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Car hire in Gatwick


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Rent a car in Gatwick with Europcar

South of the capital London, Gatwick is one of the country’s principal entry points. Gatwick Airport is the main location for international and national flights. If you’re looking to rent a car for your visit, Europcar will remove any stress with their helpful on-site team. Apart from the airport itself, Crawley is the nearest car hire location to Gatwick.

The Europcar car rental experience in Gatwick

If you are looking for a small model, Vauxhall Astra is Europcar’s most popular choice. After something larger? Family-sized options include the Volkswagen Jetta or Volkswagen Passat. Choosing car hire in Gatwick allows you to start your journey in the UK as soon as you step foot in Arrivals. Whether you are heading to London, further north or to the English countryside, your car rental will get you there safely.

Europcar van rental service is not available in Gatwick but we offer UK car hire on short and long-term rental.

Driving in Gatwick

In order to rent a car in the UK, you need a valid EU driver’s license. International licences are accepted but not obligatory.

The national speed limit on single-carriageway roads is 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) (sometimes lowering to 50 miles per hour/80 km/h), and 70 miles per hour (112 km/h) on dual-carriageways and motorways. In cities and countryside villages where there is a high risk of pedestrians, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) or lower near schools.

Roundabouts appear frequently on UK roads. When you reach these, you must give way to traffic coming from the right.

Parking in Gatwick is concentrated to the airport, which can be prepaid in advance or via credit/debit cards when you leave. There are both long and short stay parking areas.

You should anticipate heavy traffic at all times around Gatwick Airport.

Discover Gatwick and surroundings by car

Gatwick’s location makes it a good base for car travel. Nearest towns include Tunbridge Wells (22 miles/35 kilometres), Brighton (28 miles/45 kilometres) and Guildford (32 miles/51 kilometres). London is 41 miles (65 kilometres) away from Gatwick.

Experience the British seaside town of Brighton

Once you’ve picked up your hire car, the famous seaside town of Brighton is around 40 minutes by car from Gatwick. The pier has fantastic vintage amusement arcades, a glittering Royal Pavilion where the royal and rich once partied, and the quaint shopping streets “The Lanes” - there’s something to please everyone in Brighton. Travelling to and from Brighton in your rental car offers the perfect opportunity to discover the whole of the town, plus its surrounding coast.

With Privilege, be rewarded for choosing Europcar

Europcar Privilege program is our international loyalty scheme, where we reward you for renting with us. There are four tier levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Privilege enables you to earn rewards when you rent with Europcar in one of 140 countries worldwide. This free membership allows you to get a free weekend of car hire each time you move to the next tier level.

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Car hire at Gatwick is made easy with Europcar.

Friendly service, new cars and low prices are part of our every day offer. Whether you are hiring a car for business or pleasure, or you need a car or van, Europcar has the right hire car at Gatwick for you.

Europcar is looking forward to serving you at its car hire branch: Gatwick. Remember to always bring your driving license, valid credit card and additional proof of identity (such as a passport if you are hiring abroad).

Europcar’s Green Programme: At Europcar, we understand the environmental impact of car hire. That’s why we have wholeheartedly embraced a sustainable development programme and are proud to be the first car hire company at Gatwick with certified commitments.