Collecting your vehicle Our rental station is located within the car hire centre which is a short distance away from the main terminal building; we operate a regular free shuttle bus that can transfer you there.
The shuttle bus stops at Bus Stop Bay C at the pick-up and drop off area outside the arrivals concourse. Directions to the pick-up area are clearly signposted throughout the terminal building.
Returning your vehicle The airport is just off the A505 and junction 10 of the M1. It’s about 30 miles from London, 25 miles from Milton Keynes, 90 miles from Birmingham, 50 miles from Oxford, 35 miles from Cambridge and 22 miles from Bedford.
The airport is also just 5 minutes from the M1 and 15 minutes from the M25 (about 2 miles away) and is easily accessible from the A1.
Services and optional extras
As a company we aim to make your journey to and from the airport as smooth as possible. Here are just some of the services we provide.
Avis Preferred: Join our customer loyalty programme and get even more out of our car hire service. With pre-prepared paperwork you’ll be in your car in no time.
Out-of-hours return: If you arrive before or after our opening hours, just park in an Avis bay and pop the keys in the key safe. Staff will check the car after opening in the morning.
Breakdown assistance: We pride ourselves on our servicing standards and are sure you’ll have no problems with your vehicle. In the event of a breakdown however, you just need to contact our team and we’ll have you back on the road before you know it.
Child seats: We can provide suitable in-car seating for younger travellers – just let us know your requirements when you book your car. Please note that child seats are a legal requirement in the UK for any passengers under 12 years of age and 135 cm in height.
Satellite navigation: Don’t spend your holiday pouring over maps! With our satellite navigation option you’ll be all set to reach your destination faster.
Don't forget the London Congestion Charge
This hire station is outside of the London Congestion Charge zone but drivers entering central London between 7am and 6pm on Monday to Friday (look out for the Congestion Charge signs) have to pay the charge on a daily basis. Discover where these areas are by viewing our map and find out how to pay the charge.
We can process the payment on your behalf for the first day of your hire, so you have more time to relax and enjoy the journey. Just let us know when you collect your car.
Passing through the Dartford Tunnel? Please note that the small toll charge can no longer be paid at the barriers; drivers must pay online in advance or by midnight the following day. Find out how to pay the Dartford Crossing toll.
Road rules in United Kingdom
Which side of the road? In the United Kingdom, please drive on the left side of the road.
Country driving laws
Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device
Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
There is a congestion charge payable when driving in London
Zebra crossings (black and white stripes on the road) give pedestrians right of way to cross the road
All speed signs will be in mph.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
Urban areas: 30 mph (48 km/h)
Rural areas: 60 mph (96 km/h)
Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
Children aged under 12 or less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.