Car Hire at London 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.

Info for under 25s
documents needed
Car Hire Tips
Airport Surcharge
One Way Car Hire
Travel Essentials

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.

Europcar at Gatwick

www.europcar.co.uk

Tel: + 44 (0) 871 384 3408

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Sixt at Gatwick

www.sixt.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 844 499 3399

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Hertz at Gatwick

www.hertz.co.uk

Tel: + 44 (0) 843 309 3099

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Avis at Gatwick

www.avis.co.uk

Tel: + 44 (0) 844 544 6007

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Budget at Gatwick

www.budget.co.uk

Tel: + 44 (0) 844 544 6001

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Enterprise at Gatwick

www.enterprise.com

Tel: + 44 (0) 870 350 3000

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Car Hire 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 +44 (0)844 816 0099*.

*Calls to this number will cost 5p per minute plus your network access charge.

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. Please note that the Avis North Terminal kiosk is currently closed. (March 2017)

Information for Under 25s

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There are no set regulations for hiring a vehicle if you are aged under 25, therefore different providers have different age requirements. Some providers such as Europcar only require their drivers to be 21, whereas others such as Enterprise require you to be 25. The age restriction also varies depending on the vehicle group you would like to hire. In most cases, drivers under 25 will be subject to pay the Young Drivers Surcharge; this fee will depend on your location, but we have specified these below for cars hired at Gatwick Airport.

You may also have the option to hire what are considered to be “prestige vehicles”but most providers will require you, and any additional drivers, to be aged over 30.

Documents Needed

To hire a car from Gatwick Airport you will need to present a form of ID and a valid driver’s licence when you collect your vehicle. Drivers from the UK and Ireland will need to present their card licence as well as their DVLA Code, which can be obtained from the Gov.UK webiste. If you forget either of these your rental may be cancelled. Any drivers from outside the UK, with a full driving licence, can drive using this for up to 12 months.

Tips

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  • 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 to check the vehicle for any damage, inside and out. If you find any damage you should report it to your provider before you leave the forecourt and make sure they document it. If you do not do this the provider may charge you for any damage which may have already been on the vehicle.
  • Always check the fuel policy of your rental car; Full to Full? Full to Empty? Pre paid with a partial refund? Each have their pros and cons so make sure you do your research. In a nutshell, if they provide you with a full tank of fuel (which you pay for upfront) make sure you know whether you need to return the tank empty, full again or if you can be refunded for any unused fuel.
  • 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. 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 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

All of the cars available for the providers at Gatwick come with additional extras or adaptions upon request. These inlcude child seats, sat navs and disabled hand controls, as well as all having a handy app available to make hiring a car on the go even easier! The table below will hopefully be a helpful guide to what each of the 6 providers offer, to help you find the right hire car for you.

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Europcar at Gatwick

Open 24 hours a day,
7 days a week

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

21; Drivers aged between 21-22 will be charged an additional fee of about £13 per day (Young Drivers Surcharge)

Additional Driver

Add an additional driver from £4.99 per rental day, depending on vehicle type

Disabled Drivers

Provided you give at least 48hrs notice, Lynx Hand Controls can be fitted to the vehicle should you require them. Please contact the team on 0870 384 1087 to arrange

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 £13.80 per day.

Disabled Drivers

With at least 48hrs notice, Hand Controls can be fitted to the vehicle.

Hertz at Gatwick

Mon-Fri: 6am-Midnight,
Sat-Sun 6am-10pm

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

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

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.

Avis at Gatwick

6am-Midnight, 7 days a week

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 £25.98 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 0808 284 0014 to book

Budget at Gatwick

6am-Midnight,
7 days a week

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 £11.209 per day, depending on vehicle type

Disabled Drivers

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

Enterprise at Gatwick

6am-Midnight,
7 days a week

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 0808 284 4444 to arrange.

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