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.
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!
If you decided to rent your vehicle online, you might come across one of the following terms:
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.
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.
|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|
|Emergency situation||Phone number|
|Police||999 or 112|
|Fire||999 or 112|
|Ambulance||999 or 112|
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.
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.
|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|