Edinburgh Airport car rental

Hire a car from Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh airport is located 7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, in central Scotland. It is within easy access of Fife, Tayside and Aberdeenshire, and the Borders. Edinburgh airport charges a minimum of £2.50 to pick-up or drop-off passengers.

By car – when travelling from Edinburgh by car, head along the A8 towards Glasgow. If travelling from the opposite side, follow the A8 towards Edinburgh. The airport is clearly signposted from the A8.

The city of Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Government and renown for The Old Town and New Town districts that were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It hosts the world-famous Edinburgh Festival series of events in August each year. Aside from the excellent shopping facilities, most noted being the beautiful Princess Street, overlooked by the imposing Edinburgh Castle, it is a centre of art and culture, with 40 areas designated as conservation areas (the highest number in any UK city) and over 4,500 listed buildings. The range of shops, restaurants and bars provides food and drink of every description representing cuisine from the four corners of the world. There is also a vibrant nightlife scene and those interested in sports will always find something to spectate or participate in.

Airport facilities - Airport and Tourist Information, left luggage/lost property, available throughout the Terminal building, Bureaux de Change, cash dispensers, Duty Free, disabled facilities, including induction loops, baby care facilities, unisex toilets suitable for parents with young children.

There are a large number of shops in the airport, both before security and in the departure lounge, including book, clothing, accessories and gifts. There is a World Duty Free and Dixons Tax Free. There is a Food Village, bar and coffee shop in the Terminal where you can purchase a wide range of hot and cold snacks and drinks. The departure lounge has a coffee shop and bar. All restaurants welcome children, and most have special children's menus.

Hotels - there are six Edinburgh airport hotels located both on airport and close by if you require accommodation before or after your flight.

Edinburgh Airport car rental information

The 8 main car hire providers in Edinburgh airport can be found in their own dedicated rental centre at the airport. This is located through the check-in hall via the domestic doors and though a covered walk-way. Other providers may offer a meet and greet service, but this can be more costly.

Between them, you should be able to book the car model you require, whether it is small, large, family or luxury. If you are looking for a 7 or 9-seater people carriers, a minibus or a van, while there is at least one operator who can provide these at Edinburgh, the best advice is to check and reserve in advance. Most operators can provide child booster seats (which under UK law are compulsory up to age 12 or 135cm in height), and where there is no satellite navigation included as standard on your chosen model, they can usually supply one for a modest fee. However, do check in advance.

If you haven’t booked in advance, you shouldn’t have too much trouble renting a car at Edinburgh. However, you won’t benefit from the same level of discount, and you’ll have the inconvenience of having to fill in all the forms on the spot – you’ll have to provide ID and licence details one way or the other, and also either a credit or debit card as security. And if you are a driver under 25, don’t be surprised if an extra daily fee is added – many car rental companies in the UK set 25 as the minimum age for driving a rental car without surcharge, and even then, some may not allow it at all.

You may also find an extra charge on your bill for the airport surcharge fee, something your rental operator is passing on to you from the airport, although some rental companies include this in their pricing.

One very important point for first-time car renters in the UK is that we drive on the left, so do bear this in mind as you leave the airport. While maximum speeds are well signposted (all in miles per hour), the general rule is 70mph maximum on motorways and 60mph on other “A” roads. Urban driving is 30mph maximum, unless otherwise indicated.

If there is anything you don’t understand, your rental representative will always be more than happy to assist you. Check though all documentation to check there are no mismatches in comparison with what you thought your agreement should be. They will also help you familiarise you with the car controls, something you might find quite different to driving your car at home. It’s most important you know how to operate the windscreen wipers and demister if you are coming from a country not used to sudden showers!