Car Rental in East Midlands

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$32.04 per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$35.77 per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Compact
Vauxhall Crossland or similar
Vauxhall Crossland
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$36.68 per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
MG ZS or similar
MG ZS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$40.61 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Passat or similar
VW Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$41.38 / per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Compact
Vauxhall Crossland or similar
Vauxhall Crossland
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$78.47 / per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus STW or similar
Ford Focus STW
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$88.32 / per day
East Midlands Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$93.80 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:54 on 2022-10-06. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
44
Economy car rental price
$79.86 / per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%

Why rent a car in East Midlands?

East Midlands is one of England’s nine regions, and although the area sometimes overlooked in favor of other British destinations, it has plenty to offer. There are three large and interesting cities, typical British villages, and some of the nicest nature in all of theUnited Kingdom. Thanks to the region’s convenient location, with a rental car, you can also quickly reach London, the large northern English cities, or the North Sea coast. 

One-Way Car Rentals in East Midlands

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in East Midlands and drop off in another city include:

  • From East Midlands to Liverpool - 49 offers from $44.93 per day
  • From East Midlands to Bristol - 49 offers from $44.93 per day

Top ways to enter East Midlands

  • East Midlands Airport: Constantly growing over the past ten years, East Midlands Airport served 4.8 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for low-cost and charter airlines like Ryanair, TUI Airways, and Jet2.com. The airport is especially active during the summer months when many flights to holiday locations in Spain, Turkey, Greece, and other countries take place.
  • Birmingham Airport: Serving the United Kingdom’s second-most populated city, Birmingham Airport handled 12.4 million travelers in 2018. In addition to many European connections, the airport also has flights to and from destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Birmingham Airport is 77 km (48 mi) southwest of Nottingham, the largest urban area of East Midlands, a distance that can be traveled in about 55 minutes.
  • Manchester Airport: The busiest British airport outside London, Manchester Airport handled 28 million travelers in 2018. Made up of three terminals, the airport is served by more than 40 different airlines. Manchester Airport is 109 km (68 mi) northwest of Nottingham and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Liverpool Airport: Also known as Liverpool John Lennon Airport, it handles about five million travelers every year. The airport is a hub for low-cost carriers easyJet, Ryanair, and Wizz Air, and is often the cheapest airport to fly to in Northern England. Located 168 km (105 mi) west of Nottingham, it can be reached in about two hours.
  • Leeds Bradford Airport: Serving the two cities in West Yorkshire, Leeds-Bradford is another airport that’s popular with low-cost airlines. Growing steadily for the last decade, it served four million passengers for the first time in 2017. The airport is 130 km (81 mi) north of Nottingham and can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

City facts

  • Like the rest of Britain, East Midlands have a temperate maritime climate with mild summers, cool winters, and little temperature changes between the seasons. The average high temperature is 21°C  (70°F) in July, the hottest month, and 7°C  (44°F) in January. Precipitation is the lowest in February and March and the highest in October.
  • One of the nine official regions of England, East Midlands has an area of 15,627 km2 (6,034 sq mi). East Midlands is made up of six different counties, of which Lincolnshire is the largest and Nottinghamshire the most populous. In total, around 4.6 million people live in the East Midlands, a number that’s comparable with the population of the Republic of Ireland. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Nottingham. The largest city in the East Midlands has something for every visitor. Some of Nottingham’s landmarks are the City of Caves (a network of underground workshops, cellars, and shelters), the remains of the legendary Nottingham Castle, the Industrial Museum, Nottingham Contemporary (an art center), and, of course, a statute of Robin Hood.
  • Derby. Settled by the Romans and later inhabited by Vikings and Saxons, Derby has been an important trading and political center throughout the ages. More recently, it had a great role to play in the industrial revolution - Derby was the first place in the world where the modern factory, or mill, system was put to use. This industrial heritage can be appreciated at the Derwent Valley Mills, nowadays a tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other attractions of Derby include the Derby Arboretum (the first public park in England), Derby Market Hall, and Elvaston Castle and Country Park. 
  • Leicester. A medium-sized city, Leicester punches way about its size when it comes to impressive religious architecture. St. Nicholas Church, Leicester Cathedral, and St. Mary de Castro Church are important examples. But there are also more contemporary landmarks, like the National Space Center and the National Gas Museum. After seeing Leicester, you can visit the National Forest, an impressive woodland right next to the city.

