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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.32 / per day
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Edinburgh Waverley Train Station Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.57 / per day
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Edinburgh Waverley Train Station Car Rental
Compact
Peugeot 2008 or similar
Peugeot 2008
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.91 / per day
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Edinburgh Waverley Train Station Car Rental
Compact
Kia Stonic or similar
Kia Stonic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.98 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$12.03 / per day
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Edinburgh Waverley Train Station Car Rental
Intermediate
Volvo V40 or similar
Volvo V40
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$12.03 / per day
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Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$12.04 / per day
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Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Easirent
$14.77 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 04:22 on 2020-03-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    English
    Currency
    GBP
    Country code
    44
    Average car rental length
    3 days
    Economy car rental price
    $33.64 / per day
    Traffic direction
    Left-hand
    Speed limit out of town
    97 km/h
    60 mi/h
    Speed limit within town
    48 km/h
    30 mi/h
    Acceptable limit of BAC
    0.08%
    Rating
    9.4

    Why rent a car in Edinburgh?

    Historic and beautiful, Edinburgh is one of the most unique cities in the United Kingdom. Having the freedom of your own car will let you visit its different neighborhoods at your own pace. From older parts of the city to modern and upbeat districts and even nearby beaches and nature areas, there is plenty to explore.

    Edinburgh Car Rental

    One-Way Car Rentals in Edinburgh

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

    • From Edinburgh to Glasgow - 327 offers from 33.41 USD per day
    • From Edinburgh to Inverness - 143 offers from 42.21 USD per day
    • From Edinburgh to Manchester - 104 offers from 40.21 USD per day
    • From Edinburgh to Aberdeen - 104 offers from 42.21 USD per day
    • From Edinburgh to London - 130 offers from 43.43 USD per day

    Top ways to enter Edinburgh

    • Edinburgh Airport. The sixth-busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the busiest in Scotland, Edinburgh Airport is served by more than 30 different airlines. ALong with domestic flights and many flights to other places in Europe, Edinburgh Airport is also connected to North America and the Middle East. The airport is about 9 km (5.5 mi) west of the city center.
    • Glasgow Airport. The second-largest airport in Scotland, Glasgow Airport is served by a large number of airlines, including many low-cost carriers. The airport is slightly more than an hour’s drive west of Edinburgh.
    • Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Another international airport serving Glasgow, it only has flights one airline serving it, Ryanair. With connections to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Poland, it can sometimes be the cheapest airport to fly into in Scotland. Glasgow Prestwick is a 1 hour and 40 minute drive west of Edinburgh.
    • By rail. If you’re arrive in Edinburgh by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station.

    Useful city facts

    Like much of the rest of the United Kingdom, Edinburgh has a temperate maritime climate with little temperature changes between seasons. Located on the North Sea, Edinburgh sometimes experiences haar, or sea fog. While not everyone likes it, it certainly adds to the city’s unique atmosphere.

    Edinburgh has 4,500 protected buildings of historic architectural importance that cannot be demolished or rebuilt without the permission from a special local authority. Edinburgh has more protected buildings, proportionally, than any other city in the United Kingdom.

    Top destinations and activities

    • Edinburgh Castle. Of all the many impressive buildings of Edinburgh, its castle is arguably the most famous one and the most important landmark of the city. First built in the 12th century from a volcanic rock, the castle is still in use today. The castle complex includes attractions like the Portcullis Gate and the St. Margaret’s Chapel, and offers truly amazing views.
    • Royal Botanic Garden. The garden is one of the nicest green places in the city. It includes the 165 m (541 ft) long herbaceous border and many smaller gardens of both local and exotic plants. The stunning John Hope Gateway with a restaurant and museum is also located here.
    • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The museum is actually made up of two separate buildings called Modern Art One and Modern Art Two which are divided by a street,. Both feature a large number of famous artworks and beautiful gardens for relaxing and taking it all in. The National Gallery of Modern Art is in the New Town of Edinburgh.

