London Gatwick Airport Car Rental
Since Gatwick has two terminals you could arrive at, this page has been
separated into the two sections specifically for the two locations of the North
and South Terminals. You can, however make a booking for you car, no matter
which location you need, right from this page using the price comparison
capabilities of RentalCars.com, our preferred supplier for many reasons, but
more on that later.
Gatwick makes the perfect stepping off point for a visit to southern England,
London and even further afield thanks to it's excellent transport connections.
The road network is part of this airport's excellent network.
Being a few minutes from the M23 motorway, a hire car can be a convenient
transport option. To the south the M23 becomes the A23 which leads you straight
to Brighton. To the north of Gatwick the M23 leads you to the heart of London or
onto the M25 motorway which can circumvent the London traffic and have you
onward to your final destination.
North Terminal Locations
There are four companies at the North Terminal, offering fair prices and a
good selection of vehicles. The desks of Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Enterprise,
can be accessed from the car rental area of the North Terminal. To get there
once you're out of arrivals, proceed up one level.
Gatwick South Terminal Locations
There are eight companies right at the South Terminal, these are located in the Arrivals Hall near the exit. They are: Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, National, Alamo, Enterprise and Budget.
Luxury Car Rental at Gatwick Airport
If you don't compromise with your own car, why should you compromise with
your rental car? Hertz offers one of the best choices with their prestige
collection. Take advantage of this offer and drive around in the comfort, safety
and prestige that you get with a rental of this calibre. High end luxury and
performance car brands are available such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche and a
selection of high end SUV's/4x4's.
Get priority service and pick up from the Hertz office at Gatwick Airport, a
luxury rental car is just a short journey from either terminal.
Click the link on the left and see what car you could be driving around in
during your next trip.
Or should you wish to view other car rental possibilities, feel free to
search for other car rentals at Gatwick via any of the search boxes on this
Questions and Answers
When’s a good time to book?
There’s no time like the present if you’ve booked your flight. The earlier
you book, the greater the choice of vehicles and often the lower the prices.
Booking last minute can sometimes secure you cheaper car but the selection may
As soon as you know your travel dates, book your rental.
Even if you don't know your exact dates yet, check the prices today via the
form at the top of the page and we recommend coming back at least once a week so
you can see the changes. This way you'll know if you're getting the right price
nearer the time.
Should I find out about the drop off location before departure?
Definitely. Normally the drop off location is the same as the pick up
location. You can define this at the time of booking, and is prefilled on the
price comparrison search box at the top of this page. If you need to change the
drop off location at a later date, reputable car rental companies will allow you
to notify them by telephone. Extra charges do normally apply though as they will
have the inconvenience and added cost of getting the vehicle back to it's
One Way Car Hire
One way car hire can be a cheaper alternative to public transport,
particularly over longer distances. Maybe it's just the most convenient option
for you. To get the inclusive price at time of booking, fill in the intended
drop off location at the time you search. This will ensure the extra cost is
factored in so there's no nasty surprises.
What documentation should I produce?
Your passport and a valid driver’s license are the preferred forms of ID for
car rental companies at Gatwick Airport. These need to be presented when you
arrive to collect your car. International drivers from outside the EU need an
International Drivers Permit (IDP).
What age do I need to be?
What age you need to be depends on the car rental companies and the type of
vehicle you are hiring. Some companies require drivers to be 19 and over, but
may charge a Young Driver’s Surcharge if under 25, while others definitely need
you to be over 25.
As a general rule, over 25's have little to worry about, under 25's, please
check the T's & C's of your car rental closely.
Tell me about Insurance
A free Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Waiver (TW) are normally
offered. They will probably offer you added insurance so that any and all damage
is covered. This means that if something unfortunate happens, you either lower
the amount you'll have to pay, or you can pay for the top rate insurance and
have the peace of mind that there will never be an extra to pay (except for a
small admin fee). The only downside to this is that the insurance can end up
being more than the original rental rate.
If you’re worried about not having extra cover you can always buy a
standalone policy. Companies like rentalcars.com also offer very reasonably
priced extra insurance to cover your excess if you do incur any extra costs.
A quick google search can also have you covered for a much lower rate than
the rental companies. The only issue with following this method is that should
something happen, you will usually be required to cover any costs and then claim
it back from the insurance company. Check the terms and conditions carefully to
make sure you're happy with what you're signing up for.
Several items can incur extra charges such as a GPS/sat-nav unit. Some cars
do come with them inbuilt though. Child seats are another cost parents have to
endure, and remember, child seats in the UK are a legal requirement for young
children. You can keep this cost down by bringing your own with you (assuming
you're happy to travel with it).
Remember that if you've followed our advice and used a booking agent, if you
do incur any unreasonable charges, contact the booking agent and let them deal
directly with the rental car company for you.
Tips on Hiring A Car in the UK
It’s a good idea to spend five minutes or so checking the vehicle for any damage. If you find any damage you should report the damage to the car hire provider before you leave the forecourt and make sure they document the damage.
Be aware of the UK road rules and speed limits. The UK measures speed in miles not kilometres.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road throughout the UK. Roundabouts (traffic circles) are regularly used and their use is almost religious. It's worth reading up on the road rules.
Don't be too worried though. The UK drivers are generally very forgiving.
All the services you've read about here are provided by the International Airports Guide top pick
provider, rentalcars.com. Do make sure you check out their price guarantee so
you know that you will get the best deal for your chosen rental car, even if you
find a better deal later on.
✓ Online prices are the cheapest especially if you book early.
✓ A booking agent provides greater flexibility and security.
✓ Less stressful and more convenient.
✓ Deals with the company for cancellations and changes so you don't have
✓ Offers 24/7 customer service.
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