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Car Hire at London Gatwick Airport

Self drive or chauffeur driven car hire can be arranged at both of Gatwick's terminals. Hiring a car is a great way to transport you and your belongings to your final destination and is often much simpler than relying on public transport. If you are an international visitor you may also find hiring a car means you are more mobile which means you can take in the fantastic attractions and sites the UK has to offer.

There are ten car hire providers offering a range of vehicles at competitive prices on site at Gatwick airport. To get the best deals and discounts you should book your car hire before you get to the airport.

The car rental providers at Gatwick Airport can be found on both North and South terminals, depending on if you are picking up or returning a vehicle. Make sure you check the where the car hire provider is located in their website before getting to the airport. The benefits of the facilities are that the car hire vehicles are under cover and the location has direct access to the terminals buildings.



Direct Bookings

ProviderPhoneWebsite
europcar gatwick logo + 44 (0) 871 384 3408 www.europcar.co.ukGatwick airport car hire
alamo gatwick logo + 44 (0) 870 400 4562 www.alamo.co.ukmore info alamo gatwick
national car hire gatwick logo + 44 (0) 870 400 4581 www.nationalcar.co.ukgatwick airport car hire
sixt gatwick logo +44 (0) 844 499 3399 www.sixt.co.uk 20% off at Gatwick
hertz gatwick logo + 44 (0) 843 309 3099 www.hertz.co.ukhertz car hire at gatwick
avis gatwick logo + 44 (0) 844 544 6007 www.avis.co.uk From £14 A Day avis car hire gatwick
budget gatwick logo + 44 (0) 844 544 6001 www.budget.co.uk Up to 25% off UK Rentals budget car hire gatwick
enterprise gatwick logo + 44 (0) 870 350 3000 www.enterprise.comenterprise gatwick car hire



Car Hire Centre

compare car hire gatwick

A good way of checking car hire prices at Gatwick quickly is by using online comparison sites. Comparison sites compare all car hire providers in one go to show you who has the cheapest policy at your car hire location.

The Car Hire Centre will help you find the cheapest car hire quote at your destination as they compare over 5,250 locations worldwide including car hire providers at London Gatwick Airport. The Car Hire Centre saves customers on average around £30.

To get an over the phone quote please call +44 (0)844 816 0099.

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Map of Gatwick Car Hire Locations


Car Hire at the Airport

Car hire is available from several car hire companies that have desks located in the car rental offices near the entrance to both terminals. If you book in advance, you can pick up your vehicle at the Car Hire Buildings on the lower forecourt road of each terminal.

The South Terminal Car Rental Building is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The North Terminal Car Rental Building is open daily from 06:00 to 22:00.

Information for Under 25's

car rental gatwick

There are no set regulations for hiring a vehicle if you are aged under 25, therefore different providers have different age requirements for hiring a vehicle with them. Some providers such as Hertz only require their drivers are aged over 19 and they even have discounts for students. However, other providers request their drivers are aged over 25. The age restriction also varies depending on the vehicle group you would like to hire. For example, to hire some prestige vehicle groups hirers must be aged over 30, therefore you should check with your provider what restrictions they have.

If a provider lets you hire a vehicle when you are under 25 be careful as they may add a Young Driver’s Surcharge onto the booking. A Young Driver’s Surcharge is an additional fee that would be added to your booking for each rental day. The amount depends on your car hire provider and the country you are booking in. Some providers do not even add a Young Driver’s Surcharge so shop around if you are looking for a cheap car hire.

Documents Needed

To hire a car from Gatwick Airport you will need to present a form of ID and a valid driver’s license when you collect your vehicle. Drivers from the UK and Ireland will need to present both the card and paper counterpart of the driver’s license. If you forget either of these your rental will be cancelled. Any drivers from outside the European Union will need to present their international driver’s permit.

You will also need to produce some form of ID to collect your vehicle but as you are at the airport you should have some identification with you. A passport is the preferred form of ID.

