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Why rent a car in Glasgow?

A port city famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, Glasgow is a city built on the prosperity of the trade and shipbuilding that flourished in the area during the 19th century. The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is brimming with exciting things to see and do, from art galleries and museums to live music and shopping. Many of Scotland’s national arts organisations are based in Glasgow, including the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet, so expect a burgeoning culture scene, with plenty of delicious food to boot, as in 2013 PETA declared Glasgow the most vegan-friendly city in the UK.

Beyond Glasgow, your hire car can help you venture to other exciting areas of Scotland including Kilmarnock (a half-hour drive), where you can explore the picturesque Dean Castle, the stronghold of the Boyd Family, lords of Kilmarnock for more than 400 years. East Kilbride is also within easy reach (a half-hour drive), where you can soak in the natural beauty of the James Hamilton Heritage Park, a 16-acre loch with a water sports centre and adventure playground.

How to get to and around Glasgow?

Fly into Glasgow Airport and from there it’s an easy 15-minute drive into the centre of Glasgow.

Beyond Glasgow, your hire car can take you to Stirling (a 34-minute drive), where you can tour the majestic Stirling Castle and visit the memorial stone tower constructed in honour of William Wallace.

What brands are available?

Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers in Glasgow to suit every budget and requirement, from Greenmotion and Inter Rent to Easirent and Enterprise.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Glasgow

The Riverside Museum is a popular Glasgow destination, where hi-tech, interactive displays bring to life some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models and locomotives. With over 3,000 objects, the museum tells the story of Glasgow’s days as a maritime powerhouse through to contemporary life in the city. Similarly, the Glasgow Science Centre provides a hands-on insight into the world of science and technology, with hundreds of activities designed to engage both kids and adults.

Further afield, the picturesque Loch Lomondd is just a 50-minute drive in your hire car, a freshwater loch that crosses the Highland Boundary Fault. Surrounded by the Trossachs National Park, the area is perfect for birdwatching, hiking and mountain biking through Scotland’s beautiful and rugged landscape. The capital city of Edinburgh is also just over an hour’s drive, where the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe (often referred to as The Fringe) is the highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, held in August each year. As the world’s largest arts festival, thousands of acts descend on the city, with everything from theatre, dance and circus to cabaret, opera and spoken word performances.

Tips and tricks for driving in Glasgow

Speed limits will be signposted, but if not, national limits apply of a maximum of 70mph on motorways and 30mph in built-up areas. There are no toll roads or bridges in Scotland, but expect some single lane rural roads. However, there should be plenty of passing places where traffic from opposite directions can pass safely.

Ready to plan your Glasgow city break?

Feeling inspired to start exploring Glasgow and other parts of Scotland? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities.

Getting Around Glasgow

Glasgow has its own airport and several large train stations. This makes it incredibly easy to get into the city without a vehicle, allowing you to hire your own car once you arrive. There are multiple car rental shops in Glasgow, but the best places to head are Glasgow Airport and the centre of town, near to Glasgow Central, Queen Street and Anderston train stations. Once you have rented a car, you should find it fairly simple to drive around the city. There are three main motorways running through the centre of the city – the M8, which connects the city to the airport, the M77 and the M74 – as well as smaller A-roads.<p/>

Major Attractions in the Centre of Glasgow

There is plenty to see and do in Glasgow, but one of the most popular places to start is Glasgow Cathedral, which is Gothic in design and dates from the 15th Century. Other historical sites in the centre include the Hunterian Museum, and the Kelvingrove Art Galley & Museum. Family fun can be had at the Glasgow Science Centre and the Pavilion Theatre, while sports fans can get their fix at the Ibrox and Celtic Park stadiums. There are also many opportunities to shop, see concerts and gigs, and dine at some of the country’s finest restaurants.

Attractions Out of the Centre

The beauty of hiring a car is that you can easily get out of the centre of the city and access nearby attractions. The Seven Lochs Wetland Park can reached from the M8 and offers family activities, walking, cycling and wildlife spotting. Hampden Park, a music and sporting venue which is home to the Scottish Football Museum, is a short drive out of the centre, as are the Glasgow Botanic Gardens and the University of Glasgow campus.

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park

For a scenic day trip out of the city, drive west on the M8 and the A737, before turning off at the A760. You’ll pass Barr Loch and Castle Semple Loch, then loop round through the small town of Kilbirnie and enter Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which offers many opportunities to walk, cycle, sail and spot wildlife. Once in the park, drive up to the waterside town of Largs. From here, you can continue on up through the park, passing farms, campsites and lochs as you go. Alternatively, you can drive up the coast from Largs on the A78, through Skelmorlie and Wemyss Bay, a route that offers stunning views of the Firth of Clyde and the island of Great Cumbrae.

FAQs for car hire in Glasgow

What’s the best price car rental in Glasgow?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £16 in Glasgow.

What’s the average car rental price in Glasgow?

On average, car rentals in Glasgow are £17.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

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.

How do I book a car rental 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.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

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.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

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.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Glasgow?

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.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

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.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

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.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

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.

Where can I find car rentals in Glasgow?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.