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Southend-on-Sea car hire

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Southend-on-Sea car hire information

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Hire locations13
Airport locations7

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea

  • 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 hire in Southend-on-Sea are around 36% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • What’s the speed limit in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • Where are the best places to park in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea?

    The average price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea is R133,72 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R1 605 and R2 139, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Southend-on-Sea?

    Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Southend-on-Sea.

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

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

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

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

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

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Alamo, National, keddy by Europcar, Hertz and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, National, Hertz and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, National, keddy by Europcar, Hertz and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Europcar, National, keddy by Europcar, Hertz and Budget.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Southend-on-Sea?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    A Mini car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R801 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    A Compact car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R882 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    An Economy car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs R955 per day, on average.

Southend-on-Sea car rental reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8,0

Very Good

1 review

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8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Southend-on-Sea

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196-200 Queensway

+44 1702 746464

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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Firefly

9,6

Wonderful

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London Southend Airport

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Alamo

8,2

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Eastern Perimeter Road

08713845932

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keddy by Europcar

7,6

Good

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2 locations in Southend-on-Sea

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Southend Airport

8713843422

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Unit 1, 329 Southchurch Road

+44 371 384 5932

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Budget

7,6

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114-120 Arterial Road

+44 344 544 3754

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Avis

7,4

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114-120 Arterial Road

+44 344 544 6096

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Europcar

7,1

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London Southend Airport

+44 371 384 3422

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Hertz

6,9

Okay

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Eastern Perimeter Road, London Southend Airport

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Free2Move

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Automotive Retail Park

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Shouqi

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London Southend Airport Eastern Perimeter Road

+44 871 384 3422

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Sunnycars

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Aviation Way

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One traveller who hired a car in Southend-on-Sea gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

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