Leeds, like much of England, is best navigated via personal vehicle. It is, in fact, the largest city in England to lack both light rail and a metro system. This means that visitors must rely on a slow bus system that often has limited service in the evening. As a result, it is highly recommended that tourists rent a vehicle during their time in the city as it will offer them the most freedom and the easiest way of getting around.
Looking forward to beginning your trip in Leeds? Start your trip with a quick stop to pick up your rental car. For travelers with flights landing at Leeds Bradford Airport, the rental car desks are located in the airport’s Rental Car Center. To reach the rental center from the airport, travelers can hop on one of the 24/7 shuttles that stop just outside the main exit of the airport.
An important law to remember when driving in Leeds is that it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving, including cell phones being used as a navigational device. You may not even use your cell phone when you are stopped at a traffic light. So make sure to have your passenger do all of the navigation during your time in Leeds.
Like many cities, Leeds experiences its fair share of rush hour traffic. In general, drivers can expect the morning rush hour to last from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and for it pick back up again around 4:00 p.m. and finish up around 6:00 p.m. M62 is one of the main roads to avoid during rush hour, but aside from that drivers don’t have too much to worry about.
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Mini rental cars in Leeds are around 65% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Leeds
Some car rental companies in Leeds which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar and Hertz
On average a hire car in Leeds costs C$ 31 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Leeds. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Leeds is C$ 8.56 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 103 and C$ 137, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Leeds.
Car rental companies onsite at Leeds/Bradford airport include Europcar and Hertz.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Leeds/Bradford airport to off-airport locations include Europcar and Hertz.
A Compact car rental in Leeds costs C$ 26 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Leeds costs C$ 140 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Leeds costs C$ 23 per day, on average.
In Leeds, cars are most frequently rented at Hertz Car Rental Centre (10 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Leeds costs C$ 214 per week (C$ 31 per day).
On average a rental car in Leeds costs C$ 916 per month (C$ 31 per day).
Like many cities in Europe, Leeds long predates the automobile era. As a result, many of its streets were not designed with motor vehicles in mind. It is recommended that visitors rent smaller vehicles such as sedans, coupes, or compacts, as they will have a much easier time driving on the streets of Leeds with them. This is especially the case when parking, as smaller cars will have a much easier time fitting into streetside parking spaces.
Local speed limits in Leeds start out at 20 mph in residential areas, while on urban roads the speed limit is 30 mph. On undivided highways the speed limit is 60 mph and on motorways and on divided highways the speed limit is 70 mph.
Gas costs on average £1.20 ($1.52) per liter in Leeds, which is around £4.54 ($5.74) per gallon. This is a fairly cheap price for Europe, with many cities such as Oslo having gas prices as high as $7.49 per gallon.
Drivers will find that parking spaces are amply available throughout Leeds. In the core downtown area, the best parking options are often parking garages and lots. Outside of downtown, streetside parking should be easy to find in most cases. Drivers can expect to pay an average of £2 ($2.53) per hour for parking in Leeds.