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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station Car Rental
Compact
VW Caddy or similar
VW Caddy
  • 2x
  • 6x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$13.93 / per day
Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$14.56 / per day
Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$15.44 / per day
Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Standard
Ford Transit or similar
Ford Transit
  • 3x
  • 18x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$22.47 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Edinburgh Airport Car Rental
Oversize
VW Transporter Furgon or similar
VW Transporter Furgon
  • 3x
  • 10x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$23.69 / per day
Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$32.33 / per day
Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station Car Rental
Economy
Ford Fiesta or similar
Ford Fiesta
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$34.82 / per day
Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 3x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Easirent
$36.05 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on 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
$46.12 / 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%

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

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. 

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 $33.40 per day
    543.1 km / 337.5 miles away
  2. Birmingham Car Rentals from $28.46 per day
    402.8 km / 250.3 miles away
  3. Glasgow Car Rentals from $12.03 per day
    66.7 km / 41.4 miles away
  4. Belfast Car Rentals from $23.92 per day
    216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
  5. Manchester Car Rentals from $16.84 per day
    297.2 km / 184.7 miles away
  6. Luton Car Rentals from $19.70 per day
    493.9 km / 306.9 miles away
  7. Leeds Car Rentals from $27.61 per day
    256.3 km / 159.2 miles away
  8. Inverness Car Rentals from $49.82 per day
    181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
  9. Bristol Car Rentals from $15.59 per day
    509.7 km / 316.7 miles away
  10. Liverpool Car Rentals from $14.53 per day
    292.9 km / 182.0 miles away
  11. East Midlands Car Rentals from $11.91 per day
    371.2 km / 230.6 miles away
  12. Newcastle Car Rentals from $15.93 per day
    146.6 km / 91.1 miles away
  13. Southampton Car Rentals from $25.98 per day
    571.7 km / 355.2 miles away
  14. Cardiff Car Rentals from $28.35 per day
    506.3 km / 314.6 miles away
  15. Aberdeen Car Rentals from $22.44 per day
    156.8 km / 97.4 miles away
  16. Exeter Car Rentals from $23.92 per day
    579.9 km / 360.4 miles away
  17. Jersey Car Rentals from $36.22 per day
    753.9 km / 468.4 miles away
  18. Bournemouth Car Rentals from $30.20 per day
    583.7 km / 362.7 miles away
  19. 314.4 km / 195.4 miles away
  20. Newquay Car Rentals from $37.82 per day
    622.0 km / 386.5 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Edinburgh

  1. 56.1 km / 34.9 miles away
  2. Dundee Airport Car Rentals from $44.05 per day
    59.8 km / 37.2 miles away
  3. Glasgow Airport Car Rentals from $12.03 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. Aberdeen Airport Car Rentals from $22.44 per day
    156.8 km / 97.4 miles away
  7. 177.9 km / 110.5 miles away
  8. 181.8 km / 113.0 miles away
  9. 216.8 km / 134.7 miles away
  10. 222.4 km / 138.2 miles away
  11. 230.3 km / 143.1 miles away
  12. 256.3 km / 159.2 miles away
  13. 292.9 km / 182.0 miles away
  14. 297.2 km / 184.7 miles away
  15. 327.6 km / 203.6 miles away
  16. 371.2 km / 230.6 miles away
  17. 397.8 km / 247.2 miles away

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
$76.43
January
$49.92
February
$35.72
March
$94.60
April
$69.24
May
$70.77
June
$71.48
July
$62.02
August
$58.09
September
$33.78
October
$105.04
November
$126.15
December
The best month to rent a car in Edinburgh is October (when prices for an Economy class start from $33.78). This is 52% cheaper than the yearly average and 73% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $126.15 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
5
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 May, and the least popular is October.
Edinburgh Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
116%
January
110%
February
113%
March
126%
April
139%
May
96%
June
139%
July
127%
August
75%
September
1%
October
76%
November
82%
December

Our Customers Reviews

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.
April 30, 2019
If you want the car to go to the city, check if you have parking available.
April 8, 2019
Great lively city full of historical interest, buzzing with activity and easy access to countryside.
February 18, 2019
All very convenient except for the long walk to pick up the shuttle bus
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
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.
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.
October 6, 2018
Edinburgh was wonderful as well as our journey to and in isle of Skye.
September 2, 2018
Edinburgh is a nice place. Plan ahead especially if you have a young family.
August 5, 2018
Edinburgh is amzing
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 11 Suppliers for Edinburgh in 2019

Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9.3
0044 01 313 484 000
Car Rental Centre, Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FS
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.2
0044 013 133 304 000
Car Rental Centre, Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FS
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.6
0044 2 070 188 246
Car Rental Centre, Jubilee Rd, Edinburgh, Ingliston EH12 9FS
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.6
+4403713843406
CAR RENTAL CENTRE
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0044 03 445 446 004
Edinburgh Airport Car Rental Centre
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.2
+4403713843406
EDINBURGH APT 176 JUBILEE ROAD
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.7
0044 03713840134
Interrent Car Rental Office Edinburgh Airport Car Rental Car Park
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
0044 1 312 850 600
NCP Scotpark, 49 Eastfield Rd, Ingliston, Newbridge EH28 8LS
Easirent
Easirent
Very good 7.4
0044 0131 202 1710
3 Queen Annes Drive, Newbridge
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.4
0034 965 233 425; +44 2038 980 140
176 Jubilee Road, Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, EH12 9FT, UK
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0044 2 038 980 140
Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Road, Edinburgh EH28 8AU

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