Car Hire in Glasgow

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

City Centre
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or comparable
Vauxhall Corsa
  • 5
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£19.07 per day
Glasgow Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
£19.83 per day
Glasgow Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or comparable
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
£20.77 per day
Glasgow Airport
Standard Commercial Van/Truck
Ford Transit or comparable
Ford Transit
  • 3
  • 18
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£27.28 per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Glasgow Airport
Intermediate SUV
Nissan Qashqai or comparable
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
£31.41 per day
Glasgow Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or comparable
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
£36.93 per day
City Centre
Premium
Skoda Superb or comparable
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
£61.88 per day
Glasgow Airport
Luxury
Mercedes Benz E Class or comparable
Mercedes Benz E Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
£84.83 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 08:48 on 2024-07-13.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Dialing code
+44
Average car hire price
£38 per day
Average car hire length
7 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
9.3 / 10
Average petrol price
£1.57 per litre or £5.94 per gallon
Lowest petrol price
£1.42 per litre or £5.38 per gallon
Highest petrol price
£1.93 per litre or £7.31 per gallon

Why hire a car in Glasgow?

Glasgow is a great city to explore by car. The largest in Scotland, it’s a beautifully diverse city that has everything from historical architecture and impressive museums to fun, youthful neighborhoods and its own unique take on the British cuisine. The city is also well-connected to other parts of the United Kingdom, whether you’d like to travel to nearby Edinburgh, go south to England, or explore the coastal areas Scotland.

Glasgow

One-way Car Hire in Glasgow

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

  • From Glasgow to Edinburgh - 294 offers from £28.68 per day
  • From Glasgow to Aberdeen - 104 offers from £28.52 per day
  • From Glasgow to London - 106 offers from £32.11 per day
  • From Glasgow to Inverness - 104 offers from £33.71 per day

Top ways to enter Glasgow

  • Glasgow Airport. Also known as Glasgow-Paisley thanks to the nearby town in which it is located, Glasgow’s main airport is among the ten busiest in the UK as it serves around 10 million passengers every year. The airport is about 16 km (10 mi) from Glasgow’s city center.
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The other, much smaller, of the two airports serving the city, Glasgow Prestwick hosts only one airline, the low-cost carrier Ryanair. Nevertheless, it connects Glasgow to many different destinations in mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Poland, Malta, Portugal, and Italy.
  • Edinburgh Airport. Serving nearly 15 million passengers annually, Edinburgh Airport is the largest in Scotland. It is only about 50 minutes drive from downtown Glasgow. 
  • By rail. If you’re arriving in Glasgow by train, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at Glasgow Central Railway Station or Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station.

City facts

  • Much like the rest of Britain, Glasgow has a cool oceanic climate with small temperature changes between seasons. Summer is the least humid part of the year, with an average temperature in July of 16 °C  (60 °F), although it can get significantly warmer on individual days. The average temperature in December, the coldest month, is 4°C  (39 °F). Snowfall in Glasgow is very rare and infrequent.
  • The population of the Greater Glasgow Metropolitan area is around 1.6 million, meaning that nearly every third inhabitant of Scotland lives in or near the city.
  • Although the main official language is English, Scots (a Germanic language closely related to English), Scottish Gaelic (a Celtic language), and Scottish Sign Language are also officially recognised in Glasgow.

Top sights and activities

  • Glasgow Green. One of the most beautiful urban parks in the entire UK, Glasgow Green is a place where you can easily spend a whole day, either having a picnic, meeting locals, or by observing some of the landmarks of the park such as Nelson’s Memorial, the People’s Palace with its Winter Gardens, or the Doultain Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world.
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Located in one of the most stunning buildings of the city, Kelvingrove has artworks by world-famous artists such as Van Gogh, Monnet, and Dalí, but also truly fascinating collections of wildlife, anthropology, and natural sciences.
  • Riverside Museum. Also known as the Glasgow Museum of Transport, the Riverside Museum won the 2013 European Museum of the Year Award, and for a good reason. Famous exhibits include Tall Ship, a former cargo ship built in 1896, and a steam locomotive. The museum is located in the Glasgow Harbor area that’s been rapidly rebuilt over the last decade.
  • Glasgow Cathedral. Also known as the High Kirk of Glasgow and St. Mungo’s Cathedral, it is one of the most impressive churches of Scotland. Built in the 12th century as Catholic church, it later came under the control of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. A fine example of Gothic architecture, it remains one of the symbols of Glasgow to this day.
  • Glasgow Chambers. Another famous building, the City Chambers house the Glasgow City Council. Built in the 19th century, the Chambers are located on George Square, which is often referred to as the center of Glasgow. After looking at the chambers from outside, consider taking a tour of the inside to also see the ornate halls and mosaics. 

