Cheapest car hire in Scotland

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

Scotland car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Scotland

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    20-30mph

    Urban speed Limit

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    60mph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    70mph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    GBP  1.12/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    GBP £

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    21

    Min Rental Age

    17

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Recent customer reviews (average rating 6.8/10)

Mary

Scotland

8/10
Car was clean a

Car was clean and ready when I arrived, just a short queue at collection desk but was all handled well. I had to drop the car back later in the day than planned and had to pay for another days hire, which is fair I guess. Overall, very happy with the car and process so will use again.

15/11/2019
Anthony

Ireland

6/10
Had problems in

Had problems in the past with other car hire companies but on this occasion with Rhino car hire it was fine.

10/05/2019
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Compare car rental agents in Scotland

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Alamo
28
8.7/10
4,640
€ 20.35
€ 24.78
€ 28.47
€ 61.29
 Arnold clark car & van
40
8.6/10
2,706
€ 28.17
€ 40.24
€ 81.16
 Firefly
7
8.3/10
65
€ 12.04
€ 17.20
€ 25.81
 Enterprise
32
8.2/10
3,035
€ 20.77
€ 24.76
€ 27.39
€ 42.89
 Sixt
50
8.2/10
16,100
€ 12.04
€ 17.20
€ 22.40
€ 24.78
 Budget
59
8.1/10
19,024
€ 17.48
€ 23.45
€ 21.57
 Hertz
80
8.0/10
43,328
€ 12.34
€ 17.50
€ 23.30
 Avis
64
7.9/10
8,635
€ 12.86
€ 18.23
€ 27.22
€ 47.40
 Europcar
142
7.5/10
92,033
€ 19.58
€ 24.80
€ 26.87
€ 30.11
 Keddy by europcar
121
7.5/10
38,691
€ 18.41
€ 23.42
€ 26.14
€ 34.04
 National
28
7.0/10
504
€ 22.43
€ 27.73
€ 31.49
€ 34.64
 Green motion
36
5.7/10
22,647
€ 16.30
€ 17.58
€ 19.48
€ 24.99
 Easirent
22
5.6/10
5,991
€ 22.04
€ 24.53
€ 45.44
€ 36.38

Car rental agent statistics in Scotland

  • 9.6/10
    Highest rated agent:
    ENTERPRISE
  • 3.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    GREEN MOTION
  • 257,399
    Total number of reviews in
    Scotland
  • 138
    Most Locations in Scotland:
    EUROPCAR
  • 16
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 17
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Scotland

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

Fuel prices in Scotland

Car rental price statistics in Scotland

  • € 84.28
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 478.39
    Highest daily price:
    Citroen C4 Grand Picasso
  • 11,193
    Total cars available
     
  • 732
    Most popular model:
    Skoda Octavia
  • 249
    Location with most cars:
    Birmingham - Airport
  • € 12.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    FIREFLY - Belfast - Airport - International

FAQs about car hire in Scotland

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

Car hire in Scotland starts from just €12.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Firefly. The average price to hire a car in Scotland is just €63.80 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Scotland is a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso car for a (intermediate) class from Green motion costing €478.40 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 Bristol - Airport for €57.48 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Scotland?

Car hire prices in Scotland are kept low thanks to the 15 car hire companies across the country. With over 249 car hire locations and 79,833 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Scotland.

Who is the best car hire company in Scotland?

Based on over 257,399 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Scotland Is Europcar who score on average 7.5/10 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 Birmingham - Airport with 12 car hire companies and 249 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Scotland?

Current fuel prices in Scotland are €1.27/ltr for petrol and €1.32/ltr for diesel as of 6 April 2020, it’ll cost on average €51 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €53 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?

Firefly is the cheapest car hire company in Scotland offering a (mini) class car such as the Kia Picanto for as little as €84.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Scotland?

The most popular car hire category in Scotland is the Skoda Octavia available from 10 car hire companies in over 202 locations.

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.

