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Luton, United Kingdom
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Luton Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$21.28 / per day
Luton Airport
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$27.54 / per day
Luton Airport
Compact Crossover
Kia Niro or similar
Kia Niro
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
$32.42 / per day
Downtown
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$39.12 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Luton Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$59.56 / per day
Luton Airport
Standard
Vauxhall Insignia or similar
Vauxhall Insignia
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$64.76 / per day
Luton Airport
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$77.14 / per day
Luton Airport
Full-size
BMW 3 series or similar
BMW 3 series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$86.27 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:49 on 2024-06-08. 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
$51 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
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.89 per liter or $7.14 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.81 per liter or $6.85 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.09 per liter or $7.91 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Luton?

Luton is an interesting place to explore. Best known for its international airport and being a gateway to London, it is home to a variety of different cultures and a number of hidden gems. Better yet, it can also serve as a base for accessing the nearby coastline and exploring the rest of Southeast England.

Luton

One-Way Car Rentals in Luton

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

  • From Luton to London - 156 offers from $28.21 per day
  • From Luton to Birmingham - 78 offers from $29.10 per day
  • From Luton to Glasgow - 78 offers from $30.88 per day
  • From Luton to Southampton - 37 offers from $29.10 per day
  • From Luton to Bournemouth - 4 offers from $44.25 per day

Top ways to enter Luton

  • Luton Airport. Popular with a number of low-cost airlines, Luton Airport serves more than 16 million passengers annually. The airport is located about 45 km (28 mi) from downtown London, but just 2.4 km (1.5 mi) from Luton.
  • London Heathrow Airport. The busiest airport not only in London, but also the United Kingdom and Europe, London-Heathrow is about 50 minute ride from Luton.
  • London Gatwick Airport. Another large international airport serving London, Gatwick provides connections to and from most of Europe, as well as destinations on other continents. The airport is about 83 km (56 mi) from Luton.
  • Birmingham Airport. A base for five different airlines, Birmingham Airport serves the United Kingdom’s second largest city and the wider West Midlands region. The airport is about a 90 minute drive north of Luton.
  • By rail. If you’re arriving in Luton by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Luton Railway Station.

City facts

  • Luton has a temperate maritime climate with relatively small temperature changes between different seasons. The average temperature is 17 °C  (62.5 °F) in July and 4 °C  (39 °F) in January and February. The rainiest months are October and November.
  • Luton is one of the most multicultural cities of Britain. It has large Indian, Pakistani, Irish, Caribbean, and African communities. These different influences can be observed in the city’s varied neighborhoods, cuisine, and places of worship.

Top destinations and activities

  • Wardown Park. Luton is famous for its many parks, but Wardown arguably takes the first prize. It attracts visitors with its fountain and boating lake, as well as important places that are located inside it like the Luton Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion. Some other green areas of Luton include Brantwood Park, Stockwood Park, and Kidney Wood.
  • Guru Nanak Gurdwara. One of the most famous Sikh temples outside India, Guru Nanak Gurdwara is both a place of worship and a significant cultural center. Inside the temple and in the around it you can enjoy some of the famous Sikh hospitality and equally well-known Sikh cuisine.
  • St. Mary’s Church. More than 850 years old, this Anglican church is one of the most important architectural and cultural monuments of Luton. Rebuilt a number of times, it is best known for the beautiful stained glass image of Sir John Wenlock, a medieval English diplomat and soldier. 

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 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lightning.
  • 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.
  • The insurance and documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, 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 43 km (27 mi) 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

  • Whipsnade Zoo. Both a zoo and a safari park, ZSL Whipsnade is the largest conversation area in Britain. It is home to a great number of animal species that include African hunting dogs, African lions, cheetahs, and even white rhinos. Whipsnade Zoo is just outside Luton and can be reached by car in about 20 minutes.
  • Standalone Farm. Just an hour’s drive north of London is perhaps not where you’d expect to find the most idyllic of British farms, but Standalone is just that place. Park at the entrance and go on a long walk to observe pigs, chickens, horses, goats, and even alpacas. Despite its name, the farm is just 13 km (20 mi) north of Luton.
  • Hatfield House. A childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I, Hatfield is a country house surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens. Come here to marvel at the unique Jacobean architecture that’s more than 400 years old or simply to spend a fun day outdoors. Hatfield House is about half an hour’s drive southeast of Luton.
  • Cambridge. One of the most famous university cities in the world, Cambridge can be a delightful place to visit. Many of the educational buildings are also places of tourist interest such as the impressive King’s, Queen’s, and Trinity Colleges. Cambridge is also home to some of the best museums in the UK, including the Fitzwilliam Museum of arts and antiquities, as well as the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences. Located 41 miles (66 km) northeast of Luton, Cambridge can be reached in about an hour.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car type in Luton is an economy, closely followed by compact and intermediate. The most popular rental cars in the city are the Ford Fiesta, the Kia Stonic, and the Volvo V40.

