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Southend-on-Sea, usually known simply as Southend, is a popular holiday location in Essex, England. As the name suggests, this city is a coastal gem on the southern shores of the country, and many of its top attractions are centred around the ocean. The Southend Pier is the longest in the world, and features a mile-long train track to help visitors get from one end to the other. At the beginning of the pier, you can spend time enjoying the free Adventure Island theme park and its 50 rides and attractions.

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What you need to know about London Southend Airport car hire

Renting a car at Southend Airport will not only give you the freedom to explore this seaside resort, it will also make it easy to take road trips all over the United Kingdom. For a fun day trip, take a one-hour drive west to London to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the incredible markets on Portobello Road, and other top attractions. If it’s the seaside you love, try a two-hour drive down to Brighton on the southern coast of England, where you can take a stroll down another iconic pier and visit the city’s Royal Pavilion and lanes district.

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Use GoSee to compare multiple brands and vehicles available at Southend-on-Sea. To begin, enter your travel dates and hit ‘search cars’. 

Your search will generate an up-to-date list of available rental cars at Southend Airport from leading hire companies on site. These results are automatically listed with the most affordable at the top so you can quickly book the best deal. 

As soon as you’ve found your perfect car rental, you can make your reservation immediately with GoSee. You can then manage your booking online, and get in touch at any time should you have any questions.

Introducing Southend Airport

The London Southend Airport (SEN) is a busy terminal that often acts as a diversion destination when London’s major airports are closed due to weather. There are just over a million passengers that pass through its doors every year, each heading to destinations all over the UK and the world, including Manchester, Amsterdam, Dublin, and Prague. 

During your time at the terminal, you’ll have access to shops, bars, restaurants, cafés, and ATMs. Note that WiFi is only available freely at the Sky-Line Lounge. You will find car hire desks at the airport right next to the short-stay car parking area, just a couple of minutes from the terminal.

A guide to driving in Southend

Driving from Southend Airport into the city

The Southend Airport is 1.6 miles from the city, so you’ll be able to make this drive in just 5-10 minutes. As you leave the terminal, head straight through the roundabout and follow the A1159 south. Go straight through the next roundabout again onto Victoria Ave, and follow this into the heart of town.

Tips for driving in Southend

  • You will drive on the left-hand side of the road in England and the UK.
  • Turning left on a red light is never allowed.
  • Roundabouts (traffic circles) are common in England - always give way to traffic already on the roundabout.
  • Motorways have a maximum speed limit of 70 miles per hour.
  • Note that there is a congestion charge if you plan to drive in London’s city centre between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
  • There are a number of toll roads in the UK, including one near Southend in Essex.

Parking at Southend Airport

Southend Airport offers both short- and long-stay parking lots. The short-stay area is directly in front of the terminal, and is free for the first five minutes, and £4.50 for the first hour. There are three long-term lots within short walking distance of the terminal, which cost £15-£20 per day.

Parking in Southend

Parking in Southend is relatively easy to find, with plenty of on-street metered spaces around the city, as well as garages and lots. Generally speaking, on-street meters charge roughly £1 per hour, and are in effect 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays.

What our customers say

The whole booking experience was alright. The necessary information was given to find the right choice.
Rene Beyer
Online booking process was nice and easy, no complications at all. Confirmation email sent soon after booking is completed.
There was no problems from the initial on line booking to returning the car to Perth Airport.
Easy and efficient with a competitive price to boot!
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This company is very good. They have saved me money.
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