Rent a car in Gatwick with Europcar
South of the capital London, Gatwick is one of the country’s principal entry points, with Gatwick Airport a major hub for international and national flights. Choosing Europcar makes car hire in Gatwick a smooth experience, with pick-up points at the airport and nearby Crawley.
The Europcar car rental experience in Gatwick
If you are looking for a small model for your journey, the Vauxhall Astra is Europcar’s most popular choice. Wanting something larger? Family-sized options include the Volkswagen Jetta or Volkswagen Passat. Choosing Europcar car hire in Gatwick allows you to start your journey in the UK as soon as you step foot in the arrivals hall. Whether you are heading to London, further north, or out into the English countryside, your car rental will get you there safely and in comfort.
Europcar van rental service is not available in Gatwick, but we offer UK car hire on a short and long term rental basis, for total flexibility.
Driving in Gatwick
In order to rent a car in the UK, you need a valid EU driver’s licence. International licences are accepted but not obligatory.
The national speed limit on motorways and dual carriageways is 70 miles per hour (112 km/h), on single-carriageway roads is 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) (sometimes reduced to 50 miles per hour/80 km/h), and in populated areas the speed limit is 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) or lower near schools.
Roundabouts appear frequently on UK roads and when you reach these you must give way to traffic coming from the right.
Parking in Gatwick is concentrated around the airport, and can be paid 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 the surrounding area by car
Gatwick’s location makes it an excellent base for car travel around the UK. Towns nearby include Tunbridge Wells (22 miles/35 kilometres away), and Guildford (32 miles/51 kilometres away). London is just 41 miles (65 kilometres) away.
The famous seaside town of Brighton is around 40 minutes by car from Gatwick. Popular sights include the pier with its vintage amusement arcades, the glittering Royal Pavilion where the royal and rich once partied, and the quaint shopping streets of The Lanes. Travelling to and from Brighton in your hire car means you have the freedom to discover the whole of the town, as well as its beautiful surrounding coastline.
Rewards for choosing Europcar
The Europcar Privilege program is our international loyalty scheme, where we reward you for renting with us. There are four levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Privilege enables you to earn rewards when you rent with Europcar in any one of 140 countries worldwide. This free membership allows you to earn a free weekend of car hire each time you move to the next level.