Liverpool Airport car hire

Hire a car from Liverpool Airport

Liverpool Airport is located nine miles from Liverpool city centre and the second busiest north-west airport, handling over 3 million passengers a year flying to over 33 destinations.

Aside from instantaneous reference to the “Fab 4” (the Beatles), “Merseysound” and Liverpool/Everton football clubs when Liverpool is mentioned, this wonderful multicultural city, with its UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites, is certainly a fascinating and friendly one. It is home to the oldest Black African and Chinese communities in the country. Its Pier Head, Albert Dock, William Brown Street areas, Merseyside views, together with the Anglican Cathedral (has one of the longest naves, largest organs and heaviest and highest peals of bells in the world), the iconic Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and the Grade I listed Moorish Revival Princes Road Synagogue (considered one of the finest buildings in Liverpool), it is a photographer’s delight. Add to this the fantastic shopping, wonderful food and friendliness of the locals (don’t open a map in public, or you’ll be swamped by people willing to assist you!) makes Liverpool more of an experience than a visit. Liverpool was also the port of registry of the ill-fated ocean liner, the Titanic.

By car - the airport is closely connected to the M6 via the M56 and the M62, from which the airport is signposted. The best route from the motorways is to head for the A561, and then down Speke Hall Avenue, where the airport is situated.

Airport facilities – Information and tourist desk, Bureaux de Change, conference suites available for hire, executive lounge (supervised children allowed), unisex disabled toilets, nail and massage centre on third floor. Shopping includes news, books, electronics, shoes, sports and pharmaceutical.

Eating - a wide range of hot and cold drinks and snacks can be purchased in the Food Village, including burgers, and alcoholic drinks.

Hotels - there are a number of Liverpool airport hotels, both on airport and in close proximity to the airport. For a wider selection, a range of accommodation from budget to luxury is available in the city.

Liverpool Airport car rental information

There is plenty of choice for the car hire driver, with seven providers located in their own special compound in the short stay car park opposite the Terminal in Liverpool Airport. To return your rental to Liverpool Airport, park it in the car rental returns car park and drop the keys in the relevant provider’s drop off box in the arrivals hall, unless you have arranged a one-way rental in advance.

Between the rental companies at the airport, you should be able to book most models of car - small, family cars to rent and luxury. 7 and 9-seater people carriers and vans are available from two providers, so do check in advance if you require one of these vehicle types. However, minibuses are not available from the rental companies at this airport. You can also request child seats (required by law for the under 12’s), satellite navigation and disabled driver controlled vehicles from most operators, but you will have to give them advance notice of your requirements.

And don’t forget your driving licence (both parts if applicable to your country of origin), secondary ID (passport, to prove it’s you) and credit/debit card – you will be surprised by how many people book and complete their paperwork in advance only to forget to bring their driving licence with them.

Booking in advance saves time at the airport, but check all paperwork, and don’t sign the agreement unless you are totally happy with everything contained in there. Extra fees can include the surcharge fee applied by the airport that some car rental companies pass on or a daily insurance surcharge for young drivers. Just make sure to check all documents for any uncertainties, and ask if you are not sure, making supplementary notes on your documentation.

It is worth mentioning that the UK drives on the left and all distances and speeds are measured in miles, although petrol is dispensed in litres (and you may find it worthwhile checking with the rental agent where the car’s remote filler cap release button is!). Also, familiarise yourself with any remote car fobs which sometimes work differently to what you are used to, particularly if it controls the car alarm as well. You won’t be popular at your first port of call if you car alarm sounds I the middle of the night and you don’t know how to switch it off!