TEESSIDE AIRPORT CAR HIRE
HIRE A CAR FROM DURHAM TEES VALLEY AIRPORT
Durham Tees airport is just six miles from Darlington. Today the airport sees some 50,000 passengers pass through each year and flies to more than 25 destinations. The airport levies a Passenger Facility Fee of £6 per traveller, £2 for children aged 3 and 15 years.
By car - It is conveniently positioned on the A67, which can be accessed from the well- signposted A1(M), the A66 and the A19. The airport is easily accessed from Newcastle, Durham, York and Leeds. There is a taxi rank in front of the Terminal, or they can be booked in advance, should you need to travel to a car rental compound not at the airport.
Teesside airport is near the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales (a two-hour drive taking you to the spectacular Lake District) in the shadow of the Pennines, all acknowledged as having some of the most beautiful locations in the UK. The nearest town, Darlington, is a large market town, most famous as the location for the world's first passenger railway. It is known for a range of both national and independent stores, with attractive designer stores on Grange Road and an art and restaurant quarter on Duke Street.
Teesside airport is also near Middlesbrough (10 miles away), with its famous Transporter Bridge and the Captain Cook Museum. It is a great shopping centre and offers much in the way of art, culture and sport. The stunning Norman cathedral and castle city of Durham is 24 miles away, offering all the facilities expected from a major regional city.
Airport facilities - there are bureaux de change, a cash point and numerous payphones in the Terminal building. Executive lounges are available airside. Disabled facilities include an ‘ambulift’ for aircraft boarding. Baby change facilities are available in all male and female toilets, except in baggage claim where the baby change facilities are located in the unisex disabled toilets. There is a branch of WH Smith in the Terminal, together with a café and bar, and a coffee shop and bar in the departure lounge. Tax and Duty Free shop.
Hotels - there are three hotels in relative proximity to the airport.
DURHAM TEES VALLEY CAR RENTAL INFORMATION
There are five main car hire providers in the arrivals’ hall at Durham Tees Valley airport, with cars available in the car rental car park in front of the Terminal. Other providers may offer a meet and greet service, but this can end up costing you more if you are not careful.
Checking with the providers will ensure you can get the car you need. They generally have a good supply available and to make it more convenient for you can very often agree to one- way hire. You probably will need to specify a 7 or 9-seater vehicle in advance, as these may not be available from all providers. And if you need a child seat, and satellite navigation if not built- in to the car, just give the provider advance notice.
It’s often possible to arrange a car using your mobile phone. However, unless you use a dedicated smartphone app (check with your app store), be advised that if phoning, many operators use a premium rate telephone number, which, if on a mobile with international roaming, can be expensive (see www.saynoto0870.com for alternative standard rate UK STD telephone numbers). And Freephone numbers are charged to mobiles. Endure the best deal by booking in advance.
Special offers are sometimes available on the day, but the best way to guarantee these is to book in advance. This also helps you obtain any special model type you might require and also saves time on arrival because you will have completed all the paperwork in advance.
Make sure you check the car for any prior damage before you drive away and report anything you find to the operator on site. You might otherwise find you are charged for damage that wasn’t yours at the end of your rental. Don’t forget to drive on the left and overtake on the right! And check with the rental rep how to open the fuel cap – it’s amazing the number of drivers who panic at their first fuel stop because they can’t find the remote fuel cap release.
Finally, check all documents you receive and the information they contain so that you are paying for what you expect. And don’t forget your ID and driving licence!