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Car rental companies in Watford

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  • Enterprise

    8.6 (1948)
    No rates available
  • FireFly Car Rental

    8.5 (3847)
    No rates available
  • Keddy By Europcar

    8.3 (3407)
    No rates available
  • Hertz

    8.3 (6938)
    No rates available
  • Europcar

    8.1 (8200)
    No rates available
  • Alamo

    8.8 (8729)
    No rates available
  • Avis

    8.2 (6025)
    No rates available
  • Budget

    8.4 (9700)
    No rates available
  • Dollar Rent a Car

    7.9 (4394)
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Car rental companies in and around Watford

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Available locations in Watford

Lower High Street

Watford Guide

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Just on the northern edge of London’s sprawl is the town of Watford, the largest of the communities in Hertfordshire. The tidy downtown core is a very pleasant place to walk around, with a number of attractions like the Palace Theatre and the Harlequin Shopping Mall. For travellers who want to be near London but don’t want to stay in the congested capital, Watford is an excellent alternative. It has good lodging and amenities, and with a car, it’s easy to move around the area thanks to excellent motorway and road connections.

Who to Book With
Most of the major UK car rental companies have a presence in Watford, particularly around the train station and industrial centres near motorway junctions. Booking early online will almost guarantee lower rental prices and a better vehicle selection, especially if you rent from one of the neighbouring London airports like Luton or Heathrow.

Best Time to Go
A mild marine climate dominates the weather in Watford. Rain falls evenly throughout the year, and temperatures range from a tolerable 9?C in winter to around 23?C at the peak of summer. Any time between May and September will provide comfortable temperatures for a visit to Watford.

Need to Know Essentials
Most car hire offices will want to see these documents when you collect your car:

- A valid EU or UK driving license or an International Driving Permit
- A second photo ID
- The credit card from the online booking
- A printed confirmation sheet

For more info read our FAQ's.

Most of the highlights in Watford are within walking distance of each other, but a car does come in handy for excursions outside of the town centre. The M25 and M1 motorways hem in the city to the north, providing easy driving access to the rest of southern England and the Midlands. The commercial downtown street network tends to be very congested, but traffic flows well on the outskirts.

All streets around the town centre are part of a controlled parking zone designed to help residents with permits park near their homes. Street-side parking is very hard to find here, but several car parks handle the influx of drivers well. The best bet is to park the car and enjoy the walkability of downtown Watford.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving here.


Watford is extremely well connected to London and beyond by trains, buses and roads. All of London’s four airports also have good transport connections straight into Watford as well as numerous car rental outfits to choose from. In town, taxis provide the easiest transport option, and there’s even a London Underground station on the edge of town.

Trains and Tubes
The West Coast Main Line runs right through Watford Junction station, providing excellent rail access to London as well as to northern England and beyond. The London Overground covers a suburban loop through town that stops at Bushey Station and Watford High Street Station before continuing on to London Euston. You can also hop on the London Underground just outside of Watford at Cassiobury Park to reach the entire Tube network of subway lines.

There are plenty of taxi firms operating in Watford, helping travellers get from the public transport stations to their final destination. It’s tough to hail a cab on the street, but they can typically be found waiting for fares at the train station, Tube station and major commercial hubs like the Harlequin Shopping Mall. It’s even easier to call a local firm like Cassio Cars and have them pick you up any time of day or night.

There are many different bus companies providing transport in and around Watford, although the city does not fall under London’s Oyster Card system. Hertfordshire’s Intalink collaboration of buses and trains ensures excellent bus services throughout this area. Fares are very reasonable and include a handy day pass ticketing option.


The obvious destination for a daytrip from Watford is London. The capital is easily reached by public transportation, however, so save the car for trips in the other direction. There are countless historic towns in the area, such as St Albans and Aylesbury, which can be reached with ease by car. Just hop on the M1 or M25 and you can be miles away from the big smoke in no time.

Recommended Drives

St Albans - One of the coolest towns around Watford. Its Roman roots are still evident in preserved walls and mosaics, but its medieval cathedral and abbey church are the real historic icons. As a bonus, St Albans has one of England’s largest concentrations of traditional pubs per capita.

Aylesbury - This is a vintage English market town that still holds a colourful daily market right in the centre. It makes for a superb daytrip from Watford, both for its pedestrian downtown and the leisurely drive through the pastoral Aylesbury Vale countryside.

Oxford - England’s oldest university city, and offers so much more than just academia. This charming and engaging town has a beautiful historic core, a lovely river, museums, parks and more than enough distraction to fill a day or two. It’s an easy cruise from Watford and tempting enough to warrant an overnighter.

Practical information

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  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
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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?

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.

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).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • Enterprise
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar Rent a Car