Renting a car in London is a very good option if you want to quickly access different places to visit.
Locate the agencies
If you choose a flight landing at one of London’s airports; here are the proposed rental stations:
London Heathrow Airport (IATA code: LHR, postal code: TW6 2QD) is the largest in the city, the renters will provide you with a rental car all week and are open 24 hours a day.
At Gatwick International Airport (IATA code: LGW, postal code RH60QX) you will get a rental car from 6 am to midnight Monday to Friday and from 6 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. During your research, you will find a large number of flights from French cities connecting the town of Gatwick such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Nice, Paris and Toulouse.
- At London Stansted Airport (IATA code: STN, postal code: CM24 1SJ) car rentals can be requested in the agency from 06:00 to 1:00 7days / 7.
- At London Luton Airport (IATA code: LTN, LU2 9LY postal code) you will pick up a vehicle from 7:30 am to 11:30 pm without interruption.
- At London City Airport (IATA code: LCY, postal code: E16 2PX) pick up a rental car from 6.30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, Saturdays from 7 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 9 pm.
A large number of city center offices in London can also offer a rental car, for example on Church Street, Arndale Service Station, Friendless Lane in Luton or Waterloo station: however they are rarely open on weekends. end.
Type of car to rent
London car rental companies will provide you with a wide range of vehicles in which you will necessarily be offered a means of transport adapted to your needs. With the dense traffic of the British agglomeration you will probably prefer a mini city car like the Fiat 500 or economic like the Opel Corsa, then sneak into the traffic jams. To travel between the main cultural points, renting minivans or station wagons like the Peugeot 308 SW will allow you to travel freely with your family. The 4×4 / SUV cars will be perfectly adapted to an invigorating trip on the small coastal roads of the Channel, with their impressive handling. With your reading group you are planning an important visit to Bath: for references in your favorite novels, however, think about reserving a 9-seater minibus like the Renault Traffic to go all together. To get to the famous seaside resort of Brighton, a chic destination, opt for a sedan in the high-road category or even luxury and premium. When the weather is nice, do not hesitate to make a splash by choosing a cabriolet and enjoy the good London atmosphere.
Options for your car rental
To find you in the labyrinth of English streets, ask the lessor to provide you with a GPS against a fee to pay on the spot. If you need a child seat for the toddler who accompanies you in Anglo-Saxon countries, know that you will get one for an agency rental fee.
Pay attention to the toll zones in London’s urban center, they operate from 07:00 to 18:00 and are bounded by red signs with a capital C. This tax is to be paid at the price of 11.50 Pounds Sterling (about 16.00 euros) per day, you will honor the payment on the websites approved by the transport service of London.
Remember that driving in Commonwealth countries is on the left. On English roads, you must respect the following speed limits: 30 miles (48km / h) in built-up areas, 60 miles (97 km / h) on the road and 70 miles (113 km / h) on the highway.