    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).

    There are relatively few parking areas available for city visitors in Edinburgh. Some pay parking spots are available via a pay-and-display system. You can find many those on this map on the city’s official website. The exact fee will depend on the length of the parking period, on 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 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

    • Portobello. Affectionately called “Porty” by locals, Portobello is a nice beach resort area. Frequented by travelers and local families alike, it is a great place to have a picnic and spend a relaxing day away from the city. Even if you’re visiting in winter, you can still have a nice walk along the beach or visit the Portobello Swim Center and enjoy dipping in the Victorian baths. Portobello is just a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh center.
    • North Berwick. Another nice beach town, and arguably even more local in character, North Berwick is famous not only for its coastline, but also for the Tantallon Castle and Coastal Communities Museum. If you’re more of a nature lover, you’ll enjoy the impressive views of the Bass Rock or a visit to the Scottish Seabird Center. North Berwick is about 45 minutes drive northeast of Edinburgh.
    • Pentland Hills Regional Park. Great for long walks through its pastures and forests, Pentland Hills is a nature area just south of Edinburgh. Its austere landscape might not be the most impressive in Scotland, but it is a perfect spot to spend a day away from civilization. 

    Most popular rental types and cars

    The most popular rental car in Edinburgh is the VW Golf. Many travelers also pick the Vauxhall Corsa and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and mini.

    Further destinations

    • Glasgow. Rougher than Edinburgh, perhaps less historic, but nonetheless charming, Glasgow is a fun city to visit. From quirky museums to unique restaurants and ancient forests, there’s plenty to see here. Glasgow is just an hour’s drive west of Edinburgh.
    • Scottish Highlands. Sparsely populated and spectacular, the Scottish Highlands are, for many, among the most spectacular areas of Europe. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or to learn about traditional Scottish culture, it’s all there. Start at the region’s capital, Inverness, then go on to explore Glencoe Valley, the mountains, and the lakes. Inverness is about three hours’ drive north of Edinburgh. 
    • Northumberland National Park. On the other side of the border, this is the northernmost national park in England. There are very few people here, even for a nature area - instead, you’ll find blue lakes, extensive woodlands, and the remains of ancient religious sites. The border between England and Scotland was defended by Hadrian’s Wall during the Roman times, a large part of which still survives and can be explored within the national park’s territory. The park’s northeast corner is just a 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh.
    • Shetland and Orkney Islands. These islands north of Scotland teeming with wildlife offer visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and see historic sites from the neolithic era. They can be reached by ferry from Aberdeen, north of Edinburgh. Rental cars can be picked up and dropped off at the Aberdeen Northlink Ferry Terminal. It is also possible to pick rental cars up at Kirkwall Airport which has flights to and from Edinburgh. 

    Car Rental Prices in Edinburgh

    • Station wagons - from $48 per day
    • Large cars - from $43 per day
    • Medium cars - from $36 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $49 per day
    • Premium cars - from $107 per day
    • Small cars - from $30 per day
    • SUVs - from $55 per day

    How can I save money on my rental car?

    Land a great rental car deal in Edinburgh by applying these tricks:

    Compare the rates of different rental car providers

    Book your rental car well in advance

    Plan your route before you go

    Know your fuel and mileage requirements

    Visit during the month when rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Edinburgh is cheapest in March when renting a car is about 52% cheaper than the yearly average and about 72% cheaper than renting a car in December, around Christmas time and the New Year’s Eve. 

