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Car Rental Mini Guide for Scotland

Car hire is inexpensive and offers the freedom to travel beyond the major towns and cities at your own pace without a timetable. Scotland has some of the finest roads in the UK, including the world famous North 500. Take on Scotland's greatest road trip in a rental car from Inverness, a road trip that will last long in the memory.

Most popular locations to hire a car in Scotland

Guide to renting a car in Scotland

 
1. Drive on the Left
Scotland and the entire UK drive on the left hand side of the road. A ‘keep left’ campaign was launched in 2019 to educate foreign drivers to keep left and avoid accidents.
2. What are the best car rental brands?
Choose between class-leading rental agents such as Alamo (8.5/10), Budget (7.9/10), Enterprise (8.9/10) and Sixt (7.8/10) as rated by over 1,000 real customers.
3. Best time of year to rent a car?
Scotland doesn’t suffer from high seasonal car hire prices like many tourist destinations, prices remain stable throughout the year. It is best to book car hire early for the best deals with lowest prices in October and November
4. Where can you hire a car in Scotland?
There are over 35 locations to hire a car in Scotland including all international airport and rail station locations. You can also collect rental cars across city centre locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
5. Alcohol limits to drive
The legal limit for drinking and driving in Scotland is 0.05% BAC, lower than the 0.08% in England and the rest of the UK.

There are five international airports in Scotland these being Inverness Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow International Airport. Scotland is also gifted with a great road system, featuring motorways and major trunk roads into almost every area of the country, along with an expansive rail system.

The largest city to be found in Scotland is Glasgow; it is also the third most highly populated city in the UK.

Cheapest car hire in Scotland

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.52 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 157.68 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.03 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 161.23 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Peugeot 107

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.03 EUR/day
Peugeot 107

7 Days rental at 161.23 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.34 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 163.38 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.34 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 163.38 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.79 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 187.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.79 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 187.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Fiat 500

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 26.79 EUR/day
Fiat 500

7 Days rental at 187.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.02 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 189.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.38 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 191.70 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.38 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 191.70 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.09 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 210.66 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.09 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 210.66 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Golf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.46 EUR/day
Volkswagen Golf

7 Days rental at 220.24 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 32.20 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 225.45 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Kia Ceed

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 32.37 EUR/day
Kia Ceed

7 Days rental at 226.59 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 32.48 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 227.41 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Ford Focus

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 32.49 EUR/day
Ford Focus

7 Days rental at 227.48 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.19 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 162.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Corsa

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 23.19 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 162.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.34 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 163.44 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.34 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 163.44 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.22 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 169.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 24.22 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 169.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.76 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.76 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.76 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 194.34 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 57.33 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 401.35 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mercedes C Class

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.00 EUR/day
Mercedes C Class

7 Days rental at 427.00 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 65.54 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 458.83 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.34 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 464.41 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.34 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 464.41 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.34 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 464.41 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 68.77 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 481.39 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 69.73 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 488.11 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 69.73 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 488.11 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ford Transit Cargo Van

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 31.07 EUR/day
Ford Transit Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 217.52 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Peugeot 3008

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.22 EUR/day
Peugeot 3008

7 Days rental at 288.59 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Skoda Octavia

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 41.54 EUR/day
Skoda Octavia

7 Days rental at 290.82 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Qashqai

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 42.80 EUR/day
Nissan Qashqai

7 Days rental at 299.60 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.41 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 485.91 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.34 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 527.38 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.94 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 461.63 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 80.63 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 564.43 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Renault Zoe

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.41 EUR/day
Renault Zoe

7 Days rental at 485.91 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Tesla Model 3

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 68.30 EUR/day
Tesla Model 3

7 Days rental at 478.13 EUR from 20/03/2023

  0 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Polestar 2

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 70.54 EUR/day
Polestar 2

7 Days rental at 493.78 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Peugeot 208 Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 125.18 EUR/day
Peugeot 208 Electric

7 Days rental at 876.29 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia e-Niro

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 141.97 EUR/day
Kia e-Niro

7 Days rental at 993.80 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 214.03 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1498.23 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 237.77 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1664.45 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 221.95 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1553.65 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.25 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 526.78 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 146.83 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1027.87 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 131.68 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 921.77 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 189.02 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1323.18 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Niro Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 289.31 EUR/day
Kia Niro Hybrid

7 Days rental at 2025.18 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 189.02 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 1323.18 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Scotland

  • Drive on the LEFT side of the road in Scotland, like the rest of the UK. A 'KEEP LEFT' campaign was launched in 2019 following a number of incidents of tourists driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Speed limist in Scotland are posted in MPH, like the rest of the UK
  • The drink drive limit in Scotland is lower than England at just 50mg (0.05% BAC)
  • Aim to book car hire at least 6 weeks in advance for the best prices and range of cars

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Scotland

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    30mph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    GBP  1.72/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    GBP £

