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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Leeds Bradford Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$27.04 / per day
Leeds Hunslet
Economy
Renault Clio or similar
Renault Clio
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
SIXT
$34.00 / per day
Downtown
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$35.27 / per day
Leeds Bradford Airport
Compact SUV
Nissan Juke or similar
Nissan Juke
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$35.33 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Leeds Bradford Airport
Standard SUV
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$51.59 / per day
Leeds Bradford Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$53.64 / per day
Downtown
Premium
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
$61.85 / per day
Leeds Bradford Airport
Full-size SUV
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$64.61 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:20 on 2024-04-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+44
Average car rental price
$45 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.3 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.93 per liter or $7.31 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.77 per liter or $6.70 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.21 per liter or $8.35 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Leeds?

Leeds is a fascinating city to explore. Although best known for its industrial heritage, the city has massively developed during the last couple of decades and is now a large center of finance, culture, and innovation. From beautiful architecture to high-class restaurants, it has plenty of things and activities to keep even the most demanding visitor excited.

Leeds

One-Way Car Rentals in Leeds

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

  • From Leeds to Edinburgh - 48 offers from $42.34 per day
  • From Leeds to Manchester - 48 offers from $41.02 per day

Top ways to enter Leeds

  • Leeds Bradford Airport: Serving the two large cities of West Yorkshire, Leeds-Bradford is the 15th-busiest airport in the United Kingdom. Ten different airlines fly to and from the airport as of July 2019, and it handles about four million passengers annually. The airport is just 13km (8miles) northwest of the city center of Leeds and can be reached in 20-30 minutes, depending on the traffic. 
  • Manchester Airport: The busiest British airport outside of London, Manchester Airport handled 28 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large base for a number of airlines including some low-cost carriers. Located 92km (57 miles) southwest of Leeds, it can be reached in about 90 minutes.
  • Liverpool Airport: Another airport in the northwest of England, Liverpool-John Lennon is a large base for the low-cost companies easyJet, Wizz Air, and Ryanair. The airport is located 116km (72 miles) from Leeds, a distance that can be traveled in 1 hour and 45 minutes by car.
  • East Midlands Airport: Serving not just a single city, but the larger region of East Midlands, this airport  is nearly equidistant from Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester. East Midlands Airport is especially active during the summer months when it offers many flights to and from Southern European countries like Spain, Italy, and Greece. Located 129km (80 miles) south of Leeds, it can be reached in about 90 minutes.  
  • Newcastle Airport: Located in Newcastle upon Tyne not far from England’s border with Scotland, this international airport serves more than five million travelers every year. A focus city for a number of low-cost companies, including Jet2.com, easyJet, and Ryanair, it provides flights to a large number of European countries, and even some destinations in North America. Located 167km (104 miles) north of Leeds, the airport can be reached in just under two hours.
  • By rail: If you arrive in Leeds by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Leeds Station.

City facts

  • Like the rest of England, Leeds has an oceanic climate with mild winters, cool summers, and little temperature changes between the seasons. The average high temperature is 20°C  (68°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 6°C  (43°F) in January and February. August is the rainiest month, while February is the driest.
  • The population of Leeds is about 812,000 as of March 2023, but another 1,1 million people live in the larger West Yorkshire Urban Area. Also including Bradford, Wakefield, Huddersfield, and other nearby cities from the region, it is the largest urban area in Yorkshire and the fourth-largest in the United Kingdom.

