Car Hire in Edinburgh

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
£ 18.12 / per day
Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 19.09 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 21.88 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Intermediate SUV
Kia XCeed or comparable
Kia XCeed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 28.99 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Edinburgh Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or comparable
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
£ 43.21 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Standard SUV
Ford Kuga or comparable
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
£ 45.66 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or comparable
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
£ 61.60 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Full-size
BMW 3 series or comparable
BMW 3 series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
£ 71.59 / 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 04:01 on 2024-06-14.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Dialing code
+44
Average car hire price
£ 39 per day
Average car hire length
6 days
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Score
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.57 per litre or £ 5.94 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.42 per litre or £ 5.38 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 1.90 per litre or £ 7.19 / 1 gallon

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 £ 25.55 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Inverness - 143 offers from £ 32.29 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Manchester - 104 offers from £ 30.76 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Aberdeen - 104 offers from £ 32.29 per day
  • From Edinburgh to London - 130 offers from £ 33.22 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 day trips

  • 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 £ 39 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 24 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 21 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 110 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 46 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 18 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 22 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.
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In which month is car hire in Edinburgh the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Edinburgh fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Edinburgh
£ 28.64
January
£ 27.78
February
£ 40.93
March
£ 45.26
April
£ 59.70
May
£ 68.97
June
£ 77.59
July
£ 70.26
August
£ 46.68
September
£ 41.29
October
£ 29.89
November
£ 43.18
December
The best month to hire a car in Edinburgh is February (when the average price is £ 27.78 per day). This is 43% less than the yearly average and 64% less than hiring in July (when the average price is £ 77.59).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

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

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 7 days, and in January, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of hire days in Edinburgh
5
January
5
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
5
October
5
November
6
December

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

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Edinburgh is August, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Hire in Edinburgh by Monthly Searches
36%
January
37%
February
59%
March
85%
April
121%
May
129%
June
168%
July
191%
August
141%
September
129%
October
52%
November
54%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 8
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Arnold Clark, Alamo, GreenMotion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, People Carriers
Lowest price £ 18 per day
Cheapest supplier Drivalia

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 People Carriers
GreenMotion Kia Rio 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Ford Fiesta 5 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
17 April 2024
Visiting family mainly but loved visiting St Andrews as always
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
3 February 2024
Returned to Scotland to sell home which is stressful enough.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
28 October 2023
I had to come back to Scotland to attend a funeral and it meant I was able to catch up with all my family and spend time with people I love
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
21 September 2023
Great Service
New Zealand
Vauxhall Astra
18 August 2023
Wonderful Scotland. What more can you say?
Canada
Vauxhall Corsa
15 August 2023
From beginning to end from Edinburgh to Inverness such amazing beauty.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
8 June 2023
Drove to Isle of Skye with its crappy roads but beautiful scenery. Also drove th North Coast 500.
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Astra
3 June 2023
Used car to visit Ben Nevis and surrounding areas.
customer photo
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 3008
20 November 2022
If you're traveling from abroad and is used to driving on the left side- the best thing to remember driving on the right side is to pay attention to the line in the center on the road not the side ones- if you keep an eye on the side lane I can assure you that an accident is very likely to happen. Scotland is truly a gem! On another note- Arnold Clark is the only car rental I'll ever use in Edinburgh and around the UK. They're the cheapest, have the best cars and very nice customer service.
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
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
6.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
134
Total rental companies
14
Average daily price
£ 38.77
Lowest daily price
£ 18.12
Total cars available
986

Top 14 Suppliers in Edinburgh in 2024

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.5 / 484 reviews
3 locations
£ 41 - £ 208
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9 / 202 reviews
5 locations
£ 24 - £ 260
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 308 reviews
3 locations
£ 22 - £ 405
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.5 / 52 reviews
4 locations
£ 29 - £ 122
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.3 / 50 reviews
1 location
£ 23 - £ 42
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.2 / 99 reviews
2 locations
£ 18 - £ 72
National
National
Very good 8.2 / 46 reviews
3 locations
£ 27 - £ 440
Drivalia
Drivalia
Good 7.9 / 311 reviews
2 locations
£ 18 - £ 89
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 54 reviews
2 locations
£ 24 - £ 90
Budget
Budget
Good 7.8 / 12 reviews
3 locations
£ 29 - £ 133
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
£ 23 - £ 37
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.5 / 61 reviews
4 locations
£ 62 - £ 147
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 3 reviews
3 locations
£ 39 - £ 64
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.5 / 349 reviews
2 locations
£ 18 - £ 229
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