Insurance

Buying insurance tips

Most car hire providers offer free Collision Damage Waiver, sometimes referred to as CDW, and Theft Waiver (also known as TW). Although this should cover you if your car is damaged or stolen car hire providers will usually get you to pay by charging a large excess, sometimes up to £2000. An excess is the amount a car hire customer would have to pay if they have to make a claim. To avoid this charge you should purchase a car hire excess insurance policy. Quite often car hire providers will offer excess insurance for an additional fee, however, this is often quite expensive. Therefore to save money you should buy car hire excess insurance from a company that specialises in this product such as Insurance4carhire.

Insurance4carhire offers annual and one off car hire insurance policies at a low price. The benefit of purchasing car hire excess insurance from Insurance4carhire is that it covers damage which is not covered by car hire provider’s excess insurance. For example they will cover damage to the under carriage of the vehicle, the roof, the tyres and the windows; all items which are excluded from a car hire provider’s excess insurance policy. Excess insurance provided by Insurance4Carhire can be used with all car hire providers and any driver aged 21-74 years old. To find out more about car hire excess insurance please visit Insurance4carhire.

Tips

car rental gatwick

The most important thing you must do when you receive the keys to your hire car is to thoroughly inspect your vehicle. Although you may be tired from your travels and excited to get away from the airport, you should take 5 minutes checking the vehicle for any damage. If you find any damage you should report the damage to the car hire provider before you leave the forecourt and make sure they document the damage. If you do not do this the car hire provider may charge you for any damage which may have already been on the vehicle.

You should also make sure you return your hire vehicle with the same amount of fuel as when you received it. If you fail to do this and return the vehicle low on fuel then the car hire provider is entitled to charge you a fuel charge. This charge is usually a lot more than the price to fill up your car so it is almost always cheaper to fill up the car with fuel before you return the vehicle. You should also check whether the car is a Diesel or Petrol vehicle as it may be different to what you are used to and putting the wrong fuel in your hire car can cause expensive damage.

Finally you should make sure you are aware of the road laws and regulations in place at your car hire destination. For example, the national speed limit differs for each country and also some countries measure their speed in kilometers an hour and some measure speed on miles per hour. On top of this, in the UK and Australia drivers drive on the left hand side of the road and most other countries in the world drive on the right hand side of the road. The Car Hire Centre has more car hire advice to assist you when hiring a car.

Airport Surcharge

You may find that upon arrival at the airport your car hire provider requests an airport surcharge fee. This is because car hire providers are charged themselves by the airport to use their facilities. This charge, providers often pass on to their customers. Sometimes it is included in your policy fee, but sometimes you have to pay it when you arrive at the airport. To check your provider’s policy regarding airport surcharges you should read their policy wording or check on their website.

One Way Hire

Some car hire providers offer the option of a one way hire. This means you can either collect your vehicle from Gatwick Airport and drop it off at any other location in the UK or collect it from a UK location and drive the vehicle to the airport. It is a great option for getting you to or from the airport, especially if you have a lot of luggage. Europcar, National and Alamo offer a service called “Airport Connect”. This service means you can book a one way hire and these car hire providers will not charge you any extra. The price starts from £49.


Gatwick Airport Car Hire Providers

If you scroll down the page you car view the offers, discounts and services provided at Gatwick Airport for all of the car hire providers located at Gatwick.

Provider Extras

The table below shows the provider extras offered by the providers at Gatwick Airport. All extras are subject to availability and must always be requested on advance. Any alterations you may need to the vehicle to assist with your driving such as Lynx hand controls should be requested 48 hours before the car hire is due to begin as it can take the provider time to fit these facilities.

The following additional extras can be requested from providers at Gatwick Airport:



Child Seats
Satellite Navigation
Hire via Phone App.
Disabled Driver Hand Controls
Entertainment Systems


europcar gatwick

Europcar are the winner of the “World’s leading leisure car hire company” (World Travel Awards) and aim to provide their customers at Gatwick Airport with the highest quality, recent car hire models. Europcar provide up to 25% discount when you pay online.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

Europcar at Gatwick Airport is open 7 days a week for 24 hours so there should be no out of hours charges.

Minimum age of hire

Renters hiring a car with Europcar from Gatwick Airport should be aware that although the minimum age to hire a car with Europcar is 21; drivers aged between 21-22 will be charged an additional fee of about £13 per day. This charge is a Young Driver’s surcharge which can be explained further up the page.

