Classic Campervan Hire London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent

Buttercup Bus Classic Campervan rental London

Email

enquiries@buttercupbus.com

Address

Croydon, London, UK

Self-drive classic campervan rental holidays London
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Self-drive classic VW campervan hire in London

Classic VW campervan rental holidays in London for self-drive camping | Festivals | Elopements | Adventures

Self-drive classic campervan rental holidays London, Croydon. On the borders of Surrey and Kent, Buttercup Bus Vintage Campervan Hire is conveniantly located just off the A23, 15 mins from the M25 and 20 mins from Gatwick airport.

Our London campervan hire does not come with a mileage limit – but their top speed is 50 mph, and we hire for adventures across Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Dorset only.

Belinda Bus

The blue and white, 1973 RHD poptop classic VW campervan.

Belinda Bus seats up to 5 people. She has two 3-point seatbelts up front, and three lapbelts in the back.

She can sleep two adults in her 3/4 width pull out bed, and a further two young children in her poptop roof hammocks. There is room for a small child to sleep in her front cap hammock too.

  • 4 passengers plus the driver (5 total).
  • Two “3-point” seatbelts up front.
  • 3 lap belts in the rear.

More Details

Belinda Bus had her last restoration and new paint in March 2020.

Her poptop bellows are a matching duck egg blue and white – and she comes with matching gingham curtains.

Her seats are grey with white piping.

 

  • RHD
  • Manual
  • 1.6 aircooled engine – unleaded petrol
  • Pop-top roof
  • Small, front roof rack (2.3m height clearance)
  • Top speed 50 mph
  • Integrated, two ring gas hob & camping gas, hidden in a tasteful wooden cupboard
  • Integrated popup table
  • 3/4 width, double rock and roll bed.
  • Two small, children’s hammocks hidden in poptop roof
  • One small hammock available over front cab area for a small child

Buttercup Bus

The yellow and white, 1977 RHD poptop classic VW campervan.

Buttercup  seats up to 6 people. She has two 3-point seatbelts up front, and four seats in the rear (2 lapbelts, and 2 three-point tension belts in the back).

She can sleep two adults in her full width pull out bed, and a further two young children in her poptop roof hammocks. There is room for a small child to sleep in her front cap hammock too.

  • 5 passengers plus the driver (6 total).
  • Two “3-point” seatbelts up front.
  • 2 lap belts and 2 “3-point” belts in the rear.

More Details

Buttercup Bus was a bottom up restoration. She used to be a gungy green, orange and black patchwork of mismatched panels. After an extended period of restoration, including a new engine and a new interior, she was ready to roll!

Her poptop bellows are new – in an olive green – and she comes with matching gingham curtains.

Her seats are white., with olive green piping.

 

  • RHD
  • Manual
  • 1.6 aircooled engine – unleaded petrol
  • Pop-top roof
  • 2.2m height clearance
  • Top speed 50 mph
  • Integrated, two ring gas hob & camping gas, hidden in a tasteful wooden cupboard
  • Integrated popup table
  • Full width, double rock and roll bed.
  • Two small, children’s hammocks hidden in poptop roof
  • One small hammock available over front cab area for a small child

Check out availability for your self-drive campervan rental adventure

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Rental prices for classic VW campervan hire in London

For travel plans across Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Dorset.

Book today with a £150 booking deposit to secure your dates.

mid season

April to June

Weekend £430

Mid-week £350

Weekly £595

Day hire N/A

high season

July to October

Weekend £450

Mid-week £375

Weekly £695

Day hire N/A

low season

November to March

Weekend £350

Mid-week £325

Weekly £500

Day hire £200

*Day hire limited to 80 miles total travel

Weekend Shortbreak: 14.30 Friday – 10:00 Monday

Midweek break: 10:00 Tuesday – 18:00 Thursday

Full Week Break: 14.30 Friday – 10am Friday

Day hire: 10:00 to 18:00 Sundays to Thursdays

VW CAMPER HIRE OPTIONAL EXTRAS

There are various items that you can add to your self-drive campervan hire booking. See them listed below.

