Stansted Airport car hire

Hire a car from Stansted Airport

Stansted airport is located close to Stevenage (27 miles) and Chelmsford, (25 miles) and approximately 40 miles north-east of the central London. It is now London’s fourth major airport, and handles some 19 million passengers through its doors each year. Stansted airport charges a minimum of £2.80 to pick-up passengers

By car - From the City take the A11 and then the M11 to Junction 8 from where the airport is clearly signposted. The nearest town to the airport is Bishop’s Stortford (5 miles).

Bishop’s Stortford is a historic market town (market days are Thursday and Saturday), with a modern shopping complex, many cafes, bars and shops and is well known centre for meeting and entertainment born out of its proximity to Stansted. The house where Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and De Beers was born, is now the Bishop's Stortford Museum.

Stevenage made its mark for having the first pedestrian-only shopping zone in the UK, opened by HM The Queen in 1959, with the open-air rock concert venue, the gothic Knebworth House, is on the outskirts of the town.

Chelmsford, the county town of Essex, has been an important centre for industry since the 19th century. Marconi opened his first “wireless” factory here, and the first official publicised sound broadcast in the UK, featuring Dame Nellie Melba, took pace in 1920. Cromptons Electrical Engineering, the United Kingdom's first ball bearing factory, the English Electric Valve Company and the world headquarters for Britvic (since moved) were also established in the city. Along with two shopping centres, three retail parks and a variety of high street names and speciality shops, there is also a vibrant nightlife scene with many nightclubs, pubs, wine bars and restaurants in the city centre area, so there’s plenty to see and do.

Airport facilities - Left luggage and lost property, Internet access, Conference rooms (several conference facilities in Enterprise house, next to the airport). There are several Bureaux de Change and cash points distributed through the airport, Executive Lounge, reserved seating for special needs passengers throughout the Terminal, induction loops. There are unisex toilets on the main concourse and in the departures lounge, suitable for parents travelling with children and toilets with baby-care and nappy-changing facilities. There is an excellent choice of high street shops in the Terminal and there are restaurants, cafés, snacks, bars, and a selection of coffee and sandwich shops all selling a range meals in the departure lounge.

Hotels -there are currently 12 Stansted airport hotels to choose from, either on airport or close by.

Stansted car rental information

There are 9 car hire providers (including one meet and greet only provider) located at Stansted airport. You will find them in the International arrivals hall opposite the World Duty Free. Other providers may offer a meet and greet service, but this can cost more.

There is plenty of choice offered between the rental firms at Stansted, so you should be able to obtain the car you require from across the range, from small car runabouts to luxury executive vehicles. One way hire is very popular with those touring from one port of entry but flying out of another.

Only two of the operators can provide vans or minibuses at Stansted, and only one provides 4x4 SUV’s. 7 or 9-seater family carriers are available from only one of the operators ‘on the day’ but they may be available from others if you book in advance in. Extras such as child seats and satellite navigation are nearly always available when you arrive, although it is helpful if you can mention it to your rental company in advance.

You can book your vehicle using a number of options – internet, phone, fax and even by smartphone. Just remember that any 08 or 05 numbers (whether the rental company says they are free or not) you dial from your mobile phone will attract substantial extra charges, so take care, and do not phone an 0870 number from your mobile unless you are happy paying over £1 Sterling a minute.

Remember, the more ‘work’ you do in advance – booking your specific choice of car, your extras and your rental paperwork – the more time you will save when you arrive. And at Stansted, you might find an extra fee on your bill that you were not expecting. This is the airport surcharge fee that the rental company passes from the airport on to you.

Bring your ID (passport and full driving licence and check over any paperwork you are given to sign to ensure it is what you expected. Report any prior damage done by another driver and ensure the rental company is aware of it, otherwise it may end up your responsibility. Drivers under 25 will attract a statutory extra daily insurance premium, something that all operators throughout the UK charge.

Finally, while fuel is priced in litres, distance and speed is measured in miles and miles per hour respectively. We drive on the left, so when driving, any obstructions will need to be approached differently than they would be if you were driving on the right. Don’t forget that we overtake on the “right-hand side of the left side of the road”, and we drive clockwise around roundabouts, giving way to the traffic already on them!