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        About London

        London is the capital and largest city of England and the United Kingdom. As one of the largest cities in the world, London exerts a strong influence on the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, tourism and communications. Due to London's diverse cultures, over 300 languages are spoken. Greater London has around 9 million inhabitants, making it the third-most populous city in Europe. 

        London includes four World Heritage Sites: the Tower of London, Kew Gardens, the Palace of Westminster with Westminster Abbey and St Margaret's Church, and the historic settlement of Greenwich, where the Royal Observatory Greenwich determines the Prime Meridian and Greenwich Mean Time. Other landmarks include Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. There are numerous museums, galleries, libraries and sports venues, including the British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, British Library and West End theatres.

        Basic info and car hire in London

        • Location: United Kingdom
        • Population: 8.9 million (2021)
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pound Sterling (EUR)
        • Weather: In London, the summers are short, pleasant and partly cloudy, and the winters are long, very cold, windy and mostly cloudy. During the year the temperature usually varies between 4°C and 25°C and is rarely below freezing or above 30°C.
        • Holidays in London: There is no bad time to visit London. No matter what the weather, it is still one of the most fabulous, interesting and vibrant cities in the world. Visit the city's diverse and charming neighbourhoods, immerse yourself in history and culture with a visit to the museums and a tour of the landmarks.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: London being a metropolis, the roads are in very good condition. Foreign drivers must be prepared for traffic on the main roads in particular, but with good research ahead of time and a GPS, driving is easy and enjoyable.
        • Car hire in London: Hiring a car at London‘s International Airports or any other location in London with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around London and the United Kingdom. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip.

        Driving in London

        If you plan to drive in London, be sure to read this short guide to navigating the roads.

        First and foremost, drive on the left-hand side of the road. The Congestion Charge applies to most vehicles entering central London from Monday to Friday (7 am to 6 pm). The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London applies in the same area as the Congestion Charge Zone. It applies 24 hours a day, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Most vehicles must meet certain emissions standards or drivers will have to pay a daily charge. Penalty charges may apply if the charge is not paid. You can also find up-to-date traffic information for London on the Highways England website to help you avoid problematic roads. Before driving in London, familiarise yourself with UK traffic rules and standards. Understand standard road signs such as speed limits, priority markings, bus lanes, yellow boxes at junctions and approaches to roundabouts.
        Also learn the meaning of the parking lines, overtaking and giving way, to name a few.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car at all.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). 
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in the United Kingdom). 
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat. 
        • Driving side of the road: Left
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night). 
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, with the average price per hour being around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in London

        Most popular car hire at London

        The most selected hire car in London is the Fiat 500, with the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta also being a popular option. The most popular car types in London are Mini and Economy car categories.

        Luxury car hires in London is a great option for those who want to travel in style. Rent the big Mercedes V-Class for extra room or the great Lexus ES. 

         9 seater car hire is available in London. The Mercedes V-Class and Ford Tourneo offering 9 seats and big luggage space. Perfect for larger groups travelling together looking for space and fuel-efficient vehicles. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from London

        Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of London. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the United Kingdom.

        London is at the southern end of the UK, which means you can explore the whole of the other part of the island. It is exciting to travel beyond London. There are many interesting cities you can head to with your hired car, such as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and many more! Not to mention the enchanting English countryside, which seems like a fairytale with all its castles, churches and agent buildings. With the permission of the car hire company you work with, you can even take your hired car to other countries such as Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland - the possibilities are endless!

        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options for one-way car hire in the UK.

        Popular day trips from London

        Windsor Castle
        Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. It is open to visitors all year round. It is also the home of the British royal family. It was founded in the 11th century by William the Conqueror and has been home to 39 monarchs since. Today, the Queen spends most of her private weekends at the castle. There is a lot to see and do at Windsor Castle. At the State Apartments, explore the ceremonial rooms now used by the Queen and members of the Royal Family, and discover the historic rooms built for Charles II and his Queen, Catherine of Braganza. Windsor Castle is about an hour drive from central London.

        Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain. The entire monument, now ruinous, is aligned with the summer solstice sunrise. The stones are located in an earthwork amidst the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred barrows. Archaeologists believe Stonehenge was built between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. One of the UK's most famous landmarks, Stonehenge has been legally protected since 1882 and the site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. This famous monument is about two hours' drive from central London.

        Bath is in the valley of the River Avon. The city became a World Heritage Site in 1987 and was later added to the transnational World Heritage Site known as the "Great Spa Towns of Europe" in 2021. The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis, or "the waters of Sulis“,  c. 60 AD when the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of the River Avon, although hot springs were known even before then. Many of the streets and squares were laid out by John Wood, the Elder, and in the 18th century the city became fashionable and the population grew. Jane Austen lived in Bath in the early 19th century. Further building was undertaken in the 19th century and following the Bath Blitz in World War II. Bath has up to 1.3 million yearly visitors, making it one of ten English cities visited most by overseas tourists. Attractions include the spas, canal boat tours, Royal Crescent, Bath Skyline, Parade Gardens and Royal Victoria Park which hosts carnivals and seasonal events. From central London, the drive to Bath will take about two and a half hours.

        Oxford is a city in Oxfordshire, England. The city is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and has buildings in every style of English architecture since the late Anglo-Saxon. Oxford has many significant landmarks, many of which are part of the university and colleges. In addition to several famous institutions, the city centre is home to Carfax Tower and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, both of which offer views of the city's spires. Oxford is home to many museums, galleries and collections, most of which do not charge admission and are a major tourist attraction. Most are departments of the University of Oxford. The journey from central London to Oxford takes about 1.5 hours. 

        What to see in London

        Discover London's best attractions, landmarks and sights that you definitely should not miss. There are some iconic attractions in London that you simply must visit. But where to start? Let us take a look at the highlights of London, shall we?

        London Eye
        The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel, is an observation wheel on the south bank of the River Thames in London. It is the tallest cantilevered observation wheel in Europe. Until 2013, the London Eye provided the highest vantage point in London. The wheel has been in operation since 2000. There are 32 passenger capsules in total, each of which can hold up to 25 passengers at a time. The passengers can move freely. One revolution takes about 30 minutes. At night, the wheel is beautifully illuminated. The London Eye is not to be missed, whether you are taking a ride or just looking at it.

        Tower of London
        The Tower of London, officially Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. It was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest. The White Tower was built as an angry symbol of the oppression of London by the new ruling elite. From 1100 to 1952, the castle was also used as a prison, although that was not its main purpose. Early in its history it was a magnificent palace and served as a royal residence. The Tower of London has played an important role in English history. It was besieged several times and control of it was important in controlling the country. During the First and Second World Wars, the Tower was again used as a prison and witnessed the execution of 12 men for espionage. After the Second World War, the damage caused during the Blitz was repaired and the castle was reopened to the public. Today, the Tower of London is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The estate is managed by the charity Historic Royal Palaces and is protected as a World Heritage Site.

        Buckingham Palace
        Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative seat of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the Palace is often the focus of state occasions and royal hospitality. It is a focal point for the British people in times of national jubilation and national mourning. Originally known as Buckingham House, the building that forms the core of today's palace was a large townhouse built-in 1703 for the Duke of Buckingham on land that had been in private hands for at least 150 years. It was acquired by King George III in 1761 as a private residence for Queen Charlotte and became known as The Queen's House. With the accession of Queen Victoria in 1837, Buckingham Palace became the London residence of the British monarch. During the Second World War, which broke out in 1939, the palace was bombed nine times. The heaviest and most high-profile incident destroyed the palace chapel in 1940. Buckingham Palace is a symbol and seat of the British monarchy, an art gallery and a tourist attraction. Behind the gilded fences and gates is not only the weekday residence of Elizabeth II but also the London residence of the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex. The Palace also houses their offices, as well as those of Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra, and is the workplace of more than 800 people. The forecourt of Buckingham Palace is used for the Changing of the Guard, an important ceremony and tourist attraction.