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).
  • 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 lightning.
  • 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.
  • The insurance and documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The emergency numbers are 999 and 112.

Toll roads

Currently there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 toll. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels, as well as for entering the central areas of London and Durham (a city in North East England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43 km (27 mi) long portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can pay by either cash or credit card. As of March 2019, the price is £6.40 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £5.30 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £4.10 for using the toll road at night time on any day (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.). Find out more on the M6 Toll official website

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website

Ideas for day trips

  • Stirling. Located roughly halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, the small city of Stirling is most famous for its stunning hilltop castle and monument to William Wallace, a Scottish national hero. Stirling lies roughly on the border between the Scottish Lowlands and the Highlands, giving you the opportunity to explore both. The distance to Glasgow is just 45 km (28 mi).
  • Isle of Arran. Often referred to as “Scotland in Miniature”, the Isle of Arran is a relaxing place just west of the Scottish mainland. It is best known for the Brodick Castle and Garden, but make sure to also see the Machrie Moor Standing Stones, drive around the little villages, or go into the mountains where you can sometimes spot golden eagles. Isle of Arran can only be reached by ferry. Some, although not all, ferry companies, carry passenger vehicles, and it is best to book a ticket in advance. Find out more about visiting Arran on the island’s official homepage.
  • Houston. A proper Scottish village, Houston is just 40 minutes drive west of Glasgow, but unless you’re traveling with a friend who can also drive, you should consider making it a two day trip. The reason? It’s one of the most famous brewing communities in Scotland, and while it is a lovely place in its own right, it would be a shame to go there and not to sample some of the fine local produce.
  • The Trossachs. Made up of thick woodlands, deep valleys or glens, and picturesque hills, the Trossachs is a beautiful nature area just a short drive north of Glasgow. The Trossachs include several protected areas like the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Great Trossachs Forest Reserve, and is a great place for scenic drives, hiking, or simply enjoying nature.
  • Cairngorms National Park. Located in the eastern part of the Highlands, Cairngorms is the largest protected nature area in Scotland. An austere and wild landscape, the national park is made up of snowy peaks, moors, marshes, and a portion of the ancient Caledonian Forest. The park’s walking paths take you past impressive rock formations and waterfalls; there are also opportunities for skiing, mountain biking, canoeing, and other sports. The Highland Wildlife Park is located in the Cairngorms and is home to many local species, as well as animals like Amur tigers, yaks, and red pandas. There are some villages inside the park, so it’s possible to find a place to stay. 

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Glasgow is the Fiat 500, although the VW Polo and the VW Golfo are also picked a lot by travelers. The most popular car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Scotland with a hired car, check out our complete guide.

  • Edinburgh. Just 74 km (46 mi) east of Glasgow and quite similar in size, Scotland’s capital is nevertheless a very different place when it comes to atmosphere. Famous for its castles, museums, and many festivals, it would be a shame to miss it if you’re going to Scotland.
  • Scottish Highlands region. When many people think of Scotland, the first thing that’s on their mind is its wild nature, and in no other place can you experience in better than in the Scottish Highlands. Not only is the region beautiful, it’s also culturally unique. Go on a three hour drive to the regional capital, Inverness, and you can easily explore the rest from there.
  • Newcastle. A large city in Northern England, Newcastle is a unique and lively place. It is famous for its many beautiful bridges crossing the Tyne River, the ancient Roman fort of Segedunum, and its close proximity to wildlife areas like the Northumberland National Park and the North York Moors National Park. Coming from Glasgow, it’s just a three hour drive south.
  • Aberdeen. Sitting on the North Sea coast in eastern Scotland, Aberdeen doesn’t enjoy the same amount of popularity as Glasgow and Aberdeen. That is a shame, as the city has plenty for a traveler to enjoy, from unique granite architecture to beautiful public gardens and even the northernmost surfing opportunities in Europe. Located 240 km (150 mi) northeast of Glasgow and easily reachable in three hours, Scotland’s third city is definitely worth a shot.

