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Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport

Thrifty Car Hire Stansted Airport
Unit 3 Stansted Distribution Centre
Start Hill
Bishops Stortford
Stansted, Herts
CM22 7DG

Collection Procedure

Thrifty at Stansted airport operate a shuttle bus which goes between the airport and the car rental office. This is free to all customers who book with Thrifty and the bus station is found just outside the Stansted airport. They advise you to ring their number before getting on the bus so they can have the car prepared for you.

Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 7:00 – 22:00

Vehicle Availability

There is a big range of vehicles when you book with Thrifty at Stansted airport, they have anything from small cars like the Ford Ka to luxury cars such as the Mercedes C220i or even people carriers like the Ford Galaxy.

Card Types Accepted

As per most companies Thrifty accept most credit cards as long as they are one of the major ones. They also offer debit card car hire to most debit cards which is unusual for car hire companies as they often reject it if it is Maestro, Switch, Solo or etc not Thrifty, they accept all these payments types.


The deposit as standard for Thrifty Stansted airport is £150 this is set if you pay by debit card, it’s not actually taken off your debit card just frozen as an asset.
Due to thrifty having a luxury car range there luxury cars require a deposit of much more being around the £1000 mark. This can be cut in half dependant on the card you are using.


The excess depends greatly on the vehicle you rent, for all standard cars Thrifty set a excess of around £500, but for luxury and 4×4 its can be in excess of £1500 and for things like estates and larger cars the excess is around £750.

Young Driver Car Hire

Thrifty do young driver car hire from the ages of 21 however it comes at an additional charge of £20 and they can only rent certain types of cars such as VW Golf or something within that range. They also have an older driver policy of being ages 69. You can however rent if you are over this age of 69 than they do still hire to you but with an additional fee. Please click here for more information.

One way car hire

Thrifty at Stansted airport offer one way car hire for an additional fee dependant on the range usually around £35.00-£45.00. This is when you pick it up from one location within the UK and drop it off at another; it’s in order to make it more convenient for the customer. Please click here for more information.

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