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Best Car Rental companies at Edinburgh Airport

When you plan to visit a tourist destination like Scotland in-depth, it is essential to rent a car to drive around it in your own way. We know you need to rent a car in Edinburgh, but you have doubts and can’t decide which company to book with. To help you decide, here is our ranking of the Top 5 Car Rental Companies at Edinburgh Airport (Updated 2024).

  1. ARNOLD CLARK (9.0/10) 🏆
  2. ALAMO (8.6/10) 🥈
  3. BUDGET (8.3/10) 🥉
  4. SIXT (8.0/10) 🔝
  5. EUROPCAR (7.5/10) 🔝

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Drive and enjoy Edinburgh and Scotland with your rental car

Are you planning to visit and discover Edinburgh? Do not hesitate to hire a car at Edinburgh Airport and explore Scotland on your own. Pack your bags and get ready to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer easily and comfortably with your most economical rental car.

If you are planning to travel to Scotland and are landing at Edinburgh Airport, you can book your rental car right now so that as soon as you land, you can be sure that your rental car will be waiting for you so that you can start your journey immediately.

During your trip to Edinburgh, great adventures await you. If you waste time waiting for taxis, buses or trains, you may not have enough time to visit everything this magnificent city has to offer. Book a rental car and discover all the sights of Edinburgh and surroundings, known or not; there’s no more comfortable way to get around Scotland.

Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful tourist cities in the world, being the second most visited city in the United Kingdom after London. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and the second-largest city in the country, after Glasgow.

It is located on the east coast of Scotland, on the banks of the Forth River and is divided into two areas: The Old Town and The New Town which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Without a doubt, it is one of the most special cities in Europe. It is a city with a lot of charm, with narrow cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and gardens, ghost stories, interesting museums, and incredibly friendly citizens that make tourists fall in love with the city.

Its financial weight has made it the most important city in the United Kingdom, following in the footsteps of the legendary London city. Whether you are travelling for pleasure or business, we have the right kind of car for you. Just do a search on our website and choose from some of the car rental offers that we present to you thanks to our comparator.

In the UK you drive on the left side of the road. This will be a bit strange at first, but you will get used to it in a few kilometres. One of the advantages of renting a car at Edinburgh airport is that when you leave the airport you will get on the motorway, so there are hardly any crossings or roundabouts. This gives you a little more time to get used to driving on the “other side”. Also, Scots people are generally very respectful and polite when driving, so you won’t feel overwhelmed if you are less nimble at first.

Edinburgh, get to know the city by car

Once you have collected your rental car from our partners’ local offices, you can start your journey to explore Edinburgh’s most fascinating corners. You can start with Edinburgh Castle, an ancient fortress that is now one of the city’s landmarks. It is a very large compound that needs several hours to be visited, so you should make good use of the time you have available. Every day (except Sundays) at one o’clock in the afternoon with British punctuality, the General of Artillery comes to fire a modern canon, a tradition that has been carried out since 1861 and that is maintained until today. Inside the castle, you can visit the Chapel of Saint Margaret, the Royal Rooms, the crown jewels – known as the Honours of Scotland – or the prisons of war.

Then you can visit St. Giles Cathedral, which despite its name is not a cathedral, and continue to the Scott Monument. At this monument, if you wish, you can walk up its beautiful spiral staircase to the top to enjoy the wonderful views of Edinburgh’s centre. After this, you can take a pleasant walk through the old town.

Edinburgh’s cuisine includes smoked fish, Orkney beef, Ronaldsa lamb and hand-made cheeses from the islands of Arran and Mull. Whisky, (in Gaelic uisge beatha, which means “water of life”) is the typical drink of Scotland. A visit to one of the more than 100 whisky distilleries scattered throughout the country is recommended and of course, a glass should be tasted (always making sure to rest before continuing with the drive).

