Chelmsford car hires from £18/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Chelmsford with a pick-up date of 17/4 and drop-off date of 24/4. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car hire in Chelmsford

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Economy£18/day
Compact£20/day
Intermediate£21/day
People carrier£86/day
Full-size SUV£61/day
Mini£19/day
Compact SUV£21/day
Intermediate SUV£24/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Chelmsford

  • After picking up your Chelmsford car hire, you may want to visit some popular tourist destinations that are not too far away. You can easily drive to London, which is only 40 miles away, and it will take you about 1h 10mins. Visiting London and its world famous landmarks is a brilliant way to spend the day, but you should be aware that there is a circulation fee to be paid when entering the city with your vehicle. If you would prefer to travel somewhere more relaxing, then we recommend going to the Kent Downs Area of Natural Beauty, as it is only 1h 30mins away, and about 70 miles by car. You can walk in the famous British landscape and explore coast lands and hill tops.
  • While it is generally cold throughout the year in the United Kingdom, you may want to get a car with air conditioning if you are travelling to Chelmsford during the peak summer months. We also recommend that you include a navigation tool when collecting your cheap car hire in Chelmsford, to make your car journeys much easier, especially if it is your first time in the area. You can ask for cushioned booster seats or child seats to be included and you can also share the driving responsibilities by adding an extra driver to the package for an extra price.
  • You will need to be at least 20 years old for most companies when collecting your cheap car hire in Chelmsford, and some companies may even charge you a young driver's surcharge if you are under the age of 25. There may also be restrictions on what vehicles you can drive, and you will be expected to have held your valid driving licence for at least 12 months before collecting the vehicle. Normally you are required to pay by credit card unless you have already agreed to pay by debit card with the hire company.
  • The city of Chelmsford lies midway between the capital London and the city of Colchester and this part of Essex County is striated with major roads like the M11, M25 and A12, coursing in all directions. Discovering the small towns and villages in this region is best managed with a car hire in Chelmsford, which affords the flexibility of making unscheduled stops and detours in places unreachable by public transportation. Southend-on-Sea is a 20-mile trip east via the A130/A127, and Mersea Island is 27 miles via the A12.
  • London Southend Airport (SEN) and London Stansted Airport (STN) are two airports 20 miles outside of the city, so either one is a good choice to collect your car hire in Chelmsford. Options are limited at London Southend, but there’s a handful at London Stansted including Alamo and Avis. The car hire area at London Southend is located on the Ground Floor of the terminal building neat Costa, whereas you’ll need to ride the free shuttle bus to the Car Hire Village at London Stansted. The shuttle stop is situated forecourt of the terminal building and departs every 10min.
  • Lying within the London commuter belt, many Chelmsford residents work in the capital and that translates to heavy commuter train traffic, as well as significant vehicular and pedestrian movement not to mention motorcycle and bike riders.
  • Within the city, secondary roads like the A1016 or B1007 will experience tie-ups and you should expect gridlock along primary roads, such as the A12, A130 and A414 leading in/out of the city. You can take the A12 practically all the way to London from Chelmsford and that doesn’t bode well if you’re on the carriageway during morning and evening rush hour traffic. Avoid this central vein from 06:00-09:00 for southbound traffic and from 18:00-21:00 northbound to escape the congestion. If you intend on driving south, the A414 or the A130 are alternates routes, which may provide some relief.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Chelmsford for £20 or less
  • Book your car hire in Chelmsford at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hire in Chelmsford are around 28% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car hire in Chelmsford

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Chelmsford?

    Whether you drive a compact, SUV or luxury saloon you shouldn’t experience any major headaches driving around Chelmsford in your hired car. As such, the type of vehicle you choose comes down to budget and number of passengers along for the ride. Generally, smaller cars are easier to park, with better mileage per litre.

  • What’s the speed limit in Chelmsford?

    The legal speed within Chelmsford city limits is 30mph, unless you encounter posted signs which dictate otherwise. Dual carriageway roads, such as the A12, A130 and A414, all carry a top speed limit of 60mph and if you find yourself on the M11 or M25 then you’re good for a tidy 70mph. As always, observe proper driving etiquette at all times and be mindful of traffic cams and CCTV near major junctions to avoid possible fines.

