Car rental options at Gatwick Airport

A great place to start when researching car hire options at Gatwick Airport is their website page dedicated to the issue:

For travellers new to Gatwick, first of all it’s worth bearing in mind that Gatwick isn’t actually located within London itself, but north of Crawley, in West Sussex, some 30 miles away (and 45 minutes by car). Nevertheless, the upside to the airport’s location is the fact that you won’t be struggling with central London traffic as soon as you arrive! Indeed, if your destination is outwith London, Gatwick provides a more accessible and stress-free way to transit from the airport to other locations by car: the airport is on Junction 9A of the M23, which connects with the main London motorway, the M25, some 10 miles away. As a result, this gives access to Greater London, the South East and, through the connecting M3, to the South West and Cornwall. The M25 also connects with the M4 at Junction 16, taking drivers to South Wales, and with the M1 at Junction 21, taking drivers to Leeds and, ultimately through the A1(M), onward to Edinburgh, Scotland.

As for your rental options from Gatwick Airport, there is a National car hire office that can provide you with up to 10% off your normal car hire quote (also accessible through the Gatwick Airport link above). Similarly, companies like Alamo, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty and Sixt all have operational facilities at the airport, and a wide fleet of cars to cater to all needs, from small hatchbacks to larger family vehicles, and from business models to luxury vehicles.

For those of you who may be flying into Gatwick but out of Heathrow to continue your onward journey, services from National car hire and other rental companies will enable you to pick up your chosen rental vehicle from Gatwick Airport and deposit it at Heathrow Airport. Although a small one-way fee is usually incurred, it is worth speaking directly with your booking agent – or using a price comparison search engine – to see if this fee can be waived.

Gatwick Airport has two terminals, and there are frequent shuttles provided both between these terminals and to the various car rental locations that surround the airport, within the perimeter fence.