        Thames and Tower Bridge
        The Thames is a river that flows through southern England including London. At 215 miles (346 km), it is the longest river in the whole of England and the second-longest in the United Kingdom. It flows through Oxford (where it is commonly called the Isis), Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Windsor. Tower Bridge is a bridge in London built between 1886 and 1894 that crosses the River Thames near the Tower of London. The bridge was built to provide better access to the East End of London, which had expanded its economic potential in the 19th century. Tower Bridge has become a distinctive landmark of London.

        Westminster Abbey
        Westminster Abbey is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, directly west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the most important religious buildings in the United Kingdom and the traditional place of coronation and burial of English and later British monarchs. Between 1540 and 1556 the Abbey had the status of a cathedral and seat of the Catholic bishop. After 1560, the building was no longer an abbey or a cathedral after the Catholics were expelled by King Henry VIII. Instead, it was granted the status of a "Royal Peculiar" of the Church of England by Queen Elizabeth I - a church directly answerable to the sovereign. More than 3,300 people are buried in the Abbey, most of whom have played important roles in British history: at least 16 monarchs, eight prime ministers, award-winning poets, actors, scientists, military leaders and the Unknown Warrior. For this reason, Westminster Abbey is sometimes referred to as "Britain's Valhalla". Since the coronation of William the Conqueror in 1066, all coronations of English and British monarchs have taken place in Westminster Abbey. Sixteen royal weddings have taken place at the Abbey since 1100, including King George VI and the Queen Mother, the Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

        Big Ben
        Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The official name of the tower housing Big Ben was originally Clock Tower, but it was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 to mark Elizabeth's II Diamond Jubilee. When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-sided chiming clock in the world. Big Ben is the largest of the tower's five bells. It was the largest bell in the UK for 23 years. The clock tower has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. 

        Hyde Park
        Hyde Park is a large park in central London. It is the largest of the four royal parks that form a chain from the entrance to Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park to the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. The park is divided into two lakes, the Serpentine and the Long Water. Free speech and demonstrations have been an important feature of Hyde Park since the 19th century. Speakers' Corner has been a place of free speech and debate since 1872. In the late 20th century, the park was known for its large, free rock concerts, featuring groups such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Queen. In the 21st century, the park continues to host major events, such as Live 8 in 2005 and the annual Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in 2007.

        Covent Garden
        Covent Garden is a district in London, on the eastern edge of the West End, between St Martin's Lane and Drury Lane. It is associated with the former fruit and vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist destination, and with the Royal Opera House, itself is known as "Covent Garden". The neighbourhood is divided by the main street, Long Acre. To the north are independent shops centred on Neal's Yard and Seven Dials, while to the south is the central square with its street performers and most of the historic buildings, theatres and entertainment venues, including the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. By 1654, a small open-air fruit and vegetable market had developed on the south side of the fashionable square. Gradually both the market and the surrounding area fell into disrepute as taverns, theatres, coffee houses and brothels opened. By the 18th century, the square had become notorious for its abundance of brothels. The market grew and more buildings were added: the Floral Hall, the Charter Market and in 1904 the Jubilee Market. By the late 1960s, traffic congestion caused problems and the market was moved to New Covent Garden Market in 1974. The central building was reopened as a shopping centre in 1980 and is now a tourist centre with cafés, pubs, small shops and a craft market, the Apple Market, as well as another market in Jubilee Hall.

        Trafalgar Square
        Trafalgar Square is a public square in the City of Westminster in central London, laid out in the early 19th century around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. The name of the square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, the British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars over France and Spain, which took place off the coast of Cape Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. The area around Trafalgar Square has been an important landmark since the 1200s. The site of today's square was once occupied by the ornate enclosed courtyard of King's Mews. The 169-foot Nelsons Column in the centre of the square is guarded by four lion statues. Prominent buildings overlooking the square include the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Canada House and South Africa House. The square has been used for community meetings and political demonstrations, including Bloody Sunday in 1887, anti-war protests and campaigns against climate change. A Christmas tree has been donated to the square by Norway since 1947 and is erected for twelve days before and after Christmas Day. On New Year's Eve, the square is a centre of annual festivities. The square was known for its feral pigeons until they were removed in the early 21st century.

