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Car hire at East Midlands Airport

Car hire at East Midlands Airport

The central location of East Midlands Airport (EMA) means that visitors who take advantage of car hire can easily travel to a number of UK locations, including nearby Nottingham and Birmingham. The airport is located just off the major M1 motorway.

What I need to know

East Midlands Airport is home to a number of car rental companies. To compare East Midlands Airport car hire costs ahead of time, visit the Holiday Autos site. Holiday Autos offers customer service if you need any support, and you will also benefit from free cancellation in case anything goes wrong.

Where to pick up my car

East Midlands Car rental offices are located around the airport, so depending on which company you go with, you will need to research ahead of time or follow the airport signs to find your hire car.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

People flying into East Midlands Airport are spoilt for choice in terms of major cities nearby. Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham are all on the doorstep, but it also won’t take long to get to the northern metropolises of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield. Or why not head south to London - the UK’s iconic capital city?

Nearby East Midlands Airport

Explore the mythological history of Robin Hood in Nottingham - a mere 27 minutes drive away from the airport - or take the M1 up to Sheffield to immerse yourself in its dynamic musical history and culture and explore its industrial past.

Longer drives

London is just two hours and 15 minutes away from East Midlands Airport by car, and offers countless sightseeing and cultural opportunities. Alternatively, head two hours north to Manchester: the birthplace of Manchester United, Oasis and the industrial revolution.

Eating and drinking

Fans of Indian food should head straight to Birmingham to enjoy its flavoursome Balti Triangle. Fine dining enthusiasts should head to London to sample its host of Michelin starred restaurants. If you like to stay on top of the latest trends, consider visiting Manchester’s hip northern quarter, home of the next big thing.

Things to do

Hikers may want to make the 45 minute drive to the Peak District National Park, which offers boundless walking and climbing opportunities amid fantastic scenery. For theatre lovers, dinner and a show in London’s West End must be on the agenda. If you’re into sports, meanwhile, consider a trip to Manchester to tour United’s iconic Old Trafford ground.


London is the obvious destination for sightseeing, with landmarks like The Tower of London and Buckingham Palace being tourist favourites. However, with Nottingham so nearby it would be a shame to miss out on a visit to Sherwood Forest to explore the mythology of folk legend Robin Hood.


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