Car Rental Glasgow

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • Yes
GreenMotion
$11.80 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • Yes
GreenMotion
$12.49 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • Yes
Interrent
$12.71 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Golf or similar
VW Golf
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • Yes
GreenMotion
$13.17 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$13.20 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Compact
VW Caddy or similar
VW Caddy
  • 2x
  • 6x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$14.43 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Standard
Ford Transit or similar
Ford Transit
  • 3x
  • 18x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$17.63 / per day
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Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Juke or similar
Nissan Juke
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Interrent
$19.57 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:36 on 2019-11-14. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Country code
44
Average car rental length
5 days
Economy car rental price
$37.36 / 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
8.4

Why rent 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 wonderfully 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 Car Rental

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.

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.

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental 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 rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • 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.

Car Rental Prices in Glasgow

  • Station wagons - from $84 per day
  • Large cars - from $67 per day
  • Medium cars - from $66 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $148 per day
  • Premium cars - from $146 per day
  • Small cars - from $43 per day
  • SUVs - from $81 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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

  • Compare 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 the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Glasgow is the cheapest in January when renting a car is a whole 70% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Cities near Glasgow

  1. London Car Rentals from $32.77 per day
    568.2 km / 353.0 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $14.29 per day
    66.7 km / 41.4 miles away
  3. Birmingham Car Rentals from $27.92 per day
    418.3 km / 259.9 miles away
  4. Manchester Car Rentals from $16.52 per day
    312.6 km / 194.2 miles away
  5. Belfast Car Rentals from $23.47 per day
    166.6 km / 103.5 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $19.33 per day
    518.0 km / 321.9 miles away
  7. Bristol Car Rentals from $15.30 per day
    511.8 km / 318.0 miles away
  8. Liverpool Car Rentals from $14.25 per day
    300.1 km / 186.5 miles away
  9. Leeds Car Rentals from $27.09 per day
    285.0 km / 177.1 miles away
  10. Inverness Car Rentals from $48.88 per day
    187.2 km / 116.3 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $11.69 per day
    393.4 km / 244.4 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $15.63 per day
    196.2 km / 121.9 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $25.49 per day
    583.9 km / 362.8 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $27.81 per day
    502.7 km / 312.4 miles away
  15. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $22.01 per day
    201.6 km / 125.3 miles away
  16. Exeter Car Rentals from $23.47 per day
    575.2 km / 357.4 miles away
  17. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $29.63 per day
    591.7 km / 367.6 miles away
  18. Norwich Car Rentals from $27.81 per day
    513.5 km / 319.1 miles away
  19. 345.8 km / 214.9 miles away
  20. Dundee Car Rentals from $43.22 per day
    108.4 km / 67.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Glasgow

  1. 0.6 km / 0.4 miles away
  2. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $11.80 per day
    11.4 km / 7.1 miles away
  3. 44.5 km / 27.7 miles away
  4. 55.6 km / 34.6 miles away
  5. Dundee Airport Car Rentals from $43.22 per day
    100.3 km / 62.3 miles away
  6. 172.4 km / 107.1 miles away
  7. 179.9 km / 111.8 miles away
  8. 182.9 km / 113.6 miles away
  9. 185.6 km / 115.3 miles away
  10. 187.2 km / 116.3 miles away
  11. Aberdeen Airport Car Rentals from $22.01 per day
    195.0 km / 121.2 miles away
  12. 199.3 km / 123.8 miles away
  13. 277.0 km / 172.1 miles away
  14. 295.3 km / 183.5 miles away
  15. 306.6 km / 190.5 miles away
  16. 356.9 km / 221.8 miles away
  17. 386.6 km / 240.2 miles away
  18. 406.3 km / 252.4 miles away
  19. 412.5 km / 256.3 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Glasgow 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 Glasgow
$28.94
January
$31.43
February
$50.00
March
$42.41
April
$114.14
May
$43.95
June
$81.74
July
$50.07
August
$115.77
September
$144.77
October
$186.93
November
$101.17
December
The best month to rent a car in Glasgow is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $28.94). This is 65% cheaper than the yearly average and 85% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $186.93 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Glasgow?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in December, travelers rent a car for an average of 7 days in September, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Glasgow
6
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
5
August
4
September
5
October
6
November
7
December

