Rent a car in London with Europcar
London, the UK’s capital and one of the most popular cities in the world, needs little introduction. Situated in the south-east of England, the city is filled with endless fun and interesting things to see and do. Impressively varied architecture, the winding River Thames, stately parks, iconic shopping streets and hipster neighbourhoods are just a few of the things that attract visitors throughout the year.
With Europcar UK car rental, you can explore London on your own terms, discovering the full extent of its magic.
The Europcar car rental experience in London
With 30 Europcar stations across the city, whether you are arriving in London by plane (Gatwick or Heathrow), or train from continental Europe (St Pancras), there are convenient pick-up points to suit you. London is very spread out, so even if you are not planning on leaving the city, having a rental car can be useful for getting around.
We can help you choose a car from the Europcar fleet to suit your journey, whether you need an economy car for one or two people such as the Vauxhall Astra or Fiat 500, or a larger family model.
If you need something bigger for transporting a large load, Europcar van rental is available across London.
Europcar London offers short- and long-term car and van rental.
Driving in London
In the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road and signposts and speed limits operate in miles per hour.
The national speed limit is 70 miles per hour for cars on motorways (freeways) and four-lane highways, 60 miles per hour for two-lane highways, and 30 miles per hour for built-up areas. Around schools and more residential areas this is reduced to 20 miles per hour.
Parking in London can be tricky. Off-street parking is available at some underground and train stations. In most London streets parking restrictions apply between 8.30am-6.30pm, Monday to Saturday and parking is pay and display, where you buy a ticket from a machine or pay via phone. Be aware of the Red Routes (marked with double red lines) where parking, box junctions, and bus lanes are monitored.
London is always very busy but peak times include weekdays 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol, and driving while using a phone (either calling or texting) is illegal and penalties are severe.