Cost of additional driver

Europcar charges about £4.99 per rental day for each named additional driver on your car hire policy. You should note that the charge does vary depending on the type of vehicle hired.

Airport Connect

Airport Connect is a one way hire service provided by Europcar which means you can collect or drop off your hire car from any local or airport branch. Click here for details.

Services for disabled drivers

Europcar at Gatwick Airport provide special Lynx hand controls for drivers who need them. If your enquire this facility with your car hire you should contact Europcar by calling 0870 384 1087 or email Reservationsuk@mail.europcar.com. You will need to contact Europcar at least 48 hours before your hire is due to start to ensure they have time to fit the necessary equipment. Drivers can also request all their policy documents are printed using a large print.

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national car hire gatwick

National Car rental is an internationally recognised car hire brand providing daily rentals to meet the needs of business and leisure commuters. National car hire was the first car rental company to offer flat rates for their car hire customers.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

The National Car branch at Gatwick Airport is open 24 hours a day every day of the week.

Minimum age of hire

The minimum age to hire a car with National Car at Gatwick Airport you will need to be aged over 21. Drivers aged 21-24 will be charged and additional Young Driver’s Charge the price of which varies depending o your age and will be charged per day. Drivers aged 21 can only rent car hire groups Mini and Economy.

Cost of additional driver

For each additional driver National Car charges £6.50 per day which is usually added to your rental policy when you book but often you can add additional drivers after you have made the booking by contacting National Car directly.

HireRewards

National Car offer their customers the chance to get the best deals and offers by joining HireRewards which is National Car’s loyalty scheme. Joining HireRewards provides you with a 10% discount on all vehicle hire, free membership, cover for 2 additional drivers, priority upgrade and much more.

Airport Connect

National Car offer their customers the option of a one way hire from £49. This means you can collect and drop off your vehicle from different locations. This could assist with getting you and all of your baggage to or from the airport for your holiday.

Drivers with disabilities

Drivers with disabilities can requests mobility devices to be added to their hire vehicle and there is no additional charge for this service. To request amendments to your vehicle please call (888) 273-5262 or email mobility@nationalcar.com.

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alamo gatwick

Alamo provides a low cost service with high quality vehicles for family and leisure travellers. In 1995 Alamo became the first car rental company to offer real time bookings on the internet. Therefore they lead the way in initiative.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

The Alamo car hire branch at Gatwick Airport is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week so you can reserve a hire day or night.

Minimum age of hire

To hire a vehicle with Alamo you must be aged over 21 and any drivers aged between 21-24 will be charged a Young Driver’s surcharge for each rental day. The age requirements vary for each vehicle group with premium cars only hired to customers aged 25-30 years old.

Cost of additional driver

Additional drivers for Alamo customers must be aged over 21 and meet Alamo’s age and license requirements. There is no maximum charge for additional drivers and the price is about £5.83 per day.

Refuelling options

Alamo at Gatwick Airport will provide you hire vehicle with a full tank of petrol and it is your responsibility to return the vehicle with the tank full or to pay to refuel the vehicle. You have the option of prepaying for a full tank of petrol before your rental so that you can return the vehicle low or empty of fuel.

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hertz gatwick

Hertz aim to be the most customer focused vehicle rental company on the market. They are the largest car rental company in the world and have been providing rental vehicles for over 80 years.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

At Gatwick there is a Hertz branch in both the North and South Terminal and the opening hours are different for each location. For the South terminal branch hertz is open 6am-12 midnight Monday-Friday, and 6am-10pm Saturday and Sunday. The North terminal location is open 6.30am- 10pm Monday-Friday , 6.30am-4pm on a Saturday and 6.30am-10pm.

Minimum age of hire

Hertz offer car hire for anyone over 19. They also offer student discounts to any student needing car hire. Any driver aged under 25 years old will have to pay a daily Young Driver’s Surcharge of £15.75 per day plus VAT with a maximum charge of £157.50 per rental. The Young Driver’s Surcharge is still added to your rental even if you are a student.

Cost of additional driver

For each additional driver you add to your booking you will be charged £9 per day you require them to drive. The maximum charge for additional drivers is £90 per rental.