        Kensington Palace
        Kensington Palace is a royal residence in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century and is currently the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent. Today the State Rooms are open to the public. In 1981, Apartments 8 and 9 were combined to create the London residence of the newly married Prince of Wales and his wife Diana, Princess of Wales, which remained the Princess's official residence after their divorce until her death. Their sons, Princes William and Harry, grew up at Kensington Palace and attended local nurseries and pre-schools in Notting Hill, which is a short drive away. Diana's interview with Martin Bashir for the BBC programme Panorama was recorded in Diana's living room at the Palace. After Diana's death on 31 August 1997, the gates of Kensington Palace became the focus of public mourning. Over a million bouquets, up to a metre high in some places, were laid outside the gates as a tribute and extended into Kensington Gardens. The Princess's coffin spent its last night in London at the Palace. On the morning of 6 September 1997, a tenor bell signalled the departure of the funeral procession, which carried the coffin in a gun carriage from the palace to Westminster Abbey for the ceremony. The residence of Diana, Princess of Wales, was gutted and stood empty for 10 years after her death until it was again divided into two flats.

        Piccadilly Circus
        Piccadilly Circus is a road junction and public square in London's West End in the City of Westminster. It was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with Piccadilly. The Circus today connects Piccadilly, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue, the Haymarket, Coventry Street and on to Leicester Square and Glasshouse Street. It is close to the main shopping and entertainment districts in the West End. Its status as a major transport hub has made Piccadilly Circus a busy meeting place and tourist attraction in its own right. The Circus is best known for its video screens and neon signs on the corner building on the north side, as well as the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and the statue of Anteros. It resembles Times Square in New York City. Piccadilly Circus is surrounded by tourist attractions including the Shaftesbury Memorial, the Criterion Theatre, the London Pavilion and retail shops. Nightclubs, restaurants and bars are located in the area and neighbouring Soho.

        Shakespeare's Globe (Globe Theatre)
        Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames. The original theatre was built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614 and demolished in 1644. The modern Globe Theatre is an academic approximation based on the available evidence of the 1599 and 1614 buildings. It is considered to be quite realistic. 

        Notting Hill
        Notting Hill is a district of West London, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Notting Hill is known for being a cosmopolitan and multicultural neighbourhood, hosting the annual Notting Hill Carnival and Portobello Road Market. For much of the 20th century, the large houses were subdivided into multi-occupancy rentals. Caribbean immigrants were drawn to the area in the 1950s, partly because of the cheap rents, but were exploited by slum landlords like Peter Rachman and also became the target of white Teddy Boys in the 1958 Notting Hill race riots. Then known for its slum housing, in the early 21st century, after decades of gentrification, Notting Hill has a reputation as an affluent and fashionable area, known for attractive terraces of large Victorian townhouses and high-end shopping and restaurants.

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          Where to stay in London

          You can not say London is a cheap city, so choose your accommodation wisely. We have compiled a shortlist of where you can stay well, depending on your preferences.

          Point A Hotel
          Canary Wharf is the beating financial heart of London and a futuristic mix of business and pleasure. Bring a bag, plans, places you want to be. And check into your always affordable, always reliable Point A Hotel. Let yourself sink deep into your Hypnos bed. Help yourself to the free WiFi. Get ready for tomorrow under the power shower. Then head to your Point B. Canary Wharf and all of London are on your doorstep. Each room is compact, well-designed and features a super-comfy Hypnos bed, en-suite bathroom with a proper power shower, fast and free WiFi, USB charging port, air-conditioning, hairdryer, TV and safe. Blackout curtains ensure a restful night's sleep. You are well connected, staying just 400 metres from West India Quay station DLR and 800 metres from Canary Wharf station, just a tube ride from Bond Street. 

          Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity – Covent Garden
          Inspired by the incomparable wit, wisdom and versatile brilliance of Oscar Wilde, Wilde Aparthotels offer a distinct touch of luxury, a tantalising touch of the unexpected and a touch of style, elegance, creativity and originality - qualities that the great man himself held. The 106-room aparthotel is located in The Strand, just a short walk from Covent Garden. Book your flat in central London so you can stay in it when you are away from home, for work or pleasure. Relax and re-energise in your flat with all the comforts of home. No need to leave when you can cook up a storm in your fully equipped kitchen. Choose from a range of ultra-stylish and modern hotel rooms and studio flats, all offering Staycity's signature blend of home and hotel, but with an extra dose of luxury - think all our usual amenities that make the comforts of your own home, such as. such as a fully equipped kitchen, with hotel services like 24-hour reception, and add features like bespoke design, 43-inch smart TVs, touch panel controls, Nespresso machine, Hypnos mattresses and Grohe rain showers. Heavenly!

          Pan Pacific London
          Pan Pacific London is located in Bishopsgate in the heart of the City of London, just moments from Liverpool Street Station. It is on the doorstep of world-famous places, yet it is also a place of tranquillity. The hotel is a sanctuary in the heart of the city, setting new standards in innovation and understated luxury. Embodying the juxtaposition of old and new London architecture, Bishopsgate Plaza is home to a 43-storey bronze tower housing Pan Pacific London and private flats, while the 144-year-old Devonshire House houses designer shops, a restaurant and a contemporary cocktail bar. A landscaped public square seamlessly connects these two cultural hubs, making it a 24-hour destination for meeting, living, working and exploring. As a pet-friendly hotel, they welcome your 4-legged friends.

          The Tower Hotel
          The Tower Hotel is situated between the River Thames, St Katharine Docks and the World Heritage Site, the Tower of London, offering unrivalled views of the famous Tower Bridge. Thanks to its location and excellent transport links, you are in the centre of this vibrant city and can experience the best London has to offer quickly, conveniently and, above all, easily. Enjoy your stay in the hotel's suites and bridal suites, start your day in the fitness centre or use the business centre with conference facilities for your meeting. 

          Hotel 41
          The residents-only hotel, awarded five stars by Forbes, has been ranked number one in the UK for more than a decade. Arrive at our private entrance overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, enveloped in the subtle scent of Hotel 41's perfume, and be greeted with personalised check-in and a glass from our beautiful champagne trolley. In your room or suite, a selection of homemade delicacies created by our chef awaits you, as well as an extremely comfortable handmade Savoir bed. Your unforgettable experience begins here ...

        • The famous Big Ben in London, UK.

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          Where to eat, drink, and party in London

          London, the fantastic city that it is, is full of life, love, laughter, excellent food, drinks and great parties! Why not combine all this in one place? Here you will find restaurants that offer all these elements under one roof.

          The Piano Works - Farringdon
          With a sumptuous steak menu, two pianists playing your song requests non-stop from dusk till dawn, and a room next to the stage that just begs you to move, The Piano Works is the ideal party restaurant in London for an evening of dinner and a night of dancing.

          Hovarda - Soho
          Head to Chinatown, where this fun Mediterranean restaurant offers one of the best party atmospheres outside of a real bar. Discover a delicious selection of Greek and Turkish-inspired dishes and stay a little longer to celebrate with excellent cocktails after the water pool DJ.

          The Gable – Moorgate
          This stylish bar, spread over two floors, offers a relaxed atmosphere and serves British pub food and thirst-quenching drinks. Downstairs, the basement has been transformed into a club with plush leather furniture, disco balls and live music.

          Amazing Grace – London Bridge
          Are you looking for your next date spot in London? Amazing Grace is an exciting music venue offering incredible talent, delicious food and boozy cocktails. Enjoy a lovely dinner followed by an evening of dancing.

          Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green – Notting Hill
          Paradise By Way of Kensal Green is a decadent restaurant, pub and party bar with plenty of styles. Here you'll find opulent décor, modern British cuisine and an extensive wine list. At weekends, however, this plush joint makes way for DJs, dancing and a mind-blowing roast dinner.