Edinburgh’s surroundings by car

Car hire in Edinburgh offers you the perfect conditions for easy access to many interesting places in the vicinity of the city. You can go to the southern part of the Firth of Forth, the fjord where the River Forth flows into and enjoy the legendary lakes and mountains around it. You can also take a trip north to Loch Ness and the Highlands. Or head east and visit modern Glasgow, Lochs Lomond and Katrine and the small town of Aberfoley, one of the most authentic examples of rural Scotland. Golf lovers have in Scotland great opportunities to practice their favourite sport in beautiful and huge fields irrigated only with the abundant rains.

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Our Car Rental offers at Edinburgh Airport

Compare prices and book your rental car in Edinburgh here now. You can choose from a wide range of cars from the best brands and with the guarantee that you will always get the best possible price on car hire at Edinburgh Airport.

Our car for hire offers will allow you to enjoy your holidays in Edinburgh in the most comfortable and simple way. All you have to do is compare our rental car offers and book the car that best suits your needs at the most economical price.

Our Edinburgh Airport economy car rental service will allow you to compare prices and move around Scotland in complete comfort and autonomy. Whether you travel alone or as a family trip, you can also select the car accessories you need, such as car seats for babies or GPS, on this website you can book and have at your fingertips a modern selection of vehicles of different categories, including Economy, Compacts, Vans, 7 Seater, 8 Seater, 9 Seater, Cargo Vans, Fullsize, Luxury, Premium or SUVs, as well as a range of optional extras, so you can move with a model tailored to your needs.

Last-minute offers in rent a car in Edinburgh can be found on our website, where you will find the best prices in cars for rent in Edinburgh from major companies: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Alamo, Arnold Clark, National, Europcar, Keddy, Sixt, and more local companies. To book your car at one of the many Edinburgh Airport offices available, simply use the car rental search engine above.

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One Way Car Rental from Edinburgh Airport

Do you need to rent a car at Edinburgh Airport and drop off it to another of these popular locations in the United Kingdom such as Glasgow, London, Southampton, Manchester, Aberdeen, Dundee, or Inverness Airport? No problem, take advantage of our one-way car rental offers for Edinburgh Airport and return your rental car anywhere else in the UK at the best prices. Our prices include one-way fees.

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Glasgow International Airport

  • Time: 50 min
  • Distance: 50 miles via M8

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Glasgow Prestwick Airport

  • Time: 1 h 15 min
  • Distance: 71 miles via M8

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Aberdeen Airport

  • Time: 2 h 10 min
  • Distance: 127 miles via M90 and A90

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Inverness Airport

  • Time: 2 h 55 min
  • Distance: 159 miles via A9

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Dundee Airport

  • Time: 1 h 00 min
  • Distance: 58 miles via M90 and A90

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Manchester Airport

  • Time: 3 h 40 min
  • Distance: 241 miles via M6

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off London: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Southend or City Airports

  • Time: 6 h 30 min approximately
  • Distance: 420 miles via M6

Pick up Edinburgh Airport drop off Southampton Airport

  • Time: 6 h 50 min
  • Distance: 446 miles via M6

One Way Car Hire Fort William to Edinburgh Airport

  • Time: 2 h 45 min
  • Distance: 126 miles via A82

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Rent a Hybrid or Electric Car at Edinburgh Airport

In addition to conventional cars that run on petrol or diesel, on this website you can also find environmentally-friendly rental cars, with less noise pollution and almost imperceptible vibrations in Edinburgh.

If you are planning to rent a modern car in Edinburgh and enjoy the latest technical advances, both to go on holiday, business trip, or to make a good impression at an event, we invite you to discover the comfort and performance of our Hybrid and 100% Electric cars available at Edinburgh Airport.

We are an outstanding car rental website with a great commitment to the environment, and we are aware of the growing demand for sustainable and environmentally-friendly vehicles, which is why we work with leading car rental companies in Scotland, which put at your disposal a large and modern fleet of hybrid and zero-emission electric cars at Edinburgh Airport.

Here you are a Worldwide database of EV charging stations to check where you can charge your electric rental vehicle.

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