    Top 20 Cities near Edinburgh

    1. London Car Rentals from $10.32 per day
      543.1 km / 337.5 miles away
    2. Manchester Car Rentals from $12.39 per day
      297.2 km / 184.7 miles away
    3. Belfast Car Rentals from $7.52 per day
      216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
    4. Birmingham Car Rentals from $6.68 per day
      402.8 km / 250.3 miles away
    5. Glasgow Car Rentals from $12.04 per day
      66.7 km / 41.4 miles away
    6. Luton Car Rentals from $7.15 per day
      493.9 km / 306.9 miles away
    7. Liverpool Car Rentals from $11.86 per day
      292.9 km / 182.0 miles away
    8. Leeds Car Rentals from $12.79 per day
      256.3 km / 159.2 miles away
    9. Bristol Car Rentals from $10.53 per day
      509.7 km / 316.7 miles away
    10. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $9.78 per day
      156.8 km / 97.4 miles away
    11. Inverness Car Rentals from $73.88 per day
      181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
    12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $8.28 per day
      146.6 km / 91.1 miles away
    13. East Midlands Car Rentals from $10.53 per day
      371.2 km / 230.6 miles away
    14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $11.29 per day
      506.3 km / 314.6 miles away
    15. Southampton Car Rentals from $21.83 per day
      571.7 km / 355.2 miles away
    16. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $22.30 per day
      583.7 km / 362.7 miles away
    17. Norwich Car Rentals from $22.32 per day
      472.8 km / 293.8 miles away
    18. Exeter Car Rentals from $9.49 per day
      579.9 km / 360.4 miles away
    19. Dundee Car Rentals from $25.15 per day
      59.8 km / 37.2 miles away
    20. Prestwick Car Rentals from $31.30 per day
      90.4 km / 56.2 miles away

    Top 20 Locations near Edinburgh

    1. 56.1 km / 34.9 miles away
    2. Dundee Airport Car Rentals from $25.15 per day
      59.8 km / 37.2 miles away
    3. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $12.04 per day
      66.7 km / 41.4 miles away
    4. 90.4 km / 56.2 miles away
    5. 146.6 km / 91.1 miles away
    6. 156.8 km / 97.4 miles away
    7. 177.9 km / 110.5 miles away
    8. 181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
    9. 216.6 km / 134.6 miles away
    10. 216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
    11. 222.4 km / 138.2 miles away
    12. 230.3 km / 143.1 miles away
    13. 256.3 km / 159.2 miles away
    14. 292.9 km / 182.0 miles away
    15. 297.2 km / 184.7 miles away
    16. 314.4 km / 195.4 miles away
    17. 327.6 km / 203.6 miles away

    Map of Car Rental Locations

    Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Edinburgh?

    Car rental prices in Edinburgh vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
    Average Rental Price in Edinburgh
    $75.14
    January
    $49.08
    February
    $35.12
    March
    $93.01
    April
    $68.07
    May
    $69.58
    June
    $70.28
    July
    $60.98
    August
    $47.91
    September
    $33.21
    October
    $103.28
    November
    $124.03
    December
    The best month to rent a car in Edinburgh is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $33.21). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 73% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $124.03 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

    What’s the usual rental length in Edinburgh?

    Travel lengths vary from month to month: in January, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in August, the average rental period is 4 days.
    Average Rental Length in Edinburgh
    6
    January
    6
    February
    5
    March
    5
    April
    6
    May
    6
    June
    5
    July
    4
    August
    5
    September
    5
    October
    6
    November
    4
    December

    What's the most popular month to rent a car in Edinburgh?

