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Dover car hire

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KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Dover

  • Car hire in Dover will allow you to take full advantage of all the tourist attractions in the coastal region of Kent, including the famous White Cliffs, with their seemingly endless view over the English Channel from South Foreland Lighthouse. You’ll also be able to drive out to Castle Hill where Dover Castle stands, built in the 12th century. Drive 4 miles out from Dover to St. Margaret’s Bay to enjoy 6 acres of sustainable landscaped gardens in Pines Garden.
  • You’ll land at Southend Airport if you’re flying to Dover, and you’ll immediately appreciate the freedom of a hire car, as it’s just over a 40-mile drive from there to the town itself. The airport has a dedicated car hire centre inside the terminal, on the landside, next to where the coffee shops are. To collect your car you won’t need to take a shuttle bus, as you can simply walk a couple of minutes to the airport’s on-site parking area.
  • The main thing to take into account with Dover car hire is that it’s one of Europe’s busiest ports, so there is a lot of traffic that supports this ecosystem, whether it be commuters who work there or cargo being transported. This leads to a variety of different vehicles going at different speeds on the roads, with lorries being plentiful among them. The town is also a tourist attraction in itself, with thousands of people coming to see its iconic cliffs.
  • Expect a proper rush hour in Dover every morning and evening due to all the port activity. This can last from around 07:30 till 09:00 in the morning and usually starts from around 16:00, peaking at 17:00 in the afternoon. The M2 is the major road that links Dover with London, so that obviously gets very busy. The same can be said for the A20, especially where it meets the A2 from Canterbury. The recommended alternative routes are the A258, the A256 or the B2011. Also try to avoid the Whitfield roundabout during rush hours.
  • Book your rental car in Dover at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car in Dover

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Dover?

    The type of car hire in Dover to choose will be dictated by the amount of traffic in the area where you’re intending to stay. If you prefer to be in the centre of town, then a city car or a compact saloon or saloon are the obvious choices, along with a smallish MPV. Once you’re driving on the B roads around the countryside your choices open up: you could get a larger SUV or 4x4, or treat yourself to a luxury or sports model.

  • What’s the speed limit in Dover?

    Speed limits in Dover vary quite extensively depending on the traffic and pedestrian density in the different parts of the town. There are zones here: in the city centre and built-up areas it’s generally 30mph, with some roads marked as 20mph zones. On the more outlying roads you can go up to 40mph, while the larger carriageways that flow in and out of the city have a limit of 50mph.

  • Where are the best places to park in Dover?

    The council provides free parking all over Dover. Main car parks include the two at Kearsney Abbey, and St Martin’s Battery. However you’ll have to take public transport from the adjacent bus stops, as these are around an hour’s walk from the centre of town. You can expect to pay around £2.60 for 2h at car parks like the one on Maison Dieu Road (a 3-minute walk to the town centre) and Ladywell, 5min away.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Dover?

    The average price of fuel in Dover is ₹ 588 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a petrol tank costs between ₹ 7,051 and ₹ 9,401, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Dover?

    Economy (Vauxhall Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Dover.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Heathrow airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Hertz, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Europcar, keddy by Europcar, Sixt, Budget, Avis and Arnold Clark.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Gatwick airport include Hertz, keddy by Europcar, Budget, Dollar and Routes Car & Truck Rentals.

  • Which hire car agencies are at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Stansted airport include GREEN MOTION, DRIVALIA, Alamo, keddy by Europcar, Budget, Routes Car & Truck Rentals and National.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Heathrow airport (LHR)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Heathrow airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Avis, Dollar and National.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Gatwick airport (LGW)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Gatwick airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, keddy by Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Avis and Dollar.

  • Which hire car agencies will pick you up at Stansted airport (STN)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Stansted airport to off-airport locations include GREEN MOTION, Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, keddy by Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Budget, Avis and Dollar.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Dover?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Dover?

    An Economy car hire in Dover costs ₹ 5,995 per day, on average.

Dover car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

7.2

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.2

Value for money

7.2

One location in Dover

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116 Snargate Street

+44 371 384 3490

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10.0 Wonderful

Apr 2024

KAYAK
Very friendly and helpful. Great car. Rental could not have been better or easier. I would definitely rent from this location again.

2.0 Poor

Feb 2024

KAYAK
Terrible service. Clearly hate dealing with customers. So bad I had to cancel my booking and rebook with Enterprise.

4.0 Mediocre

Jun 2023

KAYAK
It said 5 pieces of luggage but wouldn’t hold 5 pieces so I had to pay another 120 euros for a bigger car. It’s misleading

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
All good. I've always had a good experience with Europcar.

1 out of 2

Firefly

9.6

Wonderful

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One location in Dover

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173-177 Snargate Street

+44 843 309 3023

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:00 - 13:00

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keddy by Europcar

8.7

Very Good

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116 Snargate Street

+44 371 384 3490

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday08:00 - 18:00

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car

8.2

Very Good

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Townwall Street

+44 1304 242526

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday08:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 13:00
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Avis

7.5

Good

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Arrivals Hall, Ferry Port

+44 344 544 6055

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Friday08:00 - 18:00

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Budget

7.4

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Eastern Docks

+44 344 544 3948

Monday08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:00
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Thursday08:00 - 18:00
Friday08:00 - 18:00

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Hertz

7.1

Good

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173-177 Snargate Street

+44 843 309 3023

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday09:30 - 12:30

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.9

Poor

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116 Snargate Street

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Free2Move

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Honeywood Parkway

+44 1304 827500

Monday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 17:30
Tuesday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 17:30
Wednesday13:00 - 17:3008:00 - 18:00
Thursday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 18:0013:00 - 17:30
Saturday13:00 - 17:3008:00 - 18:00

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Sunnycars

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116 Snargate Street

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5 travellers who rented a car in Dover gave the car agency they used an average rating of 7.5

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