Being Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow has really great public transportation which includes both buses and a subway system. However, you’ll appreciate having a rental car to get to the rural areas and countryside to enjoy towns like Loch Lomond, Houston (known for its brewing companies), and Stirling (a great place for history buffs).
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland. Renting a car from the Glasgow Airport is both easy and convenient. The rental car center is a short walk from both the main terminal and terminal 2. With over seven rental companies to choose from, you can rent everything from a compact car to an SUV or luxury vehicle for your business trip or vacation.
Along with getting used to driving on the left side of the road, you should be aware of bus lanes when driving in Glasgow and other cities in Scotland. Watch for designated bus lane markings and note that these lanes are designated for buses only during certain hours of the day. Note that cameras monitor the bus lanes looking for law breakers.
When driving around Glasgow, you’ll find that it gets busiest between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and in the early morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. it can be just as congested. During these hours you’ll especially want to avoid driving around the city center. Additionally, you’ll want to stay off of the City Bypass and highway M8. Watch the news for traffic reports regarding accidents and construction projects for specific updates.
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FAQs about renting a car in Glasgow
Some car rental companies in Glasgow 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 Sixt
On average a hire car in Glasgow costs C$ 30 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Glasgow. 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 Glasgow is C$ 8.47 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 102 and C$ 135, depending on the car size.
Compact (Ford Focus or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Glasgow.
A Compact car rental in Glasgow costs C$ 37 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Glasgow costs C$ 23 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Glasgow costs C$ 18 per day, on average.
In Glasgow, cars are most frequently rented at GREEN MOTION Unit 7, Glasgow Airlink Industrial Estate, Inchinnan Road, Paisley,Renfrewshire (Shuttle) (11 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Glasgow costs C$ 212 per week (C$ 30 per day).
On average a rental car in Glasgow costs C$ 907 per month (C$ 30 per day).
Roads throughout Scotland can be somewhat narrow, therefore you might want to consider renting a small, compact vehicle if there will be only 2 or 3 of you in the car. Additionally, as with many cities in Europe, cars with an automatic transmission are quite rare. Consequently, if you are not used to driving a stick shift, be sure to request an automatic when making your reservation.
Signs are posted throughout the city noting the legal speed limits. When driving in and around the downtown area, you’ll need to drive at speeds of only 20 mph. However, once you are on the expressway, you can pick up the speed to a maximum of 70 mph.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Glasgow is about 4.40 euro ($5.00). This is a tad bit higher than in other cities in the United Kingdom, including Liverpool and London. Along with gasoline, the price of diesel is also considered pricey at this time.
Finding a parking spot on the street of downtown Glasgow can be nearly impossible. Therefore off-street parking is the most popular option when in the city center. Many residents find it most convenient to park far away and take the subway (which offers an all-day parking fee) to city attractions such as Ibrox Stadium, Riverside Museum, or Glasgow Cathedral.