Southend-on-Sea car hire

Southend-on-Sea car hire

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Southend-on-Sea, ENG, United Kingdom
28 Oct — 4 Nov
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Southend-on-Sea, ENG, United Kingdom
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Southend-on-Sea car hire information

Pick-up locationSouthend-on-Sea
Car typesCompact, Compact estate car, Economy, Intermediate, Intermediate SUV, Intermediate estate car, Mini, People carrier, Premium estate car, Standard, Standard estate car
Hire locations10
Airport locations5
Popular agenciesEuropcar, keddy by Europcar

Cheap car hire in Southend-on-Sea

Economy£28/day
Compact£33/day
Intermediate£38/day
Standard£42/day
People carrier£92/day
Mini£27/day
Intermediate SUV£42/day
Compact estate car£53/day
Intermediate estate car£61/day
Standard estate car£67/day
Premium estate car£98/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past hours.

Southend-on-Sea car hire reviews and directory

From £13/day
keddy by Europcar
Best rated
2 locations in Southend-on-Sea
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
Sunnycars
2 locations in Southend-on-Sea
Sunnycars
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
From £17/day
Budget
1 location in Southend-on-Sea
Budget
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
Enterprise
1 location in Southend-on-Sea
Enterprise
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
From £17/day
Europcar
Most popular
1 location in Southend-on-Sea
Europcar
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
From £10/day
Firefly
Cheapest deal
1 location in Southend-on-Sea
Firefly
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews
From £13/day
Hertz
1 location in Southend-on-Sea
Hertz
Locations in Southend-on-Sea
Recent reviews

Car hire locations in or near Southend-on-Sea

Good to know

Most popular agency

Europcar

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

£21/day

Good deal

£15/day

When to book a car hire in Southend-on-Sea

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Southend-on-Sea

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Southend-on-Sea car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Southend-on-Sea.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Southend-on-Sea car rental.

Top tips for renting a car in Southend-on-Sea

  • Car hire in Southend on Sea is one of the best way to see this bustling coastal city. With long coastal strips to meander along, take your car out and spend a day at some of the picturesque outer-lying areas that public transport doesn’t always cover. Hadleigh Park and Hadleigh Castle are must-see sights a mere 22min out of the city centre, while Two Tree Island is just 14min out. For family fun, take a drive to Adventure Island and enjoy the rides and entertainment of one of the UK’s best theme parks.
  • When arriving in Southend by air, you will have several options of Southend on Sea car hire companies to choose from. keddy by Europcar, Europcar and Firefly are all based at London Southend Airport and waiting to assist you. All car hire companies are based landside, in the arrivals terminal of the airport. Additional car hire companies based in Southend On Sea include Sunny Cars on Southchurch Road, Budget on 114 Arterial Road and Enterprise on 196 Queensway. 
  • Southend is quite a densely populated city. When it comes to the roads, there are two main carriageways bringing traffic into the city, many main roads and several smaller residential streets. Look out for pedestrians, as the foot traffic is quite high in areas such as the beach fronts and the high streets. It is advisable to book a sat nav to assist you with navigating the streets during your trip. With small coastal regions all around Southend, you will want to take advantage of having navigation and take fun-filled short trips to see some of the surrounding coastal areas.
  • As the biggest city in Essex with a substantially large business district, not to mention the UK’s longest beach pier, you will undoubtedly experience some traffic congestion in Southend at certain times of the day. The Southend Arterial Road and London Road are the two main carriageways coming into the city and are best avoided during peak traffic times around 8:00 and 17:00. Other than that, occasional peak hour congestion and some pier pedestrian traffic is easily avoided. Parts of the pier are best used as park-and-walk regions, particularly in the warmer months when holidaymakers descend upon Southend in larger numbers.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Southend-on-Sea for £15 or less
  • Book your car hire in Southend-on-Sea at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hires in Southend-on-Sea are around 60% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car rentals in Southend-on-Sea

  • Some car hire companies in Southend-on-Sea which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Budget and Hertz

  • On average a hire car in Southend-on-Sea costs £21 per day.

  • In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at keddy by Europcar (£24/day) and Europcar (£40/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at keddy by Europcar Southend Airport SS2 6YF (2 miles from the city centre).

  • The average price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea is £5.18 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £62 and £83, depending on the car size.

  • Mini (Class Mini Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Southend-on-Sea.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, Sixt, Ace, keddy by Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Virtuo and Budget.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Easirent, Europcar, Sixt, keddy by Europcar, Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Goldcar Rental SP and City Car & Truck Rentals.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Sixt, Alamo, keddy by Europcar, Hertz, Budget, National and City Car & Truck Rentals.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, INTERRENT, Sixt, Alamo, Ace, Avis, Hertz and Enterprise.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Easirent, Europcar, INTERRENT, Sixt, Alamo, Ace, keddy by Europcar, Avis and Hertz.

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

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

  • A Mini car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £11 per day, on average.

  • A Standard car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £12 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £12 per day, on average.

  • In Southend-on-Sea, cars are most frequently hired at GREEN MOTION London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road - In Terminal (28 miles from city centre).

  • On average hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea costs £144 per week (£21 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £619 per month (£21 per day).

  • The type of car you choose to hire for your Southend experience will ultimately come down to what your itinerary looks like. With central Southend being more congested with smaller parking options, you may want to look at a compact city vehicle or an economy car that will assist when negotiating traffic. If you have plans to take to the surrounding coastal towns or countryside, a comfy 4x4 will serve you well, particularly in a larger group.

  • Due to high foot-traffic in many parts of Southend, the speed limit is particularly well monitored by authorities. On average limits are 20mph in the city centre, beach fronts and residential suburbs. In other areas the speed limit rises to 40mph, with motorways allowing 60 and 70mph. Southend has almost 20 traffic cameras dispersed around key sites in the city centre, so it is advisable to look out for traffic signs at all times.

  • With major petrol companies such as BP, Shell, Texaco and Esso having a presence in Southend, you can conveniently fill up in many spots around the city centre. The average petrol price is £1.21 per litre, but ensure you check how many miles you can get to the tank on your car hire in Southend before embarking on a long trip.

  • With so many public walking areas and seaside attractions, Southend’s street parking near the beaches is usually very congested. It is advisable to look for public car parks close by or in the city centre that have very reasonable prices, depending on parking duration and days. Tickets range from £2 to around £18.