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Leeds Guide

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The West Yorkshire city of Leeds is one of northern England’s most vibrant destinations. From the thriving restaurants and entertainment establishments of Chapel Allerton to the plethora of traditional English architecture in the downtown quarter, Leeds seems to be bursting with interesting and extravagant sites. The city is also close to many popular Yorkshire marvels, so hiring a car while holidaying here will certainly lead to fun times.

Who to Book With
The centre of the city, and some areas on the outskirts of Leeds, provides plenty of car rental facilities for tourists. Some of the larger rental firms include Enterprise, Thrifty and Hertz. However, Leeds is also home to a number of local and regional vehicle rental companies, like Whipcar and Nationwide. If you are looking for rental discounts, online booking is the best option.

Best Time to go
The best time to visit Leeds is during the summer months of July and August. During these months, the weather is at its warmest, reaching comfortable highs of 22°C to 25°C. Rainfall is relatively low, although constant throughout the year. Between May and September, the hours of sunshine almost doubles compared to the winter months. Discounts on rentals and room rates are more commonly found during the colder times of the year, however.

Need to Know Essentials
Visitors must produce several documents in order to rent a car in Leeds:

- A valid UK driving license
- Secondary identification that shows proof of address
- The car reservation number
- The original credit card used at booking

Our FAQ's page has more information.

Driving
Driving in Leeds is recommended, although care is required in certain areas and at certain times. The city is one of the largest urban areas in England, so congestion does occur during the weekday morning and evening rush hour periods. The inner-city district operates a City Centre Loop system with one-way roads leading into and out of major commercial areas. This can be confusing for first-time drivers, but roads and streets are well-signed and easy to navigate. Pay-for parking is plentiful, as several large multistory parking garages are available. However, free-parking on the street tends to be limited in the city centre.

See our guide to the UK for more information on driving in the country.

Transport

The city centre of Leeds is surprisingly small and can be explored on foot by most visitors. However, the many districts of Leeds are rich in exciting and entertaining hotspots, so public transportation should be used to get around, if you don’t have your own wheels. Taxis, buses, a limited train network and ferries provide transport services for tourists. However, daytrips are much better suited to car hire. The local public transport service in Leeds is operated by West Yorkshire Metro.

Taxis
Leeds contains a range of taxi services. Black and white cabs may be hailed from the street, but are generally more expensive than private-hire taxi, which also exist within the city. These private taxis must be booked online or over the telephone, but are cheaper than regular cabs. Some of the more reliable taxi companies in Leeds include Amber Taxis Leeds and Royal Park Cabs.

Buses
Buses are the fastest and most convenient way to get around the city centre. Most of the bus routes throughout Leeds are run by First Leeds, but some of the routes to the southern districts of the city are operated by Arriva Yorkshire. The LeedsCityBus is a circular route that takes tourists and locals around the heart of the city. In addition to this service, there are more than a dozen routes spanning the city.

Trains
The central train station at Leeds, known as Leeds City Station, currently stands as one of the busiest transit hubs in the UK. From the station, local train services, operated by MetroTrains, head into the suburbs and inner-city districts of Leeds. Some major tourist sites, such as Headingley, can be reached by Metro. Nevertheless, compared to the local bus services, the train network is relatively limited.

Ferries
There is a limited ferry service that leaves from Granary Wharf on a regular basis throughout the day. It makes connections to Brewery Wharf and Clarence Dock, serving thousands of commuters daily. Leeds City Cruisers are responsible for operating this transport service.

Exploring

The beauty of Yorkshire is right on your doorstep in Leeds, so tourists are advised to take a few days to explore this remarkable corner of England. Leeds is well-connected to the surrounding shires by road, as the motorways are free-flowing and expansive. Places like York, Harrogate and the Yorkshire Dales are only an hour or two away from Leeds’s bustling cityscape.

Recommended Drives

Todmorden - This is an old market township located less than an hour away from Leeds. Less-visited than some of its more renowned neighbours, Todmorden is home to plenty of fascinating sites, including the Old Town Hall, the New Town Hall and a bustling market place.

Harrogate - A lovely town in the North Yorkshire region, and boasts an incredibly tranquil atmosphere and many traditional landmarks. It is a spa town, but the most interesting attractions here are the beautifully landscaped gardens at sites like Valley Gardens and RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. Tourists should enjoy the picturesque drive to Herriott Country, just outside the city.

Yorkshire Dales National Park - This is a beautiful natural reserve located in North Yorkshire. More than eight million visitors explore the park each year, predominantly done by car, as the reserve is extensive. It boasts landmarks like museums, limestone hills, old estates, stunning waterfalls and several deep cave systems.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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