About Nottingham East Midlands Airport (EMA)
Address: Arrivals Hall Terminal Building, East Midlands Airport, East Midlands, De74 2sa
The delightful and lively city of Nottingham is one of England’s top tourist attractions, home of Sherwood Forest and Robin Hood — among other culturally iconic destinations. Nottingham East Midlands Airport (EMA) is located (14 miles (23 km) southwest of Nottingham City Centre and the Old Market Square — where you’ll find the city’s statue of Nottingham’s ultimate hero. (EMA) is served by a top-notch slate of major airport car rental companies — the usual suspects: Alamo, Avis, Sixt, Europcar, and so on — found in the arrivals area of the terminal.
Nottingham has one of the U.K.’s most efficient and award-winning public transportation systems — if not the best system in all of England. That’s good news for visitors who plan to be hitting many of the attractions: not so much jostling for position on the roads. Oh, they say you’ll hit rush hour traffic on the M1. And the one-way system in City Centre means a GPS is in your future. But the M1 provides easy access to the city and afar. Plus, 13,000 secured parking spaces and another 1,500 on-street. Getting around the “Queen of the Midlands” is not a big deal, and it’ll save you considerable travel time to rent a car.
Meanwhile, passengers arriving to (EMA) may be headed to other popular destinations within shouting distance of each other. Head south for the equally vibrant city of Leicester (20 mi / 32 km). Likewise, Lincolnshire, Derby, Burton-on-Trent, and many other spots are within an hour’s drive.
Choosing your car
Customer service is the top priority for (EMA) airport car rental agencies, and they strive to make choosing your car a pain-free endeavor. Choose from Ford economy and 7-9 seater minivans, Opel compact and standard sedans, Chevrolet mini, Skoda intermediate 4-door sedans, Nissan SUV, Mercedes fullsize and premium vehicles, and even a Mitsubihi pick-up truck.
Tips and advice
Getting from (EMA) to Nottingham is kind of tricky, due to a lack of direct route. The easiest route seems to be the M1 north to A52 west, which T-bones in the village of Lenton. From there, just follow the signs or your GPS.
Among local and regional drivers, the Nottinghamshire area is known for their selection of service stations — known as “truck stops” to North Americans and “roadhouses” to Australians — with facilities for fuel, rest, and food. Service stations along M1 are especially common from Markham Vale (north) to Leicester Forest (south).
Speed cameras are increasingly common in the East Midlands region.
Nottinghamshire is 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham, 128 miles (206 km) north of London. Sherwood Forest is 30 miles (50 km) north of Nottingham City Centre.
Nottingham Castle is not really a castle, but rather an old English mansion enclosed by walls and accessed via gatehouse — the last remnants of the once-great castle. Robin Hood’s statue is just out front.
One common trick for seasoned car hire veterans is to drop off passengers and baggage at departures before returning to the vehicle depot. (EMA) imposes a charge of £2 to drop car passengers near the departure lounge, and idling more than ten minutes is bumped to an additional £1 per minute. So maybe it’s not a good idea to drop of the family before returning the car hire.