Services for physically challenged drivers

At their Gatwick location Hertz can provide hand controls, left foot accelerators and wheelchair accessible vehicles on request. If you require any additional services such as those listed above please provide 24 hours notice and call them on 0870 840 0084.

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avis gatwick

Avis aim to provide you with the best and most comfortable vehicles available. Avis have locations across the UK. You can collect your car from the Avis branch at Heathrow Airport and return the car to any one of the UK locations.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

Avis at Gatwick is open every day of the week between the hours of 06:00 - 23:59. On bank holidays the Avis branch is open between the hours of 06:00 - 12:00.

Minimum age of hire

To hire a car with Avis you must be aged over 23 years old. Young drivers will incur a Young Driver’s Surcharge of £12.93 per day. This charge will be added to your car rental and the maximum Young Driver’s Surcharge per rental is £120.93 for Avis.

Cost of additional driver

If you require additional drivers on your booking then Avis will charge you £9 per day for each additional driver.

Disabled Driver Options

Avis can offer Lynx hand controls for disabled drivers on request if you call 08445 81 81 81.

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budget gatwick

Budget is one of the largest car rental brands in the world offering a range of vehicles at Gatwick Airport for value for money. Whatever your car rental needs...Budget will deliver.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

What to do out of hours

Budget at Gatwick Airport is open Monday to Friday between 22:00 hours and 06:00 hours.

Minimum and maximum age of hire

If you are looking to hire a car with Budget car rental the minimum age requirement to hire a car is 23. Drivers aged 23-25 will also have to pay a Young Driver’s Surcharge of £12.93 per rental day. For renters aged 70-75 the same amount will be added to your rental per day and will be referred to on your policy as Senior Driver’s Surcharge.

Cost of additional driver

The cost to add additional drivers to your car rental booking is £9 per rental day.

Disabled Driver Options

Additional features can be added to your rental vehicle on request such as Lynx hand controls. If you require this or any other service you will need to call 0844 544 3407. Budget request you contact them 48 hours before your rental is due to begin to give them enough time to fit any additional features you have requested.

Discounts

Any discount is subject to terms and conditions which can be found on their website.

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sixt gatwick

Book your rental from Sixt anywhere in place, any time using by downloading their App. from your SmartPhone. Sixt specialise in top rentals at low prices.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • Minibus
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

Opening Hours

Sixt opening hours are as follows:

  • Mon-Fri: 06.00 - 22.00 hours.
  • Saturday: 08.00 - 13.00 hours

You can return your vehicle at any time.

Minimum age of hire

Drivers must be over the age of 21 to hire from Sixt.

Price of a Satellite Navigation System

From only £8.40 per day you can add a satellite navigation system to your rental.

One way hire

One way rentals with Sixt costs from £60 for car hire and £180 for van hire.

Cost of an additional driver

Additional drivers cost from £5.22 per day.

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enterprise gatwick

Enterprise provides low rate rentals and successful customer service. Enterprise has been voted number one in customer satisfaction eleven times in a national survey of car rental brands.

Vehicle Types Available:
  • Small Car
  • Large Car
  • Family Car
  • Luxury Cars
  • Motorbikes
  • Vans
  • People Carrier
  • Eco-Friendly
Service at the airport:
  • Online Check-in
  • One way Hire
  • Self Service Express Kiosk
  • Meet and Greet Service

Operating hours

Enterprise at Gatwick Airport is open 7 days a week from 6am to 11pm. To arrange hire outside of these times you may incur an out of hours charge. Quite often Enterprise will not let you collect outside of these times. However, you can drop off your vehicle at Gatwick at any time by parking your vehicle in the Enterprise bay, locking the car and placing the keys in the drop box next to the Enterprise desk.

Disabled driver information

Customers with disabilities can request specialist additional features to their car hire at no additional charge. To request any additional features you must contact Enterprise at least 2 days before your hire is due to start.

Minimum age of hire

To hire a car with Enterprise you must be aged over 23 for some car groups and over 25 or 30 for large or prestige car groups. Drivers aged 23-24 years old will be charged about £14.99 per rental day as a Young Driver’s Surcharge.

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