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Pick up a rental car at East Midlands Airport, an ideal spot for a UK road trip

A holiday to the United Kingdom would not be complete without a road trip through the country’s stunning midlands and a visit to Robin Hood’s legendary forest. The East Midlands is exactly where it says it is, in the middle of the country near the east coast. This area is made up of six counties including popular cities such as Derby, Leicester, Northampton, and Nottingham. Explore woodlands, riverfronts and charming English towns. Travel from city to city at your own leisure in a rental car. Pick up from East Midlands Airport to begin your tour across the United Kingdom.

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What you need to know about booking your East Midlands rental car

For a quick and stress-free car hire search, book with GoSee. Type in your desired pick-up and drop-off location followed by your travel dates and sit back and relax as we do the hard part. In seconds we present multiple rental companies and vehicles so that you can easily compare the best deals online. Prefer a certain type of car? Or an automatic transmission? Use our filter feature on the left-hand side of the web page to narrow your options. 
Never pay booking fees and enjoy 24/7 access to our dedicated customer service team, available around the clock to answer any East Midlands car hire questions. 

East Midlands Airport

Situated in Leicestershire near Derby and Nottingham, four million travellers pass through the East Midlands Airport each year. The airport’s easy layout includes duty-free stores, travel shops, a nail and beauty spa, and a mix of fast food and sit-down restaurants like Castle Rock Tap Room and Kitchen. Long layover? Pre-book a spot at the Escape Lounge featuring a complimentary buffet and bar and relax in style before your flight (only £22.50). Hate waiting in long security lines? Purchase an express lane pass for only £3 to jump ahead. Cruise the web for an hour of free WiFi, with additional time available for an hourly rate. Head to Stansted Airport Car Rental Village located within walking distance from the terminal to pick up your rental car or hop on a complimentary shuttle to your designated depot.

Getting around the East Midlands

With a rental car, choose from many nearby towns to visit. Nottingham, famous for the Sherwood Forest, is a 25-minute drive northeast. Head 25 minutes west to Derby, or take 45 minutes to make your way to Birmingham in the southwest, the second largest city in the UK. 

Driving tips in your rental car

Travel times are often short due to the country’s size, making it perfect for road trips. If it’s your first time driving in the United Kingdom, here are a few tips to keep you safe:

  • Drive on the left and overtake in the right lane.
  • Rural roads can be windy and narrow, drive with caution.
  • Roundabouts are common, give way to any cars on the roundabout.
  • Turning on a red light is prohibited.
  • Children must use a car seat until the age of 12 or be at least 3.5ft tall.
  • Check out our UK toll road tips.
  • Check out our tips for driving in the UK during winter.

Parking at the airport and in the city

If you are picking up or dropping off someone at East Midlands Airport, park in the long-stay car park for a free hour or pay £3 for 30 minutes at short-stay. Rapid drop-off costs £2 for 10 minutes. Pre-book your spot if you are leaving a car at the airport. Choose from short or long stay, Meet & Greet for a valet service or Jet Parks for the cheapest option.

For parking in towns and cities around East Midlands, street parking and car parks are available. Abide by the signs displayed nearby to avoid fines. Look for free parking on nights and weekends or use Parkopedia to find open spots to park your hired car in town.

A quick guide around East Midlands region

Accommodation in East Midlands region

Finding somewhere to sleep is easy, the hard part is deciding what type of stay you prefer for your holiday. Live the suite life in high-end hotels or cozy up in an English-style bed and breakfast. Save money at a guesthouse or hostel. Or book an apartment to enjoy cooking “at home.” Here are a few of the favourites in the region:

  • Cathedral Quarter Hotel (Derby)
  • Igloo Backpackers Hostel (Nottingham)
  • Jurys Inn East Midlands (at airport)
  • Pride Apartment (Derby)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel (at airport)
  • St. James Hotel (Nottingham)
  • Sunny Mount Bed and Breakfast (Nottingham)

Annual events in the East Midlands

  • Laugh out loud at the week-long Derby Comedy Festival in early May.
  • Bring your lederhosen if you’re near Derby mid-May for German Bierfest.
  • The Nottingham Riverside Festival brings in street entertainment, food stalls and activities for everyone along the River Trent.
  • Each August Nottingham holds the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest.
  • Enjoy the Christmas markets from early December in Nottingham.

Top tourist spots

Here are a few favourites in the East Midlands region, discover them all with your hired car.

  • Tour through caves and passageways at Nottingham Castle.
  • Walk in the legendary Sherwood Forest amongst 900 oak trees, 50 minutes north of Nottingham.
  • Test your fears in the City of Caves and learn about Nottingham’s history.
  • Visit the Derby Cathedral for its vaulted ceilings and medieval tombs.
  • Head to Birmingham for great shopping, Michelin-starred restaurants and an exciting nightlife.

Ready for a UK road trip? Come to any of our depots around the country to secure car rentals from Stansted or from Gatwick. You can also choose from great car hire deals in Edinburgh, Heathrow, Liverpool and Manchester. The choice is yours!


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