If you live and work near central London there is no reason to own a car. Public transportation is vast and efficient for most people’s daily commutes. Car sharing programs are on the increase with more and more cars available, which can accommodate your need for a vehicle on the occasional basis without having to commit to ownership. For details see our “Rental Companies” section.
Driving a car in London can be an expensive business with the daily congestion charge. Restrictions apply in the centre of the city from 8.30 to 18.30 Monday to Friday and 8.30 to 13.30 on Saturdays for commuters and residents alike. In addition, parking in and around London can be frustrating and costly. Meters and car parks are expensive and it’s not even possible to guarantee you’ll find anywhere to park at all. Add into the mix dense traffic often resulting in traffic jams and occasional gridlocks and driving can be labeled a horrendous experience. If you do decide to drive, make sure you have a GPS so that you can more easily navigate the confusing streets.
Transport budget will need careful consideration when deciding whether to import/use your car, purchase a car or opt not to drive at all on a regular basis. If you come from a country where driving on the right side of the road is the rule, have a look at “driving rules” section. If you would like a driver, get acquainted with a good mini cab service and ask about rates and schedules.