Car Hire at Luton Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
It’s easier to explore Greater London and the Home Counties when you hire a car at Luton Airport.
Where to hire a car at Luton Airport
Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise all operate out of Luton Airport. They’re all based in the Car Hire Centre, which you can reach with the free APCOA shuttle. Catch it at Bay 1A.
Petrol stations near Luton Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
If you’re coming south on the M1 the most convenient petrol station will be Farley Green Service Station, just before the turn-off for Airport Way. There’s also a Shell Garage behind the airport: turn left at the final roundabout before entering the airport grounds, onto Percival Way. Turn left at the next two roundabouts to reach the petrol station.
Driving around Luton Airport
The airport links directly to a dual carriageway, Airport Way, which links onto the M1: one of Britain’s major motorways. Head south for London, and north for Scotland. The road is fast and busy, so be prepared to hit traffic almost immediately.
Getting to your destination
With its trendy neighbourhoods, buzzing nightlife, and fascinating history there’s something for everyone in England’s capital: for inspiration, check out our top picks for things to do in London.
It takes about an hour to drive to London from Luton Airport. There’s lots of pay and display parking in London, but it can be pretty expensive. On weekdays it costs £1.20 for 15 minutes. On Sundays parking is usually free, but do check local signs to make sure you’re not breaking any laws. There are also lots of private car parks run by companies like Q-Park, and large shopping centres also have spaces for customers. If you’re staying overnight, your best bet is to look at hotels in London with guest parking.
Halfway between London and Birmingham, the new town of Milton Keynes is a perfectly planned city with a great theatre and a good restaurant and shopping scene.
It takes 40-50 minutes to reach Milton Keynes from Luton Airport, depending on traffic. There are about 21 thousand parking spaces in Milton Keynes: most are pay and display. There are also plenty of multi-storey car parks to choose from, if you prefer not to leave your hire car on the street.
Home of the ‘Bedfordshire Clanger’ pastry, the market town of Bedford is a culturally diverse town famous for its annual regatta.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Bedford from Luton Airport. Free parking is available every Saturday for up to two hours in council run car parks (including multi-storeys), and parking is free all day on Sundays. There are four multi-storey car parks and nine surface car parks. There are also nine free car parks on the outskirts of town. On street parking cost s 60p for 30 minutes and £8 for a full day.
Prices subject to change