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Travel Information

Country code
Traffic direction
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC

Why rent a car in Luton?

Luton is a great place for renting a car. An underrated tourism destination, it is home to interesting history and many cultures. Its close proximity not only to London, but also to Birmingham, the British Coast, and a number of nature areas, makes it a great base for exploring the rest of Britain with a rental car.

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 € 26.27 per day
  • From Luton to Birmingham - 78 offers from € 27.09 per day
  • From Luton to Glasgow - 78 offers from € 28.75 per day
  • From Luton to Bournemouth - 4 offers from € 41.20 per day
  • From Luton to Manchester - 78 offers from € 27.09 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.

Useful 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 tips

  • 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.

Most popular rental types and 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.

Car Rental Prices in Luton

How can I save money on my rental car?

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.

Top 20 Cities near Luton

  1. London Car Rentals from $13.41 per day
    44.5 km / 27.7 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $12.78 per day
    492.0 km / 305.7 miles away
  3. 217.4 km / 135.1 miles away
  4. Glasgow Car Rentals from $40.51 per day
    508.8 km / 316.2 miles away
  5. Belfast Car Rentals from $41.30 per day
    474.2 km / 294.7 miles away
  6. Birmingham Car Rentals from $18.84 per day
    111.0 km / 69.0 miles away
  7. Leeds Car Rentals from $25.28 per day
    235.9 km / 146.6 miles away
  8. Bristol Car Rentals from $40.02 per day
    162.6 km / 101.1 miles away
  9. Inverness Car Rentals from $30.34 per day
    671.0 km / 417.0 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $21.83 per day
    230.4 km / 143.2 miles away
  11. Newcastle Car Rentals from $42.40 per day
    360.9 km / 224.2 miles away
  12. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $20.68 per day
    602.8 km / 374.5 miles away
  13. Croydon Car Rentals from $48.16 per day
    59.8 km / 37.2 miles away
  14. Southampton Car Rentals from $23.50 per day
    120.4 km / 74.8 miles away
  15. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.85 per day
    209.3 km / 130.0 miles away
  16. Watford Car Rentals from $35.34 per day
    25.8 km / 16.0 miles away
  17. East Midlands Car Rentals from $62.24 per day
    122.4 km / 76.1 miles away
  18. Reading Car Rentals from $44.61 per day
    63.7 km / 39.6 miles away
  19. Bolton Car Rentals from $42.65 per day
    230.5 km / 143.2 miles away
  20. Preston Car Rentals from $44.61 per day
    261.5 km / 162.5 miles away

Top 19 Locations near Luton

  1. Luton Airport Car Rentals from $13.62 per day
    3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
  2. London Edgware Car Rentals from $26.96 per day
    31.9 km / 19.8 miles away
  3. London Southgate Car Rentals from $49.81 per day
    34.1 km / 21.2 miles away
  4. 38.6 km / 24.0 miles away
  5. 43.6 km / 27.1 miles away
  6. 43.6 km / 27.1 miles away
  7. 43.7 km / 27.2 miles away
  8. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  9. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  10. 43.8 km / 27.2 miles away
  11. 43.9 km / 27.2 miles away
  12. 44.5 km / 27.7 miles away
  13. 45.0 km / 28.0 miles away
  14. 45.1 km / 28.0 miles away
  15. 47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  16. 47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  17. London Fulham Car Rentals from $12.16 per day
    47.3 km / 29.4 miles away
  18. 48.5 km / 30.1 miles away
  19. London Ilford Car Rentals from $12.16 per day
    49.4 km / 30.7 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
The best month to rent a car in Luton is November (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.49). This is 51% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $55.84 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

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Luton is January, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Luton by Monthly Searches

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency 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
GreenMotion Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Europcar Vauxhall Corsa 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Toyota Verso 5 1 Vans
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Easirent Ford Kuga 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.

Ford Focus
August 4, 2020
Hilton Hotel at Parkway station stores the luggage free of charge, even if you are not a hotel guest.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
July 31, 2020
a bit far out to rent but there is a buss from luton town centre to the rental. dont take the shuttle bus to the airport. easier to just pay for a bus from the town.
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.
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..

Top 10 Suppliers in Luton in 2022

Exceptional 9.3
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Exceptional 9.2
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Exceptional 9.2
Car Rental Airport, President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Excellent 8.6
Station Road
Excellent 8.6
President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Working hours
Excellent 8.5
Enterprise Rent A Car
Working hours
Excellent 8.2
President Way, Luton LU2 9NL
Working hours
Very good 7.5
42-50 Kimpton Rd, Luton LU2 0FP
Working hours
Very good 7.4
+441582788231 / +441582344812
Airparks, Grove Rd, Slip End, Luton
Working hours
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / 442038980140
250 President Way, Luton LU2 9LY, UK
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