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Southend-on-Sea car hires from £30/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 Southend-on-Sea with a pick-up date of 26/4 and drop-off date of 29/4. 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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Southend-on-Sea car hire information

Pick-up locationSouthend-on-Sea
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size SUV, Intermediate SUV, Luxury, Luxury SUV, Mini, People carrier
Hire locations13
Airport locations7
Popular agenciesEnterprise Rent-A-Car

Cheap car hire in Southend-on-Sea

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Economy£30/day
Compact£31/day
People carrier£79/day
Full-size SUV£47/day
Mini£30/day
Luxury£70/day
Compact SUV£31/day
Intermediate SUV£33/day
Luxury SUV£53/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea

  • Cheap car hire in Southend-on-Sea is the best bet for exploring this picturesque adventure-filled seaside town, but take note of each car hire company's insurance policies. As a precaution, always make sure you take pictures of the car yourself when you hire the car. This is so you have a record of any previous dents and scratches in case you need to have evidence of any mishaps. Make sure you keep your car hire documents in the car at all times.
  • If you are planning on using Southend-on-Sea car hire for a long period and doing some real road-tripping across borders, then you must check what documents you need with your chosen car hire company. Explore the country and travel to Ireland in 9 hours, stopping in between to get a real taste of the English countryside. Cross Border travel is allowed but you just need to make sure you buy European Travel Coverage.
  • Cheap car hire in  Southend-on-Sea is your best bet for spoiling the family with a seaside holiday. However, you must be aware of the safety and security rules for travelling with minors. Toddlers must be in a secure car seat and children under the age of 12 years must be in the back of the car with a secure safety belt on at all times. Kids are not allowed in the front seat of the car so obey the rules to avoid inconvenient traffic police run-ins.
  • 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 £23 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 hire in Southend-on-Sea are around 42% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about car hire in Southend-on-Sea

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • What’s the speed limit in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • Where are the best places to park in Southend-on-Sea?

    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.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Southend-on-Sea?

    On average a car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £32 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Southend-on-Sea?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car (£30/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Enterprise Rent-A-Car 196-200 Queensway SS1 2LU (1 miles from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea?

    The average price of fuel in Southend-on-Sea is £5.65 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £68 and £90, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Southend-on-Sea?

    Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Southend-on-Sea.

  • 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 Southend-on-Sea?

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

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    A Mini car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £31 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    A Compact car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £37 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Southend-on-Sea?

    An Economy car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £40 per day, on average.

  • How much does a car hire in Southend-on-Sea cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £224 per week (£32 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Southend-on-Sea cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Southend-on-Sea costs £958 per month (£32 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Southend-on-Sea?

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

  • What is the alcohol limit in Southend-On-Sea?

    Southend-On-Sea is a holiday seaside town and the surrounding countryside has endless amounts of entertainment including restaurants and pubs. Plan your days with care as you must be aware that drinking and driving is taken very seriously and if you are over the allowed limit you could face jail time. The limit is 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood so avoid that second pint and be safe on the roads.

  • What do I need to hire a car in the UK?

    You will need to present a valid driver’s license, plus a valid photo ID such as a passport or ID card. Non-UK residents must provide proof of return travel and accommodation details while staying in the UK. A credit card or an accepted debit card is required to cover the deposit and rental costs. If your driver’s license is not completely printed in English, you'll also need to produce an International Driver’s Permit.

Southend-on-Sea car hire reviews and directory

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.0

Very Good

1 review
Most popular

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Southend-on-Sea

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196-200 Queensway

+44 1702 746464

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00

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Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

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One location in Southend-on-Sea

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London Southend Airport

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Alamo

8.2

Very Good

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Eastern Perimeter Road

08713845932

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keddy by Europcar

7.6

Good

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Cheapest deal

2 locations in Southend-on-Sea

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Southend Airport

8713843422

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Unit 1, 329 Southchurch Road

+44 371 384 5932

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Budget

7.6

Good

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114-120 Arterial Road

+44 344 544 3754

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Avis

7.4

Good

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114-120 Arterial Road

+44 344 544 6096

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00

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Europcar

7.1

Good

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London Southend Airport

+44 371 384 3422

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Hertz

6.9

Okay

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Eastern Perimeter Road, London Southend Airport

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Free2Move

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Automotive Retail Park

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday08:00 - 17:00

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Shouqi

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London Southend Airport Eastern Perimeter Road

+44 871 384 3422

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Sunnycars

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Aviation Way

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One traveller who hired a car in Southend-on-Sea gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.4

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Good to know

Most popular agency

GREEN MOTION

Most popular car type

Mini

Average price

£32/day

Good deal

£23/day

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

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Car hire insurance in Southend-on-Sea

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Southend-on-Sea 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 Southend-on-Sea.

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 Southend-on-Sea car hire.