London car rental

Learn about renting a car in London, from car hire companies and car clubs to chauffeur services.

The Congestion Charge, Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) have been reintroduced. There had been a temporary suspension of charges due to coronavirus. The Congestion Charge has been temporarily increased to £15 and the hours of operation have been extended to 7am to 10pm, seven days a week .For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Driving in and around central London can be a challenge and is not recommended for visitors, as roads in the capital can be busy and congested. 

The city offers visitors excellent public transport links. However, if you do need to drive in London, there are plenty of car hire companies to choose from with a range of vehicles on offer, including electric cars. 

Parking in London is also something you need to be aware of when hiring a car. The NCP (National Car Parks) has many car parks across London that can be booked in advance. 

London car hire companies

There is no shortage of car rental agencies in central London and throughout Greater London. Make sure you compare prices, car models and agency locations to get the best deal and always use a reputable company.

There are car hire agencies that specialise in adapted vehicles for people with disabilities. For more information, visit the Disabled Motoring UK website.

Cars can be hired from companies throughout London, including at airports, at or near mainline train stations and in key tourist hotspots.

The Congestion Charge and electric car hire in London

When driving through central London, you'll need to pay the Congestion Charge whether you're in a hire car or your own vehicle. However, you can avoid the congestion charge by driving an electric car.

Electric cars are available to hire across London from many car rental companies. These can cost less than hiring a normal car, once you take into account the savings that are possible on fuel, parking and congestion zone charges.

Chauffeur services and taxis

If you'd rather not drive yourself, you can book a London taxi or one of the many mini cabs and chauffeur services on offer.

Chauffeur services include airport transfers, as well as private drivers to pick you up and drop you off at your chosen location.

There are many chauffeur services in London, so shop around to compare prices and make sure you only use reputable licensed private hire vehicle operators.