Traffic and parking

  • The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road.
  • On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and next to red lines is illegal).
  • You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving unless you use a hands-free system.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lighting.
  • Most East Midlands cities have paid parking spots in the city center. However, the prices can often be exorbitant, so a better idea might be to park a car in one of the large car parks that are usually located near the central area - it will most likely be at least twice as cheap. 
  • In England and Wales, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for both experienced and novice drivers. Do keep in mind, however, that in Scotland the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Toll roads

Currently, there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 Toll. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels as well as for entering the central areas of London and Durham (a city in Northeast England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6 Toll is a 43km-long (27 miles) portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can either pay with cash or by credit card. As of September 2019, the price is £6.70 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.60 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.20 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • The Peak District. Also known simply as The Peak, this picturesque upland is made up of a number of small villages and the Peak District National Park. Inhabited since at least the iron age and later used for mining, The Peak is now capitalizing on its scenic beauty as a popular tourist destination. The area, perfect for a day outdoors regardless of the season, is characterized by hills, caves, long valleys, forests, and hiking paths. The area, located about 56 km (35 mi) northwest of Nottingham, can be reached in about 50 minutes.
  • Skegness. A small town on the North Sea, Skegness might have less than 20,000 inhabitants, but its population at least doubles on any bright summer day. Visitors come here to enjoy the carousels of Bottons Pleasure Beach which are located right along the seafront, Natureland Seal Sanctuary, Skegness Pier, and the long, rugged Lincolnshire Coast. Located 132 km (82 mi) northeast of Nottingham, Skegness takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach.
  • Birmingham. Better known for its industrial and economic prowess, Birmingham remains an underrated tourist destination. Yet Britain's second city has its share of hidden gems, including the Birmingham Science Museum, the Jaguar Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant and Sareholl Mill, an area that’s said to have an inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's Shire from The Lord of the Rings. Located 82 km (51 mi) southwest of Nottingham, Birmingham is just a 50 minute ride from Nottingham and is definitely worth a trip. 

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car types in East Midlands are economy, compact, and standard. The most popular rental cars are the Ford Fiesta, the VW Polo, and the Ford Focus.

Further destinations

  • Wales. With England the biggest country of the United Kingdom and Scotland having the wildest nature, Wales might fly under the radar as a tourist destination. But, with vibrant cities like Cardiff and Swansea, historic villages, beautiful remote beaches and Snowdonia National Park to the best-preserved Celtic heritage in the UK, there are plenty of reasons to visit. Wrexham, the largest city in North Wales, is 150 km (93 mi) west of Nottingham and can be reached in about 1 hour and 50 minutes. You can explore the rest of Wales from there.
  • Liverpool. The city of The Beatles, Liverpool has plenty of sites and attractions related to the famous band. But, from the impressive Royal Albert Dock to the World Museum Liverpool and one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in Europe there’s even more about this famous port city. Located 175 km (109 mi) northwest of Nottingham, Liverpool can be reached in just over two hours.
  • London. From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, from the London Eye to Piccadilly Circus, from Tower Bridge to Trafalgar Square - the capital of the United Kingdom indeed has more world-famous landmarks than it’s possible to visit in a single vacation. But the city has even more to offer, from ever-bustling arts and culture scene to uniquely distinct neighborhoods and literally every single world cuisine. A place like no other and the highlight of any trip, London is 205 km (128 mi) south of Nottingham and takes 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach.

Car Rental Prices in East Midlands

  • Station wagons - from $118 per day
  • Large cars - from $115 per day
  • Medium cars - from $127 per day
  • Small cars - from $100 per day
  • SUVs - from $162 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips and land a great rental car in East Midlands:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting East Midlands is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 60% cheaper than the yearly average and an unbelievable 85% cheaper than renting a vehicle in May.

Top 20 Cities near East Midlands

  1. 165.8 km / 103.0 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $37.24 per day
    371.2 km / 230.6 miles away
  3. Manchester Car Rentals from $78.66 per day
    106.7 km / 66.3 miles away
  4. Luton Car Rentals from $76.00 per day
    124.7 km / 77.5 miles away
  5. Belfast Car Rentals from $131.99 per day
    360.0 km / 223.7 miles away
  6. Glasgow Car Rentals from $41.64 per day
    391.9 km / 243.5 miles away
  7. Bristol Car Rentals from $71.13 per day
    174.6 km / 108.5 miles away
  8. Birmingham Car Rentals from $24.98 per day
    55.0 km / 34.2 miles away
  9. Leeds Car Rentals from $75.17 per day
    117.2 km / 72.8 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $32.04 per day
    116.0 km / 72.1 miles away
  11. Newcastle Car Rentals from $32.04 per day
    246.5 km / 153.2 miles away
  12. Inverness Car Rentals from $37.24 per day
    551.5 km / 342.7 miles away
  13. 182.6 km / 113.5 miles away
  14. Southampton Car Rentals from $20.40 per day
    214.3 km / 133.2 miles away
  15. Watford Car Rentals from $30.55 per day
    146.0 km / 90.7 miles away
  16. Reading Car Rentals from $32.04 per day
    157.8 km / 98.1 miles away
  17. Preston Car Rentals from $29.35 per day
    140.2 km / 87.1 miles away
  18. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.04 per day
    210.6 km / 130.9 miles away
  19. Leicester Car Rentals from $32.04 per day
    24.8 km / 15.4 miles away
  20. Coventry Car Rentals from $29.35 per day
    49.2 km / 30.6 miles away

