Liverpool Airport car hire – find cheap car hire in the UK
Liverpool John Lennon Airport – LPL, serves the city of Liverpool and the surrounding area in the Merseyside County of the North West of England.
The airport was formerly known as Speke Airport, for its location in the area of Liverpool called Speke.
Liverpool Airport is situated 7.5 miles (12 km) southeast of the city centre and easily accessible by the A561 or the A562 roads or by the local motorway network. The airport is well signposted from the M6, M62, M56 and M57 motorways.
See the map of Liverpool Airport area.
Liverpool Airport handles over 5 million passengers every year and operates flights to many destinations across Europe and in the UK.
A wide range of passenger services are available, distributed on three levels of the single terminal of Liverpool Airport.
Liverpool Airport car hire
Car hire companies can be found at Liverpool Airport on the ground floor of the Short-Stay Car Park opposite the terminal building.
Car rental at Liverpool is available from major car hire companies, such as: Hertz Car Hire, National, Alamo, Budget, Avis Rent a Car, Europcar and Enterprise Rent-a-car.
The cheapest car hire offers at Liverpool Airport range from around £95-100 for a 7-days rental of a small city car, such as Peugeot 107, or similar to £100-120 for a vehicle from an altogether better super-mini class, such as Ford Fiesta or similar. Larger and more comfortable compact class vehicles are only slightly more expensive in Liverpool. Expect prices for a VW Golf, or a similar vehicle, to start from around £125 for a week of car hire at Liverpool Airport.
With an online search engine, such as Cartrawler, you can quickly compare prices from different rental car suppliers in Liverpool and chose the most Liverpool car rental offer most appropriate for your purposes.
Car hire is available in Liverpool at the airport and in other city locations.
Fly low-cost to Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Liverpool Airport is primarily served by two major low-cost carriers: Ryanair and Easyjet.
As of late 2012, Easyjet has routes to Liverpool from Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Lanzarote, Fuertaventura, Ibiza and Minorca), Germany (Berlin), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Belgium (Brussels), France (Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Nice) Portugal (Faro, Lisbon), Switzerland (Geneva) and Poland (Krakow).
Ryanair flies to Liverpool from Portugal (Faro, Porto), Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Lanzarote, Fuertaventura, Tenerife South, Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Murcia), France (Carcassone, Bergerac, Nimes, Limoges), Norway (Oslo), Slovakia (Bratislava), Lithuania (Vilnius and Kaunas) and from a number of airports in Poland (Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Szczecin, Wroclaw and Warsaw-Modlin).
Low-cost Wizzair operator's presence at Liverpool Airport is still rather limited. You can fly to Liverpool with Wizzair from Vilnius in Lithuania and from Warsaw-Modlin and Gdansk in Poland.
For more destinations, try also Manchester Airport linked to Liverpool by rail. Manchester Airport is one of England's largest airports with a wide selection of in and outbound routes.
Liverpool tourist attractions
For centuries, Liverpool has been one of the most influential English cities, second only to London.
Frequently referred to as “New York of Europe”, Liverpool is still a major centre of industry, services and culture in England with the tourism sector in rapid development. Liverpool's a tourist offer is very diversified and includes historic heritage, world class culture, superb galleries, festivals and, of course, music with forever living legacy of the Beatles.
Liverpool UNESCO World Heritage Site
In the past, the Liverpool's development was greatly stimulated by the port activity. Although in the second half of the 20th century the Liverpool port and docklands went into decline, the city managed to pull through though economic times and found ways to revitalised the riverside area. Today, Liverpool port and docks are not only witnesses to the city's glorious maritime past, but once again, a vibrant cultural and economic centre of the city.
Six areas in the docklands and in the historic centre of the city, called Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site for being a "supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain's greatest global influence."
The city's most famous landmarks are located within Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City. Do not miss out on the Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building in the Pier Head, bearing witness to Liverpool's great wealth in the 19thand 20thcenturies.
