Car Hire at Gatwick Airport

Hiring a car can seem like a daunting task; with so many things to consider and understand, it’s not surprising that so many of us find it a mind boggling experience the first few times we do it! This is why we bring you the ultimate guide to hiring a car at Gatwick Airport, be it for your onward journey from the airport or otherwise.

We’ll discuss the age requirements, which documents you’ll need to provide and the added extras you’ll need to consider, as well as the providers that are available from Gatwick.

Why hire a car?

Hiring a car is a great way to transport you and your belongings to your final destination and is often far simpler than relying on public transport. If you are an international visitor, you may also find hiring a car means you are more mobile meaning you can really make the most of what the local area has to offer.

There are six 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, but we’ll go into this in more detail below.

*Calls to this number will cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s network access charge.

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport Centre

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

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. Car Hire Centre helps customers save around £30 on average. To get an over the phone quote please call 0844 816 0099*.

*Calls to this number will cost 7p per minute plus your network access charge.

Car Hire Insurance

With up to 7 additional drivers allowed on a policy from Insurance4carhire, flexibility is a huge benefit! Drivers will be covered for late pick up charges due to an unscheduled flight delay, excess on theft and damage up to £6,500 each year, as well as many other factors!

Map of Gatwick Car Hire Locations

Hertz
(North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom)
Hertz
(South Terminal, Gatwick, United Kingdom)
Sixt
(Gatwick South Terminal, Horley, United Kingdom)
Avis
(Gatwick South Terminal, Horley, United Kingdom)
Budget
(Lower Forecourt, Gatwick, United Kingdom)
Enterprise
(Lower Forecourt Road, Gatwick Airport )
Europcar
(Gatwick South Terminal, Horley, United Kingdom)
All of the car hire providers can be found at the South Terminal, with an additional Hertz branch at the North terminal. If you arrive at the North Terminal, simply use the free shuttle service to reach them.

Important information you need before you rent a car

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - documents needed
Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - airport surcharge
Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - under 25's
Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - insurance

And of course, a few handy tips!

  • Book as early as you can: The more in advance you can book, the more money you’ll save! Use the Car Hire Centre gadget above to get a quote and find the cheapest rates for your journey.
  • Check, Check and then Check again!: Once you pick up the keys to your vehicle, check over it for any damage. Take note of any slight scratches, body paint issues/ irregularities, seat quality (like any potential smudges or cigarette marks). Be sure to take pictures and ensure the rental staff write down the pre-existing damge (if it isn’t already) so you can avoid being charged for someone else’s damage when you return it.
  • Get to know your vehicle: Be sure to familiarise yourself with the car before you leave the car hire centre. Check you’re up-to-date on UK driving laws and if anything’s in a different place – such as Fiat 500s and KAs have a much higher gear stick to what you might be used to!
  • Opt for a Sat-Nav: Especially if you don’t know the area and don’t want to get charged for all that data on your phone!

Compare the Car Hire providers at Gatwick Airport

Europcar Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - Europcar at Gatwick

Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm,
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm

On Airport

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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.

 

Minimum Age

22; Drivers under 25 will need to pay the £35 per day in YDS

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver from £14 per rental day, depending on vehicle type

Disabled Drivers

With at least 48hrs notice, Lynx Hand Controls can be fitted to the vehicle should you require them. Please contact the team on 0871 384 3113 to arrange.

Sixt Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - Sixt at Gatwick

Everyday, 6am-11pm
including bank holidays

On Airport

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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.

Minimum Age

21; Drivers under the age of 25 will be charged an additional fee of £36 per day (Young Drivers Surcharge)

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver can be added for a nominal fee; at Gatwick, this is £8.99 per day.

Disabled Drivers

With at least 48hrs notice, Hand Controls can be fitted to the vehicle. Please call the team on +370 5 2395636* to arrange

*Calls to this number will cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s network access charge.

Hertz Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport

Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm,

On Airport

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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.

Minimum Age

23 is the minimum age & drivers under the age of 25 will be subject to the Young Drivers Surcharge, starting at £33.60 per day from Gatwick

Additional Driver

You can add an additional driver for £13 a day.

Disabled Drivers

Hertz can provide handed controls, accelerators and wheelchair friendly vehicles. Please call the team on 0870 840 0084 to pre-book, giving at least 48hrs notice*

*They also Offer Adapted Vehicle Hire which offers an optional collection and delivery service. Call the local team on 0843 309 3031 quoting “Hertz15” to talk through what you need. Prices from £45

Avis Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - Avis at Gatwick

Monday – Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 7am – 3pm

On Airport

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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.

Minimum Age

23; Drivers aged under 25 will be charged an additional Young Drivers Surcharge of £37.70 per day

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver from £12.99 per rental day, depending on vehicle type

Disabled Drivers

Avis can provide you with an adapted car, given they have 48hrs notice. Please call their reservations team on 0344 544 6001 to book

Budget Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - Budget at Gatwick

Monday – Sunday: 8am – 8pm,
Saturday: 7am – 3pm

On Airport

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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.

Minimum Age

23; Young Drivers Surcharge of £32.50 is applicable to those under 25

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver from £12.99 per day, depending on vehicle type

Disabled Drivers

Hand controls can be fitted to the car. Simply call 0808 284 4444 to arrange.

Enterprise Gatwick Airport

Car Hire at Gatwick Airport - Enterprise at Gatwick

Monday – Sunday: 7am – 10pm,

On Airport

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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

Minimum Age

25; drivers under 25 will not be able to hire a car with Enterprise.

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver for £10 per day

Disabled Drivers

Hand controls can be fitted to the car. Simply call 0800 633 5665 to arrange.

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