Whether a traveller is flying to London Gatwick Airport for a short holiday or a longer stay, renting a comfortable car will make visiting more relaxing. Use Skyscanner to find the best vehicle for the best price, from a large van to a convertible.
Car Rentals in London Gatwick Airport
The car rental centre is in the North Terminal on the ground floor across from the elevators near Boots pharmacy. People who arrive at the South Terminal can take a free shuttle to the North Terminal. It's across from an information point and a postbox near M&S Simply Food.
Cars from Avis, Enterprise Rent a Car, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt Rent a Car, National, Alamo, and Budget are available. Many of these companies have rewards programs that can lead to free rentals. Drivers can choose cars from Toyota, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, VW, BMW, Kia, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, and more. A small car can help travellers save money and navigate London's narrow roads easily, while a larger luxury car or a people carrier offers plenty of amenities and room for luggage.
Rules of the Road
People in the U.K. drive on the left side of the road, and steering wheels are on the right sides of cars. All roundabouts are one-way streets that go clockwise. Foreign driving licences are valid for up to 12 months from the driver's date of entry into the country. Most car rental companies include collision insurance coverage, and using seatbelts is required.
Driving From London Gatwick
The airport is around 45 kilometres south of the city, and the M25 with connections to the national road network is just 10 minutes away. Driving downtown takes about an hour or an hour and a half during morning or evening rush hours. The North and South Terminals both have 24-hour petrol stations, and some parking areas in the city are free on weekends. However, parking is expensive on weekdays.
To enter central London between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, drivers must pay a Congestion Charge. This area has large letter C's in red circles on roads with an entrance. The Congestion Charge is £11.50 or about CA$19 for people who pay in advance or by midnight on the day of travel, and it's £14 or around CA$23 for people who pay on the following day. There's no charge on bank holidays or between Christmas and the New Year, and some electric and hybrid cars qualify for an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle discount.
Attractions Near London Gatwick
Horley is a historic town only about 6 kilometres, or 20 minutes, away from the airport. It has great shops and restaurants, and visitors can ride horses at the Fernhill Riding Centre. The Chessington World of Adventures is about 35 kilometres, or 25 minutes, away via the M23 and the M25. It's one of the U.K.'s largest theme parks, with rollercoasters, a zoo, and a sea life centre. Tilgate Park in Crawley is free, and it has beautiful lakes with fishing, canoeing, and other activities available. It's about 10 kilometres, or 15 minutes, away from the airport via the M23.
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