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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Glasgow Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 16.47 per day
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City Centre
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 16.61 per day
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Glasgow Airport
Economy
Citroen C3 or comparable
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 16.65 per day
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Glasgow Airport
Compact
Kia Ceed or comparable
Kia Ceed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 16.87 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

City Centre
Economy
Ford Fiesta or comparable
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
£ 17.80 / per day
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Glasgow Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
£ 20.05 / per day
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Glasgow Airport
Economy
Ford Fiesta or comparable
Ford Fiesta
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avis
£ 20.05 / per day
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Glasgow Airport
Compact
Kia Ceed or comparable
Kia Ceed
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GreenMotion
£ 20.61 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 18:13 on 2021-10-25.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Dialing code
44
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%

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 £ 28.70 per day
  • From Glasgow to Aberdeen - 104 offers from £ 28.55 per day
  • From Glasgow to London - 106 offers from £ 32.14 per day
  • From Glasgow to Inverness - 104 offers from £ 33.75 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.

Useful 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 destinations 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 tips

  • 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 a day-trip

  • 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 hire types and 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 £ 47 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 45 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 36 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - starting at £ 87 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 112 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 27 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 64 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

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.

Top 20 Cities near Glasgow

  1. London starting at £ 12.59 per day
    554.0 km / 344.3 miles away
  2. Edinburgh starting at £ 14.28 per day
    78.1 km / 48.5 miles away
  3. 300.2 km / 186.5 miles away
  4. Belfast starting at £ 11.29 per day
    172.6 km / 107.2 miles away
  5. Luton starting at £ 14.28 per day
    518.0 km / 321.9 miles away
  6. Birmingham starting at £ 21.25 per day
    411.8 km / 255.9 miles away
  7. Inverness starting at £ 34.45 per day
    187.2 km / 116.3 miles away
  8. 506.6 km / 314.8 miles away
  9. Liverpool starting at £ 10.65 per day
    300.1 km / 186.5 miles away
  10. Leeds starting at £ 20.88 per day
    285.0 km / 177.1 miles away
  11. Newcastle starting at £ 17.64 per day
    196.2 km / 121.9 miles away
  12. Aberdeen starting at £ 12.72 per day
    201.6 km / 125.3 miles away
  13. Cardiff starting at £ 21.23 per day
    502.7 km / 312.4 miles away
  14. 587.1 km / 364.8 miles away
  15. Bolton starting at £ 31.44 per day
    287.5 km / 178.6 miles away
  16. East Midlands starting at £ 18.22 per day
    393.4 km / 244.4 miles away
  17. 596.9 km / 370.9 miles away
  18. Leicester starting at £ 13.51 per day
    418.1 km / 259.8 miles away
  19. Brighton starting at £ 16.08 per day
    628.7 km / 390.6 miles away
  20. 574.9 km / 357.2 miles away

Top 17 Destinations around Glasgow

  1. Glasgow Airport starting at £ 13.50 per day
    10.2 km / 6.4 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Airport starting at £ 9.54 per day
    57.0 km / 35.4 miles away
  3. Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station starting at £ 14.28 per day
    68.4 km / 42.5 miles away
  4. Dundee Airport starting at £ 29.58 per day
    101.7 km / 63.2 miles away
  5. Belfast Cruise Port starting at £ 12.45 per day
    170.8 km / 106.1 miles away
  6. George Best Belfast City Airport starting at £ 9.31 per day
    171.1 km / 106.3 miles away
  7. Belfast International Airport starting at £ 9.31 per day
    181.5 km / 112.8 miles away
  8. Newcastle Airport starting at £ 17.64 per day
    186.4 km / 115.8 miles away
  9. Inverness Airport starting at £ 34.45 per day
    188.0 km / 116.8 miles away
  10. Aberdeen Airport starting at £ 12.72 per day
    196.4 km / 122.0 miles away
  11. Isle of Man Airport starting at £ 28.58 per day
    198.4 km / 123.3 miles away
  12. Leeds Bradford Airport starting at £ 20.88 per day
    277.3 km / 172.3 miles away
  13. Holyhead Port starting at £ 23.42 per day
    283.6 km / 176.2 miles away
  14. Liverpool Airport starting at £ 10.65 per day
    295.1 km / 183.3 miles away
  15. Manchester Airport starting at £ 15.06 per day
    306.5 km / 190.4 miles away
  16. Doncaster Sheffield Airport starting at £ 17.63 per day
    337.9 km / 210.0 miles away
  17. Humberside Airport starting at £ 16.06 per day
    357.4 km / 222.1 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

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

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Glasgowfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Glasgow
£ 22.17
January
£ 24.09
February
£ 38.32
March
£ 32.50
April
£ 87.47
May
£ 33.68
June
£ 62.63
July
£ 38.37
August
£ 88.71
September
£ 110.94
October
£ 55.48
November
£ 77.53
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Glasgow is January with prices starting at £ 22.17 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is October with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 110.94. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 56. 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 Glasgow?

Hirers picking up a car in Glasgow keep them for an average of 10 days during in December, while those picking up their cars in September keep them for an average of 4.
Average Hire Length in Glasgow
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
4
September
5
October
8
November
10
December

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

While travellers visit Glasgow year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is March, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Hire in Glasgow by Monthly Searches
46%
January
321%
February
373%
March
4%
April
5%
May
3%
June
4%
July
3%
August
56%
September
57%
October
165%
November
163%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
GreenMotion Toyota Verso 5 1 People Carriers/Vans
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Mercedes Benz Vito 4 2 People Carriers/Vans
Enterprise Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars

Top 12 Hire Companies in Glasgow in 2021

Interrent
Interrent
Remarkable 9.5
+4401418891684
Phoenix Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Rd, Paisley PA3 2RP
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
Remarkable 9.3
+441418401300
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
Alamo
Alamo
Remarkable 9.2
+441418401300
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.6
+448444993399
64 Inchinnan Road
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.6
+4403713841079
Car Rental Centre
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+4403445446003
St Andrews Drive
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:30
Tue:07:00-22:30
Wed:07:00-22:30
Thu:07:00-22:30
Fri:07:00-22:30
Sat:07:00-22:30
Sun:07:00-22:30
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.5
01418401300
Enterprise Rent A Car
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
Europcar
Europcar
Outstanding 8.2
+4403713841079
CAMPSIE DRIVE
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Great 7.7
01418891684
St Andrews Drive Glasgow Airport
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.5
+4401414338268
Green Motion Glasgow airport, Unit 8 Glasgow Airlink Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley
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
Easirent
Easirent
Great 7.4
+441416117100
35 McFarlane Street, Glasgow Airport, Paisley
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
Goldcar
Goldcar
Great 7.3
+442078621732
Terminal 1, St. Andrews Dr W, Paisley PA3 2ST
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