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Car Hire from London Stansted Airport

Car Hire at London Stansted Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015

London is a large city, and if you plan to go further and explore the surrounding areas you're going to need a car! Fortunately, car rental service is available at London Stansted Airport. Even better, you can pre-book your vehicle in advance online, before you even set foot on London! Use Skyscanner to help you find the best deals. Just remember: the earlier you reserve your vehicle, the better the rates.

Where to hire a car at London Stansted Airport

London Stansted has a Car Rental Village, connected to the terminal via dedicated shuttle buses that operate every 10 minutes, 24 hours a day, from the terminal forecourt. Car rental operators present at London Stansted are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, Inter rent, National, and Sixt.

What to expect when hiring a car from London Stansted Airport

London Stansted Airport is located at Stansted Mountfitchet, in the district of Uttlesford in Essex, just off the M11 motorway. It is 1.5 km from the Hertfordshire border and 48 km northeast of Central London.

Directions for driving back to the airport depend on where you'll be coming from. If coming from the direction of London, use Junction 8a. If approaching from the Cambridge side, take Junction 8. Follow signposts for the airport from there. The airport can also be accessed via Junction 27 of the M25 motorway.

Driving around London Stansted Airport

As in most cities, avoid driving during peak times. Traffic travels on the left side of the road, which takes some getting used to if you aren't already. Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and passengers at all times. Foreigners are required to have a valid licence in order to rent a car and drive in London. A non-UK driving licence is valid up to 12 months from the time of entry into the country.

Getting to your destination

Birmingham
Birmingham is the second largest city in Britain and is situated in the West Midlands. In the Victorian era, it was known as the City of a 1,000 Trades and the Workshop of the World. Today it is a shopping and cultural destination. Points of interest include the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Cadbury World, IKON Gallery, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses, Lickey Hills Country Park, and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC). The city has religious buildings for different religions, such as the Birmingham Buddhist Centre, Birmingham Cathedral, and Birmingham Central Mosque. It is also home to several of Britain's most popular clubs, including Ramshackle, Snobs, Gatecrasher, and Mooch Bar.

Birmingham is accessible from London Stansted via A14 and M6, via M1, or via M40.

Manchester
Situated in the heart of Greater Manchester, the city of Manchester is one of the most visited cities in England. It is noted for its influence on industry and music, shopping opportunities, and cultural and entertainment facilities. Its many tourist spots include the Gay Village, Castlefield, Gallery of English Costume, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Parsonage Gardens, People's History Museum, and many others.

From London Stansted, you can either take A1 (M), A14 and M6, or M1 and M6.

Avebury
Avebury is a village in Wiltshire. Its most notable feature is the neolithic stone circle, estimated to date back from 2500 BC to 2000 BC. About 20 miles to the south of Avebury is the more famous Stonehenge. Other attractions in Avebury includes Silbury Hill, which at 130-feet high is the largest man-made hill in Europe, and the West Kennett Long Barrow, a neolithic passage tomb with sarsen stones at the entrance.

The village is located at the heart of the Wiltshire Downs and can be accessed via the M4 motorway.

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