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LEADING CAR RENTAL BRANDS AT LONDON - CITY AIRPORT

About London City Airport (LCY)


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Address: London City Airport King George V Dock, Silvertown, London, E16 2px

  Getting around

London City Airport (LCY) may be the fifth busiest airport in Greater London; however, it’s easily the most convenient airport in the metropolis, approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the Square Mile and Covent Garden. Heathrow (17 miles /27 km) and Gatwick (29 miles /47 km) are traffic light years further way. The standard lineup of major airport car rental purveyors — Avis, Hertz, Eurpocar, National — can be found in the Car Rental Center, just a short walk from the terminal.

London City’s “sneak attack” vibe meshes well with a car hire mindset, for those of you bold enough to venture behind the wheel in Greater London. (LCY)’s brilliant location just on the edge of the inner ring of the M25 orbital motorway system gives you direct access to Canary Wharf (4 mi / 7 km), or head in the other direction for Southend-by-the-Sea (46 mi / 70km), or jet up north to Cambridge (54 mi / 82 km) without getting sucked into the chaos of “Britian’s largest car park” on the M25.

  Choosing your car

Greater London is a massive and sprawling metropolis with an endless selection of must-see attractions. Thus, choosing your car will be dictated by your agenda. Fortunately, you have a plethora of options at (LCY). A Chevrolet compact is ideal for hardcore city driving. For extended road trips, a spacious full-sized BMW carries 5 passengers and their luggage. With a group of travel companions, you’ll want a 7-9 seater minivan from Nissan, Volkswagen or Mercedes. And for all-purpose urban navigation, rent a Ford SUV.

  Tips and advice for renting a car at London City Airport

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In order to dissuade people from driving in central London, the city has imposed a Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ), generally in bounds of the London Inner Ring Road, the Financial District, and the West End. Your airport car rental agent should bring this up during the paperwork routine.

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The M25 has to be one of the most reviled motorways in the world. The best thing you can say about the M25 is at least it’s free to drive. The best tip is to plot a course on your GPS that finds ergonomic places to cross the M25 — as opposed to driving on it.

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Parking rates in London, especially near the big tourist attractions, have been described as “extortionate”. And you’re taking a huge risk with street parking anywhere in The City — particularly before 6:30 PM. Another solid bit of advice is: the further from the Tower of London, the cheaper the parking. Look for a car park near a metro station such as Limehouse on the A13, and take the tube into town.

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London’s speed limits are so complex and variable that the city government has published a map for driver’s reference. Generally speaking, the speed limit in central London is 20 miles per hour, except on main feeder routes, where it’s 30 mph. Further out toward the ring roads, the limits increase to 40 mph. You won’t see 50 and 60 mph until you way out on the fringes of the city — mainly on the M25.

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You must be 21 or older to rent a car from (LCY), but drivers under 25 are limited to economy and compact cars.

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The Chunnel is a tunnel under the English Channel that links England and France. Cars are transported on trains, rather than driving through the tunnel. You’ll need an additional insurance policy to make this journey. For example, Avis offers a Continental Cover plan. This applies to driving in Ireland as well.

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car at London - City Airport

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1. Is it best to book my car rental before I arrive at London - City Airport?

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2. How far in advance should I book a car rental pickup at London - City Airport?

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3. Does London - City Airport have cars with 7 seats?

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4. Am I able to rent a car one way from London - City Airport to a different drop off location in The United Kingdom?

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5. What are the best cars to rent at London - City Airport?

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6. Is it better to rent at London - City Airport or off airport?

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7. What happens to my car rental if my flight is cancelled or delayed into London - City Airport?

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8. What happens if I need to extend my car rental drop off time at London - City Airport?

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9. Are minivans and people movers available for rent at London - City Airport?

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10. Should I buy car rental insurance at the pick up desk at London - City Airport?

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11. What car types are there for rent at London - City Airport?

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12. What car rental brands offer SUV’s at London - City Airport?

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13. What is the cheapest 7 day car rental for May at London - City Airport?

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14. What SUV cars are available at London - City Airport in 3 months time?

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15. Which rental companies are there at London - City Airport?

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16. How much waiting time should I allow for picking up a car at London - City Airport?

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17. Which forms of payment are generally acceptable for car rental at London - City Airport?

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18. What is the cheapest car for next weekend at London - City Airport?

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19. What is the highest rated rental company for overall service at London - City Airport and how does this compare to others?

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20. Are there eco friendly rated cars for rent at London - City Airport?