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Booking is quick and easy with no deposit, cancellation fee or credit card details required. An email confirmation locks in your rental rates, all you need do is pay for the vehicle and any optional extras when picking up your car at Gatwick.
In booking your Gatwick Airport rental car early you not only have peace of mind when you travel, but will also secure a cheaper rate. With no upfront fees there’s no cost and no risk.
Gatwick is 45 km from the hustle and bustle of central London so if you're travelling into the West End for a show or taking in the sites of central London, getting a rental car organised before your plane touches down will make your trip easier.
The airport is the second biggest in the country and serves more destinations than any other UK airport. Pre-booking car rental at any destination avoids the uncertainty and hassle of last minute walk-up bookings, particularly at busy airports where rental stocks can be deleted quickly at peak times.
We search the rates provided by the UK’s most trusted car rental companies to ensure you get the best price when you hire a car. Book with DriveNow today so you can relax and get to your destination quicker.
How old must I be to rent a car in the UK?
You can rent a car in the UK if you are at least 17 years old, but there are surcharges for drivers under age 25 and the choice of cars may be limited.
Do I need an international drivers permit (IDP)?
If your licence is in English, and is a full licence, you do not need an IDP when you rent in the UK. However, if it is in another language you will require an IDP. You should carry both your licence and the permit when you drive.
Are there any important driving rules?
Cars on UK roads drive on the left. Distance and speed are measured in miles. However, petrol is measured in litres.
If you are on a motorway, the speed limit will be 70 mph. For major highways, the limit is 60 mph and in urban areas you don't want to exceed 30 mph unless otherwise signposted. Speed limits across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are uniform and enforced with speed cameras.
Seatbelts are required, and if you have children under 12 years old or less than 135 cm high, they must be fitted into a child booster seat. This can be included in your rental car booking.
Do I have to pay a congestion charge?
If you plan on jumping in your rental car and heading straight to London's central city, you have to pay a congestion charge for every day you spend in the "congestion zone" from Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm.
The charge must be paid by midnight to avoid a fine, but you can pay it in advance. For more information visit https://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging.