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Sussex Guide


Located on England’s southeast coast, the Sussex region comprises the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex, each with its own unique heritage, picturesque coastline and pleasant countryside it is a great place to visit.  With such a vast area to explore, it is advisable to purchase a rental car. If this appeals to you then please book cheap car hire in Sussex here today, and let us find you cheap deals, and fabulous offers across the market.

Explore Sussex

Centrally located, the seaside resort of Brighton is England’s most popular beach destination and a good base for exploring the region. The town boasts a charming assortment of restored Georgian buildings, such as the ornate Royal Pavilion, and also claims some of Sussex’s best accommodation, most sumptuous cuisine, and most exhilarating nightlife. Nearby are the West Sussex County Town of Chichester with its superb Gothic cathedral, the ancient Roman ruins of Fishbourne, and other pleasant coastal resorts of Goring and Worthing.

Situated on the Dungeness Promontory, Eastbourne is the most convenient center for excursions to East Sussex’s main attractions. Near the town are the magnificent chalky headlands of Beach Head and the Seven Sisters. East along the coast lies the historic maritime harbour of Hastings and the enchanting medieval town of Rye, with its magnificent castle overlooking the Romney Marshes and Kent County. Inland lies the County Town of Lewes, brimming with historic architecture.

The area is also famous for William’s conquest of Britain in 1066 and the legacy of this, is the historic town of Battle.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the South Downs Way, a historic trial perfect for hiking and cycling that winds its way from the Seven Sisters to the majestic town of Winchester in neighboring Hampshire.

Sussex’s central location on the south coast makes excursions to nearby counties easy to arrange. To the east lies Kent and the magnificent towns of Canterbury and Rochester; to the west, Hampshire and the tranquil Isle of Wight; while to the north are the rolling hills of Surrey.


By air
London’s Gatwick International Airport is located in West Sussex and serves direct flights from most world cities, and there is a myriad of frequent and reliable transportation options to the Sussex region.

Car rental companies are available at Gatwick Airport including Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National, Budget and Enterprise. Many other suppliers have depots located close to airport and will have a car ready at the airport for your arrival. Book in advance for cheaper prices and a greater selection of cars to choose from.

By car
Travelling from London, head towards the M25 and travel South until you reach Junction 7 where you will exit the M25, and join the M23 south, which will eventually become the A23.

Travelling from the South West of England, there are two options, either the coastal road from Exeter which will add hours to your journey but offers lovely scenic views, or exit the M5 at Taunton and take the A358 onto the A303 all the way to the M3, then head south.

Travelling from Dover, drive along the coastal road west, there are plenty of routes to take.

Travelling from Wales, head along the M4 until you reach the M25, head south and exit onto the M23.

By bus
National Express coaches are a popular, and cheap way of getting around. Book tickets online in advance of travelling to secure a seat. Public buses are useful for short distances.

By ferry
Dover and Portsmouth each have large ports with daily ferries coming in and out on a regular basis, from many destinations in Europe.

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    48 km/h
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    96 km/h
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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.

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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?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

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