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London car hires from R333

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in London with a pick-up date of 30/5 and drop-off date of 6/6. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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London car hire information

Pick-up locationLondon
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Mini, Premium
Hire locations345
Airport locations76
Popular agenciesGREEN MOTION , keddy by Europcar, Budget, Alamo

Cheap car hire in London

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PremiumR1 207/day
LuxuryR1 495/day
Intermediate SUVR394/day
Compact SUVR620/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in London

  • The English capital is an extremely busy city, which means driving around central London can be incredibly stressful. But, while public transportation is the best option when discovering the city center, a hire car is the perfect option for those looking to leave London and explore the English countryside or coastal towns such as Brighton.
  • London has five airports: London City (LCY), London Stansted (STN), London Heathrow (LHR), London Luton (LTN), and London Gatwick (LGW). At City Airport, car hire counters are located next to the main terminal building. At Heathrow Airport, car hire companies have desks in all the arrivals terminals. At Gatwick, you'll find car hire desks in both the North and South terminal. Stansted Airport's car hire companies operate from the Airport Car Rental Village, which is outside the terminal building (free shuttle buses that will drop you off there depart from the terminal forecourt every 10 minutes). The Car Hire Center at Luton Airport is accessed via the free APCOA shuttle bus, which you can catch at Bay 1A.
  • The main thing you have to know about driving in the United Kingdom is that traffic runs on the left-hand side of the road. If you're brave enough to drive around the city center, beware that the streets are constantly bustling with tourists. Take into consideration that certain areas in the city are subject to the Congestion Charge, which means you must pay £11.50 (approximately $14.70) per day if you drive in said zones between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., which is applicable Monday to Friday.
  • Driving during London's rush hour can easily add 40 minutes to an hour to your travel time, so avoid going into and out of central London between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., and again in the evening, between 4 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. Roads leading to the city's many airports are often busy during these times as well, so take that into consideration if you're driving back to the airport.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in London for R671 or less
  • Book your car hire in London at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport car hire locations in London are around 170% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Intermediate hire cars in London are around 2% more expensive than other car types, on average

London car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in London 
Verified travelerMar 2024
The smallest car you can fit in is best—old cities make for narrow roads, which makes driving on the other side of the road even more challenging! The more narrow you are the easier it is to get past other cars AND park in VERY narrow spaces.
ChristopherMay 2024
Might be worth calling ahead to confirm that the car that you booked is available.
Verified travelerDec 2023
If you aren't used to driving on the left side of the road, just take your time getting used to it! Otherwise, drivers are very polite and so long as you follow the rules, you'll have no problems. Watch out for speed cameras on the motorways!
VijayakumarFeb 2024
Please take full insurance cover always and avoid paying excess. offers very good prices on insurance.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Danielle (at the desk, Heathrow airport) was really helpful, I was 2 hours early to pick up the car and she has managed to find me a nice car.
Verified travelerNov 2023
Get out of London ASAP. No place to drive unless you are renting a car to drive to locations outside the capital. Then driving is perfect!
schneur f.Sep 2023
Before you make your trip to the car rental find out I'm you agreement comes with full insurance and a zero excess
Verified travelerSep 2023
Bags does not mean suitcases of any size. It appears to mean small carry ons.
Verified travelerAug 2023
In suburban streets people park on both sides of the road meaning sometimes you only have a single carriageway and have to dart into an open parking bay to let others through. Drivers are extremely considerate though
Verified travelerJul 2023
Get a car with 360 camera if you never drive on the left side.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Don’t rent a car unless you can drive manual. Make sure you set up international phone service before you get there so that you can call the shuttle company and the car company if you need to, and you can have navigation in the car. Bring the right cords for connection and charging.
BrianJun 2023
London and the UK are undergoing a lot of changes, be aware there are roadworks everywhere, which may impede your journey or add additional driving time (notably the M3 motorway, which is undergoing weekend and nighttime maintenance).
TimothyAug 2023
Check the fine print carefully, and avoid car rental companies that sell you cars without any insurance
Verified travelerJul 2023
Rent your car outside airport. Price at Heathrow are very expensive.
Verified travelerMay 2023
If in the Central area only take smaller Cars And watch your speed as cameras everywhere

FAQs about hiring a car in London

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in London?

    A mini or compact car is the recommended option in London for travelers who don't require much space for passengers or luggage, as they are easiest to drive and park around the city.

  • What’s the speed limit in London?

    The speed limit in the UK is 30 miles per hour (48 kilometers per hour) on urban roads with street lighting, 60 mph (97 kph) on single roadways, and 70 mph (115 kph) on dual roadways and freeways. However, in some parts of inner-city London, speed limits are set at 20 mph (32 kph).

  • Where are the best places to park in London?

    Street parking can be both extremely hard to find and pricey in central London. However, parking in The City of London, the central district, is free after 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, after 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and all day on Sundays. Most street parking spots will be metered, and depending on the areas, it can cost anywhere between £1 and £5 per hour (approximately $1.30-$6.40).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in London?

    On average a car hire in London costs R848 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in London?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at GREEN MOTION (R333/day), keddy by Europcar (R620/day) and Budget (R1 207/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at GREEN MOTION London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road - In Terminal E16 2QT (12 kilometres from the city centre).

  • What is the best car hire company in London?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in London are Sixt (7,5, 70 reviews), Budget (7,3, 60 reviews), and Hertz (7,2, 75 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in London?

    The average price of fuel in London is R130,00 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 560 and R2 080, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in London?

    Intermediate (Kia Sportage or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in London.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Europcar, Sixt, keddy by Europcar and Hertz.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include keddy by Europcar and Hertz.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Alamo,