Leeds Bradford Airport car hire

Hire a car from Leeds Bradford Airport

Leeds Bradford Airport is located between Leeds (9 miles) and Bradford (8½ miles) and easily accessible from several major motorways and public transport services. The historic towns of Otley (5 miles) and Ilkley (11 miles) are also nearby. Leeds Bradford airport charges £2 to drop off or collect passengers (unless you use the long-term car park and transfer to the Terminal) and a non-refundable £1 for trolley hire.

By car - Leeds Bradford Airport is accessible from the A1, M1 and the M62. The airport is clearly signposted from all of these major roads and roughly equidistant from the centres of Leeds and Bradford.

Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial centre of West Yorkshire, acknowledged as the UK's largest centre for business, legal, and financial services outside London and the principal shopping, art and culture centre of the Yorkshire and Humberside region. There are a number of shopping centres, major museums as well as theatres and cinema complexes. Famous national established walks and trails that either start/finish or pass through Leeds, The suburban Roundhay Park is one of the biggest in-city parks in Europe.

Once famous for its textile industry, Bradford, with its fine Italian and German influenced architecture, is famous for its rich range of Asian and Far Eastern cuisine, reckoned by some to be amongst the finest in the UK. The legacy of its textile industry can still be seen today with the huge mills, now converted for light industrial use, scattered throughout the city. Saltaire, a small suburban town of Bradford, is unusual in being a completely teetotal town, and Salts Mill houses a huge and incalculably valuable collection of the artwork of David Hockney from his beginnings to the present day.

Otley, is the home of world-famous furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, while Ilkley sit at the foot of the famous Ilkley Moor, famous for the immortal lyrics "On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at" ("On Ilkley Moor without a hat."). Midway between Leeds/Bradford and Ilkley, the original Harry Ramsden’s, the most famous fish and chip restaurant in the world, is based in Guiseley.

Airport facilities – Information desk, Bureaux de Change, Business executive lounge, disabled toilets with wheelchairs and ramps available on request, Ambulift available to assist with boarding the aircraft, hearing induction loop available from the information desk. There is a W H Smith and Boots in the Terminal, and a newsagent in the departure lounge. There is a large duty free shop. A range of hot and cold snacks are available, as well as coffee bars and two pubs selling alcoholic drinks.

Hotels - there are several airport hotels to choose from in the vicinity, one on airport and several close by.

Leeds Bradford Airport car rental information

There are six car hire providers in the arrivals’ hall at Leeds Bradford airport, with cars available in the airport, or just off, so there is a the great choice you’d expect from Yorkshire’s capital city. Budget only offers are available, and other providers may offer a meet and greet service, but meet and greet normally attracts a premium.

It is probably best reserving your rental in advance, as it gives you an opportunity to have your paperwork pre-prepared for a speedy exit from the airport. The selection of cars covers all model types from small saloons to large luxury executive style vehicles, but note that minibuses and vans are not available directly from the airport rental companies.

You should notify the rental company of any requirement for child seats, unless you are bringing them yourself, as these are a legal requirement for the under 12’s (or those under 135cm in height). And don’t forget your ID and driver’s licence.

You can always liaise with your rental provide by phone, but watch out for those using 08 numbers if using your mobile – these are charged at premium rates, and charges can rack up if you are using international roaming. Check all paperwork before you sign and do query anything you are not sure about.

Familiarise yourself with the car’s controls and check you know where the important controls are, such as windscreen wipers, central locking and lights. Again, do ask your rental representative if there is anything you are not too sure about, as they are very used to assisting people from abroad with adjusting to driving in the UK.

When you leave Leeds Bradford Airport, the first ‘obstacle’ you will encounter is a large roundabout with three exits – remember that you are driving on the left and that traffic will approach you clockwise from the right, having the right of way. The general speed limit is 30mph, rising to 60mph on main rural roads, and watch out for speed cameras on the main A65 arterial road from the airport.