Further destinations

  • London. The largest metropolis in Europe and, according to some estimates, the most visited city in the world, London is a truly fascinating place to visit. It has something for everyone and more diversity than most countries, yet manages to retain its unique character and flavour. London is just one hour’s drive south of Luton.
  • Birmingham. Britain’s second city might not get as much attention as some of its counterparts of the same size, but hopefully that’s about to change. As industrial and busy as always, the “City of a Thousand Trades” has recently also developed a great cultural vibe. Birmingham is about 140 mi (85 km) north of Luton.
  • Bristol. A maritime metropolis and more recently a hub of electronic music and visual arts, Bristol is one of the most unique and interesting English cities. There are a number of landmarks in this city, but its number one attraction is its character. Bristol is about two-and-a-half hour’s drive southwest of Luton.
  • Wales. Scenic and culturally distinct, Wales is one of the most interesting parts of the UK. Home of dragons and Celtic heritage, it has some of the wildest mountainscapes and beaches in the United Kingdom, as well as cozy and sophisticated cities like Cardiff and Swansea. The former, the capital of Wales, is just across the Bristol Channel from Bristol and takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach from Luton. Meanwhile, natural attractions like Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons can both be reached in about four hours.

Car Rental Prices in Luton

  • Station wagons - from $34 per day
  • Large cars - from $28 per day
  • Medium cars - from $24 per day
  • Vans - from $123 per day
  • Premium cars - from $49 per day
  • Small cars - from $21 per day
  • SUVs - from $26 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some of the things you can do to get a great car rental deal in Luton:

  • Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Luton is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 50% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 65% cheaper than renting a car in July.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Luton 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 Luton
$20.87
January
$21.23
February
$39.62
March
$38.24
April
$44.84
May
$53.93
June
$70.76
July
$53.54
August
$40.66
September
$34.37
October
$29.85
November
$39.53
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Luton is January (when prices average $20.87 per day). This is 49% cheaper than the yearly average and 71% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $70.76).

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 Luton?

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

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Luton is October, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Luton by pick-up date relative to the average
121%
January
67%
February
78%
March
82%
April
82%
May
127%
June
112%
July
98%
August
83%
September
145%
October
98%
November
105%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 2
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Keddy, Alamo, GreenMotion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $21 per day
Cheapest supplier Drivalia

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Vauxhall Crossland 5 2 SUVs
GreenMotion Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Kia Rio 5 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.

Hungary
Nissan Juke
February 27, 2024
I travelled around London. I enjoyed Cambridge very much.
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
January 29, 2024
Visiting family
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
June 8, 2023
Wales. Great views. Cute villages. Many many sheep.
Australia
Fiat 500
August 24, 2022
With hindsight, the very small car I hired was not suitable for a long 4 hour journey through the hills of Wales. However, the car was great when pottering around town.
Spain
Vauxhall Astra
July 28, 2022
Visiting relations so travelled 900 miles without incident. Great to see all the family.
Romania
Nissan Juke
July 10, 2022
St Michael's Mount in Marazion is a real wonder, King Arthur castel in Tintagel, the same. Stonehenge as always a pleasure to visit, so clean and well organized. Avebury and Glastonbury, two other jewels on South England for those who want to discover different places
Ireland
Fiat 500
June 9, 2022
It was laid out perfectly no tips as they had everything covered
Ireland
Ford Focus
March 31, 2022
Avoid London Congestion zone by Map Enjoy
Switzerland
Ford Focus
August 4, 2020
Hilton Hotel at Parkway station stores the luggage free of charge, even if you are not a hotel guest.
Ireland
Citroen C4 Cactus Auto.
May 23, 2019
Luton is not the nicest place but lovely areas around it !
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta 3d
April 29, 2019
Traveling to bath lovely time Matlock in Derbyshire was great
United Kingdom
VW Polo
April 29, 2019
Drop off & pick up too far from terminal, drop off / pick up charge the usual British rip off. The terminal building has become a shopping mall with Duty Free ? More expensive then outside so what's the point of it all.
Spain
Ford Fiesta
February 15, 2019
Pick up and drop off at Luton was good. The bus goes every 15 minutes to the Easijet desk to pick up the car. Got lost getting to motorway from Easirent and may be useful to have a flyer giving directions. Very good service.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
August 23, 2018
The only thing that was stressful was finding out where to go. There was now sign or not information anywhere saying where tongonor whichnbus to get. This ment I got the wrong bus first time which was very stressful as I was traveling along with my 4month old. After I found the collection point everything was brilliant. I can't stress enough how friendly and helpful all the staff were.
United Kingdom
Nissan X-Trail
July 18, 2018
Small and bearable!! A pleasant surprise..
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.8 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
7.1 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
17
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$51.02
Lowest daily price
$21.28
Total cars available
365

Top 11 Suppliers in Luton in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.8 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$41 - $215
Drivalia
Drivalia
Very good 8.5 / 102 reviews
1 location
$21 - $237
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.3 / 14 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $78
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.2 / 9 reviews
1 location
$36 - $130
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.1 / 32 reviews
1 location
$39 - $200
National
National
Very good 8.1 / 8 reviews
1 location
$43 - $220
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.9 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$60 - $126
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.7 / 43 reviews
2 locations
$27 - $97
Budget
Budget
Good 7.6 / 4 reviews
1 location
$36 - $130
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2
1 location
$60 - $78
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.1 / 67 reviews
1 location
$32 - $126
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