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If you’re after a real highland fling, hire a car in Edinburgh and hit the open road. Easy and cheap, car rental in Edinburgh is an all-round good idea.

With the freedom of four wheels, you can skirt the legendary shores of Loch Ness, head up to the Highlands and savour fresh Scottish lobster on sandy beaches. There’s no better way to see Scotland, so rent a car in Edinburgh and get your road trip underway.

Language: English | Currency: Pound (£) | Avg. Flight time: 1 hr

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Edinburgh?

You must be at least 21 years of age to rent a car in Scotland, but many car hire companies will set a minimum age limit of 23 or 25 years old. You will also need to have held a full licence for a year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Edinburgh?

To hire a vehicle in Edinburgh, you need a full driving licence, a form of ID (such as a passport) and a valid credit or debit card. Some companies may also ask for proof of address and a DVLA check code if you have a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Edinburgh?

No, you don’t need car hire excess in Edinburgh, but it’s worth considering for extra peace of mind. Excess fees can be as much as £2,000 and an excess insurance policy means you can get any costs back if you have to make a claim for damage to your rental car, the car is stolen or you’re involved in an accident. Opt for an independent provider – that is, don’t buy a policy at the rental desk – to save on this cover.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Edinburgh?

Yes, many leading car rental firms in Edinburgh accept debit as well as credit cards. Make sure you have sufficient funds in your account to cover your car hire and the security deposit. Do check beforehand which payment cards your preferred car hire company accepts.

Which rental companies are available at Edinburgh Airport?

A ll the major car rental companies operate at Edinburgh Airport : Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty are all next to the multi-storey car park, which is just a short walk from the terminal.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Edinburgh?

There are plenty of car hire deals available at Edinburgh Airport, but the convenience of picking up your vehicle at the airport can cost more. It is usually cheaper to rent an off-site car.

Can you rent a car in Edinburgh and drop it off in another city?

Yes, many car hire companies in Edinburgh offer one-way car hire and allow you to drop off in another city in Scotland or the UK. Expect to pay a surcharge if you’re returning your vehicle to a different location.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Edinburgh?

Absolutely. You can make a same-day Edinburgh car hire booking either online or at the rental desk. It is always best to check availability and opening hours before you arrive. For last-minute bookings on the same day, comparing online will often give you the cheapest options.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Edinburgh?

In Edinburgh, the minimum age for hiring a car is 21 years old. However, many car hire companies set their minimum driver age at 23 or 25 years of age. Check the age restriction of the car provider before you book and expect to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’ if you’re under 25.