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Flex Rates

Please note that the e-Golf pricing differs from the VW Polo. Please click here for further details. 

Zipcar Flex allows you to pick up and drop off a Zipcar within the Zipzone. Flex rates work on a pay-per-minute basis: 29p/min, £12/hour and £72/day. You can learn more about our hourly and daily price caps for Flex below.

Hourly and daily caps mean that the trip cost will be no more than £12 for any Flex trip lasting up to 60 minutes (or multiples thereof) or £72/day, where a day constitutes a 24 hour period (or multiples thereof). This excludes any fees or mileage charges your trip may incur.

When does the cap take effect?


Hourly Cap

42 mins

Daily Cap

6 Hours

Price          £12 £72

Remember! During your reservation make sure to keep the keys with you if you've made a stop off. You only need to return the keys at the end of your trip. 

Hourly caps

The hourly cap for Flex trips applies from 42 minutes and will remain at £12 for the remainder of the hour. For example, a Zipcar Flex trip of 50 minutes, costs £12, making a saving of £2.32 compared to if the trips was charged at the 29p per minute rate.

When a trip exceeds an hour or a multiple thereof (every 60 minute period), the trip cost will be calculated as follows: £12 per hour plus any additional minutes at 29p, up to the next 42 minutes. For example, a Zipcar Flex trip that lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes would be billed at £16.35: £12 for the hour + £4.35 for the 15 minutes. A trip lasting for 2.5 hours would cost £32.70: £24 for 2 x £12 hourly cap + £8.70 for 30 minutes.

Daily caps

The daily cap for Flex trips applies after 6 hours and where we cap the trip cost at £72 up to a period of 24 hours. If a trip exceeds a 24 hour period, you will be billed by the minute and hour as per the explanation above.

For example, a Zipcar Flex trip that lasts for 25 hours will be billed at £84: £72 for the daily cap + 1 x £12 hourly cap.

Price caps do not apply to multiple reservations within a given hourly or 24 hour period. They apply on a per trip basis only.

Please note: Zipcar Flex vehicles can only be used for trips up to 48 hours. If you require a vehicle for longer than this, we would suggest reserving a Roundtrip vehicle.


All Zipcar Flex trips include 60 free miles for every 24 hour period after which. Additional miles driven beyond the free allocation are charged at 25p/mile.

Full a full list of rates for all of our vehicle, please click here. 

Airport fees

Zipcar Flex is currently available at the Short Stay Car Park at Heathrow Terminal 5. All Flex trips that begin or end at T5 will incur an airport fee of £5, which be charged to your account within 3 working days of the end of your trip.

Learn more about Zipcar Flex at the airport here.

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