About Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL)
Address: Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Liverpool, L24 1yd
Named after the late great Beatle, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) is situated 7.5 miles (12 km) southeast of Liverpool’s city center. You’ll find airport car rentals from Hertz, Enterprise, Avis, and Europcar at the Car Rental Centre, located on the ground floor of the short stay parking lot opposite the Arrivals Area.
One of the U.K.’s great port cities, Liverpool has an unassuming attitude and an easy sense of transient movement. Although Liverpool’s public transportation system is considered serviceable, you’ll have more freedom to explore the city if you rent a car. Driving in Liverpool is generally uncomplicated and many drivers believe it’s easier to navigate than most English cities of comparable size. Getting around Manchester, for example, is much more challenging than the easy-going pace of Liverpool and its surrounding areas.
Speaking of outlying attractions, Liverpool is within short striking distance of some great attractions such as the beach sculptures of Crosby (5 mi/ 8 km), and the sand dunes of Formby (13 mi / 21 km). Meanwhile, Port Sunlight On the Wirral (6 mi / 10 km) is noted for the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and West Kirby (11 mi / 18 km) offers world-class beaches and top-notch sailing opportunities. There’s plenty to keep visitors busy in and around central Liverpool, but Blackpool (28 mi 45 km) and Manchester (43 mi / 66 km) are also in close proximity.
Choosing your car
It’s important to use the right tool for the task at hand. When choosing your car for a trip to Liverpool, think of the vehicle as the primary tool for getting the job done — traveling from Point A to Point B and beyond in the most efficient and practical manner. And (LPL) has a wide range of tools. For zipping around the city, you’re spoiled for minicar choice with models from Ford, Fiat, and Hyundai. Economy cars from Volkswagen and Opel are also good for short trips in town and not-so afar. For longer road trips, Nissan SUVs and Toyota intermediate cars have an ideal combination of storage and performance. Families and larger groups will want to pile into a Citroen 7-9 seater minivan.
Tips and advice
Roundabouts — get used to them — can be doubly problematic if you’re driving on the “wrong side” of the road, i.e. from a right-hand lane country. If you’re completely unfamiliar, there are a number of free online practice courses for navigating roundabouts.
Most (LPL) airport rental cars are manual transmission (gearbox). For many makes and models, you’ll need to request an automatic vehicle.
With the exception of the National Speed Limit (NSL), black numbers on a round white sign with a red border dictate the speed limits in Liverpool. The National Speed Limit signs are plain round white with a black diagonal stripe.
Familiarize yourself with yellow box junctions.
The British don’t take kindly to cutting in line — “queue jumpers” — so be considerate when merging on the motorways. In other words, wait your turn.
Courtesy is important to British drivers. They frequently communicate with each other by flashing their lights to say, “Go ahead and merge ahead of me” and “thanks for letting me merge ahead of you.”