Rent a car in Luton with Europcar
Just north of London, Luton is one of the UK’s main southern airports. Luton Airport is an arrival and departure point for both national and international flights. If you are looking to get up and go as soon as you land, Europcar offers a brilliantly efficient service. Birmingham Airport is just a couple of hours away if you’re looking to travel further into the midlands.
The Europcar car rental experience in Luton
Economy car and van hire in Luton can be found at two convenient stations. At Luton Airport, and Luton Downtown. Popular smaller car models like Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Corsa are great for hitting the road. Family vehicles in our fleet include Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Octavia Estate.
Van hire is available from our Luton Downtown location. Located near the University of Bedford, this is useful if you are moving in or out of student accommodation. Citroen Berlingo and Vauxhall Vivaro are among the most reserved models.
Europcar Luton offers UK car hire on a short and long-term basis.
Driving in Luton
When you rent a car in Luton and you come from within the EU, you will need a valid EU driver’s licence. International licences are accepted but not mandatory.
In the UK, all roads and signposts operate according to miles per hour. The national speed limit on for dual-carriageways and motorways is 70 miles per hour (112 km/h). On single-carriageway roads the maximum is 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), sometimes lowering to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h). In countryside villages where there is a high risk of pedestrians crossing the road, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour (48 km/h), and often 20 miles per hour near schools.
While Luton Airport offers both long and short stay parking, you can also park your car in Luton town. Parking zones operate under a pay and display system with a maximum of two hours for on-street parking. Longer stays are offered at off-street parking in multi-story car parks.
Expect heavier traffic around the airport at all times.
Discover Luton and surroundings by car
Luton has a reputation as being an airport town, but there is a bit more to it than that. The Bedfordshire region offers some great activities to keep kids entertained. The Stockwood Discovery Centre is an outdoor collection of geology, archaeology, social history and rural crafts, with a focus on sustainability and environmental protection. There is also ZSL Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, the UK’s largest zoo with 3,800 species in 600 acres of parkland. If you want to experience more of the outdoors, there is the beautiful landscape of the Dunstable Downs with its fantastic wildlife and plants.
Luton’s central location makes it useful for onwards journeys. Nearest towns include Cambridge (40 miles/64 kilometres), Oxford (50 miles/80 kilometres) and the Cotswolds (71 miles/114 kilometres). London is 34 miles (54 kilometres) from Luton by car.
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If you are renting a car in Luton, make a trip to the beautiful Dunstable Downs. Part of the Chilterns, the Downs mark the highest point of the Bedfordshire county. To experience a great panorama at the summit, you just need to drive to the viewpoint off the B4541 road. The Downs are home to several species of rare wild flower and butterfly.
With Europcar we like to reward our customers for renting with us. Privilege is our free international loyalty program where you get points every time you rent with us, in one of 140 countries. The scheme is made up of 4 levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. Every time you move up a tier level, we give you a weekend of free car hire to say thank you.
Discover the history of Luton by spending a few happy afternoons wandering its highlights, like the beautiful Wrest Park. Boasting 18th century buildings, magnificent gardens and lots of art and sculptures, it's like stepping into another world. On the outskirts of Luton town centre, there's also the fascinating Wardown Park Museum.
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