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Why rent a car at London Luton Airport?

England’s capital is a must-visit destination, with something for everyone to enjoy. You can visit Buckingham Palace and see where the Queen lives. Or the crown jewels in the historic Tower of London. It has some of the best museums and galleries in the world, and most of them are free. Its skyline is full of iconic sights, such as the Shard and the London Eye. It’s also a shopper’s paradise, from high street labels in Oxford Street to luxury goods at Harrods. The West End has world-class theatre and a night out in Soho can be nothing short of fabulous.

A hire car at Luton Airport will help you make the most of your visit and discover more unforgettable sights within a short drive from London.

How to get to and around London?

Luton Airport is 30 miles northwest of London and links to the rest of the UK are easy via the M1 and M25 motorways. A shuttle bus gets you to Luton Airport Parkway station in around 10 minutes. Thameslink and East Midlands Trains run services into central London, reaching St Pancras International station in half an hour and London Blackfriars in 45 minutes.

With a hire car at Luton Airport, you’ll be in central London in around an hour and 10 minutes, without the hassle of changing trains or carrying heavy luggage up stairs and escalators.

You can also land at Heathrow or Gatwick airports, and many budget airlines arrive at Stansted, City and Southend Airport in Rochford, Essex. Car hire is available at all the above airports as well as in Milton Keynes, 25 miles north of Luton.

Hiring a car at London Luton Airport

Car hire companies at Luton Airport are located in the car hire centre, connected to the airport via a shuttle bus service.

Opening times for some of the companies are listed below. Times may differ for bank holidays. For more details check the Expedia car hire tool.

  • Avis/Budget: Mon-Sun: 07.00 – 23.00
  • Europcar/National/Alamo: Mon-Sun: 05.30 – 23.59
  • Hertz: Mon-Sun: 07.00 – 23.30
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car: Mon-Sun: 06.00 – 24.00
  • What brands are available?

    When it comes to selecting a car hire company to book your rental car at Luton Airport, you’re spoilt for choice, as you can see from this list:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Easirent
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Firefly EU
  • Flizzr
  • Green Motion
  • Hertz
  • Interrent EU
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • National
  • Sixt
  • Must-sees within an easy drive of London

    A visit to Windsor Castle, driving an hour northwest of London via the M4, makes a great day trip. It is the Queen’s private residence, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. In the castle grounds, St George’s Chapel holds the tombs of Henry VIII, George V and Charles I. Take the M40 further northwest to historic Oxford, home to the prestigious Oxford University and admire the beautiful medieval architecture of its 38 colleges.

    Less than an hour and a half from London, or 20 minutes from Oxford, prepare to be awestruck at the sight of Blenheim Palace, the 11th Duke of Marlborough’s monumental, English Baroque-style country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It is also the birthplace of Winston Churchill and has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. Take a tour of its lavishly decorated interior and see the 180-foot long library designed by Sir Cristopher Wren, the architect of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, two hours and 15 minutes west of London, the spa town of Bath will take your breath away. Walk by the Royal Crescent for an example of the city’s magnificent Georgian architecture, visit its famous Roman Baths and soak in the waters of the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa.

    Tips and tricks for driving in the UK

    In the UK you must drive on the left-hand side and overtake on the outside right lane on motorways. On roundabouts, cars on the right have priority. Hire cars usually come with manual transmission; if you prefer a vehicle with automatic transmission, request one upon booking.

    Wearing seatbelts is mandatory and use of mobile phones while driving prohibited. Keep your driving licence always at hand, along with your ID (passport) and insurance papers. Licences issued in the EU or EEA are recognised but international licences are also accepted.

    Ready to plan your London city break?

    Feeling inspired to start planning your trip to London and other parts of the UK? The Expedia search tool can help you find the best car hire in London, flight and hotel deals and research your preferred attractions and activities before your trip.

    Choose Car Rental for a ‘Wild’ Road Trip

    Whipsnade Zoo is a 20 minute drive from Luton. Get close up to a meerkat or relax in the butterfly house, one of the largest in the UK. Or make use of your car and drive through Woburn Safari Park to watch lions and monkeys without the bars between you. Here, you can even get out of your car to meet the elephants – an unforgettable experience. If native wildlife is more for you, The Lodge at Sandy is a nature reserve run by the RSPB, and the perfect place for a stroll.

    Explore London by Car

    From the glittering heights of The Shard to the terrifying depths of the London Dungeon, there’s plenty to see and do in the UK’s capital city. With plenty of parking available, hiring a car in Luton to explore means you can pack more in, and enjoy the London skyline as you go. A drive across the iconic Tower Bridge is a must, before following the river upstream to Kew to relax in the gardens.