Car Hire at Leeds City train station
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- Opened in 1938 and serving over 30 million passengers a year, Leeds City Train Station is the busiest station in the North of England and the 3rd busiest outside London.
- It is the only major train station in the city and located in the south of the city centre.
- It can be accessed from the main City Square - Wellington Street, Princess Square to the west, and New Station Street to the east. Recently the new entrance to the rear opens up directly from the Dark Arches beneath the station.
Network of rivers and canals
The River Aire and Leeds Liverpool Canal both run adjacent alongside and beneath the station which sits at ground level to the front beneath the flamboyant Queens Hotel, a grade II listed building, and the station is raised from the rear above a network of tunnels and arches with the river Aire flowing directly beneath it as well as the quay system for the canal directly behind it making up Granary Wharf.
Multitude of bars and restaurants
To the south of the station, and accessible by the new steps and entrance to the rear, is Granary Wharf. A modern and clean square surrounded by the river, canal and quays. This area is now a trendy and popular part of Leeds containing numerous bars, coffee shops and restaurants, and across the road from Holbeck Urban village now made up of renovated mills and warehouses into offices and apartments. The Hilton Double Tree is located in Granary Wharf and has a rooftop cocktail bar directly overlooking the station and the rest of the city.
Connections across the UK
The train station is operated by Network Rail and has 17 platforms. It connects the city of Leeds directly with London Kings Cross, the Midlands, the South West and York & Edinburgh on the East Coast line.
Address: New Station St, Leeds LS1 4DY
Nearby places of interest accessible by a rental car
From Leeds city station, by hire car you can explore the whole of Leeds, North and West Yorkshire such as the North Yorkshire Moors, Harrogate, Otley, Ilkley & York.
The Yorkshire Dales, can be reached from the south in about 20 – 30 minutes by car. It then spans for a hundred miles of rolling country side, hills, quaint Yorkshire villages and reaches the lake district. Malham Gorge, Bolton Abbey, a 12th century monastery, Gordale scar, and Wensleydale Creamery (think of the cheese) are just some of the places you might choose to visit.
Headingley cricket stadium is a 15 minute drive from the centre, located in the popular Headingley district of Leeds, popular with students due to the university and multiple bars and pubs.
Car Hire from Leeds city centre
Onsite in the multi-storey car park adjacent you will find Enterprise Rent-a-Car. The is a national brand with a modern fleet of cars. The office is simply 2-3 minutes walk from the west side entrance, across the short stay car park.
Other car hire offices can be found a 5-10 minutes walk from the station around the city including Hertz which is a 10 minute walk, Thrify is a 5 minute taxi journey, Sixt and Europcar are both 10 minute taxi journeys approximately.
Our recommended car hire partner at Leeds station is Enterprise simply because of its easy walking distance proximity, national brand status and competitive pricing. You can book a car including economy, family, 4 x 4, prestige, BMW or Merc through Enjoy and have it waiting for you on arrival. A quick check in process at the reception is that is required to get the keys and you’ll need your driving licence, a credit card and a form of ID containing your address.
FAQs about Leeds city train station
Which restaurants are close to Leeds train station?
There are literally hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the main railway station in the city including restaurant bar & grill, Sous Le Nez, Blackhouse, and Banyan. Bagel Nash is inside the station itself.
Which coffee shops can be found inside Leeds station?
Most of the main brands including Nero, Starbucks, Pret and McDonalds are located inside the station.
Are there any convenience stores in Leeds station?
There is a Sainsbury’s convenience store and a Marks and Spencer.
Can I hire a car from Leeds train station?
The closest car hire office is Enterprise which is in the station grounds, just minutes walk from the platforms.
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