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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Inverness Train Station Car Rental
Compact
Fiat Tipo or similar
Fiat Tipo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$26.51 per day
Inverness Train Station Car Rental
Compact
Vauxhall Astra or similar
Vauxhall Astra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$26.54 per day
Inverness Train Station Car Rental
Standard
Opel Insignia or similar
Opel Insignia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$37.87 per day
Inverness Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$37.90 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Inverness Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$42.17 / per day
Inverness Airport Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Arnold Clark
$43.81 / per day
Inverness Airport Car Rental
Compact
Vauxhall Crossland or similar
Vauxhall Crossland
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$43.99 / per day
Inverness Airport Car Rental
Standard
VW Passat or similar
VW Passat
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$49.38 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 21:37 on 2022-08-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
English
Currency
GBP
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
44
Economy car rental price
$75.79 / per day
Average car rental length
3 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h
30 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
97 km/h
60 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.8
Average gasoline price
$1.84 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.24 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.74 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Inverness?

Inverness is a great place to visit. The city is small and cozy but has surprisingly many things to explore, from interesting architecture to pubs and restaurants. Inverness is also a great base for seeing the rest of the Scottish Highlands. Whether you’re interested in Loch Ness, the United Kingdom’s highest mountains, or an impressive, rugged coastline, all of these places can be easily reached if you have your own ride.

One-Way Car Rentals in Inverness

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

  • From Inverness to Edinburgh - 71 offers from US$ 47.49 per day
  • From Inverness to Glasgow - 155 offers from US$ 44.48 per day
  • From Inverness to Aberdeen - 71 offers from US$ 46.65 per day
  • From Inverness to Derby - 10 offers from US$ 47.49 per day

Top ways to enter Inverness

  • Inverness Airport: Known as Port-adhair Inbhir Nis in the local Scottish Gaelic language, Inverness Airport is served by 8 different airlines and hosts flights to the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, and other European countries. The airport is conveniently located only 13km (8 miles) northeast of the city center.
  • Aberdeen Airport: Serving the largest city of Northern Scotland, Aberdeen Airport saw more than 3 million travelers in 2018. Aberdeen is about 166km (103 miles) east of Inverness, a distance that can be traveled by car in about two and a half hours. 
  • Dundee Airport: Serving the city of the same name, as of June 2019, Dundee Airport hosts only one route, connecting the city to London. If you’re arriving there from the capital of the United Kingdom, Inverness will be 215 km (134 mi) north, a distance that can be traveled in less than three hours.
  • Edinburgh Airport: Serving the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh Airport is the busiest in Scotland and the sixth-busiest in the United Kingdom. Located 251km (156 miles) south of Inverness, it can be reached in about three hours.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Inverness by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Inverness Railway Station.

City facts

  • Located near the coast of the North Sea, Inverness has an oceanic climate. The air temperature is around 15°C  (59°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 4°C  (39°F) from December to February, the coldest months. Inverness is one of the driest cities in the United Kingdom but experiences some snowy days every year.
  • While most of the inhabitants of Inverness are native speakers of English, there is a large community of speakers of Scottish Gaelic. A member of the Celtic linguistic group, it is only distantly related to English and is the native language of the Scottish Highlands. Inverness is known as Inbhir Nis in Scottish Gaelic.

Top destinations and activities

  • Inverness Castle. Although not famous for its defensive capabilities (it was invaded, looted, and destroyed multiple times throughout history), Inverness Castle is one of the nicest buildings in the city. Located on an impressive cliff overlooking the River Ness, it offers great panoramic views from its North Tower and having seen no invasions since 1846, it’s safe to say you can relax and enjoy.
  • Inverness Museum & Art Gallery. Covering the human habitation of Inverness since ancient times, this museum has exhibits on everything from the mysterious Pictish stones (the Celtic tribe that once inhabited the area) to medieval weapons and stunning paintings of the Highlands. Check out the museum’s official website before visiting - with plenty of rotating exhibits, there’s always something new going on.
  • Inverness Botanic Gardens. Located in the Bught Park near the riverbank, the beautiful gardens have many local protected plant species as well as a collection of exotic plants inside its glasshouse. If you’re in a rush and cannot visit one of the national parks nearby, this is the best place in Inverness to spend some time outdoors.