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

While travelers visit Glasgow year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is October, and the least popular is September.
Glasgow Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
105%
January
98%
February
101%
March
119%
April
135%
May
78%
June
116%
July
100%
August
66%
September
135%
October
67%
November
79%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion VW Golf 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
GreenMotion FIAT 500 2 1 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 4 Medium cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i10 5 Small cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Fiat 500
October 10, 2019
The people are mostly lovely
Australia
VW Golf
April 20, 2019
Roads are not in the best condition so need to be very aware incase of damage to car wheels.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
February 17, 2019
It definitely widens your experience in Glasgow and allows you to see more of this beautiful place I.e. Loch Lomond and Dunoon etc
United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
October 24, 2018
The desk rep checked the car with me and noted all dents/scratches including wheels. Upon return the same intense check over. So make sure that all dents/scratches are noted before you take your car away. All in all a very efficient and cheap car hire service. The shuttle bus arrived quickly, and took just 5mins each way. No hesitation in recommending Green Motion car hire.
New Zealand
Ford Focus 3d
October 22, 2018
Great company, make sure you read all the information so you have all your documents and a print out of your reservation and everything will go very smoothly. Possibly one of the easiest rental's ever.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus 5d
October 15, 2018
Dont be put off by the lack of fancy expensive facilities. The cars are new, good and competitively priced.
United States of America (USA)
Skoda Octavia Combi
September 30, 2018
all depends on how far you want to go... I enjoy the freedom of moving around. parking is expensive and difficult
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 26, 2018
Use an on airport hire company. They are more expensive but more effiicient
United States of America (USA)
VW Caddy
September 17, 2018
Busy bustling city, quite spread out. If you aren’t very comfortable driving in the UK, maybe take the train or bus to a smaller town ie. Inverness or Aberdeen and rent your car there. Great Indian food!
United Kingdom
Toyota Rav4
September 11, 2018
Very picturesque very busy very friendly where ever we went
United Kingdom
Audi A3
September 5, 2018
City actually has very good public transport and the city centre is a 20mph zone, however if you're going anywhere outside Glasgow I would recommend it.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
August 27, 2018
Beautiful scenery on the Isle of Skye.
United States of America (USA)
VW Sharan 6+1
August 16, 2018
Our impression of Glasgow was exceeded! Lots to do, great little cafes and restaurants, a wide variety of cultural events, and the weather was refreshing
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai i30
July 31, 2018
Petrol may run out in high tourist areas during peak season, so make sure if you do not get a diesel car to never let your tank fall below a sufficient level to carry you to the next major city, especially in the highlands.
Canada
Ford Fiesta 3d
July 26, 2018
Loved Glasgow and surrounding countryside. Will definitely be returning but unfortunately will not be using Green Motion

Top 12 Suppliers for Glasgow in 2019

Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+4401418891684
Phoenix Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Rd, Paisley PA3 2RP
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
+441418401300
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
+441418401300
Glasgow Airport, Car Rental Centre, Paisley PA3 2ST
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
+448444993399
64 Inchinnan Road
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713841079
GLASGOW AIRPORT, TERMINAL BUILDING
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+4403445446003
Glasgow Airport St Andrews Drive
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713841079
CAMPSIE DRIVE
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
01418891684
St Andrews Drive Glasgow Airport
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+4401414338268
Green Motion Glasgow airport, Unit 8 Glasgow Airlink Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
+441416117100
35 McFarlane Street, Glasgow Airport, Paisley
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
+34965233425 / +442038980140
Pheonix Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, PA32RP
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+442078621732
Terminal 1, St. Andrews Dr W, Paisley PA3 2ST

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