Car Hire from London City Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
The capital of the UK is bubbling, vibrant and beautiful – but you already knew that! London City airport is perfect for business travellers and those wanting to get stuck into the city with no delays, so hiring a car is the perfect solution if you need a quick getaway! Here are the top 10 things to do in London.
Where to hire a car in London City airport
The car hire offices are next to the terminal building, and have longer opening hours than the terminal too. You can find Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Budget at London City Airport. Avis is London City’s ‘preferred’ provider, promising your car rental to be with you in under 3 minutes, whereas Europcar offers a range of luxury vehicles in their ‘prestige’ fleet, also available from London City. There are a wide range of cars available here as well as extras like child seats, sat-nav and eco-friendly vehicles.
Petrol stations close to London City Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
It takes 10 minutes to reach the nearest Esso garage on Woolwich road, depending on traffic. Head right onto Hartman Road when leaving the airport, then turn right again onto the A112. Continue on this road by taking the first exit at the roundabout then, take the first exit again on the roundabout immediately after. The Esso garage is to the left of the roundabout at the end of this road.
Driving around London City Airport
Whilst London City airport is in the centre of London, it’s outside of the Congestion Charge zone. It’s separated from the rest of the City by the river, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be busy on occasion. During peak periods (Monday mornings, Friday evenings) there can be some small queues around the entrance, but if you prepare to leave adequate time for arrival this should not affect your journey.
For reaching destinations outside of the city, the easiest way to go to use the M25 – London’s ring road. Use the A12 to make your way to the motorway from the airport.
Popular destinations to drive to from London City Airport
Canary Wharf is a thriving financial centre with many business visitors arriving in from London City Airport. This is also referred to as the Docklands and the City.
With minimal traffic, it will take 15 minutes to reach Canary Wharf. Turn right onto the A112 when exiting the airport, take the first exit at the roundabout and the first exit again at the next roundabout. Continue on the A1020 until you see the signs for the Isle of Dogs and take that exit. Continue on the A1020 through the roundabout, and drive straight through the next roundabout following the signs for Canary Wharf. Merge onto Aspen Way and in 2km, turn left onto Westferry Road towards Canary Wharf.
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With minimal traffic, it will take 40 minutes to drive into the centre of London, and longer if you wish you get to Mayfair or Soho. Follow the directions to reach Canary Wharf, but continue along the A13, turning left to go onto the A1010 into the Rotherhithe Tunnel. At the first roundabout, take the second exit onto the A200, and continue merging left onto Tanner Street. Turn right onto the A2205 then left to merge back onto the A200. Turn right when you reach Borough High Street onto London Tower Bridge, and continue into the city.
If you need to go further west, stay south of the river until you’re closer to your destination, as it’s much easier to drive here.
It is possible to park using Pay & Display and multi-storey car parks in London, but it’s strongly advised that you research where to park first.
South London (Brixton, Dulwich, Crystal Palace)
This area has become very popular with families and young professionals in recent years, wanting to live within reach of the city without the hefty price tag. There are plenty of alternative cafes, bars and markets in areas like Peckham and Brixton, as well as museums, galleries, and the famous football ground Crystal Palace.
Peckham is around 30-40 minutes away from the airport. Follow the A1261 as if you were heading to the City, but turn left into the Rotherhithe Tunnel and continue on the A200 until you can turn left for St James’s Road. Continue on the B215 or B216 south until you reach Peckham. From here, you can reach Dulwich and Brixton easily.
It takes around an hour to reach Crystal Palace using the A102.