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Discover Yorkshire with car hire Leeds Airport 

Rent a car in Leeds Airport and experience a vibrant, welcoming city bursting with energy. From renowned art galleries and thriving theatres to atmospheric pubs and football fandamonium, this Yorkshire city is brimming with engaging entertainment and dynamic activity. The retail scene lets you scratch your shopping itch while the culinary options fill your foodie fix. With proximity to magnificent historic estates and stunning nature reserves, Leeds even provides for the outdoor lover. Get a deal on Leeds car hire and plan your trip, today. 

Picking up car rental Leeds Airport 

The bustling Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) was once known as the Yeadon Airport, and many locals still know it by this original name. A flight from Leeds Bradford Airport can take you to dozens of places around the UK and the world, so you can book your round trip plane ticket to London, Dublin, Amsterdam, and New York. It is well-equipped with a range of eateries and shops, information desks, ATMs, and free WiFi for your visit. The Car Rental Centre is where you will collect your car hire, and is reachable via a 15-minute walk through the terminal following the signs through the Mid Stay car park.  

What you need to know when driving your car hire from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)

Keep these driving tips in mind when picking up your car rentals Leeds. 

  • The Leeds downtown area is less than ten miles from the airport, and the drive should take 25-30 minutes under normal traffic conditions. When you leave the terminal, turn left onto Whitehouse Lane, then left again onto the A658. Continue straight through onto the B6152, and follow it as it veers left and becomes the A65 and takes you into the heart of the city. 

  • Familiarise yourself with the city centre loop in Leeds—it is a one-way circuit around the central area that can help you navigate in the city. 

  • Rent a GPS unit with your hire car to help you navigate.

  • There are a handful of toll roads around the UK, which can be paid with cash or credit. Plan your route in advance so you know what to expect. 

  • Looking to park your car rental? Leeds Bradford Airport offers short-stay, mid-stay, and long-term parking spaces. In Leeds city centre, there is plenty of on-street parking, which charge a range of location-dependent rates between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday. From 6pm to 10pm, the renter pays a flat rate fee of £3. You may also find a spot in a parking garage, such as the First District Arena, which has roughly 1,200 spaces. 

  • The speed limit in Leeds is measured in miles per hour or mph. Most roads within the Inner Ring Road are 20mph. Other areas range from 30-60mph, so make sure to keep an eye out on road signs to make sure you’re keeping within the speed limit.  

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Car hire Leeds adventure: Things to do  

Arts and culture

An ornate laneway in a shop with an arched glass ceiling. Street art and energetic festivals set the tone for a city loaded with creative culture. A visit to the Leeds Art Gallery, The Henry Moore Institute, and The Tetley are must-dos. See a show at one of four major theatres, numerous independent venues, or the world-class First Direct Arena. 

Historical estates

Get a unique and fascinating perspective of English history when you visit the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, Harewood House, and Temple Newsom House in your Leeds car rentals. 

The great outdoors

Get some fresh air at one of the lush city green spaces like Roundhay Park, or head to the wetland haven in Kirkstall Valley for some wildlife watching at the Rodley Nature Reserve. 

Dine out

Known as the foodie capital of the North, you can’t leave Leeds without sampling the city’s culinary delicacies. Indulge at the Man Behind the Curtain for a Michelin star experience, or keep it casual with a coffee and cake at North Star.  

A canal in Leeds.

Leeds Bradford Airport car rental top tips 

  • Many of the vehicles for hire at Leeds Bradford International Airport have manual transmission. If you require an automatic, make sure you filter your search results by this option.

  • There is a limited selection of Leeds Bradford Airport van hire available at the airport. If this is your vehicle requirement, book it well in advance to avoid missing out.  

  • If you are planning a United Kingdom road trip, most car hire companies allow you to pick up a rental vehicle in Leeds and drop it off in another city. This means you can drive your rental car to Manchester or Liverpool for the nightlife and sporting history.   

  • Head to Birmingham in your car hire to see Cadbury World or drive through Newcastle if you’re planning to continue on and explore Scotland. Just type your chosen destination in the search function to see availability and the estimated cost. Please note that the exact charge for the one way fee varies based on the dates, desired route, and car category.