Renting a car in Scotland

Whether you are travelling to Edinburgh or Glasgow on business or taking a holiday in the Highlands, hiring a car in Scotland is the easiest and most comfortable way of getting around this beautiful country. There are many car hire locations dotted all over Scotland where you can collect a rental car as well as all the main airports such as Glasgow Airport, Aberdeen Airport and Edinburgh Airport.

Scotland Mini Guide

Scotland covers an area which makes up over one third of Great Britain; it is part of the UK with borders to England in the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west and the North Sea to the east. The capital city of Scotland is Edinburgh, which is one of the largest financial centres to be found in Europe. Although Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, it has its own government; the Kingdom of Scotland was formed in 1707, making Scotland an Independent state.

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. Shortly after the Industrial Revolution, Glasgow became a world centre for shipbuilding and heavy engineering and during Victorian times Glasgow was recognised as being the second most important industrial city in the entire British Empire.

Glasgow makes a great choice of location from which to explore the rest of Scotland, especially if you choose to rent your own vehicle as the weather in Scotland can be extreme even in summer months. There are a host of interesting sites and points of interest to be found within a days drive of Glasgow, making it a great place from which to take day trips or excursions.

Possibly the most well-known place close to Glasgow is Loch Lomond. This is the largest natural lake to be found anywhere in the British Isles, being 24 miles long and half a mile across at its widest point. In recent years Loch Lomond has been incorporated into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and in a recent survey of the UK it was named the 6th greatest natural feature of Great Britain.

Loch Lomond has a whole host of activities available to the visitor; the famous Loch Lomond Golf Club hosts many national and international events each year including the Scottish Open. Due to its incredible scenery and outstanding natural beauty,

Loch Lomond has become a favourite boating area; the lake is available for use for all kinds of boating from kayaking through to inland cruising. In recent years the National Park Authority has attempted to reach some form of equilibrium with regards to balanced use of Loch Lomond between land-based tourism and water users, the result of this has been that in many areas of Loch Lomond a speed limit has been imposed of no more than 10 km per hour, in other areas of the Lake this speed limit raises to 90 km per hour.

One of the major sporting events in the Scottish calendar is the Scottish Rally; this popular event has taken place within Dumfries in south-west Scotland for the last 12 years. The rally forms one of the rounds of the Scottish Rally Championships with its headquarters at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Several other major international and national rallies take place in Scotland each year including the Five of Clubs Championship, the Brick and Steel Ecosse 205 Championship and the Scottish Borders Rally Championship.

Scotland Factfile

  • Scotland is part of the United Kingdom and approximately 5.2 million people live there
  • The climate is changeable and the lowest ever temperature recorded was -27.2 °C
  • The national flower in Scotland is the thistle
  • A tradional Scottish dish is haggis which is meat (usually offal such as liver and heart) minced with onion, suet, oatmeal and spices then traditionally cooked in the animal's stomach
  • The national day is St Andrew's Day which is celebrated on 30th November

Do you need to hire a car in Scotland?

Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom is steeped in history and culture. If you are taking the family on holiday then be sure to make time to explore the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the wonderful lakes, rivers, moors and glens.

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 Coast 500. Take on Scotland's greatest road trip in a rental car from Inverness, a road trip that will last long in the memory.

Useful links if renting a car in Scotland

Fuel Prices in Scotland

  • Price of petrol in Scotland in April

    € 1.27/Ltr

    ($ 1.56/Ltr | 1.12/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Scotland in April

    € 1.32/Ltr

    ($ 1.62/Ltr | 1.16/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Scotland in April

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Compact € 50.80  ($ 62.21) | € 52.80  ($ 64.66)
Full Size € 63.50  ($ 77.76) | € 66.00  ($ 80.82)
SUV € 76.20  ($ 93.31) | € 79.20  ($ 96.99)
Carrier € 88.90  ($ 108.86) | € 92.40  ($ 113.15)

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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
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Car Hire Edinburgh
€14.8
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €14.8 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €18.6 per day
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€16.4
 
 
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