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At the London Heathrow Airport we recommend the following car hire offers

from 13 £ per day
Basic package

Good offers for a small budget

Mini
e.g. Kia Picanto
5 Days from 20.10 - 25.10.2024
Example vehicle
from 13 £ per day
Economy

Small, agile and economical - that's all it takes!

e.g. Peugeot 208
5 Days from 20.10 - 25.10.2024
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from 25 £ per day
All-round carefree package

This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

Mini
e.g. Kia Picanto
5 Days from 20.10 - 25.10.2024
Example vehicle

Hire a Car at the London Heathrow Airport

Summer is just around the corner and you want to spend a few days in London with your own hired car? This is an excellent idea. When you land at London Heathrow Airport you can directly pick up the previously booked hired car at one of the car hire agencies. Spend your summer holiday with the hired car at your favourite places in London and enjoy the British capital up close.

Hire a car - deposit and credit card

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There is one thing essential for hiring a car. It is to hold an international Credit card. You will have to pay the deposit of your hired car with a Credit card. The amount of the deposit usually depends on the amount of the deductible. You will easily find this information in the rental conditions of your chosen offer. At almost all car hire stations worldwide it is only possible to pay the deposit with an international credit card. The amount is blocked on the credit card for the duration of the rental. In the event of damage, this amount will then be retained by the hired car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in normal condition, the amount will be released again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? In this way, the hired car station can protect itself in the event of damage. Whether you are really liable with this amount depends on the chosen insurance. Have you booked fully comprehensive insurance without a deductible? The deposit will be refunded to you by the organizer. Therefore you are not liable yourself. Have you booked fully comprehensive cover with deductible? In this case, you will be liable for damage up to the amount of the excess (deposit).

Arrival at London Heathrow Airport: Rental Procedure

London Heathrow Airport

Before you will be able to pick-up your hired car, you must complete the entry formalities at the passport control. You can get your baggage directly behind the passport control. It is possible to take one of the baggage carts. These are free of charge at London Heathrow Airport. Where can I find the hired car stations at the airport? Car hire stations can be found around the arrival area of each terminal behind customs. Beside stations directly behind the customs in the building of the terminal, there are also Shuttle-stations. What does that mean? Those stations are located not directly at the airport, but in the immediate surrounding. In case you chose a shuttle-station, employees are waiting for you in the arrival area of the airport. There are free shuttles which will bring you to the station. If you just want to see stations that are directly in the terminal, you can simply choose "Station in the terminal". Easy, isn't it.

When you reached the station, the station employee will ask you for some documents. Please make sure to bring the followings things.

  • EU driving licence
  • Credit Card (Driver Name)
  • Voucher (printed or as PDF-file on your Smartpone)
  • Identity card or passport
Driveboo tip:

As the UK is still a member of the EU, you simply need to take you European driving license. Unfortunately it is not sure if you will need an International Driving License in the future. 

Car hire London Heathrow- Speed limits in the United Kingdom

As in your home country, you should follow all existing traffic regulations. Please observe the following speed limits during your road trip. Penalties and fees can be very expensive and will not be reimbursed by the car hire station or the tour operator. 

Road category Maximum speed
Inner cities 30 mph
Out of town 60 mph
Motorway 70 mph

Car rentals - deposit and Credit cards

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Each time you hire a car, you will need to pay a deposit. The amount of the deposit usually depends on the amount of the deductible. If you are not sure how much your deposit will cost you, it is very easy to just check the rental conditions. Not just in the UK, but worldwide it is very common that it is just possible to pay the deposit with an international credit card. For the duration of the rental the amount of the deposit will be blocked on the credit card. In the event of damage, this will then be retained by the hired car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in good condition the amount will directly be reimbursed again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? The amount is blocked on the credit card for the duration of the rental. In the event of damage, this will then be retained by the hired car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in perfect condition, the amount will be released again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? In this way the hired car station can protect itself of covering all damage costs. In case you booked Fully comprehensive without excess you will get the retained deposit reimbursed by the supplier of your booked offer (e.g. Sunnycars)

Explore the surroundings of London by hired car

Many destinations in the UK are just a few hours drive away from the LHR - Airport. 

Many destinations worth seeing are only a few hours drive from the LHR by hired car from a car hire company. After hiring and picking up the car at the airport, nothing stands in the way of an exciting day trip. Southwest London is Hampton Court, one of England's most impressive castles. The most famous inhabitant was Henry VIII, who married his sixth wife here. The two English university towns Oxford and Cambridge are also easily accessible from Heathrow Airport with a distance of 75 km and 120 km respectively. About two hours by hired car northwest of London is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon. Here are the restored half-timbered houses from the 16th century, which are associated with the life of the famous playwright. Cheap car hire - delightful excursions with starting point London Heathrow

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144 Experiences of our customers at the London Heathrow Airport

Rating of Maren K.

“Very good service on site and very friendly. I got a very good explanation of the special functions in and on the car.”

Rating of Markus D.

“Friendly reception at SIXT counter! We got a free upgrade to larger car, since we were five. The rental car was found quickly and also the return was problem-free.”

Frequently asked questions about car hire booking London Heathrow Airport

How much does a hired car at London Heathrow Airport cost?

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A cheap hired car is available from as little as 85 £ per week. We compare the prices of all reputable car hire companies and show you the best offer, so you can relax and drive to Big Ben, Buckingham Palace or London Eye.

If you only need a hired car for a day, you can hire it for as low as 13 £ per day.

Where can I find the car hire counter at London Heathrow Airport?

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When you leave the baggage claim area, you will find the car hire counters on your right. If you opt for express rental, you can sign up online to pick up your hired car faster.

In addition, a contactless key handover is possible. Simply select your preferences accordingly in the search mask under "Included services". A return of the hired car is possible at any time, even outside opening hours. Simply leave the key of the hired car in the key box provided for this purpose. After landing, simply make your way to the car hire as quickly as possible to avoid wasting valuable holiday time in London.

What do I have to consider with the hired car in England?

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  • Please note that in England you have to drive on the left side of the road.
  • If you want to drive with the hired car in the London city center, Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 18:00 o'clock a daily fee, the city toll "London Congestion Charge", is due. You can register online in advance. Simply enter the number plate number, the country of registration and the relevant date. Payment is made by credit card.
  • Please also note that in England there is an absolute ban on smoking in the car if minors are travelling with you.
  • If you want to make a phone call while driving, please use a hands-free system provided for this purpose.

What extras are included in the price of the hired car at London Heathrow Airport?

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Extras and inclusive services such as a navigation device, an additional driver or unlimited kilometers are already included in the rental price, depending on the offer. You can specify further extras such as a child seat when booking in the reservation form under the item "Additional equipment" or alternatively in the field "Message to our service team". This way you can put together your perfect hired car for London individually.

The applicable fees for this can be found in the rental terms and conditions and are usually payable upon acceptance of the hired car on site. In addition, the price of the hired car always includes liability insurance.

Can I pick up the hired car at London Heathrow Airport and return it at another location?

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You can also return the hired car to a car hire agency at another location in England, such as Bristol, Sheffield or Manchester. This way, you don't have to return the hired car to London Heathrow Airport, but you can go on an exciting road trip. Simply change the place of return in the search mask. For the so-called one-way rental, additional fees apply.

If you want to take turns driving the hired car on a longer trip, you can also specify an additional driver. In some offers, an additional driver is already included in the rental price.

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