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Car hire Leeds Bradford Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Cost of hiring a car at Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)?

The cost of hiring a car at Leeds Bradford Airport fluctuates based on a variety of factors. For the most accurate estimate, type your details into the search function on this page to instantly view and compare current rates from multiple brands.

GoSee provides great car hire deals from all the top leading suppliers. The most affordable cars are listed at the top of the search results, or you can take a few moments to scroll through the options to see the benefits and features of each one. As soon as you’ve found a cheap car hire deal at Leeds Bradford Airport, book immediately and securely with GoSee.

Which car hire companies operate out of Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA)?

The car hire companies at Leeds Bradford Airport include Hertz, Enterprise and Avis. They are located at the airport’s dedicated Car Rental Centre, which is a 10-to-15-minute walk from the terminal.

The Car Rental Centre is where you will pick up your car hire at Leeds Bradford Airport. Make your way there by following the walking route through the Mid Stay car park. 

How far is Leeds Bradford Airport from the city centre? 

Leeds Bradford Airport is about 20 minutes’ drive from Leeds city centre. Follow signs on the M1 and M62 motorways or the Yorkshire section of the A1. Once you arrive at the airport, on-site car park can be accessed off Whitehouse Lane.  

What petrol Stations are near Leeds Bradford Airport?

You can utilise the nearest petrol stations at the airport such as Morrisons, High Street, Yeadon, LS19 7BZ or Sainsbury’s, Apperley Lane, Yeadon, LS19 7BZ.

Do I need to return my car rental with a full tank?

It’s always a good experience to start any road trip with a full tank. Please note that you’ll need to top it up before you drop off your hire car.

As usually indicated in the rental agreement, if you do not top up your fuel, you will have to pay a refuelling service fee calculated as the difference between the fuel level written at the start of your trip and noted upon the return of the vehicle multiplied by the fuel price displayed at the rental branch. Any unused or excess fuel will not be refunded. So it is best to read through the rental agreement or double-check with the rental provider if you need to return your Leeds car rental with a full tank.

What type of documentation is required to hire a car at Leeds Bradford Airport?

Customers renting a car at Leeds Bradford Airport need to provide their valid photo ID such as a full driving licence, proof of identity (like your passport), or ID card. Plus the renter should have a valid credit card in your name for the payment and security deposit.

Renters are recommended to check whether local authorities require foreign drivers to present an International Driving Permit to avoid any fees during their rental period. Usually, renters with licences from countries that are not part of the International Driving Permit Agreement should present a certified translation.

If you booked your vehicle online, you’ll have to show the proof of the booking – either an emailed receipt or confirmation number. We recommend checking with your specific car hire company for any additional documents required.

What type of vehicle can rent in Leeds?

Finding the best Leeds Bradford car hire is so simple with GoSee as there are a lot of vehicles to choose from. You can rent a car such as Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar), Compact (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar), SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander or similar), Intermediate (Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar), or Large (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar). If you want something special, you can opt for luxury and executive vehicles (Holden SV6 or similar). Your choice would usually depend on your budget, needs, and schedule. Hire a car in Bradford now and begin your adventure.

Can I hire a car at Leeds Bradford Airport and return it to Leeds City train station?

Generally, you can hire a car at Leeds Bradford Airport and drop it off at the Leeds city train station as there are a lot of companies who allow this. In fact, if you are an Enterprise Car Club member, this will allow you to begin or end your trips within reach of their cars in airport locations or railway stations. Still, double-check with your chosen rent a car Leeds supplier for any additional fees for this kind of service.

At what age can you rent a car in the UK?

The absolute minimum age is 23 years old to drive rental cars Leeds. Age restrictions also vary by vehicle, and selected car groups are not available to drivers under the age of 25. Please check with your chosen supplier for more details.

What is the minimum rental period?

The minimum rental period for a car hire Bradford varies per brand. Some suppliers allow rental for at least 24 hours, while others have a minimum of 3 days. Please read the rental agreement of your provider or call the renting location directly for any clarifications.