Car hire prices in Glasgow

  • Station wagons - starting at £56 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £27 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £20 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £108 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £50 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £19 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £21 per day

Money-saving tips

There are many ways to get a good car hire deal in Glasgow:

  • Compare rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Glasgow is the cheapest in January when hiring a car is a whole 70% cheaper than the yearly average.
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In which month is car hire in Glasgow the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Glasgow 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 Glasgow
£20.61
January
£26.68
February
£33.99
March
£36.94
April
£52.03
May
£46.53
June
£55.54
July
£58.64
August
£40.72
September
£36.38
October
£27.32
November
£34.40
December
The best month to hire a car in Glasgow is January (when the average price is £20.61 per day). This is 47% less than the yearly average and 65% less than hiring in August (when the average price is £58.64).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your car 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 select your dates in the form at the top of the page to find out the exact prices.

What's the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Glasgow?

Car hire lengths vary from month to month: in July, the average hirer keeps their car for 8 days, and in February, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of hire days in Glasgow
7
January
5
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
7
August
7
September
5
October
5
November
7
December

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

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for hiring a car in Glasgow is August, and the least popular is February.
Popularity of Car Hire in Glasgow by Monthly Searches
66%
January
62%
February
87%
March
78%
April
108%
May
90%
June
135%
July
196%
August
123%
September
112%
October
64%
November
77%
December

Car hire information

Car hire locations 6
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Arnold Clark, Keddy, GreenMotion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, People Carriers
Lowest price £19 per day
Cheapest supplier Europcar

Most popular car models of suppliers

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
Keddy Vauxhall Crossland 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 People Carriers

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the 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.

United Kingdom
Fiat 500
8 April 2024
Nice holiday on Isle fo Bute
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
3 January 2024
Great festive visits to family and friends on the east coast of Scotland
customer photo customer photo
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
25 October 2023
Scotland, beautiful
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
17 September 2023
Visiting family.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
26 June 2023
Perfect for a longish (450 miles) road trip around Scotland
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
14 June 2023
Car rental allowed us to explore off the beaten path places like Cairngorms Natl Park and small towns such as Aboyne and bBalleter. We visited the east coast too at Stonehaven.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
21 May 2023
Goldcar is always first class, I have never had an issue. First class.
United Kingdom
Ford Kuga
6 May 2023
The car I rented was ideal for carrying 5 adults in comfort. My visitors enjoyed visiting Stirling area, and Edinburgh.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
22 April 2023
We spent 5 days driving all over Scotland, through the Highlands and Lowlands. We were provided a hybrid vehicle and we used maybe in total one tank of gas for the entire time. It was a fun little car to get around in…after I adjusted to driving on the opposite side of the road.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
31 August 2022
Needed a car while mine was in repair.
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
8 June 2022
Road trip in scotland
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
19 April 2022
Visited the highlands of Scotland including Fort William. Ben Nevis is a prominent site there and worth a walk up. Boat trip on Loch Ness great from shame it’s not longer it’s 50 minutes long but great all the same. Isle of sky is worth a visit the most amazing scenery. There is an amazing pub and hotel just after Loch Lomond and before the highlands of Scotland called the drovers inn. Definitely worth a visit or even a stay!
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Mokka
27 June 2021
West coast of Scotland, simple beautiful, good road system with stunning Glen and Lochside views
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest-rated company
Enterprise
9.2 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Routes Car Rental
7.2 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
69
Total rental companies
15
Average daily price
£37.75
Lowest daily price
£19.07
Total cars available
583

Top 15 suppliers in Glasgow in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.2 / 43 reviews
2 locations
£22 - £190
Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Very good 8.9 / 184 reviews
4 locations
£38 - £206
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.7 / 65 reviews
2 locations
£36 - £63
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.5 / 50 reviews
1 location
£20 - £184
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.4 / 12 reviews
1 location
£23 - £35
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.3 / 12 reviews
2 locations
£19 - £90
Drivalia
Drivalia
Very good 8.2 / 118 reviews
2 locations
£20 - £296
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 37 reviews
3 locations
£96 - £228
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.1 / 15 reviews
3 locations
£27 - £126
National
National
Very good 8.1 / 4 reviews
1 location
£25 - £201
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 6 reviews
3 locations
£27 - £136
Dollar
Dollar
Good 7.7
1 location
£23 - £33
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.5 / 128 reviews
2 locations
£24 - £261
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.5
1 location
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.2 / 1 review
2 locations
£42 - £90
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