Luton, perched on The Chilterns, some 30 miles to the north-west of London, is a town famed for its millinery history, its pride in its local football team, its huge carnival and for its handy location providing access to the south-east. Many people flying into Luton Airport are heading straight to London, but the town itself has plenty of attractions to keep you here.
Whether it’s business or pleasure that has brought you to Luton, car hire here is ideal for getting out and about around the town and further afield. And with our best price guarantee and no cancellation or amendment fees when you cancel within seven days of making your booking, we aim to get you on the road without any fuss so you can make the most of your visit.
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-2330.
Address: Airport Building 250, President Way, Bedfordshire
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Address: Dallow Road,
Laporte Retail Park,
As befits a place with a very busy international airport, Luton has superb transit links. If you’ve flown into the airport, Airport Way links to Kimpton Road and the A505 to take you directly into the centre of Luton itself and the University of Bedfordshire campus. Alternatively, you can take the A1081 west which leads you to the M1.
The M1 south is a simple drive to London, bypassing the towns of Hemel Hempstead and Watford before reaching the outskirts of London. Heading north-west on the same motorway, you’ll pass towns and villages before reaching Woburn Safari Park and onwards to Watford Gap, the Midlands and the North.
The Chilterns can be reached either by heading south on the M1 then west on the A41, or by taking the M25 and eventually finding the A413. The equally picturesque university town of Oxford lies to the west of Luton – again, head south on the M1 before joining the M25 (the London Orbital) counter-clockwise and then taking the M40 west. It makes for a perfect day trip if you’re staying in Luton itself.
Central Luton is easily navigable, with clear sign-posting and ample parking, including over 1,600 places at The Mall shopping centre. Some bus lanes are in operation, as in most UK town centres, and there a few pedestrianised areas to be aware of.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
The expansion of nearby Luton Airport has led to a growth in tourism in the city itself, both domestically and from overseas. And visitors here will find plenty to get their teeth into, from sporting pride to magnificent architecture.
The drop dead gorgeous Luton Hoo lies on an estate that has played host to grand houses since the early 17th century. Luton Hoo itself was first built in 1767 for the 3rd Earl of Bute, the then Prime Minister. Following a fire, it was rebuilt in its current form in 1843.
Purchased by the prominent South African diamond family the Wernhers, it has since played host to many royal occasions, including part of the Queen’s honeymoon and subsequent wedding anniversaries.
Its history stretches to Capability Brown-designed gardens and addresses by Winston Churchill. The grade one listed building has recently undergone extensive redevelopment as a luxury hotel. Stay here if you fancy some pampering or leisurely walks in the extensive landscaped grounds.
Luton Town Football Club’s nickname of ‘The Hatters’ stems from Luton’s history as a centre for millinery.
The club itself was founded in 1885 and was the first in the south to turn professional - it moved to its current home at Kenilworth Road in 1905. Attending a game here is a slice of old-fashioned football culture – especially when playing rivals Watford.
The 600 acres of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo lie the west of Luton, and as Britain’s largest zoo, it certainly packs in the attractions.
A stunning Butterfly House, tigers, lions, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes and more jostle for attention, while educational talks and feeding times draw the crowds.
The Hullabazoo Farm is a child-friendly section where you can enjoy up-close interaction with pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, miniature donkeys and pygmy goats.
It’s not cheap, but their brilliant, hands-on ‘Zookeeper for a day’ experience is a chance to work closely with some of the animals, whether it’s feeding the giraffes by hand or mucking out the rhinos – there’s also a ‘Junior Keeper’ offer for 11-15 year olds.
With even more to see – from the shopping experience of The Mall to the perennially popular Stockwood Discovery Centre – car hire in Luton is essential to make the most of your trip. If you’re here for the Spring Bank Holiday, stick around for the huge Luton International Carnival, the largest one-day carnival in the UK.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.