Car Hire in Leeds
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hiring a car in Leeds gives you the freedom to explore the city and its surroundings on your own schedule. Whether you’re visiting for business, for leisure, or live in Leeds and fancy a road trip, you can find the perfect rental car with Skyscanner. Compare prices from top brands, choose a pick-up location that’s convenient, and get ready to explore Leeds on four wheels.
Where to hire a car in Leeds
Most of the car hire companies in Leeds are based just outside the city centre. It’s a good idea to book your car in advance, and to look into public transport options to and from the pick-up and drop-off sites so that you don’t get stranded. There’s a National Car Rental near Leeds train station. Thrifty, Enterprise and Avis all have locations in the suburb of Sheepscar. If you’re flying into the city you can find Avis, Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz at Leeds Bradford International Airport.
Driving in Leeds
If you’re not familiar with Leeds, you might find the road system quite complicated to begin with. All traffic to the city centre has to join the ‘Leeds loop’ ring road. From the loop you leave at the nearest exit to the attraction you want to visit, and join the one-way system in the city centre. Signposting on the loop can be quite confusing, so bring an up-to-date sat-nav system to help you decide which exit to take. Once you get your head around the Leeds loop, you’ll find it’s a piece of cake.
Rush hour in Leeds is similar to other UK cities, with heavy traffic in the morning from 7:30-9:30am and again from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the evening.
Parking in Leeds
On-street and off-street parking is widely available in Leeds. You can use the Parkmobile app to pay for parking in most of the council run car parks, which is handy if you don’t carry a lot of change. Bay parking charges apply from 8am-6pm, with evening charges from 6pm-10pm. On Sundays charges apply from 10am-6pm, and evening charge times are the same. Fees vary depending on zone, with parking bays in the city centre more expensive. Parking is usually free on bank holidays, but do check local signage before leaving your car.
Great day trips from Leeds
The Yorkshire Dales National Park
This gorgeous national park is 65 miles from Leeds, around 80 minutes in the car. The dramatic scenery is world-famous, with beautiful rolling hills and wild moorland. Having a car lets you explore more of the national park, although you can always stop and go for a hike in the beautiful landscape. There are ten pay and display car parks dotted throughout the Dales, priced at £2.50 for up to two hours and £4.50 for more than two hours.
This quirky little market town is just under an hour’s drive from Leeds (29.5 miles). It’s known for its bohemian vibe, independent shops, and its various festivals. Visit at the end of June for the Arts and Fringe Arts festivals, or visit over the May bank holiday for the Blues Festival. Ed Sheeran was born here, and Sylvia Plath is buried here.
Flamingo Land Resort
Fun for all the family (but especially for the kids), it takes just over an hour to reach Flamingo Land from the centre of Leeds. The theme park has plenty of thrill rides for adrenaline seekers, a zoo for animal lovers, and plenty of other surprises and attractions.