Liverpool Airport is the setting of famous early television footage featuring a multitude of Beatles fans packing the airport's terraces. When the new terminal building was completed in 2002, the airport was appropriately renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The airport is an easy drive from Liverpool, which is located only 7.5 miles to the southeast, as well as other locations in North West England. Hiring a car to explore the region is highly recommended.
Who to Book With
Travellers wishing to make their onward journey via car hire can choose from seven car hire suppliers at the airport. These are Enterprise, Hertz, Avis, Budget, National, Alamo and Europcar. These companies have offices on the ground floor of the Short-Stay Car Park building, located across from the terminal building. There is a dedicated car park for car rentals to the west of the terminal, across Speke Hall Avenue.
Need to Know Essentials
When collecting a vehicle, you need to present:
- Confirmation of the car hire reservation
- Credit card used in the reservation
- National driver's licence
For more info read our FAQ's.
Seatbelts must be worn by front and back seat passengers, if fitted. A child three years old or under must wear a child restraint. Seatbelt law violators may be fined anywhere from £30 to £500. Hand-held mobile phones cannot be used while driving. Drivers must be aware of parking regulations specific to the area. Illegal parking may imply a fine or the wheel-clamping of the vehicle. In built-up areas the speed limit is 30mph, in rural areas it's 60mph, and 70mph on dual-carriageways and motorways.
More information can be found in our guide to driving in the UK here.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is fully integrated into the Merseyside public transport system. Those connecting to locations via train can easily head to Liverpool South Parkway Station, two miles away. Hackney taxis and bus services are available to the city. Driving from the airport is easy as it is connected to the region's network of roads. The M57, M62 and M56 are the most useful motorways for connections to northern and southern Merseyside, as well as to Wirral and North Wales.
The nearest train station is Liverpool South Parkway Station, which is located around two miles from the airport. From the airport, travellers can take buses 80A, 86A or express bus Airlink 501 to the station. Three to four services depart hourly. From the rail station, travellers can take a Merseyrail train to Liverpool Lime Street Station in order to connect to the main intercity railway network. The 15-minute train ride costs less than £3.
Hackney cabs are available at Liverpool John Lennon Airport from right outside the Arrivals area. These cabs accept cash as well as card payments. Night-time fares apply when hiring cabs at night.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Liverpool city centre is about £15
Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Liverpool Lime Street Station is about £12
Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Huyton is about £25
Arriva runs several bus services from the airport to various parts of the city. Airlink 500 has half-hourly departures to the city centre. The journey takes about 45 minutes and a one-way adult fare is £3. This is the fastest service from the airport to the city. Other buses to the city are 80A, 82A (direct to Paradise interchange) and 86A. One-way fares on these services are around £2. Arriva bus 81A also serves the airport but goes around the ring road to Bootle. Those travelling onward to Manchester can take the Terravision Coach Service, which departs every hour from the airport. A one-way journey costs around £8.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport has one terminal building with three levels. The first level has the entrance and exit doors, the check-in counters and the Arrivals area. The second and third levels have the Departures lounges. It is the 10th busiest airport in the UK, having received more than five million passengers in 2011. It receives flights from Ireland, Spain, France, Poland and many other European destinations, including Turkey.
There are four parking areas at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The Premium Car Park is the closest car park to the terminal. The Express Drop-off and Pick-up area and the Multi-storey Short-stay Car Park are located across the street from the terminal. The minimum parking fee is around £2, while two hours of parking costs around £8. The Long-stay Car Park is easily accessible by a five-minute walk from the terminal. A day of parking here costs around £30, while two days’ parking is about £45.
Paid internet kiosks can be found throughout the terminal. There is one by the check-in counters and another by the information desk. The terminal building is equipped with paid Wi-Fi internet, which is provided by The Cloud.
The airport information desk is located right by the entrance and exit doors on the ground floor.
Information Desk: +44 871 521 8484
Flight Information: +44 906 108 8484
Standards and good practices have been applied in the design of Liverpool John Lennon Airport to cater to the needs of persons with reduced mobility (PRM). The airport provides special assistance services as well as ambulifts and wheelchairs. Blue Badge holders have dedicated parking spots at the four car parking areas. Lifts, toilets and pay phones have been adjusted for PRMs.
Restaurants and Bars
Restaurants, cafés and bars are located on all levels of the terminal building. Starbucks, Go Bar & Kitchen, Subway and Burger King are located on the first level and are accessible to both the general public and airline passengers. JD Wetherspoon, Frankie & Benny’s, Burger King and Caffe Ritazza are on the second level. Estuary Kitchen & Grill, the Kissing Gate Bar & Eatery, Starbucks, JD Wetherspoon, Subway and Go are on the third level.
Aspire Premium Lounge
Money and ATMs
Travelex currency exchange counters can be found in the Arrivals area on the first level and in the Departures area on the second level. All three levels of the terminal have ATMs.
Stores can be found on all levels of the airport terminal. WHSmith newsagent and bookstore has stores on all three levels. The tourism desk has a gift shop right next to it. Spar has a store on the first level. Antler luggage is sold on the first level. Boots beauty and health store and World Duty Free both have locations on the second and third levels of the terminal.