Aberdeen Airport car hire

Hire a car from Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen airport is located in Dyce, to the north-west of Aberdeen city centre. Today Aberdeen Airport handles roughly 2.5 million passengers a year and demand is continually growing. It is also the world's busiest heliport and has four runways on which 15 airlines fly to 30 different destinations worldwide.

By car - the main road that runs past the airport is the A96, from which the airport is clearly signposted.

Aberdeen has a number of nicknames the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. This is because many buildings in the city use locally quarried grey granite, which appear to sparkle like silver because of their high mica contents. It is also known as the Oil/Energy Capital of Europe. Originally a textile, fishing, ship building and paper manufacturing city, it has grown to become a major force in electronics design and development, marine and agricultural research and also oil. The city is third in Scotland for shopping, with major high street representation, three shopping centres and numerous retail parks outside the city. The use of granite over the centuries has left a legacy of truly magnificent architecture, and the city is famous for its numerous parks, gardens and open spaces (45 in total) available as well as its magnificent flower displays throughout the city.

Airport facilities - Information desk, left luggage, Bureau de Change, cash dispensers, lost property, trolleys, disabled toilets are located throughout the building, induction loops. There are several baby care facilities throughout the airport. There are a number of shops in the airport, both before security and in the departure lounge selling a range of gifts, books, magazines and accessories. There is a World Duty Free and Alpha Retail. The Food Hub sees a range of hot and cold snacks available, pub food, and alcoholic drinks. All restaurants in the airport are child friendly, and some have children's menus.

Hotels - there are seven main hotels in close proximity to choose from, both on and off airport.

Aberdeen car rental information

There are 8 car hire providers to choose from in Aberdeen airport, with car "pick up" facilities near the airport on Bromfield Road. When you return your car, drop it off at "Car Rental Ready and Return”, collecting a ticket when you enter the facility and leaving it inside the car.

Between the 8 providers, you should be able to obtain the car configuration you require. Only one of the renters at Aberdeen airport offers vans, minibuses and people carriers as options, so do check in advance if you require one of these vehicle types. Don’t forget, if you have children under 12 (or 130cm in height) you will either need to bring booster seats with you or organise them with your rental provider.

Don’t be ashamed to ask your rental representative to talk you though any aspects of the car you find unfamiliar. With driving on the left in the UK, otherwise familiar car controls may be in a very unfamiliar location! And you may find if the car is alarmed, for example, it operates totally different to how you are used to! And if there is anything unexpected on your paperwork - especially if you have completed it all in advance and the rental company prints it out on the spot – do query it. (And talking about paperwork, don’t forget your driver’s licence and supplementary ID).

If you have to talk with your rental company on the phone and you use your mobile, be aware that telephone numbers beginning with 08 that many of the operators use, attract a premium rate. 0800 ‘freefone’ number are not free from mobiles, so it might be worthwhile using a landline that they are free to use from. Unexpected charges on your bill may be airport surcharge fees or young driver insurance additions.