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Driving around Luton with a rental car

With the remnants of multiple Palaeolithic era settlements scattered around the region, Luton boasts a long and interesting history.

Known in the past for being a hat making industry and car production centre, Luton is mostly now recognised for its airport which makes it a gateway to surrounding tourist attractions. Luton is also known for a popular carnival held on the Whitsun May bank holiday, namely the Luton Carnival.

The city of Luton holds many attractions which can be easily discovered with a rental car. With Driveboo, you can compare different car rental offers and book your rental car directly online.

Where is it best to rent a car in Luton?

Luton offers a wide selection of car hire companies. However, if you are planning on arriving by plane, you can rent a car from one of the plethora of car rental companies located at the airport.

Travelling to Luton is convenient as the city possesses its own airport. London Luton Airport (LTN) can be found exactly 2.1 miles (3.3 km) from the city centre. With a wide variety of car rental companies at the airport, you will have the opportunity to start your English journey right after touchdown!

Insurance of a rental car in Luton

If you decided to rent your vehicle online, you might come across one of the following terms:

  • Car Excess Reimbursement
  • Total Damage Excess Waiver (TDEW)
  • Fully Refundable Excess
  • Excess Protection

All of the above-mentioned terms relate to the purchase of additional insurance for your vehicle. Insurance bought online will be considerably cheaper than offers at the pick-up. Remember to read the terms carefully, as you should make an informed choice about any additional areas – such as injury, acts of vandalism, or legal aid – that the insurance will cover.

Driving a rental car in Luton

A European driver's licence is sufficient to rent a car in all places around England. However, remember that if you are an inexperienced driver and you don’t feel confident when it comes to left-hand traffic right away, you should try your skills in less frequented areas.

Additionally, all drivers in England must be at least 18 years old and have a valid driving licence in order to hire a car. The driver is responsible for ensuring that children under 14 years of age use either child restraints or appropriate seat belts.

What’s more, you should avoid driving on special lanes that are restricted for taxis and buses.

What are the speed limits for cars in England?

Type of road Maximum speed in mph Maximum speed in km/h
Motorway 70 mph 112 km/h
Dual carriageway 70 mph 112 km/h
Built-up areas 30 mph 48 km/h
Single carriageway 60 mph 96 km/h

Driving around England – additional information

  • There is only one toll road in England – M6 Toll.
  • You will find several bridges and tunnels where tolls are collected.
  • The permissible level of alcohol content in a driver’s body is 80 mg per 100 ml of blood (35 mg per 100 ml of breath).
  • The minimum speeding fine in England is GBP 100 and the maximum fine is GBP 1,000 (or GBP 2,500 on a motorway), depending on the offence.

Emergency phone numbers in England

Emergency situation Phone number
Police 999 or 112
Fire 999 or 112
Ambulance 999 or 112

Highlights of Luton that you can explore with a rental car

Luton is a great place to start your sightseeing around the region. Renting a car is the most convenient way to see interesting places both inside and outside of Luton.

  • Luton Hoo – a country house that can be found in the near vicinity of the city centre. In the present, the majestic building houses a luxury hotel. Visitors who are interested in history will see staying at Luton Hoo as a great opportunity to immerse themselves in the past.
  • Stockwood Discovery Centre – an ideal choice for lovers of art and crafts. Those who are interested in the industrial history of the city should see the centre’s extensive exhibitions. What’s more, the centre also offers a large garden, suitable for long strolls in the sun.
  • Wardown Park Museum – the museum offers a great insight into local life as well as key industries that developed in Luton in the past. The extensive exhibitions will bring you closer to the topic of local crafts and art.
  • Wardown Park – the park is a great place for a walk after a day spent sightseeing. It offers a perfect array of outdoor activities. It is also a natural meeting spot for the residents of Luton. In the park, you will have a unique opportunity to watch cricket games.

Discovering the surroundings of Luton with a rental car

After immersing yourself in the city’s history and cultural background, it is worth heading for the surrounding areas. This can be easily done with your rental car.

In the table below, you will find a list of top venues that are located in the vicinity of Luton. The distance to each destination as well as the time that it will take you to reach it are specified in the table. 

Interesting destinations you cab explore with your rental car from Luton

Destination Distance by car in miles Distance by car in kilometres Time
London 33.9 miles 55 km 1 h 1 min
Coventry 64.2 miles 103 km 1 h 10 min
Birmingham 85.6 miles 138 km 1 h 28 min
Chiltern Hills 34.5 miles 56 km 51 min
Cambridge 40.7 miles 66 km 1 h 3 min
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