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Car hire Essex Essex is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

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Location information for Essex

Essex is often overlooked as a holiday destination. However, this beautiful county of eastern England contains some magical landmarks and towns. History and natural beauty come alive within this county, but tourists should really see the sights of Essex by car. Visitors are advised to compare car hire online now for fabulous rates.



London's Stansted Airport is the largest airport serving the Essex area. Trains and buses from London also frequent the settlements throughout the county. However, getting between the towns and cities of Essex is certainly better by car. Car hire in Essex is a cheap and convenient form of transport for all travellers, and effortless to book online in advance.

Car Hire Essex

Essex is a fairly small area. Couple this with the many major highways that span across the county and tourists will find that car rental in Essex a very attractive choice for travel. Fair Rent, Thrifty, and Loughton Self Drive are a sample of rental organisations that offer their services to visitors in the county.


Several major highways connect the plethora of towns in Essex, including the A131, A120, A12, and the A414. Driving is a delight in Essex most of the year, as the roads are well signed, safe and are rarely congested between cities. However, within the larger cities, peak hour traffic should be avoided in the downtown cores.

Things To See and Do

Colchester, close to the A12, boasts a wide range of attractions including Castle Park, Roman Walls and stunning ancient architecture. The Edwardian seaside resort settlement, Westcliff-on-sea, is about 40kms from Colchester. Right next door to Westcliff is Southend, another magnificent seaside beach resort.

Best Time To Visit

Essex experiences a warmer climate than other parts of the UK. Therefore, visitors can enjoy a trip to the county at any time of the year. The summer months of June to August average a balmy 26°C to 30°C but are still comfortable to accommodate tourists. In comparison to England's overall climate, the winter in Essex is also mild, rarely dropping below 8°C.

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    96 km/h
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What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).