Additional driver

All drivers to be present on collection 

£15 per person per day
Detachable awning
A 3x3m tent that can attach to the campervan, and sleep 2 more people
£15 per day
Pet charge
We are woof friendly 
£25 fixed fee
Sunday return
Whilst we are closed on a Sunday, returns are possible by special arrangement.
£25

Experience Self-drive classic campervan rental holidays London, Croydon

We provide vintage VW camper hire, with two of our fleet of beautifully restored, 1970s classic bay window T2 VW campervans. We have provided details on these vehicles (Belinda Bus and Buttercup Bus) above.

Our campervans have new build, original specification 1.6 aircooled engines. They have a top speed of 50mph – perfect for pootling along country lanes, taking in the sights from your high up seating position, behind that big syteering wheel.

Self-drive classic VW campervan hire In London for rental holidays – Based in Croydon on the Surrey and Kent border – Happily pootling for 10 years!

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Hire period

The price list above applies to the following hire periods:

Weekend Shortbreak: 

14.30 Friday – 10:00 Monday

Midweek break:

10:00 Tuesday – 18:00 Thursday

Full Week Break:

14.30 Friday – 10am Friday

Day hire:

10:00 to 18:00 Sundays to Thursdays

  

We can be flexible with our hire periods, so feel free to contact us for a tailored quote

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Insurance cover included

To book a self-drive campervan, you must be aged between 25 and 70 and have a valid EU / UK license, held for more than 3 years

Please contact us to confirm availability and discuss your travel plans. Note that we only hire for travel plans across Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Dorset.

We will then send you a booking form, insurance form and invoice with details of the £150 booking deposit to secure the date.

The balance is then due one month before the hire period commences.

 

See Terms and Conditions of hire for more useful info on self drive hire.

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Insurance excess

Please note that the insurance comes with a £500 excess.

This must be covered by a cleared security deposit in the card from the named driver. 

If paid by a third party, we must still take a £1 traceable transaction from the driver.

The security deposit is ringfenced, and returned within seven working days of the safe return of the campervan as per our terms of hire.

Security deposits may increase, subjeceyt to any endorsememnts on your license etc. 

We will consult with you on receipt of your insurance form.  

Optional, detachable awning.

This is the perfect addition for families, looking for a bit more space. The detachable awning also includes an inner sleeping tent, that can accomodate  further adults on an airbed. (You must provide your own airbed).

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3x3m in size

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Attaches to campervan

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Can detach and left at the site, free standing if going out for the day.

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Comes with inner sleeping tent for extra people

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Takes c. 45-60 mins to put up

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Comes with mallet and tent pegs

 You will get a 1 hour induction

Full induction on arrival (we will also send you pre-hire detailed video’s on your campervan), and a local test drive to familiarise you with driving the campervan. We have over 10 years experience hiring classic campervans, and will go through everything you need to know, along with a checklist, and vehicle inspection photos before departure. Once on your way, we have QR code prompts in our campervans to provide video reminders on on key functions and features, as well as phone support.

 

Integrated gas hob

Our campers come with a gas certified, 2 ring gas hob, and a bottle of camping gas – perfect for  cooking and boiling the kettle.

Insurance & AA Cover

As standard, the campervans come with fully comp. insurance for one named driver (you may opt for additional drivers) and AA cover.

GDPR compliant, secure data handling system

We will not ask you to email your personal documents to us. We take data security seriosly and have a purpose built, encrypted portal for insurance checks.

Kitchenware

We provide basic kitchenware – plates, bowels, kettle, mugs, glasses, pans, utensils etc. along with a washing up bowel.

Camping kit

There is an integrated table and seats. We also provide camping chairs, battery operated lamps, a first aid kit and mains hook up cable. See FAQs below for full kit list.

Sanitised vehicle

Vehicles are cleaned, sanitised, fogged with X-Mist to kill bacteria and viruses, reaching the most awkward areas. We have Covid safe practices and a Covid policy here. We also have online vehicle instructions with QR prompts in the campervan, to consolidate socially distamced checkouts.

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IMPORTANT

Note that the first form of ID provided MUST be a utility bill, dated within 90 days of hire. We accept Gas, Electricity, Water and landline bills. (We cannot accept mobile phone bills).

Some photos of our authentic, 1970s aircooled classic VW campervan hire in London

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BUY GIFT VOUCHERS

If you are looking to buy campervan monetary gift vouchers, for someone special that would like to get behind the wheel, we have them available in any amount of your choice, starting from £50. To be redeemed within 1 year of purchase.