Top destinations and activities

  • Millenium Square. The city’s central square is the beating heart of Leeds and what most English people have in mind when they think of the city. The square hosts a number of attractions including galleries and concert venues, as well as some of the city’s prettiest architecture like the Leeds Civic Hall. Many other landmarks of Leeds are within walking distance from the square.
  • Victoria Quarter. Shopping districts usually don’t differ much from one city to the next, but the one in Leeds is very much an exception. The area was renewed in 1990 to resemble the historic Victorian district of the same name. Made up of shopping arcades with glass roofs, floor mosaics, marble columns, and encrusted facades, the quarter is very much worth a visit even if you’re not looking to buy anything.
  • Leeds City Museum. Located in one of the most impressive buildings in the city, the museum is made up of a number of exhibits. Some of those are the Life on Earth gallery of natural history; Ancient Worlds gallery with relics from the ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian civilizations; and Leeds Story gallery focusing on the city’s long and interesting history from prehistoric times to the medieval era, the industrial revolution, and the present day. Leeds City Museum celebrated its 200th birthday in 2019, with many special events dedicated to the celebration.
  • Leeds Industry Museum. Appropriately located in the former mills, Leeds Industry Museum is one of the best places to learn about the city’s manufacturing heritage that led to its rise as one of the most important in Britain. Visitors especially enjoy the museum’s railway collection, which has several retro locomotives on display. The museum is located west of the city center and takes about ten minutes to reach by car.
  • Roundhay Park. In the northeast of Leeds, Roundhay Park is one of the best parks in the city and one of the biggest city parks in Europe. The park is visited by millions of travelers every year. There are many things to see and do in Roundhay Park — from exploring its gardens and seeing its beautiful architectural buildings, such as The Mansion House, to visiting Tropical World.

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 (70mph) on motorways, 112km/h (70mph) on dual carriageways, 96km/h (60mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30mph) in residential areas and areas with street lighting.
  • 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 registration of the car need 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 North East England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43km (27 miles) long 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 pay by either cash or credit card. As of March 2019, the price is £6.40 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.10 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

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website

Ideas for day trips

  • Sheffield. Known as the Steel City thanks to its impressive metalworking past, Sheffield has lately tried to reinvent itself as a music and culture center. Consequently, it has a wide array of landmarks from Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet to Graves Gallery, Kelham Island Museum, and even the National Videogame Museum. The Millennium Gallery is also very popular, and it is connected to Sheffield Winter Garden, one of the largest urban glasshouses in the UK.  The city is also not short on impressive architecture like Sheffield Anglican Cathedral and Arts Tower. Located 58km (36 miles) south of Leeds, Sheffield can be reached in about 50 minutes.
  • York. York is a must-see English city for any history buff. One of the last remaining walled cities of Britain, it was founded by the Romans in the 1st century AD and has been an important political, trading, and cultural center ever since. Landmarks include Clifford’s Tower, Jorvik Viking Center, and York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Europe. Among more contemporary attractions is the awesome National Railway Museum. Just 38km (24 miles) northeast of Leeds, York can be reached in about 40 minutes.
  • Kingston upon Hull. Often called simply Hull after the river on which it is located, this northern English city is rich in medieval, nautical, and industrial heritage. There’s plenty to enjoy here, from the beautiful Queen’s Gardens and the Maritime Museum (former Whaling Museum) to Ferens Art Gallery and the Streetlife Museum of Transport. Hull is located near the coast of the North Sea which you can easily travel to with a rental car. Located 101km (63 miles) northeast of Leeds, the city can be reached in about 80 minutes.
  • Harrogate. A former spa town with a strong Victorian heritage, Harrogate is another popular day trip in the area. Its highlights include Bettys Tea Rooms, a beloved local cafeteria, and shop located in an elegant historical building, as well as several public gardens and green spaces. A highlight, though, is the Turkish Baths. The architecture inside the building is impressive, and it offers great treatments. Also, Valley Gardens Harrogate is worth visiting. Harrogate is 16 miles (26 km) north of Leeds, a trip that can be made in about 35 minutes. If you're making the trip, also consider stopping in Knaresborough, a hidden gem in North Yorkshire.
  • Peak District National Park. A large upland of moors, hills, gorges, and waters, the Peak District is a vast protected area southwest of Leeds. There is a network of hiking paths, and travelers can also try activities like mountain biking, boating, or paragliding. The park is home to wildlife species like the short-eared owl, European polecat, and red deer. The nearest corner of the park is around just 50km (31 miles) from Leeds and can be reached in about 45 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car Leeds is Vauxhall Corsa. Many travelers also pick the Vauxhall Astra and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.

