Car hire in Southend on Sea is one of the best way to see this bustling coastal city. With long coastal strips to meander along, take your car out and spend a day at some of the picturesque outer-lying areas that public transport doesn’t always cover. Hadleigh Park and Hadleigh Castle are must-see sights a mere 22min out of the city centre, while Two Tree Island is just 14min out. For family fun, take a drive to Adventure Island and enjoy the rides and entertainment of one of the UK’s best theme parks.
When arriving in Southend by air, you will have several options of Southend on Sea car hire companies to choose from. keddy by Europcar, Europcar and Firefly are all based at London Southend Airport and waiting to assist you. All car hire companies are based landside, in the arrivals terminal of the airport. Additional car hire companies based in Southend On Sea include Sunny Cars on Southchurch Road, Budget on 114 Arterial Road and Enterprise on 196 Queensway.
Southend is quite a densely populated city. When it comes to the roads, there are two main carriageways bringing traffic into the city, many main roads and several smaller residential streets. Look out for pedestrians, as the foot traffic is quite high in areas such as the beach fronts and the high streets. It is advisable to book a sat nav to assist you with navigating the streets during your trip. With small coastal regions all around Southend, you will want to take advantage of having navigation and take fun-filled short trips to see some of the surrounding coastal areas.
As the biggest city in Essex with a substantially large business district, not to mention the UK’s longest beach pier, you will undoubtedly experience some traffic congestion in Southend at certain times of the day. The Southend Arterial Road and London Road are the two main carriageways coming into the city and are best avoided during peak traffic times around 8:00 and 17:00. Other than that, occasional peak hour congestion and some pier pedestrian traffic is easily avoided. Parts of the pier are best used as park-and-walk regions, particularly in the warmer months when holidaymakers descend upon Southend in larger numbers.
Book your car hire in Southend-on-Sea at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Southend-on-Sea are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea
The average price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea is R112,17 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 346 and R1 795, depending on the car size.
Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Southend-on-Sea.
A Mini car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R241 per day, on average.
A Standard car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R250 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R259 per day, on average.
The type of car you choose to hire for your Southend experience will ultimately come down to what your itinerary looks like. With central Southend being more congested with smaller parking options, you may want to look at a compact city vehicle or an economy car that will assist when negotiating traffic. If you have plans to take to the surrounding coastal towns or countryside, a comfy 4x4 will serve you well, particularly in a larger group.
Due to high foot-traffic in many parts of Southend, the speed limit is particularly well monitored by authorities. On average limits are 20mph in the city centre, beach fronts and residential suburbs. In other areas the speed limit rises to 40mph, with motorways allowing 60 and 70mph. Southend has almost 20 traffic cameras dispersed around key sites in the city centre, so it is advisable to look out for traffic signs at all times.
With major petrol companies such as BP, Shell, Texaco and Esso having a presence in Southend, you can conveniently fill up in many spots around the city centre. The average petrol price is £1.21 per litre, but ensure you check how many miles you can get to the tank on your car hire in Southend before embarking on a long trip.
With so many public walking areas and seaside attractions, Southend’s street parking near the beaches is usually very congested. It is advisable to look for public car parks close by or in the city centre that have very reasonable prices, depending on parking duration and days. Tickets range from £2 to around £18.