With Airport car hire a little foresight and planning can really help you to save both time and money. Read our guide below, or get a quote for airport car hire with Avis.
Choosing a company
You will find that Avis and other premium brands usually have desks in the arrivals terminal, where you can collect your keys or make a reservation on the spot.
However, other companies can be a short bus ride away before you even speak to a representative. Bear this in mind when you are weighing up prices against your preference for speed, convenience and peace of mind.
What to expect
Airport facilities vary greatly but car rental services are usually well-signposted. Depending on your company, destination and arrival time, you may be expected to do any of the following:
- Find your car hire company’s desk
- Call the company’s office from a dedicated telephone in the terminal so a minibus can collect you
- Find your company’s bus stop and take a bus to their office
Additional services like Avis Preferred are available to make your experience quicker and a little more ‘VIP’.
You probably won’t choose your holiday or business destination based on its airport’s car rental facilities, but do bear in mind that while some airlines offer cheap flights to popular cities, the airports are often a long way away from the city and the additional transport costs and transfer time can mount up. Once again it’s best to know what to expect before you arrive.
Airport car hire prices
Rental prices from airports can be a little more expensive as there are a variety of extra charges and costs that can be levied against rental providers. If saving money is your priority, check the price from ‘downtown’ locations and how much it will cost you to travel into town by public transport or in a taxi. Avis often refund taxi fares from railway stations to their offices, but check with the station.
Returning your car
In arrivals, airport rental offices are usually well signposted. But what about when return your car? This is where some research can save you a lot of time, and maybe even a missed flight!
Check with staff when you collect your vehicle or research the drop-off location on the internet. Once again, you may find that better-known brands offer more convenient drop-off options, especially in big airports.
Remember to leave enough time to find the drop-off point as well as to have the car checked and deal with for any specific questions or paperwork that you require.
One way car hire
Most car rental companies allow you to collect and return your car in different airports. This can be especially convenient in an age of competition between low-cost airlines, when you may use a different carrier and airport for the return leg of your journey.
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