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 lighting.
  • 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 population density of the Highlands is quite low, so the roads are not crowded and the driving is very enjoyable. However, many Scottish farmers keep sheep who occasionally wander on the roads and are one of the main reasons for road accidents in the region, so watch out for them. 
  • It’s not a bad idea to get familiar with the Highway Code, an official guide book of driving rules and tips in England, Scotland, and Wales, issued by the UK Government. The guide book can be downloaded online for free on its official website.
  • Proof of insurance and the documentation of the car need to be in it whenever you’re driving.
  • When driving, 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 43km (27 mile) 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

  • Culloden. Its name meaning “back of a small pond” in Gaelic, Culloden is a small village near Inverness. Famous since ancient times as the location of clootie wells, a network of sacred springs, Culloden is also the location of Clava cairn, a mysterious burial complex, the site of the Battle of Culloden, and a place mentioned in Shakespeare’s tragedy of Macbeth. Even if you’re not big on history, Culloden is the perfect place for a nice day outdoors. Located just a 15-minute drive east of Inverness, it’s easy to reach, too.
  • Loch Ness. Although you might not be lucky enough to meet its most famous inhabitant, the Loch Ness Monster, with the impressive Urquhart Castle, old lighthouses, rugged beaches, and deep blue water, this lake is still a stunning place to visit. Dores, the closest village on the lake’s northwestern coast, is just 15km (9 miles) south of Inverness and can be reached in about 20 minutes. But don’t stop there continue along the entire route around Loch Ness as it is considered to be one of the most picturesque in Europe. 
  • Cairngorms National Park. With 1.8 million visitors every year, you might think the Cairngorms is a crowded place, but its 4,500 square kilometers of mountain plateaus, huge rocks, and vast wetlands provide enough space and freedom for everyone. A semi-tundra moorland, the park is home to unique species like the rock ptarmigan, red grouse, otter, reindeer, and wild cat. Boat of Garten, one of the nearest settlements to the national park, is about 47km (29 miles) southeast of Inverness and can be reached in less than 50 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car types in Inverness are economy, compact, and intermediate, while the most popular rental cars are the Vauxhall Corsa, the Vauxhall Astra, and the Ford Focus.

Further destinations

  • Ben Nevis. Part of the impressive Nevis Range, Ben Nevis is the highest summit in the British Isles. Surrounded by formidable cliffs, its clouded peak can only be accessed by experienced climbers, but even just hiking the lower paths will feel awesome. The summit of Aonach Mòr, Ben Nevis’s neighbor mountain, can be accessed by a cable car. The nearest town, Fort William, is also worth a visit, thanks to both the spectacular nature of its surroundings and landmarks like the West Highland Museum. Fort William is about 106km (66 miles) southwest of Inverness and can be reached in less than two hours.
  • Aberdeen. Located on the coast of the North Sea, Aberdeen is often called the Oil Capital of Europe but has plenty to offer even if you’re not interested in the extractive industries. Its unique granite architecture is unrivaled in the United Kingdom, Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s proud seafaring past and present, and the Union Terrace Gardens, Winter Gardens, and the Aberdeen beach offer a great day outdoors (or even great surfing, if you’re visiting in summertime). Located 167km (104 miles) east of Inverness, it takes less than three hours to reach it by car.
  • Edinburgh. With its many castles and churches, unique areas like the Royal Mile and Portobello, and long beautiful coast, Edinburgh is perhaps the most picturesque city in the United Kingdom. Go to a folk concert in the Old Town, visit the National Gallery of Scotland, or explore Edinburgh’s libraries which would make Hogwarts proud. The capital of Scotland is about 251km (156 miles) south of Inverness and can be reached in a little more than three hours.

