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How does zipcar work?

Zipcar is the UK's largest car club, with thousands of vehicles at the ready to help you get around the city and beyond.

How it works

Once you’ve joined, getting on the road is really simple. And you can do it all from our handy app.

  • Select
  • Find
  • Reserve
  • Unlock
  • Drive
  • Drop
  • Select the service that works for you

    We offer two types of services. Roundtrip or one-way with Zipcar Flex. Take your pick.

  • Find your nearest Zipcar in the app

    Find your nearest Zipcar in the app.

  • reserve icon

    Book a Zipcar up to 15 minutes or weeks in advance

    A few taps of the app and you can be driving in seconds for one-way trips or use it to book ahead for a whole weekend with a van. The choice is yours.

  • Unlock icon

    Unlock the car with your phone

    When you're at your Zipcar hit unlock on the app. The keys are waiting for you in the glovebox. Easy.

  • Jump in and get more out of the city

    Get out there, do your thing and enjoy the ride. Fuel, insurance, the Congestion Charge are included in our rates. You're welcome.

  • Drop off your Zipcar & end your reservation

    Depending on your trip type, return and park in the reserved Car Club Only bay for Roundtrip, or drop off in any approved space across the Zipzone with Zipcar Flex.

what's the deal with zipcar flex?

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  • Zipcar Flex is now available across North & South London!
  • Find it all over Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth and Southwark.
  • Pick them up and drop them anywhere within the Zipzone. One-way? Yes-way!
  • Learn more about how Zipcar Flex works here.
  • For all other reservations, you’ll need to return your Zipcar to its home location at the end of your trip.

Membership plans

We’ve a choice of membership plans to suit any budget. And if you want to switch to a different plan at any time, you can.


Free (limited time only)

Normally a £19 one-off joining fee.

Perfect if you want to give Zipcar a try!


£6 per month

& £6 driving credit each month

Want to start saving from your very first trip? Plan on using Zipcar occasionally. The Smart choice.


£15 per month

& £15 driving credit each month

You want to access our lowest rates? Start saving after just 3 hours a month.

how do i unlock a zipcar

When you join, download our free mobile app for iOS or Android. You'll also receive a Zipcard in the post.

When you arrive at your car, unlock it with the app by tapping the unlock icon in the 'drive' screen. Alternatively, just hold your Zipcard against the car reader in the windshield (*does not work for Zipcar Flex).

The doors will unlock after a few seconds. The keys are in the glovebox.

Once you're reservation has started, you can use the keys to lock the vehicle when you're parked during your trip. Always end your trip with the app or your Zipcard.

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