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Scotland car rentals

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Cheap car hire in Scotland

Full-size SUV$147/day
Passenger van$185/day
Compact SUV$46/day
Intermediate SUV$65/day
Supplier choice$124/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for hiring a car in Scotland

  • You can enjoy an epic adventure around Scotland in the comfort of your very own hire car, which is one of the best ways to explore the country at your own speed. Whilst the roads are good and most two-wheel drive cars will be sufficient, if you are heading into the Scottish Highlands then you might benefit from having a 4X4 to help you up and down the steep terrain. In the cities like Edinburgh, you won’t need more than a compact car to get around and see the sights though.
  • When you are driving your hire car in Scotland it’s important that you stick to the laws of the lanes. Drink-driving is taken very seriously in Scotland and there are large penalties for those that have more than 0.5 mg of alcohol per ml of blood when tested by police. You must also ensure that everyone in the car is wearing their seat belt at all times. Using a mobile phone whilst driving is also considered illegal, so ensure you have a proper hands-free kit. If you are travelling with children under 12 who are less than 135 cm tall, they will need to be in a suitable sized child seat.
  • You can help reduce the impact of car hire on the environment by choosing a car that is either hybrid, so it runs on both petrol and electricity, or one that is fully electric. This will help reduce the amount of emissions that are produced during your hire period. If you’re driving around one of the cities then you will find petrol stations and electric charge points a frequent occurrence. There are less stations of both types of fuel in the countryside, so it is best to ensure you are fully charged before departing for your journey and to have an idea of where your next stop is.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Scotland for $52 or less
  • Book your rental car in Scotland at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Scotland are around 21% cheaper than airport locations on average
  • Compact rental cars in Scotland are around 85% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Scotland

  • Should I hire a car in Scotland?

    You should rent a car in Scotland as it provides you with the ultimate freedom to explore this magnificent country at your own pace. It also means you do not have to rely on other modes of transport, such as buses, trains, or taxis. For example, if you were travelling to Cairngorms National Park in the heart of the country, it would be far more convenient to travel there by car as you can get right to where you want your adventure to begin. Whereas it’s likely a bus would only drop you off at the nearest town.

  • What is driving like in Scotland?

    Driving in Scotland is the same as the rest of the United Kingdom, so you won’t have to worry about driving on the other side of the road or the steering wheel being on the opposite side of the car. Speed limits are also the same, so you’ll need to travel no faster than 20mph in residential areas, 30mph in built-up areas and 60mph in rural areas. Dual carriageways and motorways are also the same as the rest of the UK, being at 70mph. One difference you might find while driving in Scotland is that you will drive for longer periods of time without passing towns or villages, especially the further north you travel. So remember to stock up on food and drink.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Scotland?

    When you hire a car in Scotland, the minimum age of a person that is able to do so is determined by each individual company. Many of the car hire companies will also reduce the selection of cars, such as those with the larger engines, that are available to those under a certain age. In addition, you will often have to have held your driving license for a minimum of a one year. Whilst those who are under a certain age, often 25, will also have to pay a surcharge to hire a car.

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

    On average a car hire in Scotland costs $90 per day.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Scotland?

    Compact (Volkswagen Golf or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Scotland.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Scotland?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at GREEN MOTION ($34/day), DRIVALIA ($41/day) and Alamo ($59/day).

  • What is the best car hire company in Scotland?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Scotland are Budget (7.7, 57 reviews), Sixt (7.4, 62 reviews), and Europcar (6.5, 61 reviews).

  • How can I find car hires near me in Scotland?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • Where should I hire a car in Scotland?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Scotland are Edinburgh (79% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Scotland), Glasgow (14%) and Inverness (3%).

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

    On average a car hire in Scotland costs $458 per week ($65 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Scotland?

    On average a car hire in Scotland costs $1,961 per month ($65 per day).

Car rental directory

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    Europcar car hire locations in Scotland

    35 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car hire locations in Scotland

    35 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Scotland

    33 Locations

  • arnoldclark

    Arnold Clark car hire locations in Scotland

    31 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car hire locations in Scotland

    29 Locations

  • free2move

    Free2Move car hire locations in Scotland

    26 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Scotland

    16 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Scotland

    14 Locations

  • routescartrk

    Routes Car & Truck Rentals car hire locations in Scotland

    14 Locations

  • flizzr

    FLIZZR car hire locations in Scotland

    13 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car hire locations in Scotland

    12 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Scotland

    11 Locations

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