  • Where are the best places to park in Chelmsford?

    On-street parking under the auspices of Chelmsford City Council is pay and display and has a 2h limit, which costs £1.20, otherwise you pay in 15-minute instalments. After 18:00-20:00 Monday through to Saturday, you can usually park in these areas (for example Victoria Road and Waterloo Lane) for free and on-street parking is free all day on Sunday. Alternatively, you can use one of the private parking concerns like NCP or Q-Park if it’s more convenient.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Chelmsford?

    On average a car hire in Chelmsford costs £32 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Chelmsford?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Europcar (£18/day), keddy by Europcar (£19/day) and Enterprise Rent-A-Car (£34/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar 3 Montrose Road CM2 6TE (2 miles from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Chelmsford?

    The average price of fuel in Chelmsford is £5.46 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £65 and £87, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Chelmsford?

    Economy (Volkswagen Polo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Chelmsford.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Budget, Avis, keddy by Europcar and Virtuo.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Europcar, Hertz, Budget, keddy by Europcar and Dollar.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Alamo, Hertz, Budget, keddy by Europcar and National.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Sixt, Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Budget, Avis, Dollar and National.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Sixt, Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Budget, Avis, keddy by Europcar and Dollar.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Sixt, Alamo, Europcar, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, Budget, Avis, keddy by Europcar and Dollar.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Chelmsford?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Chelmsford?

    An Economy car hire in Chelmsford costs £44 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Chelmsford?

    A Mini car hire in Chelmsford costs £27 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Premium car hire cost in Chelmsford?

    A Premium car hire in Chelmsford costs £48 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Chelmsford?

    In Chelmsford, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION Novotel London Stansted Hotel Round Coppice Road (15 miles from city centre).

  • How much does a car hire in Chelmsford cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Chelmsford costs £226 per week (£32 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Chelmsford cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Chelmsford costs £967 per month (£32 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Chelmsford?

    Most car hire providers in Chelmsford offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Chelmsford, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

  • What are the requirements for driving with children in Chelmsford?

    All children travelling in a vehicle must be seated in a child seat unless they are older than 12 or taller than 135 cm. The chair must be fitted to face the rear until the child is at least 15 months old, and then it can be switched to face forward. You should check that the car seat has an E or an R129 stamp on the label to comply with the law.

  • What are the driving laws in Chelmsford, UK?

    You cannot use your phone while driving unless it is in a hands-free capacity, and the blood-alcohol limit is set at 80 mg. All passengers must wear a seat belt in the car, and the speed limit will be displayed in miles per hour. In Chelmsford, you cannot turn left at a red light unless there is a specific arrow or light indicating that you may do so.

Chelmsford car hire reviews and directory

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

1 review
Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Chelmsford

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3 Montrose Road

+44 371 384 9984

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10.0 Wonderful

Sept 2022

KAYAK
Key fob died. Battery had to be replaced Check before pickup.

1 out of 1

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

6.0

One location in Chelmsford

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Roxwell Road

+44 1245 344555

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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8.0 Very Good

Dec 2022

KAYAK
Staff very friendly Computer issues meant it was quite a slow pick up process though staff apologised a lot for this but it took ages Car was ready at agreed time

1 out of 1

Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

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One location in Chelmsford

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23 Robjohns Road

+44 843 309 3018

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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keddy by Europcar

7.6

Good

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3 Montrose Road

+44 371 384 9984

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Sixt

7.3

Good

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Transit House, Brockley Road

+44-844-4993399

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Hertz

6.9

Okay

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23 Robjohn Road

+44 843 309 3018

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Thrifty

5.6

Fair

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One location in Chelmsford

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Jones Of Chelmsford

+44 1245 350453

Monday08:30 - 17:30
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GREEN MOTION

5.2

Fair

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Chelmsford Delivery

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FLIZZR

8.0

Very Good

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1 Brockley Rd

+44 844 499 3399

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Sunnycars

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3 Montrose Road

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2 travellers who hired a car in Chelmsford gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.6

Car hire locations in or near Chelmsford

Good to know

Most popular agency

GREEN MOTION

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

£32/day

Good deal

£20/day

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Car hire insurance in Chelmsford

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Chelmsford car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Chelmsford.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Chelmsford car hire.