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Frequently asked questions
You’ll find a good range of rental outlets just a short commute from Gatwick Airport (LGW). Europcar, Hertz, Ace, Dollar and Alamo will have a ride for you.
Expedia is a firm believer in putting more of the world within your reach, that’s why we give you the flexibility to reserve your car without paying in advance. With our Book Now Pay Later option, you can simply present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full at the pickup destination. It doesn’t get easier than that! The rental car company will also put a hold on your credit card for the amount of the deposit. For some cheaper deals online, you may be required to pay at the time of booking. Take note of which payment options are available for your choice of rental car.
We appreciate that things happen and plans change at the last minute. That’s why the majority of prepaid reservations offer a full refund if you cancel a minimum of six hours before pickup. Your rental agreement should include all the information you need. If you can’t find the answer there, our Customer Service Portal is here to help.
Ease of parking, affordability and superb mileage are just some of the reasons compact vehicles are the number one pick in London. Their smaller size makes them ideal for getting around the city. They’re a good match for couples, solo adventurers and those on a budget. Of course, how you get around is your call! Go even smaller with an economy or mini, or stretch out in a full-size or an intermediate. Chasing a little luxury? Browse our premium options.
With loads of experience finding the best bargains for explorers around the globe, Expedia is the ideal place to rent your next car. We have suppliers in London to pick from, offering everything from zippy compacts to full-size SUVs. Why not bundle your car with your hotel and flights and save even more? From our vacation packages to our exclusive offers and member prices, Expedia will get you behind the wheel for less.
Expedia makes it a breeze to compare costs, offers and providers, and to check customer recommendations. Bundle your London car rental with flight or hotel bookings to save even more.
Rental vehicle rules in London require drivers to be 21 and above. Are you a younger driver? Some restrictions and surcharges could apply. Rental providers impose what’s known as a young driver surcharge, which is an additional fee to the rental car cost. Restrictions usually apply to the sorts of cars young people can rent as well. Age limits may vary between suppliers, so check before booking.
A current driver’s license and a credit card in the same name are two essentials. Don’t want to take out the company’s insurance plan? In that case, you’re also likely to need proof of your own coverage. The requirements may differ from rental company to rental company, so read your policy thoroughly.
Unlike the States, motorists in London drive on the left-hand side of the road. Having the steering wheel and some other controls on the opposite side can also take a bit of getting used to. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the car before embarking on your journey.
You certainly can. If you have a current U.S. license, you’re fine to drive in London. You may not need an International Driving Permit. But they are fairly easy to pick up, so it’d be a wise move to get one anyway.