LONDON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
With 100 days to go, Carrentals.co.uk advises fans of the Olympic games to plan their visits well in advance
Leading price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk is urging anyone travelling to the Olympics to book their car hire early, avoiding disappointment, as the latest statistics show a significant increase in car hire bookings for pick up around the dates of the 2012 Olympics.
The figures from Carrentals.co.uk reveal nearly four times more customers have already booked car hire in the UK for pick up between 20 July and 12 August this year compared with the same time last year, highlighting the popularity in hiring a car for the Olympics. The statistics also show 40% of the customers will pick up their car hire from either Gatwick or Heathrow airports, providing easy access to London for the opening ceremony and events to follow.
Bookings for 20 and 21 July have proved popular, with many customers deciding to join in the excitement for the run-up to the opening ceremony taking place 27 July. Customers have opted to hire their cars for an average 10-12 days for these dates, with 50% of the pick up locations being Gatwick and Heathrow airports.
Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, Gareth Robinson, says: "Our figures show a clear increase in car hire bookings around the time of the Olympics compared to 2011 and this is likely to increase further as we get closer to the games. The UK really is the place to be this summer with many people from the UK and overseas making the 2012 Olympics their summer holiday. However the challenges faced by the UK's transport infrastructure, particularly in London, is something on everyone's minds.
"Train journeys can be expensive and are likely to be very busy during the games - possibly not ideal for families and larger groups. The option of hiring a car gives more flexibility, especially when travelling to different events either in London or around the UK. Those booking early can make significant savings while having a wider choice of vehicles and essential extras such as child seats and sat navs."
Carrentals.co.uk is the UK's leading car rental comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.
Carrentals.co.uk is one of the UK's leading car hire comparison website, and celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012. Last year, the company achieved record sales, despite the challenging economic climate.
Searching up to 50 different car hire suppliers, including Alamo, Budget, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Sixt, Carrentals.co.uk provides an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations worldwide.
Customers can also book with Carrentals.co.uk through the Android and iPhone mobile apps launched in 2011 and also through the comparator's Facebook page.
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