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Scotland's capital is one of the most vibrant places in the United Kingdom, with the annual festival in the summer bringing millions in to see cutting edge art, theatre, film and comedy. All year there are things to do and see, with ancient buildings coupled with modern shops and interesting museums.

Hiring A Car In Edinburgh, Scotland

If you're taking a plane to Edinburgh then you can collect your hire car from the airport on arrival. Edinburgh's roads are wide and the layout is straightforward, although parking is expensive in the city centre. Some hotels have parking available or discount deals with local car parks.

Another popular option with those hiring a car at Edinburgh Airport is to discover the wilder beauty of Scotland. The Pentland Hills are nearby, you've got the freedom of heading off into the Highlands if you want, or perhaps visiting the university town of St Andrews, which is a couple of hours north of Edinburgh.

Places To Visit In Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most iconic sights in this city, although the delights of Princes Street or the Royal Mile, where tourist shops mix with local eateries, are also famous around the world. In the centre of Edinburgh car hire is not necessary to see all of the main attractions but if you want to get away from the Old Town and see what the rest of the city has to offer then it will come in handy and a jaunt out to the Scottish Highlands is always a welcome break.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Edinburgh, and any additional charges.


Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Edinburgh. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Edinburgh!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.