Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is situated in Yeadon in the Leeds metropolitan area of West Yorkshire in northern England. It processes around 4 million passengers annually and is the largest airport serving this popular English region.
This is a compact yet well-connected airport, with regular flights to and from a wide range of destinations like Salzburg, Dubrovnik, Prague, Paris, Nice, Corfu, Dublin, Budapest, Amsterdam, Malaga and Geneva.
As you might expect, it’s equidistant to both Leeds and Bradford, so you can collect your LBA hire car and reach either of these locations in around twenty minutes, ready to rest, refresh yourself and start your holiday or business trip as soon as it suits you. Yorkshire combines beautiful countryside with bustling urban centres, so no matter the purpose of your trip, you’re sure to enjoy your surroundings.
Popular car hire companies at LBA
At LBA, trusted car hire companies like Easirent make renting the ideal vehicle child’s play and packages typically include reassuring components like free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to the start of the rental period, third party liability, collision damage waiver, 24 hour assistance and theft protection.
There’s a wide choice of cars on offer too, so you’ll have no problem choosing reliable a make and model which perfectly meets your requirements. For example, you can roll out of Leeds Bradford Airport in a compact Ford Focus, a spacious Kia Optima saloon, a Volkswagen Passat estate car, a Ford Kuga SUV or even a Seat Alhambra seven seater.
Reserving your LBA car is easy with Enjoy Car Hire – just drop your details in the search boxes, hit the button and sit back as you’re served with a choice of customised car rental deals. You can make all the necessary arrangements in a couple of minutes.
A warm welcome awaits in Leeds, Bradford and the rest of Yorkshire – let’s find our more about hitting the road here and embracing everything that’s on offer in this wonderful part of the world.
Driving in and around Leeds Bradford Airport
Driving from Leeds Bradford Airport to Leeds city centre is simple – follow the A65 road south east and, subject to traffic, you’ll be bang in the middle of town in 20 minutes.
The journey from LBA to Bradford is brilliantly easy too – head south west on the A658 and you’ll get to the town centre in roughly the same timescale.
There are lots of exciting activities in the area, for instance in easy driving distance from LBA there’s the Royal Armouries Museum, Roundhay Park, Harewood House, Wetherby Racecourse and more.
LBA is located in the north west of Leeds
You shouldn’t expect too much trouble with traffic and congestion around LBA as it’s a smaller and less hectic hub than those in London, but like anywhere, a completely clear road ahead is never guaranteed. Therefore use a Satnav if your hire car is fitted with one and tune into BBC Radio Leeds for regular road and traffic updates (as well as top tunes and interesting information about exciting events!).
Over the past couple of years, authorities in both Leeds and Bradford have introduced several 32 km/h speed limits in residential areas frequented by vulnerable groups like children and the elderly, while a 48 km/h limit applies to other built-up areas. As you drive out of the city centre onto larger roads, the limit is 96 km/h for single carriageways, 112 km/h is the maximum for dual carriageways and 112 km/h is the top speed you can drive at on motorways.
Before hiring a car at LBA, you can check this official site to see if your non-GB license is valid and, if you’ve never driven in Britain before, it’s probably a good idea to download the Highway Code pdf so that you can study the rules of the road in Britain and become familiar with the most common signage and conventions. However, the following tips will also stand you in good stead for driving in and around Leeds and Bradford:
- Roads in this region can become jammed in the rush hours around commuting and school drop-off and pick-up times – to formulate the quickest route for any trip using real time data on congestion, roadworks and any other possible impediments, use the AA Route Planner.
- Remember that you always drive on the left side of the road in Britain – it’s one of the few countries in the world to observe this convention and it can take a little getting used to, but take your time and you’ll be fine switching to southpaw.
- There are bus lanes in Leeds city centre which operate during signposted hours – they’re strictly for buses and emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances during these times, so please don’t use them as it’s dangerous and will likely result in you paying an expensive fine.
- Seatbelts are mandatory for drivers and passengers, while children too young to use seatbelts must use car seats.
- It’s illegal to hold your mobile phone to make and receive calls, but if you have a hands-free system it’s fine to use this, provided it doesn’t distract you from driving safely.
- If you see double yellow lines on the roadside, you’re not allowed to park in the vicinity at any time. A single yellow line means that you can park, but there are restrictions – these will be clarified in a sign placed nearby so confirm them before you park and go about your business.
- There are several city centre car parks in Leeds to choose from and on street pay and display parking is also available.
- If you’re driving in Bradford, please be aware that there’s a pedestrian zone placed in the city centre to create a cleaner and more convenient for people to visit and locals to shop in. If you’re caught driving in this zone in your hire car, you’ll likely be moved on and fined, but there should be no confusion as it’s signposted clearly.
A Guide to the Leeds and Bradford area for LBA car hire customers
Leeds and Bradford are both busy locations with lots to see and do.
With a population of around 780,000 in the city limits and 1.8 million in the metropolitan area, Leeds is a very vibrant place to live and visit, while Bradford is also large by British standards, with a population of over 500,000.
Here are some hotspots in the vicinity:
- The windswept moors and rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are on your doorstep in Leeds and Bradford – fuel up your car and you’ll soon be making your way through some of the nation’s most sublime scenery.
- Northwest of Leeds city centre, on the banks of the River Aire, you’ll find Kirkstall Abbey – a ruined Cistercian monastery with a captivating history that stretches back to the time of Henry VIII, and verdant grounds to stroll around as you absorb the timeless ambience.
- Leeds United FC is a famous English football club which has won three English league titles, one FA cup and also reached the 1975 European Cup Final. Past players include Eric Cantona, Joe Jordan, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Speed, Gordon Strachan, Peter Lorimer and Billy Bremner. If you happen to visit the city during the playing season, it’s possible to grab a ticket for a game and enjoy the electric atmosphere, but failing that, Elland Road stadium tours offer fascinating insights to the club’s heritage and history.
- Bradford was one of the heartlands of the Industrial Revolution and it’s packed with history. The National Science and Media Museum is a marvellous place to visit if you want to find out about the impact sound and image technology have on modern life and the complex also contains an eye-popping IMAX cinema.
- Bradford was bombed during WWII and many of its citizens have sacrificed their lives in armed conflicts all over the world over the generations. So the city knows more than a thing or two about not taking peacetime for granted and contributing to a future where war is far less likely. That’s the impetus behind The Peace Museum and it’s an inspirational place to visit, with exhibitions, artefacts and collection items aplenty on the international struggle to campaign for disarmament and make conflict a thing of the past.
This is just the tip of the tourism iceberg when it comes to the attractions and distractions on offer in Leeds, Bradford and their environs.
With Enjoy Car Hire, you can rent an economical car with ease and use LBA as a launchpad for exploring every nook and cranny of this stunning region.
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