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Car rental offers London City Airport

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Rental car options at London City Airport

The following car rental companies received the highest ratings in London City Airport. Compare the ratings and prices of these rental companies with a single search.

  • City Inter-Rent

    8.6 (2)
  • Budget

    8.2 (8488)
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  • Avis

    8.1 (4911)
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  • Sixt

    8.1 (2579)
  • Keddy By Europcar

    7.9 (2799)
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  • Hertz

    7.9 (5743)
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  • Europcar

    7.8 (6715)
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  • Easirent

    6.4 (489)
  • Green Motion

    6 (1574)
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Car rental location London City Airport

London City Airport Guide

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Being the airport closest to the City of London and Canary Wharf, the two main financial centres of the English capital, London City Airport is the preferred airport for business travellers. The number of leisure travellers using the airport has increased, however, as onward transport here is top-notch. Buses, trains and London cabs mean all parts of London are easily accessible. Purchasing car hire at London City Airport can also be a practical option for getting around the city.

Who to Book With
Several car hire suppliers operate at London City Airport, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo and National Car. Travellers need to head outside the terminal building to find the offices of these companies. Most suppliers operate Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 21:30, Saturday from 07:00 to 16:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 21:30.

Need to Know Essentials
On vehicle collection, these documents must be presented:

- National driving licence
- Credit card used for the reservation
- Confirmation of identity
- Confirmed reservation

For more info read our FAQ's.

UK driving regulations must be observed as fines for traffic violations can be heavy. When driving in built-up areas, drivers must follow a speed limit of 30mph. Outside of London, the limit is 60mph and on motorways and dual-carriageways, it is 70mph. Seatbelts must be worn by all persons within the vehicle, including those at the back if seatbelts have been fitted. A child restraint must be used for children under three. When driving or parking in Central London (zone indicated by a ‘C’ sign), a congestion charge of £8 is levied between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00.

More UK driving information can be found in our guide here.


London City Airport is the closest airport to Central London so public transport between the airport and various points in the city is widely available. The airport has a dedicated station for Docklands Light Railway trains. A couple of bus lines serve the airport as well. With car hire, travellers can take the North Circular Road (A406) to North London, the A13 to East London, the Blackwall Tunnel to South London or the Limehouse link tunnel to London’s West End.

London City Airport is connected to the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) system via its own dedicated station, which is accessible from the terminal. It connects the airport to the rest of East London as well as to the London Underground. The station is within Zone 3 of the train system. Trains from the airport's station depart every 8 to 15 minutes. The 20-minute ride to Bank Station in the City of London costs £4.30.

Licensed London cabs are available at the taxi stand right outside the terminal. Metres are used so fares to various parts of the city depend on the time of the day and road congestion.

Taxi prices:
London City Airport to City of London is about £25
London City Airport to Piccadilly Circus is about £30
London City Airport to Canary Wharf is about £12
London City Airport to Kings Cross is about £35

Two public bus lines operated by Transport for London run between London City Airport and various points in London. Bus 473 travels to Prince Regent DLR Station, North Woolwich, Silvertown and Stratford, while bus 474 runs to East Beckton via Silvertown, North Woolwich and Canning Town. A single bus journey costs approximately £2.30. When using an Oyster card, travellers save £1.


London City Airport only has one terminal building. The airport is small when compared to the city's other four airports. Being close to London's financial districts, the airport attracts mostly business travellers. Air France and British Airways operate the most flights at the airport. Destinations served include UK and Ireland airports, as well as airports in Europe and one in the US (New York-JFK).

Car parks are located within two to five minutes’ walk of the terminal. There is a short-stay car park and a main-stay car park. Booking a parking spot can be done online at the London City Airport parking portal. Payment machines can be found within the terminal building or drivers can simply insert their credit card at the car park exit barrier. Two to four hours of parking at the short-stay car park costs around £18. The same cost applies for four to eight hours of parking at the main-stay car park.

Free Wi-Fi is provided in the terminal building. Internet desks can also be found at the Departures lounge.

Information Services
There is an information counter right by the entrance on the ground floor.

Useful Numbers
General Enquiries: +44 20 7646 0088

Passengers with special requirements can rest assured as assistance is provided at the airport. Parking for Blue Badge holders is provided at the short-stay car park at discounted prices. Toilets have been adapted for persons with reduced mobility. Lifts provide access to the Departures level as well as to the apron for boarding.

Restaurants and Bars
Before the security controls are two restaurants: Pret A Manger and Panopolis. More eateries are located after security, including Rhubarb, the City Bar & Grill, Caffe Nero, Espressamente Illy and another branch of Panopolis.

VIP Lounges
Meridian Business Centre

Money and ATMs
Various currency exchange desks and ATMs are located within the small terminal. Three ATMs are situated on the ground floor before security, with another three located at the Departures lounge and another three at the Arrivals area. Travelex has a counter right by the information desk and another in the Departures lounge.

WHSmith newsagents can be found before and after security. Aelia Travel Shopping, the duty-free shop here, sells spirits, tobacco, clothes, accessories, confectionery and many other items. Gassan, meanwhile, sells jewellery and watches.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
  • 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?

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).

Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk at this location?
  • City Inter-Rent
  • Budget
  • Avis
  • Sixt
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • Easirent
  • Green Motion
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