Top 19 Locations near East Midlands

  1. 50.6 km / 31.5 miles away
  2. 54.0 km / 33.6 miles away
  3. 58.7 km / 36.5 miles away
  4. 61.8 km / 38.4 miles away
  5. 74.7 km / 46.4 miles away
  6. 85.9 km / 53.4 miles away
  7. 96.2 km / 59.8 miles away
  8. 97.3 km / 60.4 miles away
  9. 105.2 km / 65.4 miles away
  10. 106.1 km / 66.0 miles away
  11. Leeds Hunslet Car Rentals from $103.40 per day
    106.4 km / 66.1 miles away
  12. 106.7 km / 66.3 miles away
  13. 116.0 km / 72.1 miles away
  14. 117.2 km / 72.8 miles away
  15. 121.9 km / 75.7 miles away
  16. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $76.00 per day
    124.7 km / 77.5 miles away
  17. 149.4 km / 92.9 miles away
  18. London Edgware Car Rentals from $23.40 per day
    153.6 km / 95.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in East Midlands?

Car rental prices in East Midlands vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in East Midlands
$10.81
January
$8.20
February
$13.88
March
$32.86
April
$61.78
May
$13.88
June
$21.14
July
$43.32
August
$39.73
September
$17.20
October
$10.77
November
$17.59
December
The best month to rent a car in East Midlands is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $8.20). This is 66% cheaper than the yearly average and 87% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $61.78 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in East Midlands?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 9 days in April, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in East Midlands
7
January
6
February
6
March
5
April
6
May
7
June
6
July
6
August
7
September
7
October
9
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in East Midlands?

The most popular month for renting a car in East Midlands is March, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in East Midlands by Monthly Searches
167%
January
166%
February
173%
March
76%
April
48%
May
15%
June
23%
July
45%
August
148%
September
167%
October
94%
November
78%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
National Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Enterprise Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Alamo Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
Alamo Vauxhall Corsa 2 3 Small cars
Alamo Nissan Qashqai 5 3 SUVs
National Vauxhall Corsa 5 2 Small cars
Europcar Vauxhall Crossland 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Spain
Fiat 500
April 5, 2022
Family visit
United Kingdom
VW Polo
March 14, 2019
East Midlands very good on this visit. Pick up area easy to find and close to both are als and departures.
United Kingdom
FIAT 500
October 17, 2018
Lots to see around the Midlands.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.75 / 10
Lowest rated company
Easirent
7.52 / 10
Total rental companies
8
Average daily price
$79.86
Total cars available
88

Top 8 Suppliers in East Midlands in 2022

Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8 / 6 reviews
+4401332812828
East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2SA
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 16 reviews
+4401332812828
Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2SA
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6 / 2 reviews
+4403713840293
ARRIVALS HALL
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:11:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:10:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.5 / 6 reviews
+4403713840293
ARRIVALS HALL
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:11:00-21:00
Wed:09:00-21:00
Thu:10:00-21:00
Fri:09:00-21:00
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 2 reviews
+4401332812828
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT
Working hours
Mon:09:00-18:00
Tue:09:00-18:00
Wed:09:00-18:00
Thu:09:00-18:00
Fri:09:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-17:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+441332811240
East Midlands Airport - In Terminal
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:59
Tue:07:00-23:59
Wed:07:00-23:59
Thu:07:00-23:59
Fri:07:00-23:59
Sat:08:00-23:59
Sun:08:00-23:59
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.9 / 14 reviews
+4401332220770
Hilton Hotel, Main Lobby, Church St, Lockington, Derby DE74 2YW
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:09:00-14:00
Sun:09:00-14:00
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.5 / 11 reviews
+441332477170
Moto Donnington Services
Working hours
Mon:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-00:30; 06:00-23:59
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