How Flex works


How does it work?

Zipcar is all over London, with Flex and Roundtrip vehicles at the ready for you to drive around the capital and beyond. It’s really easy to get started.

Hit the road in just a few steps


Open the app and choose either Flex or Roundtrip from the dropdown menu. Zipcar Flex cars are blue pins. Roundtrip vehicles are green.


Zipcar Flex – Find the nearest blue pin and click on it.

Roundtrip – Choose the type of vehicle you want and the most convenient location to you.

Zipcar Flex Zipzone Map
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Zipcar Flex – Reserve on the app up to 15 minutes ahead of your trip. Unlock with the app and start paying by the minute. How long you use it for is up to you.

Roundtrip – Reserve for a few hours, a day or even 6 months in advance either via the app or through this site.


Our clever app unlocks the door. Just make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your phone. For Roundtrip cars you can also tap your Zipcard on the windscreen.


Take your car wherever you need to go and enjoy the ride. Flex cars can be driven all over London, but must be dropped off within the Zipzone at the end of your trip.


Zipcar Flex – Be sure to drop off the car in an approved space in the Zipzone. If you’re unsure, use the app to check the parking rules and that you're in the right area. Use the app to lock the car and end your trip.

Roundtrip – When you finish your trip, there’s no need to worry about finding a parking space. Just return it to the same dedicated Car Club Only bay you picked it up from and use the app to lock it.

electrify your next one-way trip

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choose Flex

We take care of all the charging of the e-Golfs, so you only need to pick up and drop off according to the normal Flex parking rules.

Charge level and range for the VW e-Golf

check the range

The VW e-Golf has a real world range of 124 miles. Check the charge level and range in the app to ensure you can reach your destination.

Drive for just 31p per minute

get going

Take the VW e-Golf for just 31p/min, capped at £14/hour. Enjoy CarPlay and Android Auto on the go too!

Charging station

easy drop off

We take care of charging all the e-Golfs, so you only need to pick up and drop off according to the normal Flex parking rules. Easy.


One-way trips to and from Heathrow T5 are now available.

Flex your way

simple pay-as-you-go rates for maximum flexibility

Flex by the minute

By the minute

perfect for saving you money on short trips around the city

VW Polo - 29p per minute.

VW e-Golf - 31p per minute.

Flex by the hour

By the hour

we cap the rates to keep costs of longer trips down

VW Polo - £12 per hour.

VW e-Golf - £14 per hour.

Please note: an additional £5 airport fee applies to any trips to and from Heathrow T5 in a Zipcar Flex.

Flex by the day

By the day

daily cap exclusive to the VW Polo

Kicking in at 6 hours for reservations in the Polo, you'll never pay more than £72 per 24 hour period.

The e-Golf is suited for shorter trips around the city, with per minute and per hour rates only.

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