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Dartford

Available locations in Dartford

7 Westgate House
International Way

Dartford Guide

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Ideally situated on the northwestern coast of Kent in southern England, Dartford has grown from being a settlement made by the Ancient Romans into the pleasant market town it is today. While more industrial than it ever has been, Dartford is still a worthy tourist destination, known for its iconic bridge and the Dartford Heath area, which can be comfortably navigated by those with car hire.

Who to Book With
Avis is currently the only car rental company located in central Dartford, but plenty of other options exist slightly out of the town centre. This means that those interested in hiring their own vehicle can also look at the offerings of Avis, Alamo, Porter, Plan Dartford and Hertz before making any decisions. By booking over the internet prior to arrival, driving tourists often find themselves making outstanding savings.

Best Time to Go
Dartford is at its most popular from June to August, as this is when the English summer is in full swing and those with families take their children away during the school holidays. Less busy periods include spring and autumn, when rental and hotel rates tend to decrease accordingly.

Need to Know Essentials
When collecting a rental car, you must produce the following documents:

- A British driving license or an international license that is valid for use in the UK
- Another form of photo ID
- The debit or credit card that was used to complete the booking
- Printed confirmation of the rental agreement if possible

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Dartford is not a difficult city for drivers to navigate, but, like most cities, it often gets busy and congested during rush hours. Travelling in the morning or early evening usually results in being stuck in traffic jams with the large number of commuters heading to and from Dartford's various industrial factories and other places of employment.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving in this country.

Transport

As anyone who has ever spent any amount of time in Dartford will testify, the best way to get around the city and its surroundings is definitely by car. This is due to a limited public transport network that mainly involves trains, taxis and buses.

Trains
Dartford Train Station is a short five-minute stroll from the centre of town, with routes mainly running between various London locations or towns on the North Kent Line, including spots along Kent's coast and Stone Crossing, Farningham Road, Longfield and Greenhithe, among others. Southeastern is one of the main suppliers or rail transportation to and from Dartford.

Taxis
All Night Cars, Safhire Cabs, Green Light Cars and 24 Hours Crayford Cars are the main companies offering taxi transport around Dartford and the rest of Kent. While some routes involving short distances might be available on the meter, fares for other trips may have to be agreed beforehand.

Buses
Fastrack and Arriva are the two main companies that offer bus transport around Dartford and its surrounding areas. Two of the most popular services are the 414 that runs to and from Horton Kirby and the 423/4233 that calls at Longfield and the Fleet Estate.

Exploring

After having visited attractions including the Dartford Museum and Library and the Central Park, those with car rental can venture farther afield. While the most popular daytrip destination for those with their own vehicles is, of course, London, there are plenty of other destinations on the Kent coast that are also well worth a visit.

Recommended Drives

Central London - This is just a short drive northwest of Dartford, offering various different activities to a wide range of tourists. Everything from the theatre to landmarks, sporting events, live music and shopping can be enjoyed in England’s iconic capital.

Southend-on-Sea - Located a pleasant cruise east of Dartford, Southend-on-Sea has been a popular seaside destination choice for those in this part of the country for most of the last. This lovely town is popular for its May Air Show, in addition to its beach and pier.

Gillingham - Reachable by heading southeast from Dartford along the A2. The town is perhaps best-known for its Royal Engineers Museum, as well as the dry ski slopes in Alpine Park.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
  • Language
    English
  • Popular car category
    economy
  • Popular rental companies
    Europcar

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).