Car Rental Prices in Inverness

  • Station wagons - from $178 per day
  • Large cars - from $137 per day
  • Medium cars - from $101 per day
  • Vans - from $111 per day
  • Small cars - from $89 per day
  • SUVs - from $214 per day

Money-saving tips

These are the things you can do to land a cheap rental car in the Scottish Highlands:

  • 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 Inverness is the cheapest in February when renting a car is about 45% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit in the Highlands in wintertime! 

Top 20 Cities near Inverness

  1. London Car Rentals from $57.61 per day
    686.3 km / 426.4 miles away
  2. Edinburgh Car Rentals from $78.39 per day
    184.3 km / 114.5 miles away
  3. Manchester Car Rentals from $80.07 per day
    466.0 km / 289.6 miles away
  4. Luton Car Rentals from $77.35 per day
    672.8 km / 418.1 miles away
  5. Glasgow Car Rentals from $37.90 per day
    187.2 km / 116.3 miles away
  6. Belfast Car Rentals from $14.89 per day
    343.8 km / 213.6 miles away
  7. Birmingham Car Rentals from $37.90 per day
    584.4 km / 363.2 miles away
  8. Leeds Car Rentals from $55.50 per day
    447.0 km / 277.7 miles away
  9. Bristol Car Rentals from $37.90 per day
    690.3 km / 428.9 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    474.0 km / 294.6 miles away
  11. Newcastle Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    314.2 km / 195.2 miles away
  12. Watford Car Rentals from $31.09 per day
    696.0 km / 432.5 miles away
  13. Croydon Car Rentals from $70.71 per day
    730.8 km / 454.1 miles away
  14. Reading Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    708.0 km / 440.0 miles away
  15. Southampton Car Rentals from $20.76 per day
    757.4 km / 470.6 miles away
  16. Cardiff Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    684.9 km / 425.6 miles away
  17. Slough Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    704.9 km / 438.0 miles away
  18. Wolverhampton Car Rentals from $65.89 per day
    565.3 km / 351.3 miles away
  19. Preston Car Rentals from $29.87 per day
    427.6 km / 265.7 miles away
  20. Leicester Car Rentals from $32.61 per day
    575.2 km / 357.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Inverness

  1. 1.4 km / 0.9 miles away
  2. 11.4 km / 7.1 miles away
  3. Aberdeen Airport Car Rentals from $37.90 per day
    118.3 km / 73.5 miles away
  4. Dundee West Car Rentals from $123.49 per day
    134.3 km / 83.5 miles away
  5. Dundee Airport Car Rentals from $108.63 per day
    136.7 km / 84.9 miles away
  6. 158.3 km / 98.4 miles away
  7. 182.1 km / 113.1 miles away
  8. Edinburgh Leith Car Rentals from $115.44 per day
    182.7 km / 113.5 miles away
  9. 184.7 km / 114.7 miles away
  10. 185.2 km / 115.1 miles away
  11. 185.6 km / 115.3 miles away
  12. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $37.90 per day
    187.0 km / 116.2 miles away
  13. 187.5 km / 116.5 miles away
  14. 228.2 km / 141.8 miles away
  15. Sumburgh Airport Car Rentals from $58.91 per day
    305.3 km / 189.7 miles away
  16. 314.8 km / 195.6 miles away
  17. 343.2 km / 213.3 miles away
  18. 343.8 km / 213.6 miles away
  19. 347.1 km / 215.7 miles away
  20. 347.2 km / 215.7 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Inverness 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 Inverness
$48.43
January
$41.07
February
$48.99
March
$52.55
April
$59.93
May
$88.16
June
$67.30
July
$84.23
August
$91.48
September
$64.13
October
$152.63
November
$104.18
December
The best month to rent a car in Inverness is February (when prices for an Economy class start from $41.07). This is 45% cheaper than the yearly average and 73% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $152.63 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Inverness?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in April, travelers rent a car for an average of 6 days in November, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Inverness
5
January
5
February
4
March
6
April
5
May
6
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
4
October
3
November
4
December

