Head to Scotland’s capital city with an Edinburgh car hire
<p>Step back in time when you visit the city of Edinburgh. Pre-book a cheap car hire to experience this medieval city and all it has to offer.</p>
<p>Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is a…
Step back in time when you visit the city of Edinburgh. Pre-book a cheap car hire to experience this medieval city and all it has to offer.
Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh is a city worth visiting again and again. Tourists fall in love with the medieval architecture and tucked away pubs, and the hilltop vistas overlooking the sea are worth the trip alone. Old Town in the city centre is home to Edinburgh Castle sitting tall on Castle Rock. Enjoy the views along with a history lesson as you tour vaults, palaces, memorials and more. Wind through the city finding underground clubs and cafes, or, for a breath of fresh air, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and head up to Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park. Make it all possible with your own set of wheels from Airport Rentals.
United Kingdom is a great road trip country with rich history, rolling hills and cobblestone towns. We recommend extending your car hire to visit Glasgow (even in winter), London and Liverpool, just to name a few fantastic cities worth your time.
Booking a Edinburgh rental car with Airport Rentals
Book in your rental car without stress or hassle, thanks to Airport Rentals. Our highly-rated rental car comparison site provides a wide range of inventory and allows you to find a vehicle to match your needs for your visit to Edinburgh.
Browse through dozens of vehicles arranged from lowest to highest price, or narrow your choices down to something more specific using the handy preference filters. Enjoy a mix of local and international brands such as AutoEurope, Easirent and Hertz, and car types from mini-size up to cargo vans.
When you find a suitable vehicle, complete your booking on Airport Rentals with zero additional fees, complimentary benefits and 24/7 assistance from our customer service team if you need it.
Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
Edinburgh Airport hosts over 12 million travellers each year and offers a plethora of shops, dining options and cafes. Find hotels, pay-per-use lounges, children’s play areas, an art gallery, spa and even on-site dry cleaning. Sync up on free WiFi(limited to two hours), and find multiple charging stations throughout the terminal. Rental car agencies are located in the Car Rental Centre next to the multi-storey car park. You can get there via the covered walkway from the passenger terminal.
If you plan to pick up a rental car in Edinburgh city, take one of the licensed black taxis or travel via tram for £5.50 one-way.
Guide to driving in Edinburgh
Take advantage of our Edinburgh driving guide including navigation, road tips and parking assistance.
Driving from Edinburgh Airport to the city centre
Depending on the traffic conditions, the drive from Edinburgh Airport to the city takes roughly 30 minutes. Exit the airport on Eastfield Road to merge onto A8/Glasgow Road. Stay on this road until turning right onto Balgreen Road, then at the roundabout take the first exit on Stevenson Road, continuing on Approach Road. Take a left onto Lothian Road and a right on Castle Terrace to arrive in Old Town, Edinburgh’s city centre.
Driving tips for your Edinburgh rental car
Make sure to use a GPS when driving near Old Town as many roads are off-limits to cars and the road signs are hard to read or find. We recommend parking just outside the city centre limits and walking or taking public transport into Old Town.
● Drive on the left side of the road, overtake on the right.
● Beware of streets only to be used by private cars, public transport or taxis.
● Keep an eye out for potholes throughout the city.
● Share the road with cyclists.
● Speed limits are posted in miles per hour (70 mph on motorways and 30 mph in built-up areas).
Parking options at Edinburgh Airport and downtown Edinburgh
Choose from a number of parking options at Edinburgh Airport depending on length of stay and proximity to the terminal. Use the long stay lot for multi-day use at a discounted rate which includes a courtesy shuttle. Park at the covered multi-storey lot or surface parking area situated next to the terminal for short-term use, or use the valet service for a quick drop-off. There are also dedicated drop-off and pick-up areas charging £4 to £5 for 15 minutes and £7 to £9.90 for the hour.
Parking near Old Town can be expensive for hourly rates or all-day parking garages. The city offers pay-and-display zones for around £2 to £3.60 per hour from 8:30am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday (Sunday and national holidays are free). The city encourages visitors to use the free parking lots at “Park & Ride” locations at bus and train stations on the outskirts of town.