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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Luton Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$17.97 per day
Luton Airport Car Rental
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$32.56 per day
Luton Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$36.47 per day
Luton Airport Car Rental
Intermediate
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$63.28 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Luton Airport Car Rental
Standard
Hyundai Tucson or similar
Hyundai Tucson
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
$64.44 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Full-size
BMW 3 Series or similar
BMW 3 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$106.94 / per day
Luton Airport Car Rental
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$126.81 / per day
Luton Airport Car Rental
Minivan
Ford Tourneo or similar
Ford Tourneo
  • 9
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$141.66 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 14:52 on 2023-01-27. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
44
Average car rental price
$74.34 / per day
Average car rental length
3 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%
Rating
9.2

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 Car Rental

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 $28.56 per day
  • From Luton to Birmingham - 78 offers from $29.46 per day
  • From Luton to Glasgow - 78 offers from $31.26 per day
  • From Luton to Manchester - 78 offers from $29.46 per day
  • From Luton to Southampton - 37 offers from $29.46 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 a day-trip

  • 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 $73 per day
  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $54 per day
  • Vans - from $121 per day
  • Premium cars - from $149 per day
  • Small cars - from $41 per day
  • SUVs - from $95 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.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

What travel writers say

Rolling green hills and some quaint little villages are going to be the backdrop as you roll down the windows and drive through the English countryside. From the bustling city of London to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England (along with the rest of the UK) has many places to see and things to do and driving across the country is the best way to do it!
KR
Kiersten Rich
Hi! I’m Kiki, a California native, who left my career in corporate finance to become a world traveler.
There’s genuinely no better way to explore the UK than on a road trip across the UK. A road trip is by far the best way to get an authentic taste of British life as you get to see (and do) so much more than you would if you explore the country any other way. Taking a train, flight or coach will take you to pretty much pre-defined stops where everyone wants to visit but on a road trip, you get so much more control, which in turn means you have the best experience possible in the UK.
YO&LG
Yaya Onalaja-Aliu & Lloyd Griffiths
Hand Luggage Only was born back in April 2014 on a surprisingly warm afternoon in Yaya’s college room at University of Cambridge. In what seemed like an oasis of calm between assignments, Yaya and Lloyd (that’s us!) were talking about sharing our travel stories and photos with others like-minded travellers on the internet.

Top 20 Cities near Luton

  1. London Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    49.4 km / 30.7 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $18.83 per day
    492.0 km / 305.7 miles away
  3. 81.8 km / 50.8 miles away
  4. 217.4 km / 135.1 miles away
  5. Glasgow Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    515.8 km / 320.5 miles away
  6. Belfast Car Rentals from $29.93 per day
    474.8 km / 295.1 miles away
  7. Birmingham Car Rentals from $33.15 per day
    111.0 km / 69.0 miles away
  8. 158.1 km / 98.3 miles away
  9. Liverpool Car Rentals from $27.49 per day
    230.4 km / 143.2 miles away
  10. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.37 per day
    671.0 km / 417.0 miles away
  11. Leeds Car Rentals from $61.77 per day
    235.9 km / 146.6 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $35.68 per day
    352.2 km / 218.9 miles away
  13. 129.4 km / 80.4 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    209.3 km / 130.0 miles away
  15. Crawley Car Rentals from $28.24 per day
    87.1 km / 54.1 miles away
  16. 595.0 km / 369.7 miles away
  17. Exeter Car Rentals from $40.18 per day
    244.5 km / 151.9 miles away
  18. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $50.12 per day
    157.7 km / 98.0 miles away
  19. 60.0 km / 37.3 miles away
  20. Sheffield Car Rentals from $32.47 per day
    180.9 km / 112.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Luton

  1. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $17.97 per day
    3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
  2. 29.9 km / 18.6 miles away
  3. 38.2 km / 23.8 miles away
  4. 43.6 km / 27.1 miles away
  5. 43.6 km / 27.1 miles away
  6. 43.7 km / 27.2 miles away
  7. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  8. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  9. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  10. 43.9 km / 27.2 miles away
  11. 44.5 km / 27.7 miles away
  12. 45.1 km / 28.0 miles away
  13. 47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  14. 47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  15. London Fulham Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  16. 48.5 km / 30.1 miles away
  17. London Ilford Car Rentals from $23.13 per day
    49.4 km / 30.7 miles away
  18. 52.9 km / 32.9 miles away
  19. London Lewisham Car Rentals from $25.00 per day
    54.6 km / 33.9 miles away
  20. Reading East Car Rentals from $41.62 per day
    60.3 km / 37.5 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Luton 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 Luton
$24.72
January
$18.05
February
$47.46
March
$46.29
April
$41.32
May
$40.84
June
$53.17
July
$26.26
August
$24.12
September
$20.99
October
$15.70
November
$26.53
December
The best month to rent a car in Luton is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $15.70). This is 51% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $53.17 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Luton?

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

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Luton is May, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Luton by Monthly Searches
97%
January
89%
February
87%
March
108%
April
125%
May
73%
June
121%
July
125%
August
90%
September
97%
October
92%
November
96%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
National Nissan Juke 4 3 SUVs
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
National Nissan Juke 4 4 SUVs
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Keddy Vauxhall Crossland 5 2 SUVs
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 3 Medium 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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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..

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Europcar
8.76 / 10
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
7.53 / 10
Total number of reviews
5
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$74.34
Lowest daily price
$18.41
Total cars available
269

Top 11 Suppliers in Luton in 2023

Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.8 / 9 reviews
+4403713843413
President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
$32 - $102
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.7 / 5 reviews
+4401582803520
Unit 1, Dalroad Industrial Estate, Dallow Rd, Luton LU1 1SP
$42 - $116
Working hours
Mon:08:30-17:30
Tue:08:30-17:30
Wed:08:30-17:30
Thu:08:30-17:30
Fri:08:30-17:30
Sat:09:00-12:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7 / 15 reviews
+4403713843413
President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
$24 - $78
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.7 / 22 reviews
+441582390969
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
$48 - $179
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.7 / 3 reviews
+441582390969
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
$50 - $177
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
+4403445446021
London Luton Airport
$41 - $78
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-14:00
Sun:10:00-20:00
National
National
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
+441582390969
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
$54 - $191
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.4 / 5 reviews
+442070188246
24-34 Crawley Road
$60 - $146
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+441582431694
Unit 1, Barratt Industrial Estate, Airport Way - Off Airport
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:00:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.8 / 121 reviews
+441582788231 / +441582344812
Airparks, Grove Rd, Slip End, Luton
$18 - $130
Working hours
Mon:06:00-00:30
Tue:06:00-00:30
Wed:06:00-00:30
Thu:06:00-00:30
Fri:06:00-00:30
Sat:06:00-00:30
Sun:06:00-00:30
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5 / 56 reviews
+441582797311
42-50 Kimpton Rd, Luton LU2 0FP
$32 - $67
Working hours
Mon:07:00-20:00
Tue:07:00-20:00
Wed:07:00-20:00
Thu:07:00-20:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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