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Inverness is October, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Inverness by Monthly Searches
59%
January
54%
February
57%
March
63%
April
67%
May
41%
June
54%
July
59%
August
33%
September
649%
October
31%
November
33%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Arnold Clark Vauxhall Astra 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
SIXT Kia Ceed 5 1 Medium cars
Europcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Enterprise Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
National Vauxhall Corsa 5 2 Small cars
Alamo Vauxhall Corsa 2 3 Small 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. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Nissan Tiida
October 19, 2021
Customer service are very kind and helpful
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Crossland
September 10, 2020
Go to Isle of Skye!
Netherlands
Nissan Tiida
August 2, 2019
The absolute north of Scotland is fabulous. The Orkneys were just amazing but we like Scotland Mainland a lot as well. We were very happy to drive an automatic, sos I didn't have to worry about using the gear, since the roads in the north are very small, and often just one lane wide. That means stopping a lot at the passing places! But these small roads (even the main ones) are in such an beautiful area, that that doesn't matter at all. It gives you just a little bit more time to enjoy the scenery as a driver as well!
United Kingdom
Vauxhall Corsa
June 4, 2019
easy access to Skye and the North of Scotland
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
April 27, 2019
Explore the Black Isle, Colloden battlefield and the area around Loch Ness. For a true Highlands experience head to Applecross. Eat at the River House in Inverness
United Kingdom
Hyundai Tucson
September 2, 2018
Excellent scenery. Lovely coastine in Moray.
Germany
Toyota Yaris 5d
August 26, 2018
local Highland Games is always a great experience for travellers.
United Kingdom
Renault Kadjar
August 21, 2018
Highly recommend travel combination to explore Highlands, Caledonian Sleeper then Car Rental in Inverness
India
VAUXHALL CORSA
June 26, 2018
Inverness, Lockness and isle of the Sky are a must see on any itinerary while in UK. The lovely Cruz n the beauty of the drive around is simply out of the world

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Arnold Clark
9.63 / 10
Lowest rated company
Interrent
7.91 / 10
Total number of reviews
9
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$75.79
Lowest daily price
$21.99
Total cars available
200

Top 11 Suppliers in Inverness in 2022

Arnold Clark
Arnold Clark
Exceptional 9.6 / 88 reviews
+441463723720
Harbour Road, Inverness IV1 1UF
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:30
Tue:08:00-17:30
Wed:08:00-17:30
Thu:08:00-17:30
Fri:08:00-17:30
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:09:00-16:00
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9 / 9 reviews
+4403713841121
TERMINAL BUILDING
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:10:00-22:30
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.6 / 10 reviews
+4401667461199
Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+4403713841121
Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:30
Tue:08:00-22:30
Wed:08:00-22:30
Thu:08:00-22:30
Fri:08:00-22:30
Sat:08:00-18:00
Sun:10:00-22:30
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.6 / 4 reviews
+4403445446017
Terminal Building
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:45
Tue:08:30-21:45
Wed:08:30-21:45
Thu:08:30-21:45
Fri:08:30-21:45
Sat:09:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-18:30
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6 / 5 reviews
+4401667708888
Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-16:00
National
National
Excellent 8.5
+4401667461199
Unit 1 Site 6 Dalcross Ind Estates, Inverness IV2 7XB
Working hours
Mon:08:00-17:00
Tue:08:00-17:00
Wed:08:00-17:00
Thu:08:00-17:00
Fri:08:00-17:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:10:00-16:00
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5 / 5 reviews
+4408433093037
Site 13 B-C, Dalcross Industrial Estate, Dalcross, Inverness IV2 7JB
Working hours
Mon:10:00-16:00
Tue:10:00-15:30
Wed:10:00-16:00
Thu:10:00-16:00
Fri:10:00-16:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.4 / 5 reviews
+442070188246
Unit 2, Dalcross Industrial Estate, Inverness IV2 7XB
Firefly
Firefly
Excellent 8.1
08433093037
Site 13 B-C
Working hours
Mon:10:00-16:00
Tue:10:00-15:30
Wed:10:00-16:00
Thu:10:00-16:00
Fri:10:00-16:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+4403713841121
Inverness Airport - Terminal building, Dalcross
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:10:00-18:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
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