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Car Rental Edinburgh

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Edinburgh

With eight locations in and around the city, Hertz makes car rental in Edinburgh easy. If you’re using Edinburgh as a base in order to explore the city and more of Scotland then renting a car is by far the most comfortable and convenient way to travel. With much of Scotland being rural (Pentland Hills Regional Park is just the other side of Edinburgh’s ringroad), having a car means you can travel to areas that are not otherwise accessible or are difficult to reach with public transport.
Edinburgh is the Scottish capital and is a beautiful, historic city overlooked by Edinburgh Castle. There are suitably picturesque streets to explore, particularly the Royal Mile, a stunning road that runs between the castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Driving and Parking in Edinburgh

You will need a full driving license and must be over 23 to rent a car in Edinburgh. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Edinburgh, take a look at our page about renting a car in the United Kingdom.

If you don’t need to drive in the centre of Edinburgh then it’s generally advisable not to! Many of the medieval streets are difficult to navigate and the city is generally congested. The large amount of tourists on foot around the city also slows things down considerably. If you do need to drive within the city, however, check your route before you set off and make sure you find a good place to park.

Again, if you don’t need to drive in the city centre, when you rent a car in Edinburgh you could use one of the many Park & Ride facilities on the outskirts of town. Mainly off the A720, most are free or have a nominal charge of 50p per day and let you leave your car securely while you travel into the centre using public transport. If you want to park in the city, there are several public car parks available with varying charges. Street parking is heavily regulated and wardens will issue fines even if your ticket has only expired by a few minutes, so take care.

Pickup Locations Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Airport

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) Oct-Apr: Mo-Fr 0630-2300, Sa-Su 0700-2300 // May-Sep: Mo-Fr 0630-2400, Sa-Su 0700-2400

    Address: 175 Jubilee Road - Car Rental Centre,
    Scotland

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3025**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Waverly Railway Station Train Arrivals Only

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location)
    From 1 October until 29 April: Mo-Fr 0900-1700, Sa 1000-1200, Su Closed
    From 30 April until 30 September: Mo-Fr 0900-1700, Sa 0900-1600, Su 1000-1600

    Address: 10 Picardy Place,
    Scotland

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3026**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

  • Edinburgh Picardy Place-City Centre

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) 30 April- 30 Sep: Mo-Th 0800-1800, Fr 0800-2000, Sa 0800-1700, Su 0900-1700 // 1 Oct- 29 April: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

    Address: 10 Picardy Place,
    Scotland

    Phone: +44 (0) 843 309 3026**

    **Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge

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Driving in and around Edinburgh

Key Routes

The best way to get around the city is using the ringroad made up of the A720, A1, A199, A902 and A90. From here you can connect to most major thoroughfares into the city. From here, all roads lead towards the centre, taking in various attractions such as the Edinburgh Corn Exchange and the Royal Botanic Garden along the way.

Within the city itself, North Bridge is notable for offering spectacular views of the cityscape as you drive in so it can be worth planning your journey to include this.

Major Highways

From the ringroad, the three big routes out of Edinburgh use the motorway, with the M8 heading across to Glasgow, the M9 travelling to Stirling and the M90 taking drivers up to Perth. Driving south from Edinburgh, the A1 and A68 take you into the north of England. Outside of these, you will meet with a network of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads linking to smaller towns and rural areas.

When you rent a car in Edinburgh you will be driving on the left of the road while overtaking is done on the right. Speed limits are in place and are always clearly signposted. A general rule of thumb, however, is 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways, 60mph on the open road and 30mph in built-up areas. 20mph speed limits tend to be in force in residential areas and around schools.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.