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Key facts for hiring a car at London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport
LTN is the fifth busiest airport in the UK.
Car hire pick up point
The car rental centre is a shuttle bus ride away from Arrivals.
There is a Shell garage just outside of the airport – the postcode is LU2 9HD.
Most of Luton’s flights leave early in the morning, so this is when the airport will be busiest.
There is free WiFi available for 4 hours.
Top rated suppliers at London Luton Airport
Average Rating 8.7 – “Have used Enterprise a couple of times now and always get a great standard of service.”
Average Rating 8.6 – “The staff were nice, attentive and made a real effort to accommodate our needs. I wish all car rental experience will be as good as Alamo in Luton.”
Average Rating 8.5 – “Close to airport. Easy to find. Free bus transfer to rental car center and return. Quick pick up and drop off. Nice & clean car.”
Average Rating 8.2 – “Fast service, well trained staff. Overall very easy and excellent value for money.”
Luton travel tips
Picking up the car
There is one terminal at Luton Airport, so you don’t have to worry about which terminal you land and depart from. The car hire centre is easily accessed by a short shuttle bus which can be boarded from Bay C.
Not flying in?
If you are picking up a car from the airport, but not flying into Luton, a good option is to get an easyBus from London Victoria.
If you want to save time when going through security, then you can upgrade to a priority pass for just £3 online or £5 at the airport. This will give you a shortcut through to the security hall.
Size of car
If you have luggage with you, make sure you take this into account when you book a car. Travelling long distances is best when you are comfortable, especially after a tiring flight.
Around the airport
Luton Airport is right next to the M1, a brilliant motorway linking the capital with Leeds, a city in the North of England. It is also close to the M25 which encircles London.
Be traffic conscious
If you are returning your rental car early in the morning, the roads getting into Luton can be really busy. Many flights depart early, so allow extra time to account for the possibility that you may be sitting in standstill traffic for a while. Security queues will be long at this time, too.
There are lots of little suburbs to visit within close proximity of Luton Airport. Some notable ones are St Albans, Letchworth Garden City and High Wycombe.
The Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour is close to Luton airport. Best to book this in advance as it’s a popular attraction.
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Heading into London
A day out
Hampton Court Palace
If England’s rich and fascinating history is what brings you to its shores, a day trip to Hampton Court Palace is an absolute must. Located in West London’s suburbs, this 16th-century royal palace was built for Henry VIII’s chief advisor, Thomas Wolsey, and was later reclaimed by the king himself. With ice-skating in the winter and the world-renowned Hampton Court Flower Show in the summer, it’s perfect for all seasons. As well as housing and displaying artworks from the Royal Collection, it also features a maze and hosts various events throughout the year.