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Car Hire at Southend Airport

This information is correct as of October 2015

Whether you want to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of Foulness Island, wander historic sites in Rochester or enjoy a traditional seaside holiday in Southend-on-Sea, you can find the best car hire at Southend Airport with Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car at Southend Airport

There is one car hire company with a desk at Southend Airport: EuropeCar. The desk is inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.

Petrol stations near Southend Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Luckily there is a Spar petrol station located just 5 minutes by car from Southend Airport. Take Easwoodbury Lane from the airport to Nestuda Way on the B1013 and take the first exit at the roundabout. The petrol station will be on the right hand side.

Driving around Southend Airport

Southend is well connected to the region’s main road networks with two junctions off the London-Orbital motorway, the M25. The A127 (junction 29) and A13 (junction 30) both go direct to the town centre while the A127 is a usually less congested road apart from on summer weekends when many day-trippers head to the seaside.

Getting to your destination

We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Southend Airport.

Foulness Island

This magical, secret little place is an absolute treasure for wildlife lovers. An island in Essex, this is a beautiful isolated marshland divided from the mainland by tidal waterways. Foulness is home to wading birds and Brent Geese, rooks and seal colonies to name but a few gems. The area is home to a pub and a village shop, a heritage centre, a fine gothic church and charming local cottages. A wildlife cruise is definitely a must for birdwatchers or those who just crave the solitude of nature.
It takes just 30 minutes to reach Foulness Island from Southend Airport. Head towards Southend-on-Sea then take the Southend Road and Stambridge Road to Creeksea Ferry Road in Essex. Follow this road to Foulness.


The charming city of Rochester, once a Saxon village, remains an important city historically for Roman architecture. The remains of the Roman Fort built, a magnificent cathedral and St Bartholomew’s Hospital are all sites worth visiting. Once the home of Dickens, there are many references to Rochester in his works. The annual Dickensian Christmas Festival is held in honour. There are other festivals held in Rochester ranging from summer concerts in the castle grounds to lamp lit procession through the high street. The quaint Victorian High Street is packed with cosy cafes, local shops and places to eat.
Rochester is just one hour from Southend Airport. Take Eastwoodbury Lane to the B1013 and get on the A127 for Southend-on-Sea. Take the A13 and then the A282 to Watling and exit for the A2. Follow signs to the town centre.


Lovely Southend –on-Sea has that quintessentially British seaside holiday feel. Neon lights and bawdy amusements, this place is a haven for families and those after a lively nightlife. The beautiful stretch of beach is ample for sandcastle construction and sea bathing while the traditional fishing village of Old Leigh is a traditional and tranquil change from the pier and seafront bustle. There is a ea life aquarium and fun park for kids while adults can amuse themselves in the heritage centre, Prittlewell Priory or with a ride up the UK shortest ‘cliff lift’.
It takes just 5 minutes to reach Southend on Sea from the airport. Head south and take the 3rd exit at the roundabout. Get on to the A1159 and then on to the A127. Get on to Carnarvon Road and follow the signs to the centre.
There is plenty of parking in Southend on Sea. Parking is charged from 80p per hour in a car park and £1 per hour for an on street parking meter in one of the streets adjacent to the high street. The Seaway car-park, just off the sea-front, is a good choice as it has many car parking spaces and is close to the shops and the sea. The Warrior Square car park is central and costs £1 per hour.

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