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You're Coming To Heathrow Airport And You Decided To Rent A Car, Well Not So Fast

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Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It has five terminals, long and short term car parks as well as a busy taxi stand. Tourists coming to London will find a range of transport facilities to get them to their hotels or any other place they will be staying at. If no one is coming to pick you up from Heathrow, then you can try travelling by taxi, public transport (bus, underground tube and overground train) or rent your own car. Some people prefer to book in advance but if you've left it to the last minute, then you don't need to worry because there are lots of car rental companies at Heathrow.

Renting a car at Heathrow Airport

With so many providers within Heathrow airport itself, it's easy to see how confused you can get when trying to decide which company to go with. If you have left it to the last minute though, you will pay over the odds, that's why it's advisable to book ahead to get the best rates. One of the reasons people choose to hire a car at Heathrow airport is because getting a taxi one way can sometimes be very expensive. For example if you live in Stevenage and have a flight from Heathrow, a taxi will charge from £60 one way whereas if you hire a car it will cost you less than £40 for the same journey. You can also leave it at the station as a one way car rental and do the same coming back from your holiday to your home. Remember that you can only do one way transfers if the car hire company has a base near you and this arrangement has been made prior to the reservation. The cost of renting a car from heathrow airport depends on the type of vehicle you need along with how long you intend to keep the car.

There are some important facts that you need to consider when hiring a car from Heathrow airport. Some companies want the driver to be over 25 years old with a clean driving history. Additional charges may apply if you want just to rent the car one way. If you want the cheapest possible car, it's usually the Ford Ka; so if you are a family of 4 you may have problems fitting your suitcases and car seats etc. When you filling up the tank with petrol before you return the car you hired, you may pay more than if you were to take a taxi if the car was bigger than average. Having said this, the purpose of having a heathrow airport car rental is to make your stay in London pleasant rather than stressing so that you can make the most out of it.

gices Published 28 Oct 2009
Gices Abraham is the founder of Clever Dodo. He's a life coach and advocates the practice of MAM (Movement/Arts/Meditation) for a well-balanced and happy life. Born in Mauritius and now living in the UK, he usually blogs about fitness, music, spirituality and driving topics to pass on his knowledge.
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