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Scotland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Arnold clark car & van
39
8.6/10
2,852
€ 35.63
€ 50.55
€ 52.96
 Enterprise
195
8.3/10
10,930
€ 29.10
€ 34.09
€ 44.55
€ 49.00
 Alamo
26
8.3/10
4,329
€ 28.80
€ 33.75
€ 44.10
€ 48.51
 Firefly
17
8.0/10
2,302
€ 23.34
€ 30.09
€ 46.52
 Budget
36
7.9/10
9,270
€ 23.03
€ 27.38
€ 52.33
€ 42.06
 Europcar
121
7.9/10
158,932
€ 31.39
€ 35.64
€ 42.81
€ 65.36
 Keddy by europcar
106
7.7/10
25,011
€ 30.59
€ 34.39
€ 42.80
€ 65.34
 Sixt
46
7.6/10
9,569
€ 27.02
€ 32.37
€ 41.22
€ 48.95
 National
20
7.6/10
1,149
€ 31.43
€ 36.82
€ 48.11
€ 75.51
 Avis
46
7.6/10
9,010
€ 22.52
€ 34.22
€ 46.81
€ 158.35
 Hertz
59
7.3/10
16,032
€ 27.02
€ 34.37
€ 43.00
 Drivalia
26
5.9/10
3,782
€ 30.57
€ 32.48
€ 46.91
€ 75.09
 Surprice
1
5.6/10
35
€ 212.52
€ 212.52
€ 141.47
€ 212.52
 Green motion
32
5.5/10
23,070
€ 28.60
€ 31.46
€ 31.07
€ 33.67

Car rental agent statistics in Scotland

  • 9.5/10
    Highest rated agent:
    AVIS
  • 3.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    DRIVALIA
  • 276,273
    Total number of reviews in
    Scotland
  • 108
    Most Locations in Scotland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 18
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 19
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Scotland

ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 67
March€ 68
April€ 55
May€ 66
June€ 74
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 74
October€ 74
November€ 65
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 63
March€ 62
April€ 51
May€ 67
June€ 78
July€ 73
August€ 74
September€ 64
October€ 65
November€ 62
December€ 76
ItemPercent
January€ 143
February€ 128
March€ 127
April€ 101
May€ 126
June€ 149
July€ 161
August€ 185
September€ 158
October€ 156
November€ 154
December€ 184
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 83
March€ 86
April€ 72
May€ 85
June€ 96
July€ 96
August€ 103
September€ 97
October€ 95
November€ 89
December€ 112
ItemPercent
January€ 144
February€ 155
March€ 140
April€ 136
May€ 169
June€ 197
July€ 239
August€ 257
September€ 274
October€ 230
November€ 226
December€ 375
ItemPercent
January€ 52
February€ 53
March€ 52
April€ 42
May€ 50
June€ 55
July€ 62
August€ 62
September€ 63
October€ 64
November€ 51
December€ 68
ItemPercent
January€ 116
February€ 113
March€ 118
April€ 98
May€ 117
June€ 140
July€ 155
August€ 161
September€ 131
October€ 124
November€ 118
December€ 141
ItemPercent
January€ 169
February€ 164
March€ 159
April€ 89
May€ 76
June€ 99
July€ 180
August€ 202
September€ 120
October€ 250
November€ 206
December€ 272

Select category to see average car hire prices in Scotland

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Scotland

DieselUnleaded

Car rental price statistics in Scotland

  • € 157.64
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 1603.56
    Highest daily price:
    Ford Ranger Double Cab
  • 8,311
    Total cars available
     
  • 610
    Most popular model:
    Ford Focus
  • 261
    Location with most cars:
    Manchester - Airport
  • € 22.5 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Torquay

FAQs about car hire in Scotland

How much does it cost to hire a car in Scotland?

Car hire in Scotland starts from just €22.50 per day for a (mini) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in Scotland is just €106.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Scotland is a Ford Ranger Double Cab car for a (fullsize) class from Green motion costing €1603.60 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Scotland?

We often have special offers on car hire in Scotland including free additional drivers, for example, Green motion is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Manchester - Train Station - Victoria Station for €83.34 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Scotland?

Car hire prices in Scotland are kept low thanks to the 14 car hire companies across the country. With over 203 car hire locations and 72,326 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Scotland.

Who is the best car hire company in Scotland?

Based on over 276,273 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Scotland Is Europcar who score on average 7.9/10 across all locations in Scotland.

What is the most popular car hire location in Scotland?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Scotland is Manchester - Airport with 13 car hire companies and 261 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Scotland?

Current fuel prices in Scotland are €1.96/ltr for petrol and €2.121/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €78 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €85 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Scotland?

Speed limits in Scotland are in mph and are generally 20-30 mph on urban roads, 60 mph on rural roads and 70 mph on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Scotland?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in Scotland offering a (mini) class car such as the Fiat 500 for as little as €157.50 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Scotland?

The most popular car hire category in Scotland is the Opel Corsa available from 10 car hire companies in over 170 locations.

Useful links if renting a car in Scotland

Other Car Hire Locations in Scotland

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Car Hire Aberdeen
 
 
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Car Hire Dundee
€22.7
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €24.3 per day
Compact 3 5 3 from €25.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €22.7 per day
Car Hire Edinburgh
€14.8
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €14.8 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €18.6 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €16.8 per day
Car Hire Glasgow
€16.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €16.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €20.1 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €18.4 per day