Car Hire at Stansted Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Forget about public transport and black cabs: when your hire a car at Stansted Airport you can explore Greater London and Essex on your own schedule.
Where to hire a car at Stansted Airport
There are eight car hire companies to choose from at Stansted: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt and National. They all operate from the Airport Car Rental Village outside the terminal building.
Petrol stations near Stansted Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
The nearest place to fill up is the 24 hour BP service station at Southgate, a few minute’s drive away from the airport.
Driving around Stansted Airport
The roads around Stansted Airport are large and can be quite busy. The airport links onto the M11 motorway (which connects London and Cambridge) and the A120 road which follows the course of an old Roman road to the Essex coast.
Getting to your destination
There are lots of fantastic places to visit near Stansted Airport. We’ve put together a short guide on driving (and parking) in some of the most popular ones.
The capital of Cool Brittannia, London is packed with hip bars, independent shops, and pop-up restaurants. There’s also plenty of rich history and Royal Attractions as well as beautiful parks and gardens.
It takes about an hour to drive into the centre of London from Stansted Airport. On-street parking can be hard to find, but if you do find a space you can expect to pay £1.20 for 15 minutes. There are also lots of multi-storey car parks. Large department stores like Harrods have customer car parks too. For an overnight stay it’s probably cheaper to book accommodation in London with its own guest car park.
Peaceful, leafy, and full of historic buildings, Cambridge is a charming university city.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Cambridge from Stansted Airport. There are plenty of city centre car parks, run by the council and by private companies.
With its lively nightlife, exhilarating fairground rides, and gorgeous beach, Southend-on-Sea is perfect for a British seaside break.
It takes about an hour to reach Southend-on-Sea. There are 20 car parks in Southend-on-Sea. The most central car parks charge around £1 for an hour, and £6 for six hours.
Historic buildings, a great food market, and a burgeoning arts scene combine to make Ipswich an interesting place to visit.
It takes about an hour to drive to Ipswich from Stansted Airport. You can park after 3pm during the week for £1 in eight council car parks: Portman Road, Crown Street, William Street, Regent, Bond Street, Upper Barclay Street, West End Road, and Athena Hall. There are some pay and display parking bays dotted around the town centre. Prices vary, but you should expect to pay £1 per half hour.
Prices subject to change