Car Hire at Gatwick Airport
As the second largest airport in the United Kingdom, London Gatwick Airport is a busy location for car rental, as it is an ideal starting point to begin your exploration of London and the southern part of the United Kingdom. With Skyscanner, you can find the best deals from the car rental companies operating at Gatwick Airport.
Where to hire a car at Gatwick Airport
The car rental companies that operate at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget Rent a Car, Enterprise, Europcar London, Hertz, National, and Sixt. The car rental desks are available both at the North and South terminals of Gatwick Airport.
Vehicles can be rented on your day of arrival, although they can also be pre-booked via Skyscanner where you can also get a car rental quote. Rates vary per duration, at an hourly or daily rate – Skyscanner does not charge additional fees. Various classes and types of car can be rented, from small to large cars, automatics, eco-friendly vehicles, and vans. Optionally, the cars can be rented with GPS, an additional driver, or child seats.
What to expect when hiring a car from Gatwick Airport
Car rental companies from Gatwick Airport allows for one-way car hire, where the vehicle does not need to be returned to its original collection point. Depending on which company you will rent a car, different conditions will apply. More often than not, the companies will require you to return the car with the same fuel level when it was rented to you. Some also provide the Prepaid Fuel Option (per litre) where you are allowed to return the vehicle at any fuel level.
There are many petrol stations all over London so you don’t need to worry about refuelling your vehicle. At Gatwick Airport, there are 24-hour filling stations at both North and South terminals. Other service stations near the airport include Shell Service Station at Londonbridge Way, Brighton Road, 1 Godstone Road, and Ifield Drive.
Driving from Gatwick Airport
It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to reach central London from Gatwick airport, which is located about 45 kilometres south of London. It is connected to the city via M23 at Junction 9, as well as via A23 London-Brighton Road. Located 10 minutes from the airport is the M25, which connects the airport to the United Kingdom’s national road and motorway network.
When driving into central London on weekdays during daylight hours, 7AM to 6PM, travellers should be aware that a London Congestion Charge applies. Vehicles driving within the Congestion Charging zone during these times will be charged a £10.00 if paid on the same day, or £12.00 if paid on the next charging day. Payment can be made online, by phone, at convenience stores displaying the red ‘C’ logo, and by voucher. Failure to pay the Congestion Charge fee will be charged a penalty of £130.00, which can be reduced to £65.00 if paid within 14 days. There will be an additional admin fee +VAT if you choose the car rental company to handle the Penalty Charge Notice. The Congestion Charge does not apply on weekends, public holidays, between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, and between 6PM and 7AM.
Drivers should also be aware that automatic enforcement cameras are everywhere in London, so make sure you park on appropriate areas. Outside of the advertised restriction hours, vehicles can be parked on a single yellow line, but never on a red line or a double yellow line.
Places to visit by car From London Gatwick Airport
Renting a car from Gatwick Airport allows access not only to London, but also to some of the great south coast destinations and seaside towns in the United Kingdom.
Historic and trendy, old fashioned and cutting edge, totally establishment but ever so punk rock, the British capital is a whirlwind of contradiction. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve put together a list of our top things to do in London. It takes just over an hour to reach London from Gatwick Airport. London is very busy, and the congestion charge hasn’t put people off bringing their cars into town. You might have trouble finding on street parking in the city centre. If you do, you’ll notice that it’s quite expensive at £1.20 for 15 minutes. Try one of the many multi-story car parks instead. If you’re staying overnight make sure to book accommodation with car parking to avoid the headache of finding a good space near your hotel.
An approximately one-hour drive from the airport will get you to Surrey via A25 or via M25. The southern county of surrey is ideal for those travelling with children, as it is home to theme parks such as Thorpe Park and the Chessington World of Adventures. Thorpe Park is in Chertsey, approximately 25 kilometres clockwise on the M25 from the M23 junction. Chessington World of Adventures, on the other hand, is approximately 20 kilometres from Gatwick Airport via the M25 and A243.
The bohemian city of Brighton is approximately 28 miles from the airport via M23 and A23. A different experience from central London, Brighton is home to vibrant cultures and fine dining. Among its most popular landmarks is the Pavilion.
This information is correct as of June 2018.