Top tips for renting a car at London Heathrow Airport
Even though traveling to a large city and airport such as London Heathrow (LHR) can seem overwhelming, travelers that want to obtain a car rental at London Heathrow Airport should know that every terminal building has a consolidated location where all the many rental car companies operate that is easy to find. It’s located in the arrivals area of each terminal near the baggage claim area. From there, there is ample shuttle service that is readily available to take travelers from each of the terminal buildings to the car rental companies that have a location offsite from the airport property.
Car rental at London Heathrow Airport can be more challenging during busy travel periods, such as during morning and evening rush-hour periods. You may also find that renting a car can be more difficult on weekends as well as during some holiday periods when there's quite a bit of travel through this international airport.
While there certainly are several transportation options to get you from the airport to the center of London, each can have its drawbacks compared to car rental at London Heathrow Airport. For example, there is a train service that can have you to the center of London in around 15min, but the problem with this mode of travel can be if you have a lot of luggage and deciding where you will store that luggage on your train ride. Oftentimes these trains can have limited space available for baggage, on top of which you will need to carry it all yourself with little or no help from the train staff. There is also a taxi service available, but the trip from the airport to London can cost up to £43 ($60). That is why renting a car is such a great option because it can get you where you're going quickly in a rather cost-effective fashion.
One of the great things about London Heathrow Airport car rental is that there are ample routes that can get you from the airport to the center of London easily. Once you hop in your rental car, you can easily take the M4 and A4 highways to get you to the center of London in about 30min.
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FAQs about renting a car at London Heathrow Airport
Any driver that wishes to rent a car at this airport will need a valid driver's license from their country of origin that is in the English language. If by chance the license is not in the English language, you will also need an International Driving License or a notarized English translation of your license. It is also important to remember that all drivers that plan to rent a car must have held their driver's license for at least one year.
For those travelers that are looking for a quick and convenient rental car experience, a good choice is to stick with one of the largest rental car brands such as Hertz or Avis. Both companies will generally offer the ability to pick up your car at their location without having to wait in line or deal with any staff, so long as you have made a reservation before your travels.
All the rental car companies that operate at this airport house their cars right adjacent to the airport property, either to the north or to the west of the property. No matter which of the rental car companies you choose, you should expect a drive time of no more than 5min from your terminal building to the rental car lot.
On average a rental car at London Heathrow Airport costs C$ 38 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Easirent (C$ 14/day), SURPRICE CAR RENTAL (C$ 17/day) and GREEN MOTION (C$ 22/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental company at London Heathrow Airport is Hertz (7.3, 87 reviews).
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from London Heathrow Airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, GREEN MOTION , Easirent, Europcar, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Sixt, Ace, and Dollar.