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Car hire in London City Airport

Hiring a car in London City Airport

London City Airport (LCY) is the only airport that can boast that it is actually located in the capital, unlike Gatwick and Heathrow, which are about an hour away from the centre.

It is located in the Royal Docks in Newham and is less than seven miles away from the centre, taking just 30 minutes to travel from the aiport to the City of London via the A1203. It’s central location means that as soon as you’ve picked up the keys to your hire car you can start your trip immediately.

What you need to know

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to selecting a car from London City Airport, as several different companies operate here. Using our website will make deciding easier, as it shows you the best deal for your budget and the type of car you’re after. There are no hidden costs, so you can be assured that what you see is what you will get. We also have a free cancellation policy for our customers, meaning you’re protected against charges if your plans should change. Holiday Autos is always on hand, should there be any problems, as we offer around the clock support.

Where to pick up your car

Once you land and have collected your luggage, make your way to the car supplier desks, which are located next to the terminal building. Here, you’ll be able to choose from leading brands, such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. If you booked beforehand, look out for the supplier you’ve chosen and head over to them. You’ll fill in some paperwork and then get the keys, marking that your trip has well and truly begun.

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Car Rental Reviews London City Airport

  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time. Booking with Holiday Autos was easy and I received the car that I had asked for, just perfect!”
    Diane T

Where to go

Hiring a car means there are endless possibilities when it comes to where you can head to from the airport - the only limit is your imagination. You could head towards to City of London and sample some of the delights on offer, such as its museums, galleries, restaurants and landmarks.

If you�d prefer to steer clear of the buzzing city, you could see what else the south of England has to offer, such as the lush landscapes and castles hidden away in St Albans or head to Windsor to see its world-famous castle and stunning gardens. Your hire car will mean that you can make the most of your trip and see whatever it is you want to see.

Nearby London City Airport

If you need to stretch your legs after your flight, then hop in the car and drive to the Thames Barrier Park. It is often described as the first riverside park to be built in London for over 50 years, with the flood barrier itself protecting 125 sq km of land in central London. There is a colourful rainbow garden to see, as well as a Pavilion of Remembrance to commemorate the local people who died in the Second World War.

You can jump on the A102 and be at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich in just 25 minutes, which is the home of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and will give you a chance to explore London’s place in the Universe. The Crystal is also very close to London City Airport, taking just ten minutes to get to via the A1020. Here you can explore the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, which attracts over 100,000 people each year.

Longer Drives

London City Airport is well connected to the south of England, as well as the rest of the country, so you can travel further afield quite easily. The beautiful Blenheim Palace is just two hours away from the capital and is well worth a visit. Built in the early 18th century, the palace acted as a physical celebration of victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.There are over 2,000 acres of land to explore, as well as an abundance of wildlife roaming the grounds.

If you’re after a quintessentially British beach, you should jump on the M2 and head to Whitstable in Kent. This charming town has a strong arts culture and a rich maritime history for you to explore. You can also take in the seafront views while eating delicious food on one of the many eateries located in Whitstable. The seafood here has a reputation for being utterly delectable.

Top attractions near London City Airport

Hiring a car means you can easily get to the best attractions located near the airport, without having to rely on the punctuality of public transport.

Eating and drinking

As you are just a 30-minute drive away from the City of London you could head to the capital and try some of the best restaurants and eateries England has to offer. You are pretty much guaranteed to find a place that serves whatever you’re hungry for, whether that be traditional fish and chips, an authentic curry or afternoon tea. There are quirky restaurants for those looking to try something new and there are romantic venues for those looking for a quiet table for two. London is also brimming with cocktail, wine and champagne bars, as well as craft ale pubs and tea shops.

Things to do

There are plenty of museums, galleries and historical landmarks just a short distance away from London City Airport, you’ll be spoilt for choice. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, you should head to Bunker 51. This is a decommissioned Cold War nuclear bunker that has been kitted out for indoor laser tag and paintball. On arrival, you are briefed on your mission, given your gear and then pushed into battle to save the world.

If war games aren’t your thing, you can head into the capital and indulge in some retail therapy in world-famous shops, like Harrods, Fortnum and Mason or Liberty.


When it comes to sightseeing, there’s plenty to do just a stone’s throw away from the City of London Airport. You could stay close to the Royal Docks and take a Silver Queen Cruise, where the knowledgeable crew can tell you more about the history of the area.

However, you could take advantage of having a hire car and drive a little further afield and travel to Canterbury and see the spectacular St Augustine’s Abbey and go on a walking tour of the city with an expert guide.


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