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Scotland’s capital city is a delight for travellers seeking history, hiking or fun. Edinburgh Castle looms over the city that is comprised of the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town.
Rolling hills, including Arthur’s Seat, surround Edinburgh. The city comprises former villages and town, many of which retain their unique character.
The city has gained prominence with the artistic community thanks to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. Held in August, the festival runs for 25 days and draws performances and visitors from the world over.
Some attractions outside of Edinburgh will give you good cause to hire a car. There’s the historic golf course at St. Andrews, the Highlands, majestic castles, the lochs and the nearby whisky distilleries to draw you away from the city.
The major car hire brands are all represented at the airport’s car hire area. Due to the volume of visitors, it’s suggested that you make your car reservations ahead of time to make sure you don’t overpay and that you get the vehicle of your choice.
Car hire companies found at Edinburgh Airport include Europcar, Enterprise, National and Hertz. Some of the same brands can be found at Waverley train station and there are many other pick-up locations across the greater Edinburgh area.
Compact cars are more economical and well-suited for driving to and from Edinburgh’s many sights and attractions. They are also ideal for negotiating the narrower streets common in some villages and towns in Scotland. Conversely, you may prefer a larger vehicle such as an SUV if you’re bringing golf clubs or other sporting equipment with you, or if you plan on travelling off the beaten track.
Some car hires do not include unlimited mileage, so it’s important to note the mileage restrictions, particularly if you expect to drive long distances. Similarly, if you prefer an automatic transmission, it’s best to reserve it early.
With a hire car, you will have the freedom and flexibility to experience Edinburgh and its surroundings the way you want to.
If you’re concluding your holiday in Glasgow, it is possible to arrange to pick up your hire car in Edinburgh and return it in Glasgow. Some additional charges may apply, but it can be a convenient solution if you're flying home from Glasgow International Airport.
Speed limits are usually posted in Scotland. Look for circular signs with a red border. These are expressed in miles per hour.
The roads in many of Scotland’s towns and cities were created well before the advent of motor vehicles. As such, they can tend to be very narrow and sometimes difficult to navigate. These roads should be avoided if you are driving a car with a wider berth.
Cars travel on the left side of the road.
Any drivers under the age of 25 must have had their full driving licence for at least 2 years with no endorsements, and 25+ for at least 1 year with no endorsements.
Drivers must have a valid driving licence and the vehicle registration papers with them at all times. They must also carry third-party insurance coverage. If your driving licence doesn’t include a photo, then suitable photo ID is also required.
Yes, it is possible to book a car hire for another person, as long as you enter the driver’s full name and age when booking.
In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £19 in Edinburgh.
On average, car rentals in Edinburgh are £20.
When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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