If one wishes to explore the sights of the historic city of Lucknow on their own time, it is best if one hires a car and drives around.
It is best if tourists book their cars beforehand online as the car rental desks at Lucknow airport will charge extra as airport surcharges.
###Car rental companies at LKO
Taxi for Rent, Savaari, Desire Destination, Taxi Guide, Hello Taxis and Lucknow Cabs provide car rental services in Lucknow at the airport as well as off-site.
###Rates and reservations
Eligible drivers can hire hatchbacks, sedans, and vans. For more information, tourists can access the car rental companies’ websites. The rates listed are per day charges for an average A/C 6-seater car such as Toyota Innova with boot space for 2 bags. These prices do not include night charges, driver charges or extra distance/time charges.
###Driving from LKO
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport Lucknow is located 15 km southwest of the city centre. Jail Road via the VIP Road is the quickest way to get from the airport to central areas of the city such as Hazratganj. The city is India’s first CCTV city with over 9,000 cameras installed across all the roads. Lucknow railway station in Charbagh is hardly 2.5 km from the airport.
Driving is on the left side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle.
Staying in the outer lanes allows speeding vehicles to pass by. Also, be prepared for over speeding, lane splitting, honking and even cars coming from the wrong side of the road.
Animals and people tend to cross highways suddenly, so stay alert.
Do not blindly follow Google Maps or SatNav as they don’t give an idea about road conditions. Talk to locals and other drivers before setting out.
Many smaller roads have only single lane, so be careful while driving.
Pack light snacks and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration as Lucknow weather can get hot.
##Car renting tips
Tourists are advised not to rent a car at the airport as the cost is more due to airport charges. Book online instead.
Book early as one might not get a vehicle of their choice if one books late.
Compare prices and check your own needs before renting a car.
One should be at least 18 years of age and must have an international driving permit to rent a car in Lucknow. Even if car rental places don't ask for it, cops on highway patrol might.
###Places to visit
Places to visit in Lucknow includes Bada and Chhota Imambara, Shahi Bawli, Rumi Darwaza, Clock Tower, Jama Masjid, Lucknow Zoo, La Martiniere College Building and politically important places such as the Vidhan Sabha and Lucknow High Court. For shopping enthusiasts, the eccentric and colourful market of Chowk is a must-visit. Use Skyscanner Car hire page to rent a car and kick-start your memorable holiday.