In the Albert Dock and the Stanley Dock, learn about docking technologies which Liverpool pioneered. The Duke Street Conservation Area and the Commercial Quarter are dedicated to the mercantile areas of the port activity. The Cultural Quarter of old Liverpool hosts the cities most important civic buildings, libraries and museums.
See the map of Liverpool docklands.
Visit contemporary Liverpool
Although Liverpool might have lost much of its economic importance in the modern times, the city's cultural life is thriving. In 2008, together with Stavanger in Norway, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture.
Some of the finest museums and galleries in the UK can be visited in Liverpool, amongst them, the Tate Gallery, hosting a splendid contemporary art collection, the Walker Art Gallery, the Liverpool World Museum and the first museum worldwide dedicated to one city, the Museum of Liverpool.
Check the current program of the best Liverpool museums here.
Liverpool hosts many theatres and performing arts venues, such as Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool Playhouse and Theatre Royal, just to mention the most important ones.
The Beatles' history in Liverpool
Liverpool is home the Beatles and the cult of the most famous band ever is evident.
The city is full of the Beatles memorabilia and tours to John Lennon and Paul McCartney's childhood homes are of the most popular Liverpool's attractions.
For and unforgettable experience of the Beatles' history visit The Beatles Story Liverpool Museum.
“Above us only sky”, the famous verse of the Beatles' hit Imagine, is the slogan of Liverpool Airport and a sketch drawn by John Lennon of himself is the airport's logo.
Premier League football in Liverpool
Liverpool has two Premier League football teams: Liverpool FC and Everton. The clubs have cult-like followers and their stadiums are a tourist destination for many visitors to Liverpool.
Regular tours of Liverpool FC stadium and the club museum are available. Find out about Anfield Liverool Stadium tours here.
Driving in Liverpool
Liverpool city council has set ambitious goals for the city's transportation system, to be accomplished in the nearest future.
A £75 million programme - The City Centre Movement Strategy (CCMS) - is being implemented in Liverpool in order to improve the roads and public spaces in the immediate city centre. The programme aims at creating a modern, safer and environmental friendly city center with efficient road and public transportation infrastructures.
Until the conclusion of the programme scheduled for 2015 you should expect modernization works to cause disruptions in the city traffic.
In 2011, Liverpool city council issued more parking fines than any other city in England except for London.
As any big city, Liverpool struggles with parking shortage problem and there are many restrictions to street parking in Liverpool.
You will find several CPZ - controlled parking zones - in the city, when driving in Liverpool. Every zone is marked with entry signs specifying what kind of restriction apply within the zone.
Short term parking in the controlled parking zones is allowed only in the parking bays, on pay-and-display basis.
The parking charges in Liverpool, within the controlled parking zones start from £1.10 for up to half an hour to. The maximum charge is £4.40 for up to 2 hours.
Find detailed information about parking in Liverpool (parking permits for visitors, businesses and parking around Everton and Liverpool stadiums) here.
For long term parking there are a number of council car parks. Check the map of car parks in Liverpool when planning your visit to the city centre.
Please note that using bus lanes in Liverpool is subject to fines which are quite frequently issued in the heavily monitored city traffic.
Driving from Liverpool to major English cities
Liverpool has good motorway connection to major cities in the UK. The M62 links Liverpool to Manchester and Leeds.
The M6, in close proximity from Liverpool and accessible by the M62 from Liverpool, leads up north to Glasgow and to Birmingham to the south.
London can be accessed from Liverpool by A41/M1 through the Kingsway and Queensway Tunnels across River Mersey, or by the much quicker M6/M1 route.
The Kingsway and Queensway Tunnels lead from Liverpool to the towns of Wallasey and Birkenhead across River Mersey.
Click here to see motorway network in England.
See the approximate road distances from Liverpool Airport to major cities in England:
- Distance from Liverpool to Manchester: 32 miles/51.4 km
- Distance from Liverpool to Leeds: 71.6 miles/115 km
- Distance from Liverpool to Birmingham: 93.8 miles/151 km
- Distance from Liverpool to Bristol: 175 miles/281 km
- Distance from Liverpool to London: 206 miles/331 km