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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Edinburgh Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 31.80 per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 35.38 per day
Edinburgh Airport
Economy
Ford Fiesta or comparable
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Arnold Clark
£ 36.75 per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact
Vauxhall Crossland or comparable
Vauxhall Crossland
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 36.90 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Edinburgh Airport
Standard
VW Passat or comparable
VW Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 41.42 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 41.63 / per day
City Centre
Intermediate
MG ZS or comparable
MG ZS
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 45.25 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact
Vauxhall Astra or comparable
Vauxhall Astra
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Arnold Clark
£ 46.02 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 23:44 on 2022-08-11.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Dialing code
44
Budget car hire price
£ 95.61 / per day
Average car hire length
1 days
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Speed limit out of city centre
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Average gasoline price
£ 1.58 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.87 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.46 / 1 liter

Why hire a car in Edinburgh?

The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is the UK’s second-most visited city (after London) for a reason. In addition to its well-preserved architecture and fairy-tale atmosphere, the city is a cultural and innovation hub and boasts some of the country’s best museums.

Edinburgh

One-way Car Hire in Edinburgh

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Edinburgh and drop off in another city include:

  • From Edinburgh to Glasgow - 327 offers from £ 25.64 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Inverness - 143 offers from £ 32.39 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Manchester - 104 offers from £ 30.86 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Aberdeen - 104 offers from £ 32.39 per day
  • From Edinburgh to London - 130 offers from £ 33.33 per day

Top ways to enter Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Airport. The busiest in Scotland, Edinburgh Airport handles about 15 million travellers annually. A number of low-cost carriers fly here, including easyJet and Ryanair. Edinburgh Airport is about a 30-minute drive from the city centre.
  • Glasgow Airports. There are two other international airports near Edinburgh, both nominally serving the neighbouring city of Glasgow. By far the largest of the two, Glasgow Airport is about a 90-minute drive east while the smaller Glasgow-Prestwick Airport, served only by Ryanair, is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away.

Top destinations and activities

  • Edinburgh Castle. The symbol of Edinburgh and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels, this is arguably the most famous of all the Edinburgh landmarks. The castle was first built more than 1,000 years ago, though the complex has been renovated and expanded over the centuries. Tickets need to be purchased in advance — you can do that on the official website.
  • Scottish National Gallery. Another Edinburgh treasure, the National Gallery has a collection of virtually all of the most notable Scottish artists, as well as foreign masters like Botticelli, Gauguin, Cezanne, and many more. As with Edinburgh Castle, you should book your tickets in advance. 
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Not just a public green area, but also a centre for the conservation and study of plants, RBGE is home to more than 13,000 floral species (as well as a herbarium of over three million specimens). In addition to plants native to the British Isles, there are many exotic species that can be found in the Palm House and Cryptogamic Garden.

Traffic and parking

  • The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road
  • On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and along red lines is illegal).
  • There are relatively few parking areas available for city visitors in Edinburgh. Some paid parking spots are available via a pay-and-display system. You can find many of those on this map on the city’s official website. The exact fee will depend on the length of the time you park there, the hour of the day, and the day of the week. It is not a good idea to park without a permit as the fines are quite high and the rules are strictly enforced; sometimes your car might even be towed away. 
  • You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving unless you use a hands-free system.
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lighting.
  • In Scotland, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. In the rest of the UK, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for both experienced and novice drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.
  • Proof of insurance and the documentation of the car need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Leith. Technically a district of Edinburgh, the port area is highly distinct —  it even has its own accent! Naturally, many of the attractions here are sea-related — such as the Trinity House Maritime Museum, the display of the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the scenic waterfront. Leith is immediately to the north of Edinburgh and only a short drive away.
  • Glasgow. The largest city of Scotland and sometimes seen as a rival of Edinburgh, Glasgow might not be as historic or picturesque but is definitely a very fun destination. Not that there’s any lack of notable landmarks — Glasgow Cathedral, St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, Kelvingrove Park and Art Gallery, and even Glasgow Necropolis are just a few to mention.  The drive from Edinburgh takes only about an hour and 20 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Edinburgh is the Skoda Octavia, followed by the Ford Fiesta and the Vauxhall Corsa. The most popular car types are economy, compact, and intermediate.

