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Glasgow's location makes it a great base for exploring Scotland. So once you've enjoyed what the city has to offer, get yourself into a hire car and hit the road. From the breathtaking Loch Lomond to the historic Crianlarich village and the buzz of Edinburgh, adventure awaits. 

It’s possible to find cheap car hire deals at several locations throughout the city in 2024. If you want to hire a car in central Glasgow, then Avis, Hertz, Thrifty, Sixt and Alamo all have branches close to Glasgow Central Station.

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

You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Glasgow, and will need to have held a full licence for a year. However, many hire companies set their own minimum age of between 23 to 25 years old, so do be sure to check. The maximum age for car hire in Glasgow varies but is usually around 70 to 75 years of age.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Glasgow?

You need ID, such as a passport or ID card, a full driving licence, and a valid debit or credit card. Non-EU drivers may need an International Driving Permit, and UK drivers could need a DVLA check code. Some companies may also ask for insurance details and proof of address.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Glasgow?

No, you don’t need car hire excess insurance to rent a car in Glasgow. However, taking out a policy can be a good idea, as it means you won’t have to pay the excess if you do have to make a claim. It's often cheaper to take out a third-party policy rather than buy it as an add-on at the desk.

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

Yes, many leading car rental companies accept major debit cards and credit cards, but it’s worth checking which payment cards your preferred car provider accepts. Make sure you have enough funds to cover your car hire fee and the security deposit.

Which rental companies are available at Glasgow Airport?

All the well-known car hire companies have rental desks at Glasgow Airport including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty. You will find most outside the main terminal, near domestic arrivals, or beside Terminal 2.

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

It’s usually cheaper to rent a car off-site than from an airport where you pay additional fees and taxes. It’s worth comparing prices, though, as you can still find great deals from airport car hire providers.

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

Absolutely, many rental companies offer one-way rental from Glasgow, so you can drop off your vehicle in another Scottish city or elsewhere in the UK. Usually, you will need to pay a surcharge for this service.

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

Yes, most car hire companies in Glasgow offer same-day car hire. You can hire directly from the rental desk (check opening hours and vehicle availability before you arrive) but it is usually cheaper to book online in advance.

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

Yes, it is possible to hire a car at 21 years of age in Glasgow. But not all car rental companies hire cars to anyone under 25 or 23 years old. Check the age limit of your preferred car hire provider before you book and expect to pay an additional fee if you’re under 25.

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