Fortunately for travelers who would like to rent a car while in Edinburgh, Edinburgh Airport has a consolidated rental car center that makes it easier than ever to pick your car up after your flight lands. The rental car center is connected to the airport via a covered skywalk and is just a short walk away from the domestic and international terminals.
An important law to remember when driving in Edinburgh -- and in Scotland in general -- is that it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving -- and that includes using cell phones as a navigational device. So play it safe and have your passengers be the ones to direct you during your time in Edinburgh.
Like in many other major cities today, rush hour can cause major congestion in Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s morning rush hour goes from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and evening rush hour is usually from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Some of the major avenues and intersections to avoid during those hours include the Sheriffhall Roundabout and the Hermiston Junction.
If you are still on the fence on whether or not to rent a car during your time Edinburgh, then one thing to consider is that without one, the breathtaking countryside will be much harder to experience. After all, no trip to Scotland would be complete without witnessing the country’s majestic lochs and mountains. Some of the natural beauties and historic sites well within reach by car from Edinburgh include Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, and the Lammermuirs.
25% of our users found rental cars in Edinburgh for C$ 23 or less
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Mini rental cars in Edinburgh are around 68% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Edinburgh
Some car rental companies in Edinburgh which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Hertz and Alamo
On average a hire car in Edinburgh costs C$ 34 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at GREEN MOTION (C$ 83/day), Easirent (C$ 104/day) and Budget (C$ 121/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at Easirent C/O Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Road EH28 8AU (11 kilometers from city center).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Edinburgh are Enterprise (8.4, 65 reviews), and Hertz (6.7, 78 reviews).
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Edinburgh. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Edinburgh is C$ 8.64 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 104 and C$ 138, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Edinburgh.
A Compact car rental in Edinburgh costs C$ 49 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Edinburgh costs C$ 26 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Edinburgh costs C$ 22 per day, on average.
In Edinburgh, cars are most frequently rented at Easirent C/O Secure Airparks, 100 Ingliston Road (11 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Edinburgh costs C$ 238 per week (C$ 34 per day).
On average a rental car in Edinburgh costs C$ 1,021 per month (C$ 34 per day).
Edinburgh is an old and historic city with many small roads and alleys, and that means that larger vehicles are at a real disadvantage. It is highly recommended that visitors to the city rent a compact or midsize vehicle, especially when streetside parking is taken into consideration. Due to the high fuel costs, smaller vehicles are much more economical as well.
20 mph is the standard speed limit for residential, city center, and shopping areas in Edinburgh. Aside from that, 30 mph and 40 mph speed limits are seen posted on the main thoroughfares and larger streets in Edinburgh. Highways and expressways in Scotland also typically feature speed limits of 60 to 70 mph.
Like many countries in Europe, the United Kingdom has fairly high taxes on gasoline. That means that Edinburgh has moderately high gasoline costs. The average cost sits around £4.70 ($6) per gallon, but luckily the city isn’t overly large, so your gas expenditures shouldn’t actually be too high.
Parking is quite limited in the city center and, to encourage drivers to park outside of it, Edinburgh offers a number of Park & Ride Centers where drivers can park for free and then catch public transport into the city center. However, if you are set on parking directly downtown, then you will find that parking garages are your best bet as streetside parking is very limited.