There is one thing essential for renting a car. It is to hold an international Credit card. You will have to pay the deposit of your rental car with a Credit card. The amount of the deposit usually depends on the amount of the deductible. You will easily find this information in the rental conditions of your chosen offer. At almost all car rental stations worldwide it is only possible to pay the deposit with an international credit card. The amount is blocked on the credit card for the duration of the rental. In the event of damage, this amount will then be retained by the rental car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in normal condition, the amount will be released again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? In this way, the rental car station can protect itself in the event of damage. Whether you are really liable with this amount depends on the chosen insurance. Have you booked fully comprehensive insurance without a deductible? The deposit will be refunded to you by the organizer. Therefore you are not liable yourself. Have you booked fully comprehensive cover with deductible? In this case, you will be liable for damage up to the amount of the excess (deposit).
Before you will be able to pick-up your rental car, you must complete the entry formalities at the passport control. You can get your luggage directly behind the passport control. It is possible to take one of the baggage carts. These are free of charge at London Heathrow Airport. Where can I find the rental car stations at the airport? Car rental stations can be found around the arrival area of each terminal behind customs. Beside stations directly behind the customs in the building of the terminal, there are also Shuttle-stations. What does that mean? Those stations are located not directly at the airport, but in the immediate surrounding. In case you chose a shuttle-station, employees are waiting for you in the arrival area of the airport. There are free shuttles which will bring you to the station. If you just want to see stations that are directly in the terminal, you can simply choose "Station in the terminal". Easy, isn't it.
When you reached the station, the station employee will ask you for some documents. Please make sure to bring the followings things.
As the UK is still a member of the EU, you simply need to take you European driving license. Unfortunately it is not sure if you will need an International Driving License in the future.
As in your home country, you should follow all existing traffic regulations. Please observe the following speed limits during your road trip. Penalties and fees can be very expensive and will not be reimbursed by the car rental station or the tour operator.
|Road category||Maximum speed|
|Inner cities||30 mph|
|Out of town||60 mph|
Each time you rent a car, you will need to pay a deposit. The amount of the deposit usually depends on the amount of the deductible. If you are not sure how much your deposit will cost you, it is very easy to just check the rental conditions. Not just in the UK, but worldwide it is very common that it is just possible to pay the deposit with an international credit card. For the duration of the rental the amount of the deposit will be blocked on the credit card. In the event of damage, this will then be retained by the rental car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in good condition the amount will directly be reimbursed again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? The amount is blocked on the credit card for the duration of the rental. In the event of damage, this will then be retained by the rental car station. However, if the vehicle is returned in perfect condition, the amount will be released again. Why do I have to pay a deposit? In this way the rental car station can protect itself of covering all damage costs. In case you booked Fully comprehensive without excess you will get the retained deposit reimbursed by the supplier of your booked offer (e.g. Sunnycars)
Explore the surroundings of London by rental car
Many destinations in the UK are just a few hours drive away from the LHR - Airport.
Many destinations worth seeing are only a few hours drive from the LHR by rental car from a car rental company. After renting and picking up the car at the airport, nothing stands in the way of an exciting day trip. Southwest London is Hampton Court, one of England's most impressive castles. The most famous inhabitant was Henry VIII, who married his sixth wife here. The two English university towns Oxford and Cambridge are also easily accessible from Heathrow Airport with a distance of 75 km and 120 km respectively. About two hours by rental car northwest of London is the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon. Here are the restored half-timbered houses from the 16th century, which are associated with the life of the famous playwright. Cheap car hire - delightful excursions with starting point London Heathrow