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    Car Hire at Leeds City Train Station - Exploring West Yorkshire

    Situated in the centre of town, Leeds City Station is the main railway hub for the city of Leeds and the rest of West Yorkshire. With over thirty million passenger movements per year, it is the second-busiest railway station in the north of England (after Manchester Piccadilly) and the fourth-busiest in the United Kingdom outside London (after Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Glasgow Central). It is very centrally located in the heart of Leeds on New Station Street to the south of City Square, behind the landmark Queens Hotel. As the terminus of the East Coast Main Line, it connects with high-speed services between Leeds and London's King's Cross Station, making it a key transportation facility on the British Rail network and an important stop on the Cross Country Route between Scotland, the Midlands and South West England. Leeds City Station serves a large number of major cities like Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Derby, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance, in addition to several regular inter-city routes to destinations in the north of England, including Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. Furthermore, the station is an integral part of England's ambitious new HS2 (High Speed 2) project currently under construction and due to open in the coming years.

    Leeds is a burgeoning tourist destination and a thriving cultural centre with an abundance of interesting things to see and do both inside and outside the city centre. As the largest city in the county of West Yorkshire, it is well-known for its innovative arts scene, vintage shopping galleries, vibrant night-life and excellent restaurants, many of which are featured in the world-renowned Michelin Guide. Its compact, pedestrianised centre is normally the first port of call for most visitors, who flock there to appreciate the city's wonderful architecture, much of which dates back to the Victorian period. The Briggate quarter is particularly popular for the 19th-century Grand Arcade, a shopping area par excellence, while the Royal Armouries Museum (famed for its star exhibit, Henry VIII's original suit of armour) is one of northern England's top attractions. With a cheap car hire at Leeds Train Station you'll also have quick access to many of the country's most strikingly beautiful landscapes, most notably the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District, the latter of which is home to the renowned Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Equally delightful is the picturesque village of Saltaire, a UNESCO-classified World Heritage site located a short drive from the centre of Leeds.

    One of the world's leading car rental companies, Auto Europe has spent the past seventy years establishing very strong working relationships with all the industry's most prestigious car hire providers, including Dollar, Hertz, Sixt, Avis, National, Europcar, Budget and Alamo. This enables us to offer the cheapest deals on the market as well as a wider choice of vehicles than any other car hire firm. If you require any help at all during the process of booking your next car rental at Leeds City Train Station, please do not hesitate to call our rental specialists on +44 123 3225 114 and they will go the extra mile to help you with your reservation and/or provide you with all the information you need for your forthcoming trip. For added peace of mind, why not visit our Leeds car hire reviews page to see what other Auto Europe customers thought about their recent car hire experience in Leeds and other popular destinations in West Yorkshire.

    Station Information

    Nestling on a hill descending towards the River Aire, Leeds City Station is located just a four-minute walk away from the historic heart of the city. Much of the main part of the building is supported by Victorian brick-vaulted arches located in Granary Wharf, a bustling area consisting of cafés, restaurants and shops. Just outside the station is the famous Queen’s Hotel, a historic four-star property and a landmark building in the city centre. Opened in 1938, the station was originally called Leeds New Station and was built to operate alongside Leeds Central Station, which has since closed. Leeds City Station has been refurbished and improved twice over the years, once in 1963 and again in 2002. It now has a total of 17 platforms (11 terminus and 6 through platforms), the highest number of any other English railway station outside of London. Nowadays, Leeds is very well served by all the main national rail operators and getting to the city by train couldn't be easier.

    Where to pick up my car hire at Leeds City Station

    Most of the companies offering car hire at Leeds City Train Station have their offices off-site, either in Wellington Road or in the Hunslet area of the city. Please make sure you have all your necessary documents to hand when you arrive at the reception desk to pick up your vehicle, most notably your driving licence, passport and insurance papers.

    Europcar Car Hire at Leeds City Station Europcar at Leeds City Station
    7-13 Low Road
    Leeds, UK LS10 1QR

    +44 3713845926
    Opening Hours:
    Daily 7am-7pm
    Enterprise Car Hire at Leeds City Station Enterprise at Leeds City Station
    75 Low Road
    Leeds, UK LS10 1RH
    +44 113 277 7740span>
    Opening Hours:
    8am-5pm Mon-Fri and 9am-midday Sat (closed Sun)
    Hertz Car Hire at Leeds City Station Hertz at Leeds City Station
    Unit 1 - Wellington Road Industrial Estate
    Leeds, UK LS12 2UA
    +44 113 246 8207
    Opening Hours:
    9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1.30pm Sat and 10am-2pm Sun

    Station facilities

    As one of the England's largest and busiest railway stations, Leeds City has a full complement of on-site facilities and services, including a station buffet, post-box, ATM cash dispensers, extensive Wi-fi Internet coverge, a tourist information centre and numerous coffee shops, fast food outlets, bars, newsagents, chemists and supermarkets. Besides modern baby-changing facilities, the station also has a well-organised left-luggage office, plus there's wide-ranging disabled and step-free access throughout the whole building with ramps, wheelchairs and induction loops available whenever required.

    How to get to and from Leeds City station

    The station is located at the southern edge of Leeds city centre near the River Aire, so travelling in and out of the area with your car hire at Leeds City Station shouldn't cause you any traffic problems, either via Wellington Street from the A58 or by following the signs from Meadow Road off the M621. The station is also well served by the city's public transport services with First and Yorkshire Tiger both operating a network of regular local bus routes around Leeds, with most services stopping at Leeds City. The popular Citybus also stops at the station and serves many key locations in and around Leeds city centre. Located at the New Station Street exit, Leeds Interchange provides onward transport connections from Leeds City plus there are five Arriva Yorkshire bus stops a stone's throw from the station's main exit. Further bus stops are located on Neville Street close to the station, as well as around City Square a short walk away. A few steps away, the Infirmary Street and Boar Lane Bus Points offer more bus connections to other parts of the city and beyond. Running every 30 minutes or so throughout the week, the Flying Tiger bus service operates to and from Leeds Bradford Airport with a journey time of around 20 minutes outside the rush-hour. LNER runs direct trains into Leeds from London with most journey times taking around two hours and Edinburgh is only three hours away, while TransPennine Express runs direct train services from Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Scarborough and Hull. There are also direct services from Birmingham and Bristol via CrossCountry. A 24-hour taxi rank also operates from right outside the station.

    Parking tips

    On-street parking near the station can be a bit of a challenge as this is a particularly busy part of the city centre, with the streets surrounding the station normally quite busy with traffic coming off the M621 and A58. However, there's a good number of off-street car parking spaces available on-site and in nearby car parks. The multi-storey car park on Aire Street has around 750 spaces, making it a very good option for people who choose to rent a car at Leeds City Train Station wit the intention of visiting all the top tourist attractions.

    Useful links

    Leeds Train Station Website