Car Hire Prices in Edinburgh

  • Station wagons - starting at £ 199 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 175 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 126 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 370 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 231 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 102 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 187 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on the car you’ll hire:

  • Compare rates of different car hire providers
  • Book your vehicle well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Edinburgh is the cheapest in October.

Top 20 Cities near Edinburgh

  1. London starting at £ 48.33 per day
    509.9 km / 316.8 miles away
  2. Manchester starting at £ 67.17 per day
    284.3 km / 176.7 miles away
  3. Belfast starting at £ 12.49 per day
    216.6 km / 134.6 miles away
  4. Luton starting at £ 29.02 per day
    492.8 km / 306.2 miles away
  5. Glasgow starting at £ 35.56 per day
    61.6 km / 38.3 miles away
  6. Birmingham starting at £ 27.35 per day
    396.4 km / 246.3 miles away
  7. Leeds starting at £ 46.56 per day
    268.4 km / 166.8 miles away
  8. Bristol starting at £ 31.80 per day
    509.7 km / 316.7 miles away
  9. Liverpool starting at £ 27.35 per day
    292.9 km / 182.0 miles away
  10. Inverness starting at £ 31.80 per day
    181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
  11. Newcastle starting at £ 27.35 per day
    146.6 km / 91.1 miles away
  12. Watford starting at £ 26.08 per day
    516.5 km / 321.0 miles away
  13. Reading starting at £ 27.35 per day
    526.9 km / 327.4 miles away
  14. Croydon starting at £ 59.32 per day
    551.8 km / 342.9 miles away
  15. Southampton starting at £ 17.42 per day
    575.6 km / 357.7 miles away
  16. Cardiff starting at £ 27.35 per day
    506.3 km / 314.6 miles away
  17. Wolverhampton starting at £ 55.28 per day
    383.5 km / 238.3 miles away
  18. Preston starting at £ 25.06 per day
    246.0 km / 152.8 miles away
  19. Slough starting at £ 27.35 per day
    524.6 km / 326.0 miles away
  20. Leicester starting at £ 27.35 per day
    395.2 km / 245.6 miles away

Top 17 Destinations around Edinburgh

  1. Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station starting at £ 65.76 per day
  2. Edinburgh Leith starting at £ 96.84 per day
    2.8 km / 1.7 miles away
  3. Edinburgh Sighthill starting at £ 35.56 per day
    7.5 km / 4.7 miles away
  4. Edinburgh Airport starting at £ 31.80 per day
    11.5 km / 7.1 miles away
  5. Stirling Railway Station starting at £ 44.43 per day
    50.0 km / 31.1 miles away
  6. Dundee Airport starting at £ 91.13 per day
    56.4 km / 35.0 miles away
  7. Dundee West starting at £ 103.59 per day
    59.7 km / 37.1 miles away
  8. Glasgow Scotstounhill starting at £ 35.56 per day
    73.1 km / 45.4 miles away
  9. Glasgow Airport starting at £ 31.80 per day
    78.1 km / 48.5 miles away
  10. Newcastle Airport starting at £ 27.35 per day
    138.8 km / 86.2 miles away
  11. Aberdeen Airport starting at £ 31.80 per day
    151.6 km / 94.2 miles away
  12. Inverness Airport starting at £ 31.80 per day
    184.3 km / 114.5 miles away
  13. Belfast Cruise Port starting at £ 12.49 per day
    225.6 km / 140.2 miles away
  14. George Best Belfast City Airport starting at £ 61.91 per day
    225.7 km / 140.2 miles away
  15. Isle of Man Airport starting at £ 28.68 per day
    227.2 km / 141.2 miles away
  16. Belfast Central Railway station starting at £ 112.70 per day
    229.5 km / 142.6 miles away
  17. Belfast International Airport starting at £ 61.91 per day
    239.7 km / 149.0 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Edinburgh?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Edinburghfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Edinburgh
£ 57.66
January
£ 37.66
February
£ 26.95
March
£ 71.37
April
£ 52.24
May
£ 53.40
June
£ 53.93
July
£ 46.79
August
£ 36.77
September
£ 25.48
October
£ 39.96
November
£ 95.18
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Edinburgh is October with prices starting at £ 25.48 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is December with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 95.18. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 50. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Edinburgh?

