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Car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport

Driver's age: 26-65
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Top tips for renting a car at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland

  • Car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport (LSI) will provide many advantages for exploring this remote region of the Scottish Islands, as public transport is relatively scarce. Hiring a car will enable you access to the more remote areas and give you opportunity to explore the rugged wilderness and dramatic coastlines that the North Atlantic regions are famous for. As the main airport of the Northern Shetlands, it’s location is around 25 miles south of Lerwick, in the parish of Dunrossness, which is home to a native puffin community that roost on Sumburgh Head near the airport.
  • Be aware that Lerwick Sumburgh Airport is only open between the hours of 06:30-20:00 during the week and until 15:00 on a Saturday. Sunday hours are 12:00-20:00. If you are using a car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport, there is a free parking lot that is valid for 2h, which may be useful on your return. After this, it is only around £3 for 24h, with exemption for residents who can access free parking at most times. NHS workers and blue badge holders who are travelling between islands are also exempt from charges.
  • You can find local transport information in Lerwick Sumburgh Airport, near to the car hire facilities.  There is also one combined shop and café facility in the main terminal where you can get refreshments or buy souvenirs. Pay phones are also available and you can find a tourist information point that includes computer access for your convenience.
  • On leaving Lerwick Sumburgh Airport, you can connect directly to the A970 road to Lerwick, which will take around 30min. The single-track fenced road is fairly narrow and winding, so take care if driving after dark. The Shetland Island Road networks cover around 625 miles, which connect to most islands. Bear in mind, that car ferries only serve the larger islands, of which there are six, so if you intend to travel to smaller more remote islands, you may have to leave your hire car and pick it up on your return.
  • Book your rental car at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland at least 3 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about renting a car at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland

  • Which car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport is easiest to access?

    The best Lerwick Sumburgh Airport car hire to access would be Avis who are served by Shetland’s main car rental company Bolt’s Car Hire. The company offer a 24h drop-off service, which is especially useful, considering the opening hours of the airport. Another added benefit allows you to check-in online and complete your transaction digitally, enabling you to arrive and simply pick up your keys at the collection point, leaving you free to get in your vehicle and get on your way.

  • What documentation do I need for car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport?

    You will need a valid driving license for car hire at Lerwick Sumburgh Airport, plus one other form of photo ID, preferably a passport. You will also need a credit or debit card to complete your transaction. Note that some higher value rentals may request two forms of payment cards, which you will be notified of through your booking confirmation. UK customers will also need a proof of address, alongside your DVLA licence code if your licence was issued either in Scotland, England, or Wales.

  • Where can I find Lerwick Sumburgh Airport car hire outlets at the airport?

    You can easily locate the car hire desks at the airport’s only terminal, which is quite small, and you will see it in the terminal hall next to the Baggage Reclaim on your arrival. Bolt’s Car Hire maintain a fully staffed office and fuel refilling facility at the airport, which will be useful on your return if you haven’t already pre-filled your tank. The pick-up and drop-off areas for vehicles are clearly marked at the terminal entrance. Their office is also open seven days per week in the airport’s terminal for all scheduled flights; however, it is advisable to let your car hire company know what time your flight is arriving, to ensure a smooth process.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Sumburgh Airport, Shetland?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Sumburgh Airport, Shetland to off-airport locations include Avis, and Europcar.

Lerwick Sumburgh Airport car rental reviews and directory

Avis

9.3

Wonderful

9 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.3

3 locations in Lerwick Sumburgh Airport

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Bolts Car Hire Ferry Terminal

+44 1595 693636

Monday08:00 - 08:15
Tuesday08:00 - 08:15
Wednesday08:00 - 08:15
Thursday08:00 - 08:15
Friday08:00 - 08:15
Saturday08:00 - 08:15
Sunday08:00 - 08:15
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Bolts Car Hire Ltd, 26 North Road Lerwick

+44 1595 693636

Monday08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:30 - 17:30
Friday08:30 - 17:30
Saturday08:30 - 17:30
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Bolts Car Hire Ltd

+44 1950 460777

Monday07:30 - 19:30
Tuesday07:30 - 19:30
Wednesday07:30 - 19:30
Thursday07:30 - 19:30
Friday07:30 - 19:30
Saturday08:00 - 08:15
Sunday11:30 - 19:30
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

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Customer service at the car hire and drop off was absolutely excellent. Staff were amazing, friendly and ultra helpful. Thank you!

10.0 Wonderful

Jun. 2023

KAYAK
Very easy pick up and drop off

10.0 Wonderful

Mar. 2023

KAYAK
Well taken care of. Next time I’ll get a slightly bigger car that has less of a struggle going up hills!

8.0 Very good

Aug. 2022

KAYAK
Clean comfy care, easy to drive. Pick up next to arrival lounge

1 out of 2

Europcar

6.8

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Star Rent A Car

+44 1950 460444

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8.8 Very good

Jul. 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly customer service and easy pickup and drop off

Cons:

Usually a rental agent goes through the contract in detail and we would have caught the car insurance they added that we didn't need. Our fault for not reading carefully before we signed but we were disappointed discovering they tacked on the expense without asking.

1 out of 1

Easirent

6.0

Okay

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Sumburgh Airport

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keddy by Europcar

2.0

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Star Rent A Car

+44 195 046 0444

Monday07:30 - 19:30
Tuesday08:00 - 08:15
Wednesday07:30 - 19:30
Thursday07:30 - 19:30
Friday07:30 - 19:30
Saturday07:30 - 19:30
Sunday10:30 - 20:00
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Sumburgh Airport (shetland) - Star Rent A Car

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Firefly

7.9

Good

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Sumburgh Airport

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Routes Car & Truck Rentals

2.9

Poor

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Star Rent A Car, Terminal Building

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Shouqi

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Star Rent A Car

+86 10 6064 1387

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10 travellers who rented a car in Lerwick Sumburgh Airport gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.2

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