FAQs

Below, we have listed some common FAQs. If you contact us for a quote, we will send you a detailed information pack and pricing direct from our document management system, with ots of information.

Are there any mileage limits?

There are no mileage limits with our campervans BUT we only hire for travel plans across Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Dorset. 

The New Forest and Kent coastlines are very popular, as well as personal favourite – the wowo campsite.

Please also note that they have a top speed of 50mph – which will naturally limit how many miles you can cover in a day. Please allow plenty of travel time when planning your route.

It is recommended that a comfort breat is taken for every 3 hours of continuous driving.

 

What ID must you have?

 

We will need a copy of your driving license AND 2 forms of identification:

 

We can only accept the following – which must match the address on your driving license:

 

 

  •  Utility Bill (main one – mobile phone bills are not accepted)
  • Bank Statement
  • Credit Card Statement
  • Council Tax Bill
  • An HMRC Document as follows but subject to the first proof of address being a utility bill:
    • Working Tax Credits
    • Disability Living Allowance
    • Housing Benefit
    • Child Benefits
    • Carer’s Allowance
    • Widow/er’s Pension
  • These must be dated within 3 months of your hire. 
What is it like to drive a classic VW Camper?

We will provide a one hour induction and test drive to get you accustomed to classic campervan driving.

We also provide an induction video and QR codes in the campervan with prompts from the video chapters for on the go.

You can also read our blog article about driving a VW Camper.

Also, see our detailed checkout videos on all aspects of each campervan here:

 

What is the full kit list included with the campervan hire?

5X knives, forks, spoons and teaspoons
5X plastic wine glasses
1X frying pan
1X pan
1X chopping boards
5X plastic storage bowls with lid
5 X plastic plates
5X plastic dessert bowls
1X tea towel
1X washing up bowl
heat proof mats
cooking spatulas / spoons / tongues
Chopping knife
1X tin opener
1X decorative bunting
4-5 adult’s deck chairs
1X bottle of camping gas
Electrical hook up with RCD breaker (2 plugs)
1X CD player with MP3 socket
1X kettle (used with gas hob)
1X battery operated lamp
1X gas two ring burner hob
1X lighter for gas hob
1X Campervan cookbook (with loads of interesting stuff about campervans too!)
1x Oil filled electric heater (Only supplied in winter months, to be used with mains hook up)
Integrated table

First aid kit 

Is there a power socket?

The campervan comes with a USB connector to charge phones / Sat Navs whist on the go. 

If parked up at the campsite, we recommend that you opt fo a pitch with a mains hook up service. The campervan comes with a 16amp mains hookup cable, to allow you to then connect your domestic plug appliances.

Is there parking at your premises whilst we are on hire?

There is off street parking on a gated, private road. You are welcome to leave your domedtic car (no trucks or vans please) with us whilst you are out on hire. One parking space available per hire. Note that whilst vehicles are left at your own risk, we have never had any issues before. Our Classic VW campervan hire in London is based in Croydon. We will provide full pickup address details on confirmation of your booking.

Is there AA cover?

Yes, our vehicles come with AA cover.

Are there any security measures?

Yes, our vehicles come with an alarm, tracker and also automatic fire supression systems.

Contact Us

Tell us about your campervan hire travel plans and dates, so that we can get back to you with a detailed info pack, confirm availability and send a quote.

Belinda Hire Aug 20

We hired out the beautiful Belinda bus for a road trip to Dorset. She drove amazingly and had lots of interest from other people. Nathalie is lovely and very professional, I highly recommend and will definitely be using again, Thank you for some brilliant memories.

Lucy M

Belinda Hire Aug 20

WOW, WOW, WOW and WOW is what I want to say!
I hired Belinda and we took her down to Worthing for the day – she was a real beauty.

I hired one for my wife’s  40th birthday and she loved it and so did the kids. We had one of the best days, we had lunch in the camper which was lovely and there was plenty of room. Belinda was a pleasure to drive and what an experience.

Dinzn K

Buttercup Hire July 20

We have just returned from a wonderful few days in the New Forest with the lovely Buttercup.

Buttercup was clean, tidy and fully sanitised ready for us. She was stocked with everything we needed for our break.

She was such fun to have, a real head turner- lots of people stopped to talk to us about her.

Samantha W