Hirers picking up a car in Edinburgh keep them for an average of 6 days during in January, while those picking up their cars in December keep them for an average of 3.
Average Hire Length in Edinburgh
6
January
6
February
5
March
5
April
6
May
6
June
5
July
4
August
5
September
5
October
5
November
3
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Edinburgh?

While travellers visit Edinburgh year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is January, and the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Hire in Edinburgh by Monthly Searches
272%
January
258%
February
265%
March
134%
April
89%
May
41%
June
59%
July
81%
August
September
October
1%
November
1%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen Berlingo 4 6 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Fiat 500
26 February 2022
Waiting time when I picked up the car ( i couldn't open the park gate because I didn't have the ticket to leave the park). I called the park assistant and told me the easyar worn brake discs and windshield rubbers
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
13 August 2021
Driving around Highlands - most scenic trip ever. Loved it.! Great views, no traffic and lots of free car parks.
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Astra
7 July 2021
Very well managed and simple
United Kingdom
Renault Kadjar
9 June 2021
We rented a car to have more luggage space for our staycation and would do that again

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.48 / 10
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
6.93 / 10
Total number of reviews
20
Total rental companies
13
Average daily price
£ 95.61
Lowest daily price
£ 9.57
Total cars available
631

Top 13 Hire Companies in Edinburgh in 2022

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Remarkable 9.5 / 144 reviews
+441315617779
1 Seafield St, Edinburgh EH6 7LG
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-16:00
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.8 / 71 reviews
+4401313330400
Edinburgh Airport, Burnside Rd, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH12 9DN
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.7 / 14 reviews
+4403445446004
Car Rental Centre
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Hertz
Hertz
Outstanding 8.6 / 2 reviews
+4408433093025
Car Rental Centre, 175 Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FT
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
National
National
Outstanding 8.5
+4401315566340
Waverley Station Level 2, New Street Car Park, Edinburgh EH8 8BH
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Outstanding 8.4 / 29 reviews
+4401313414441
WAVERLEY STATION, NEW STREET CAR PARK
Working hours
Mon:07:00-19:00
Tue:07:00-19:00
Wed:07:00-19:00
Thu:07:00-19:00
Fri:07:00-19:00
Sat:07:00-19:00
Sun:07:00-19:00
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.4 / 7 reviews
+4403713843467
St James' Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3BP
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.3 / 33 reviews
+442070188246
26 Dunedin Street
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.3 / 13 reviews
+4403713843811
65/67 SALAMANDER STREET
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-13:00
Firefly
Firefly
Outstanding 8.1
08433093025
CCRC RECEPTION
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.9 / 1 reviews
+441313330008 / +4403713840134
InterRent Car Rental Office
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
Easirent
Easirent
Great 7.6 / 245 reviews
+441312021710
3 Queen Anne Dr, Newbridge, EH28 8LH
Working hours
Mon:06:00-00:30
Tue:06:00-00:30
Wed:06:00-00:30
Thu:06:00-00:30
Fri:06:00-00:30
Sat:06:00-00:30
Sun:06:00-00:30
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 6.9 / 260 reviews
+441313000068
26 Greenside Row, Q-Park, Edinburgh, EH1 3AJ
Working hours
Mon:08:00-18:00
Tue:08:00-18:00
Wed:08:00-18:00
Thu:08:00-18:00
Fri:08:00-18:00
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-18:00
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