London City Airport car hire

Hire a car from London City Airport

London City Airport is located just six miles from the City of London and transports 1.5 million passengers to over 25 destinations a year and is an important business transport link for the capital.

Not much can really be said about London that hasn’t already been said before. One of the great commercial capitals of the world, it has something for everyone, regardless of age. Fine shopping, from spectacular iconic brands such as Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, Oxford Street, the magnificent Burlington Arcade, fantastic restaurants and World Class heritage sights. Everywhere you go there are world-famous attractions to see, from Buckingham Palace, to the House of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Madame Tussauds to the London Dungeon. Even the more modern structures such as the London Eye, the Gherkin and the Shard will make you look in awe, and for those who have never travelled underground, the London Transport Tube system, even despite rush hour, is a must-take form of transport. Park your car in the suburbs and try it!

By car - London City Airport is about 15 minutes' drive, traffic permitting, from Tower Bridge, and a further 20-30 minutes from the West End. From outside London drive there via the M11/A11 (Junction 27 of the M25) or via the A12 (Junction 28 of the M25).

Airport facilities - the airport caters mainly for business travellers. Bank/Bureau de Change, cash machines, lost property and left luggage, postal services, pay phones, Meridian Business Centre with boardrooms, conference suite, training room and private offices, disabled facilities with assistance for boarding aircraft. A range of shops and eating establishments are available, selling magazines, gifts, books, coffee, light snacks, continental foods and a Tax and Duty Free centre. Those wishing to eat before their flight have a choice of three restaurants.

Hotels - for convenience before an early flight or after a late return flight there is the Holiday Inn London Excel. It is located just over a mile away from London City airport. A full range of accommodation, from budget to world-famous luxury hotels are but a relatively short distance away. Full details available with the airport or from car hire operatives.

London City Airport car rental information

There are 8 car hire providers in London City airport, one of whom is a prestige and executive car renter, so between them, you should be able to secure the car you require. There is even a renter for minibus hire and van hire!

However, if you have a particular vehicle type you wish to rent, it is always better to book I advance to avoid disappointment. The location of the airport means there could be a delay in securing an out-of-regular spec car.

As a very busy business airport, it could be a good idea to book in advance and have all your paperwork ready. This will help speed you though the airport and have you quickly on your way. Also, booking in advance will see you getting the better bargains, as business men are notorious for accepting anything presented to them, which can inflate prices artificially by leaving no special offer rates and only normal ‘book’ or ‘rack’ rates available on the day.

Have your driving licence at the ready, together with your secondary ID, and check all your paperwork against anything you’ve agreed previously. There are some statutory charges that can be added to the bill that the rental company might take for granted but that you were unaware of – it’s not in any way done on purpose, but it is sometimes assumed you are aware of them. Read, check then sign any agreement!

London, as one of Europe’s great capital cities, is very busy, with professional drivers (taxis, lorries, delivery), like any major city, notoriously short on time to get to where they are going, so don’t be surprised if they flash their light or press their car horn should you be deemed by them to be ‘slow.

Follow traffic rule signs carefully – speeds in London are 30mph except where indicated otherwise (some city streets down to 20mph in places, while some dual carriageways can be up to 50mph), and there is a central zone marked by a red “c” indicating the central charge zone for congestion prevention. There is a daily charge with numberplate recognition, so ensure you have a daily ticket (available from most newsagents) if entering the central City of London area. Many familiar landmarks are located in this “c” area.