    While travelers visit Edinburgh year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is September.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Edinburgh by Monthly Searches
    116%
    January
    404%
    February
    416%
    March
    42%
    April
    46%
    May
    32%
    June
    46%
    July
    42%
    August
    September
    October
    25%
    November
    30%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
    Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
    Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
    GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
    Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
    GreenMotion Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
    GreenMotion VW Caddy 5 6 Medium cars
    GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
    Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
    GreenMotion VW Polo 4 2 Small cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    South Africa
    Vauxhall Astra
    September 6, 2019
    Drove in Scotland. Great roads and easy to navigate with very good signposts.
    Malaysia
    Ford Fiesta
    July 25, 2019
    Unless its a weekend, finding parking in central Edinburgh is an absolute nightmare and expensive. Wouldn't recommend getting a car if you're just wanting to explore the city, would definitely recommend however if you're wanting to explore the highlands
    Ireland
    Ford Fiesta
    July 10, 2019
    Edinburgh Castle is a must see and make sure have enough time to get around. Then exploring the region and visiting whisky distilleries was really fun.
    Portugal
    VAUXHALL CORSA
    April 30, 2019
    If you want the car to go to the city, check if you have parking available.
    Ireland
    VW Polo
    April 8, 2019
    Great lively city full of historical interest, buzzing with activity and easy access to countryside.
    United Kingdom
    VW Golf
    February 18, 2019
    All very convenient except for the long walk to pick up the shuttle bus
    United Arab Emirates
    Ford S-Max
    January 3, 2019
    Edinburgh City is not car friendly, however a car is essential to see the beautiful Scottish countryside. My favourites include the fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife; the Wallace Monument and Castle in Stirling; the little towns and ruined abbeys of the Borders ; Pitlochry, Loch Tay and Loch Earn in Highland Perthshire; the Angus Glens; the Cowal Peninsula, Inverary and Loch Lomond in Argyll; and Glencoe and Appin, all of which are within a few hours drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow
    Spain
    Ford Fiesta
    November 22, 2018
    We´ll be back to Scotland for sure. It´s a great place to visit
    United Kingdom
    FIAT 500
    November 10, 2018
    I live in Edinburgh but usually rent cars from the airport as better value. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and a great location to start & finish a highland tour.
    Slovakia
    Ford Galaxy
    October 26, 2018
    I definitely recommemd to hire a car and experience the Scottish country side and isles this way. Far more comfortable, you stop when seeing anything interesting. I just love such road trips.
    United States of America (USA)
    VW Polo
    October 6, 2018
    Edinburgh was wonderful as well as our journey to and in isle of Skye.
    United Kingdom
    Volvo V60
    September 2, 2018
    Edinburgh is a nice place. Plan ahead especially if you have a young family.
    United States of America (USA)
    Hyundai i10
    August 5, 2018
    Edinburgh is amzing
    Slovenia
    VW Golf
    July 22, 2018
    Parking in Edinburgh might be an expensive problem, but to travel around Scotland rental is valuable and recomended solution.... but: keep driving on LEFT side, please. :-)

    Top 12 Suppliers in Edinburgh in 2020

    Alamo
    Alamo
    Exceptional 9.2
    +4401313330400
    Edinburgh Airport, Burnside Rd, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH12 9DN
    Enterprise
    Enterprise
    Excellent 8.8
    +4401313484000 / +4401313330400
    Car Rental Centre, Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FS
    SIXT
    SIXT
    Excellent 8.7
    +442070188246
    Car Rental Centre, Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FS
    Europcar
    Europcar
    Excellent 8.6
    +4403713843406
    EDINBURGH APT 176 JUBILEE ROAD
    Keddy
    Keddy
    Excellent 8.6
    +4403713843406
    CAR RENTAL CENTRE
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +4403445446004
    Edinburgh Airport Car Rental Centre
    GreenMotion
    GreenMotion
    Very good 7.7
    +441312850600
    Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Road, Edinburgh EH28 8AU
    Interrent
    Interrent
    Very good 7.7
    +4403713840134
    Interrent Car Rental Office Edinburgh Airport Car Rental Car Park
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.5
    +442078621732
    Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Rd, Ingliston, Edinburgh EH28 8AU
    Rhodium
    Rhodium
    Very good 7.4
    +34965233425 / +442038980140
    176 Jubilee Road, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, EH12 9FT, UK
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.3
    +442038980140
    Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Road, Edinburgh EH28 8AU
    Easirent
    Easirent
    Very good 7.1
    +441312021710
    3 Queen Annes Drive, Newbridge

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