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Car Hire at Stansted Airport

Car hire at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport (STN) is an international airport located in Stansted Mountfitchet, in Essex. The airport is 48km away from the centre of London, and serves over 170 locations around the world, which means it is usually very busy. The airport is easily accessible via the M11 motorway.

What I need to know

The airport is one of the UK’s most visited, so there is a huge choice of car rental companies available. You can use our specialist site to compare car hire at Stansted Airport and make sure you find the right vehicle for you. We offer free amendments and free cancellation so you have no fears if something has to change.

Where to pick up my car

You have options. Some car rental companies at Stansted Airport have desks in the terminal, while you can get to others on a free shuttle bus. Meanwhile, others offer a meet and greet service. Whatever you choose, picking up your car is simple. It’s just a matter of handing over your details and being on your way.

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  • “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.”
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Where to go

Once you’ve started up the engine, you can set off to London, where the shopping and nightlife is unbeatable and where you can take in a West End show. You could also drive across to Essex, where there are beautiful beaches as well as notable country houses and gardens.

Nearby Stansted Airport

There are countless small villages and towns around Stansted Airport, which have ancient churches, beautiful parks and greenery, as well as welcoming pubs and restaurants. You could also get dressed up to visit the world-famous Chelmsford City Racecourse, which is just 25km away from Stansted Airport via the A120.

Longer drives

You can enjoy an ice-cream on the UK’s longest pier, found in Southend-on-Sea, which you can get to easily if you hire a car at Stansted Airport. If you’d prefer a longer drive, with the gorgeous result being the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, then you can get there via the M25 and the A40.

Eating and drinking

With the hugely diverse London just a few minutes away, hiring a car at Stansted Airport opens up huge opportunities for new dining experiences. All palates are catered for, so even if your favourite food is fairly uncommon, you’ll probably find it nearby. Essex also has a thriving nightlife so your new experiences can continue after the sun sets.

Things to do

You can take a trip around Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village, taking in the history and architecture. You can also head down to Hatfield Forest, a National Trust reserve, which is just a nine-minute drive from Stansted Airport. There, it’s easy to forget that huge jets are taking off and landing just a few kilometres away.


A seven-minute drive will get you from Stansted to Great Dunmow, where you can visit the Forgotten Gardens of Easton Lodge, a beautiful haven in the middle of Essex. You can admire the lovingly restored formal gardens. You can also experience the town that time left behind in Thaxted, where Morris Men still dance and where composer Gustav Holst once lived.