London City. They all have rental car companies on site. London is a very popular destination for holiday and business travel, so it’s a good idea to make your reservation early to ensure the availability of your chosen vehicle type at the best price. You should also keep in mind that most cars for hire have manual transmissions, so if you prefer an automatic, be sure to book it early.
Major car rental companies are located at all of London’s major airports, with other pick-up locations throughout the city. They include:
There is a daily congestion charge applied to vehicles travelling within the ‘charging zone’ in Central London on weekdays. Certain electric vehicles are exempt. Check with your car hire company about exemptions and how the congestion charge is paid.
Finding a parking spot on the street can be a challenge in central London, as there are often restrictions during the daytime from Monday to Saturday. Car parks are available, with some offering advance booking.
Consider what activities you are planning during your trip when choosing the type of car you’re going to hire. For a couple who is going to use the car in and around the city, a mini or economy model may be the best value option. However, if greater distances will be covered or if you’re travelling with the whole family or a larger group, a standard car or a van may be more suitable. Use Expedia’s convenient filter tool to zero in on the best deal for just the right vehicle.
There is so much to do during your visit to London. Witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, stroll through Hyde Park, and take in the important works at The National Gallery, The Tate Modern and The British Museum. Shoppers will be delighted by Oxford Street, Covent Gardens and Harrods. For an incomparable view of the city, climb aboard the London Eye, Europe’s largest cantilevered wheel, measuring 135 metres.
There’s fun for the entire family at The London Zoo, London Sea Life and The London Dungeon. Fans of J.K. Rowling’s work can get their wizarding fill at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and Tour for Muggles - Harry Potter London Walk.
There are also countless things to see and do just a short drive out of the city. The prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge; Bath, with its Roman Baths; the royal residence at Windsor and the architecture and history of Oxford and Stratford are all just a few hours’ drive away from London.
As soon as you know you need to cancel, give the car hire company a call. You can also check your contract to see specific cancellation policies and fees.
Driving licences issued outside of the UK are valid for 12 months following your arrival. An international driver’s licence may be required if your current licence is not in English.
An additional charge may be required for drivers under the age of 25.
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £17 in London.
On average, car rentals in London are £19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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