          Barrio Brixton – Brixton
          Get caught up in Latin fever at one of the best places to drink and dance in London. At Barrio Brixton, you can not only feast on Mexican bites and fiery cocktails, but also turn up the DJ and shake your hips as the sun goes down.



        What you need to know about renting a car

        How do you make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?

        You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you must choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick the vehicle you want from the list. After filling out the personal information form, there is a step where you choose the payment method and fill in your credit card information. Finally, you can print out your voucher needed at pick-up time.

        What are the charges for security deposits?

        Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher. 

        What if I would like to change my booking?

        If you need to change the booking you made through Orbit Car Hire. Don't hesitate to contact our customer support team at or by phone at +44 20 8089 0089. You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Terms of Use. 

        How do I cancel my booking?

        You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information, please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:

        When do I pay for the rental car?

        You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency. 

        What is included in the price?

        Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.

        Are there any hidden fees?

        There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in the case of:

        • Out-of-hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle outside of office hours),
        • One-way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
        • The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
        • Young/senior driver fee (the car hire company sets this condition and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
        • Excess and deposit amount (before hiring, you need to ensure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked, which usually equals the excess amount or higher).

        We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.

        What is a voucher, and why do I need it?

        A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price, and the payment of your booking. Having your voucher with you at the time of pick-up is mandatory. If you do not have the voucher at the pickup, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or change the rental price.

        What is an airport or premium location fee?

        A Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.

        What is Premium Coverage, and how does it work?

        Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire that, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover refunds you if the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. You can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us for more information.

        How do I find cheap car hire online?

        Prices vary frequently. Booking a car 3 to 8 weeks before your desired pick-up date is best - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. 

        How many countries do you compare to?

        We at Orbit Car Hire compare car hire prices in over 140 countries, including popular destinations within Europe such as Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Croatia, Malta, France, Slovenia, and Germany. 

        What currency should I use to pay for the car?

        You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire, you will pay the remaining balance in the currency of the pickup country. 

        Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?

        You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal. 

        What is the cheapest car to rent?

        The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda. 

        Can I add a driver to my booking?

        You can always add a driver to your booking when finding your car hire deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add a driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle. 

        What payment methods are accepted?

        You can pay with a debit and credit card when booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa. 

        Can I drop off my car at a different location?

        Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage, you can press "Yes" to "Different drop-off location" and see all the best deals for one-way car hire. 

        How can I add a flight number to my booking?

        You can add a flight number on our webpage when booking. If you already have a booking, email us at, and our customer service will add your flight number to the booking. 

        Do I have to pay for toll roads?

        If you drive where toll roads are required, you are responsible for paying for the toll roads on which you drive the rental vehicle. 

        What does deductible mean?

        If a rental car is damaged or even stolen while on rent, there will be a limit to how much the renter has to pay to repair or fix it. Excess (also known as deductible) is a name for the amount that has to be paid. This excess is different between countries and car rental companies in each country. Depending on the car rental company, this can include fire, vandalism, theft, or loss of use while the car is being repaired. You can read more about deductibles right here.

        What is a Collision Damage Waiver?

        Collision Damage Waiver, or CDW, is a basic car rental insurance offered to renters by a car company. CDW limits your financial liability in case of damages to the body of the hired vehicle with an excess. The driver is responsible for paying for the excess, but the car rental company waives the rest of the cost. This excess can be different between rent a car company.

        What is Theft Protection?

        Theft Protection is a car rental insurance that car rental companies offer. It protects the renter up to a certain amount from the risk of stealing the rental car or somebody trying to steal it. An excess, also known as a deductible, comes with each Theft Protection. This excess is the limit to what the renter would have to pay if the car is stolen or if somebody tries to steal it.

        Which brands can I compare with Orbit?

        With Orbit Car Hire, you can compare car hire with all the major car rentals like Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt and Budget. You can also compare over 100 local companies from all over the world. 

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