Car Hire from London Southend Airport
The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea conjures up age-old images of buckets and spades, amusement arcades and strolls along the prom. The town still retains this charming ambience but, these days, it also has many contemporary attractions including great shopping, cultural events and live music venues. Around Southend there are beautiful beaches and historic cities to explore. Hiring a car from London Southend Airport is an excellent way to discover the local area.
Where to hire a car at London Southend Airport
London Southend Airport is small with just one terminal so finding the car hire desk is easy.
Europcar and Hertz are the only rental companies operating at London Southend Airport. The car hire desks are located in the main terminal building.
The Hertz desk is open from 08:30 until 18:00 and Europcar is open from 07:00 until 23:00. It’s important to note that the terminal is closed between 00:00 and 04:00 every day.
Petrol Stations near London Southend Airport
If you hire a car from London Southend Airport on a ‘full to full’ fuel policy you will need to ensure the car has been refuelled to full prior to dropping off the car.
The closest petrol station to London Southend Airport is a Shell garage. It’s a 4 minute drive from the airport on the corner of Prince Avenue (the A127) and Rochford Road. The A127 is the main route in and out of Southend.
Driving around London Southend Airport
Southend town and airport are both compact so it’s relatively easy to get in and out of the airport by car.
From the airport, the A127 south takes you into Southend while the A127 west goes to all other destinations. This road eventually meets the M25 motorway, off which you’ll find roads to Royal Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury as well as routes into central London.
Getting to your destination
Around Southend, there are many interesting places to explore. Here are just a few of them, all easily accessed by car from London Southend Airport.
The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea is just 10 minutes’ drive from the airport. The town is home to the longest pier in the world, Adventure Island theme park, and some beautiful beaches.
The A1159 and then the A127 take you from the airport to the town centre. There are 10,000 parking spaces in Southend. The Warrior Square car park, just around the corner from Southend Victoria rail station, is in a great location and usually has lots of spaces. One hour parking costs £1 while up to six hours costs £6.
This small seaside town is just north of Clacton-on-Sea. It is a quieter alternative to the bigger resorts and maintains an old world charm with colourful Victorian beach huts, clifftop gardens and a tree lined esplanade. It’s the perfect place for a sumptuous cream tea and an afternoon on the secluded sandy beach.
Frinton-on-Sea is an 80 minute drive from London Southend Airport, taking the A127 out of town and then picking up the A130 to head north. Parking is easy with lots of free spaces along the seafront. These can get busy on sunny days but there are more spaces in the avenues leading off the esplanade.
Historic Canterbury, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is possibly most famous for its ancient cathedral, a site of pilgrimage ever since Thomas Beckett was killed there. The city’s history stretches back even further and there are Roman ruins to explore as well as ancient, winding streets filled with boutique shops, bars and restaurants.
Canterbury is a 90 minute drive from London Southend Airport. The best route takes the M25 southbound for a few junctions before picking up the A2 and then M2. There are a number of car parks in the city, many of them pay and display. There’s also a park and ride service on the way into the city which costs £3 per car and can be cheaper than parking in Canterbury centre.