Further destinations

  • Liverpool. Liverpool is world-famous as the birthplace of The Beatles and the city has plenty of landmarks and tours related to the band’s history. But there are other attractions, too, like the Liverpool docklands area, St. George’s Hall, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, and one of the largest Chinatowns in Europe. Located just 119km (74 miles) southwest of Leeds and reached within 1 hour and 30 minutes, Liverpool is very much worth a visit.
  • Lake District National Park. Located north of Manchester on a large peninsula bordering the Irish Sea, Lake District is rightfully considered one of the most scenic parts of England. Made up of almost 70 lakes and tarns, as well as jagged, forested mountains and hills, the area has a very extensive network of hiking and cycling paths. A car trip from Leeds will take about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Scotland. With its long coastline, many national parks, majestic highlands, and deep mountain lakes, Scotland remains home to some of Europe’s wildest and most impressive nature. But there are cities, too, from coastal Aberdeen to fun Glasgow and classy, historic Edinburgh. The latter, the capital of Scotland, is 350km (218 miles) north of Leeds and can be reached in under four hours. You can explore the rest of Scotland from there.

Car Rental Prices in Leeds

  • Station wagons - from $62 per day
  • Large cars - from $35 per day
  • Medium cars - from $30 per day
  • Vans - from $73 per day
  • Premium cars - from $60 per day
  • Small cars - from $27 per day
  • SUVs - from $35 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow these tips to land a good rental car in Leeds:

  • 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 Leeds is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 60% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit Yorkshire in early springtime! 
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Leeds?

Car rental prices in Leeds vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Leeds
$23.52
January
$37.70
February
$51.21
March
$38.88
April
$47.70
May
$68.52
June
$90.06
July
$50.51
August
$60.62
September
$51.67
October
$41.03
November
$39.89
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Leeds is January (when prices average $23.52 per day). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 74% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $90.06).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Leeds?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in April, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in November, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Leeds
7
January
6
February
5
March
9
April
6
May
6
June
8
July
6
August
5
September
6
October
4
November
6
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Leeds is January, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Leeds by pick-up date relative to the average
223%
January
100%
February
60%
March
85%
April
102%
May
77%
June
89%
July
108%
August
91%
September
100%
October
87%
November
79%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Arnold Clark, Enterprise, Alamo, Avis
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $27 per day
Cheapest supplier Drivalia

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 Vans
Drivalia Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

New Zealand
Kia Ceed
January 15, 2024
Visiting family whilst here from New Zealand.
New Zealand
Ford Fiesta
August 18, 2023
Researching fathers ancestry. Interesting
United Kingdom
Kia Ceed
March 8, 2023
It was a great day out travelling.
Spain
Fiat 500
March 6, 2023
Suprise birthday and vacation
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.1 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
9
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
$45.41
Lowest daily price
$27.04
Total cars available
317

Top 13 Suppliers in Leeds in 2024

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.1 / 21 reviews
1 location
$41 - $232
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9 / 14 reviews
3 locations
$36 - $179
Drivalia
Drivalia
Very good 8.7 / 29 reviews
1 location
$27 - $960
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 11 reviews
1 location
$35 - $113
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 4 reviews
1 location
$61
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8 / 2 reviews
1 location
$35 - $84
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 1 review
1 location
$36 - $95
National
National
Good 7.8 / 3 reviews
1 location
$38 - $119
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$71
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.8 / 1 review
1 location
$34 - $56
Easirent
Easirent
Good 7.7 / 56 reviews
1 location
Budget
Budget
Good 7.5
1 location
$36 - $105
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 1 review
1 location
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