Car hire in Leeds – Experience Europe’s fastest growing city in the UK
The ‘Capital of the north’ is developing at a rate that very few cities in Europe can match, despite financial crisis and recession.
Leeds in West Yorkshire is probably best known for once being a football empire.
Leeds and the surrounding cities of Bradford and Wakefield with their combined population of almost 2 million, are predicted to become England’s largest metropolitan area outside of London in the coming years.
Leeds-Bradford Airport facts
Leeds-Bradford Airport – LBA is at just over 200 meters the highest airport in England. When landing at Leeds Airport you are often privileged to the spectacular views (in clear weather) of the Yorkshire Moors.
Leeds-Bradford Airport is about 7.5 miles from Leeds city centre, on the outskirts of the small village of Yeadon which is rural Yorkshire through and through with local pubs, fish and chips and Sunday roast – the latter of course served with Yorkshire pudding on the side along with all the trimmings.
Leeds-Bradford Airport is also known as Leeds-Bradford International Airport or simply Leeds Airport. The airport in Leeds is easy to navigate as there is only a single departure hall. The airport is however extremely busy during the holiday season, so arrive at the airport in plenty of time.
The fastest route to the airport is the A65 via Horsforth.
Car hire at Leeds-Bradford Airport
You will find many car hire companies in the arrivals hall at Leeds-Bradford Airport, including the relatively new English contender GreenMotion, who emphasize on hiring environmentally friendly vehicles with low emissions.
The well known international car hire brands are of course present at Leeds-Bradford Airport including Europcar, Budget, Alamo, Avis Rent-A-Car and Hertz Rent-A-Car.
Prices of Leeds car hire at the Airport in Yeadon
Car hire at Leeds-Bradford is generally quite inexpensive for English standards.
It is for example often possible to find an Audi A4 or a similar prestige vehicle for less than £240 for a week’s car hire at Leeds-Bradford. The price of hiring a car in Leeds is often lower than in Manchester.
The cheapest hire cars from Leeds-Bradford rarely cost less than £110 for a week’s car hire, and the best offers are usually available for slightly larger vehicles.
If you request a vehicle with an automatic gearbox, the cheapest option will usually be the English produced Nissan Micra Automatic and in the class above (VW Golf class) most of the vehicles available in Leeds are Ford Focus and Opel Astra hire cars.
You can expect a small MPV with space for 7 people to be relatively inexpensive to hire, starting at less than £380 for a week’s car hire in Leeds while the larger MPVs and minibuses are often more expensive and start at £450-£600 per week.
You risk facing an additional charge at Leeds-Bradford Airport if the driver is under 25 years of age, and it is often not possible to hire a vehicle if under the age of 21. These regulations are in most part in line with the insurance companies’ regulations on the matter.
Excess on hire vehicles in England are on the other hand usually relatively low ranging from £250-£600 for the lower vehicle classes. Read more about car hire terms and conditions in Leeds in the ‘price details’ section of your car hire quote.
Fly to and from Leeds-Bradford Airport
Leeds-Bradford Airport is primarily a ‘low cost airport’ where sun craving tourists from all over Yorkshire including the larger cities of York, Bradford, Wakefield and Harrogate travel south.
The low cost airline Ryanair operates routes to numerous destinations in Spain, Italy, France and Greece as well as Faro in Portugal (Algarve), and is one of the largest by passenger numbers.
There are also airlines operating routes from Leeds-Bradford Airport to Amsterdam including KLM and English airline Jet2 who operate from Yeadon Airport in Leeds.
The larger tour operators also fly from Leeds-Bradford Airport. Tour operators such as Thomas Cook Airlines and Thompson Airways fly many tourists to southern Europe from Northern England, but Leeds-Bradford Airport is still one of the smaller airports in England by passenger numbers.