Car Hire at East Midlands Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
The region of East Midlands – consisting of Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, and other major settlements – make an interesting destination to explore. Their wealth of English culture is demonstrated well in structures such as Derby Cathedral, Royal Crown Derby Factory, King Richard III Centre, and the Newport Arch. Checking out these landmarks can be fun, especially when you are out to learn more about this part of England.
Where to hire a car at East Midlands Airport
Going here via East Midlands Airport can be relatively convenient. You will find here plenty of options, such as from Enterprise, Europcar, National, and Hertz. Pre-booking is recommended, especially if you need a specific type of car, such as one with an automatic transmission. This can be possible to arrange with your chosen provider, as long as you make the arrangements ahead of time.
You will need to prepare the necessary documents, such as a valid driver's licence. An International Driver's Permit is not essential, but you can get one if your licence is not in English. Bringing identification cards and talking to your insurance company about your trip can let you arrange for the coverage you will need.
What to expect when hiring a car from East Midlands Airport
Although it is near major roads, the routes around East Midlands Airport are not as busy as those in other cities. This makes going around the area relatively smoother, while making it convenient to reach various areas around the region. The roads A453, A42, A50, and M1 connect to others that will allow you to reach Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Hinckley, Tamworth, Burton upon Trent, Derby, Beeston, Nottingham, Newark-on-Trent, and many more communities.
If you are concerned with toll roads, then you might steer clear of M6 and look for alternative routes. Congestion pricing is not applicable in this part of England, so you do not have to allot a certain amount for that. You will have to worry over one-way streets and cyclists, though, putting additional emphasis on safe driving. Refuelling, on the other hand, can be managed at the airport. There is a BP station in the premises, as well as a service station. Another BP branch can also be found near A453 and a ring road connecting to A42 and A453.
Driving around East Midlands Airport
Derby, being the nearest major city from East Midlands Airport by 23 kilometres, can be reached if you start from Ashby Rd/A453. Continue from here to A50, A6, and Brian Clough Way/A52 to Eastgate/The Underpass in Derby. Follow Eastgate and A601 to Morledge to get to your destination. Parking here can be arranged in various car parks and street parking zones. Some of them can be found in Abbey Street, Darwin Place, Drewry Lane, and Little City. There is also Chapel Street multi storey car park, with Bold Lane: ParkSafe and other establishments.
Getting to your destination
There are a number of destinations to check out from the airport. Some of them are:
Home of the Robin Hood legend, you will find here several attractions that can be fascinating to behold. There is the Nottingham Castle and Art Gallery, which you can follow up with a trip to Wollaton Hall. Mortimer's Hole, as well as the City Caves, also serves fascinating sights to look forward to.
Continue to Ashby Rd/A453 and then on to Nottingham. Take the exit for A453 from Clifton Blvd/A52 and then go onto Queens Dr/A453 to your destination. This trip can be made in around 30 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. Parking spaces can be found in different parts of the city.
Historical treasures abound in Leicester, with the discovery and identification of the remains of King Richard III in a car park serving as its crowning glory. You will find here several mosques and temples, as well due to the influx of textile workers from India and Pakistan since the 1960s. This makes Leicester an interesting melting pot to check out.
To get here, you will need to get on M1 from Ashby Rd/A453 and then follow M1 to Groby Rd/A50 in Leicester. Go on to Vaughan Way/A594 to your destination. This drive can be accomplished in 30 minutes, if there are no traffic disruptions along the way. Parking can be found in several dedicated establishments.
This part of the Midlands features the World Heritage-listed mills of Ironbridge and the Derwent Valley. There are also the Peak District National Park and the Shropshire Hills, as well as timbered houses and green valleys to see.
Follow A42 to M42 and then turn to M6 to A38(M) in Birmingham. Take the exit from M6 and then continue on A38(M) to your destination. The estimated travel time between the airport and this part of the region is 45 minutes, with parking spaces aplenty in various car parks in the city.