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About Essential Travel Ltd is one of the UK's leading independent online travel essentials providers. Travel essentials are all the little extras that make your holiday safer, cheaper and easier.

Since 2001, we've protected over 5 million holidaymakers with our fully-comprehensive, competitively-priced travel insurance, as well as providing priority access to the most sought after car parks, hotels and lounges at all major airports across the UK.

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Travel Insurance

Cheap yet comprehensive Travel Insurance underwritten by White Horse Insurance Ireland Ltd for all types of travellers and holidays.

Choose from:

  • A wide range of polcies from Single Trip to Backpacker and cover for travellers up to 74 years of age. Our Superior Travel Insurance gives you higher cover, lower excesses and holiday protection if the airline you"re travelling with goes bust!
  • Our comprehensive online medical screening ensures you get the perfect level of protection for your individual health requirements
  • 24/7 access to your Policy Wording via My Account - our secure automated customer services centre - in case you need to make any changes!

Airport Parking

Safe, secure parking, at all major UK airports - pre-book and save up to 60% .

Choose from:

  • On-airport car parks for greater convenience
  • Off-airport car parks for great savings
  • Meet and Greet car parks for the ultimate service

Airport Hotels

Early departure, late night return - our excellent value airport hotels offer comfort and convenience at all major airports, with prices from just £25 a night.

Choose from a wide range including:

  • Affordable family rooms with play areas
  • 5* hotels with spas and fine dining
  • Professional business suites

Airport Lounges

Relax before your flight in a well-equipped, exclusive airport lounge - perfect for both business and leisure travellers, with prices from just £13.50.

With services including:

  • The latest business facilities
  • Wi-fi, fax, television, daily newspapers
  • Complimentary drinks and snacks

Car Hire

From business trips to road trips, fast cars to family cruisers. Find the perfect vehicle for your trip - airport or city pickup, from just £3.99 a day.

  • Worldwide locations
  • Fully inclusive of unlimited mileage
  • Vehicles to suit all budgets

Car Hire Excess Insurance

Don't get caught out paying high daily rates of £10-£15 to cover the excess on your car rental agreement with one of the big car hire firms. provide comprehensive cover from just £1.94 a day.

  • Daily and Annual policies available
  • UK, Europe and Worldwide cover
  • Protection against theft, loss or damage to your rental car

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Any Questions?

If you have a customer query please see our Help and Support page.

If you have a comment or concern about any aspect of our booking service or website, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the form on our Contact Us page. Alternatively you can call us on: 0845 803 5434

Essential Travel is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Essential Travel Ltd. Registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 4331342

Registered Office
Essential Travel Ltd, Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough, PE3 8SB


Any enquiry or complaint you may have regarding your policy may be addressed to:

Complaints Department
Essential Travel Limited
The Thomas Cook Business Park
Coningsby Road
North Bretton

All calls made on our telephone numbers are charged at National Call Rate. Please quote the Policy or Booking Reference number shown on the first page of your Booking Confirmation to help your enquiry to be dealt with speedily.

We endeavor to respond to all complaints within 4 working days.

If you are still not satisfied with the way a complaint has been dealt with you may ask the Financial Ombudsman Service Bureau to review your case without prejudice to your rights in law.

The address is: The Insurance Ombudsman Bureau, South Quay Plaza, 183 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SR