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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
$17.94 per day
Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$26.63 per day
Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$43.98 per day
Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Kia Rio or similar
Kia Rio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
$47.03 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Ford Kuga or similar
Ford Kuga
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$67.78 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Skoda Superb or similar
Skoda Superb
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Arnold Clark
$78.38 / per day
Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Ford Galaxy or similar
Ford Galaxy
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
$102.99 / per day
Glasgow Airport Car Rental
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
$104.99 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:34 on 2023-03-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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Travel Information

Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
Average car rental price
$56.98 / per day
Average car rental length
4 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mph
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
Average gasoline price
$1.98 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.33 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.79 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Glasgow?

Glasgow is a great city to explore and having a car means you can get out to the beautiful Scottish scenery. The largest in Scotland, Glasgow is a beautifully diverse city that has everything from historical architecture and impree 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 of Scotland.

Glasgow Car Rental

One-Way Car Rentals in Glasgow

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

  • From Glasgow to Edinburgh - 294 offers from $36.86 per day
  • From Glasgow to Aberdeen - 104 offers from $36.67 per day
  • From Glasgow to London - 106 offers from $41.28 per day
  • From Glasgow to Inverness - 104 offers from $43.34 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’s around an hour’s drive from central 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. Glasgow does, however, get a lot of rain and gets twice as much rain annually as Edinburgh.
  • The population of the Greater Glasgow Metropolitan area is around 1.7 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), and Scottish Gaelic (a Celtic language), are 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

  • 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)or 32km/h (20 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.
  • The emergency number is 999.

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 January 2023, the price is £8.20 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £8.20 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £7 for using the toll road at night (11 p.m. to 5 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 the Wallace monument; a  momument 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.

  • Loch Lomond and 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.

  • 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.

Most popular 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

  • Cairngorms National Park. Located in the eastern part of the Highlands, Cairngorms is the largest protected nature area in Scotland and the UK’s largest national park. 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 and towns inside the park, such as Aviemore, where you can find accommodation, shops and restaurants, so it’s possible to find a place to stay.  

  • The 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 Glencoe or further still to Fort William and explore the beautiful scenery and rich history.

  • 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 Rental Prices in Glasgow

  • Station wagons - from $76 per day
  • Large cars - from $68 per day
  • Medium cars - from $58 per day
  • Vans - from $140 per day
  • Premium cars - from $106 per day
  • Small cars - from $50 per day
  • SUVs - from $91 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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What travel writers say

As you walk around Glasgow you won’t be able to miss the incredible huge panels of street art that adorn the sides of city buildings. Ranging from giant tigers to spacemen, athletes, and famous Glaswegians, these murals are some of the best street art I’ve ever seen.
Laurence and Jessica Norah
Hi there! We're Laurence and Jessica Norah. We've been running this site since 2010 as full time professional travel bloggers.
Wander through the Gallery of Modern Art. Opened in 1996, this is Scotland’s most-visited art gallery. Personally, modern art is not my cup of tea, but this museum does a solid job of making the works accessible and enjoyable. There are paintings, photos, and sculptures from both local and international artists, including works by Andy Warhol. In addition to the permanent exhibition, there are also rotating temporary exhibits so be sure to check the website to see what’s available. Admission is free (the temporary exhibits cost extra).
Matthew Kepnes
Hi, I’m Nomadic Matt, a New York Times best-selling author of How to Travel the World on $50 a Day and Ten Years a Nomad, as well as the founder of this website!
Whenever you visit Scotland, plan for overcast skies and rain at least a few times throughout the day. It being November, I didn’t expect much. But after a few days of drizzling, the sky cleared, just in time to reveal a perfect rainbow!
Kate McCulley
At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia and turned my travel blog into a full-time business.

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Top 20 Locations near Glasgow

  1. 0.9 km / 0.5 miles away
  2. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $17.94 per day
    10.2 km / 6.4 miles away
  3. 43.3 km / 26.9 miles away
  4. 57.0 km / 35.4 miles away
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  8. 181.5 km / 112.8 miles away
  9. 186.4 km / 115.8 miles away
  10. 188.0 km / 116.8 miles away
  11. Aberdeen Airport Car Rentals from $28.49 per day
    196.4 km / 122.0 miles away
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  14. Holyhead Port Car Rentals from $88.50 per day
    283.6 km / 176.2 miles away
  15. 292.8 km / 181.9 miles away
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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
The best month to rent a car in Glasgow is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $34.68). This is 54% cheaper than the yearly average and 72% cheaper than renting in May (when rental prices start at $125.31 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 8 days in January, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Glasgow

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Glasgow is September, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Rental in Glasgow by Monthly Searches

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 4
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Easirent, Arnold Clark, Alamo, SIXT, GreenMotion
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $18 per day
Cheapest supplier Easirent

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Fiat 500 3 2 Small cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Easirent Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Easirent Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 Vans
Keddy Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Kia Rio 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium 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 States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
January 3, 2023
Visiting family, friends and beautiful sites in Scotland
Peugeot 3008
October 4, 2022
Driving is tricky if not used to the other side of the road so it takes focus and awareness 100% of time.
Vauxhall Insignia STW
September 24, 2022
The Scottish Highl
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
August 9, 2022
Driving through the Highlands was beautiful, and the Isle of Skye was magical. It was very helpful to have a car on Skye—it made it easy for us to explore the island and take many beautiful hikes. The roads in the Loch Lomond/Trossachs area were very narrow and a little nerve-wracking, but the adventure was worth it!
Nissan Tiida
May 10, 2022
Ensure to ask for Apple Car play or build in GPS for car. You definitely need GPS to get around. Glasgow was great. Drove threw the highlands. So beautiful The Isle of Skye was wonderful and we did lots there.
Ford Fiesta
March 31, 2022
The Highlands are amazing and great fun to drive around
Skoda Fabia Aut.
October 19, 2021
Took the car into the highlands for some hiking and with the rental was able to reach areas that would have been very challenging via public transport or bus tours. Looking forward to doing it again.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
October 10, 2019
The people are mostly lovely
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 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.
Toyota Yaris 5d
August 16, 2018
Rent from Arnold Clark
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.
Ford Fiesta 3d
July 26, 2018
Loved Glasgow and surrounding countryside. Will definitely be returning but unfortunately will not be using Green Motion

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.52 / 10
Lowest rated company
7.98 / 10
Total number of reviews
Total rental companies
Average daily price
Lowest daily price
Total cars available

Top 14 Suppliers in Glasgow in 2023

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.5 / 64 reviews
3 locations
$44 - $150
Exceptional 9.1 / 18 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $41
Excellent 8.9 / 25 reviews
2 locations
$57 - $261
Excellent 8.9 / 9 reviews
1 location
Excellent 8.9 / 6 reviews
2 locations
Excellent 8.9 / 10 reviews
2 locations
$86 - $264
Excellent 8.7 / 9 reviews
1 location
Excellent 8.7 / 24 reviews
3 locations
$34 - $105
Excellent 8.4
1 location
Excellent 8.4
1 location
$87 - $173
Excellent 8.3
1 location
Excellent 8.3 / 162 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $266
Excellent 8.2
1 location
Excellent 8 / 92 reviews
2 locations
$45 - $379
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