Inverness Airport car hire

Hire a car from Inverness Airport

Inverness airport is located 9 miles east of Inverness city centre. It is the main business and leisure airport for the Highlands and the Islands. The airport services daily scheduled links within the UK and holiday charters.

By car - Inverness Airport is accessible via the A9 or the A82 when approaching from the south; while the main road when approaching from the north is the A835. From Inverness, the easiest route to take is to follow the A96 east, and turn off onto the B9039 where signs will lead you to the airport. The majority of the population have Gaelic as their first language.

Inverness, the northernmost city in the UK, is the administrative centre for the Highland council area, and is regarded as the capital of the Highlands of Scotland. It is host to one of Scotland’s major annual Highland Games and is a favoured and important centre for bagpipe players. Inverness Castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral are two of Scotland’s structures of major heritage importance, and just two of the many cultural attractions in the city and surrounding area. The Eastgate shopping centre and pedestrianised High Street contain the large number of small independent shops Inverness is known for, sitting beside the traditional national multiples. On the sporting front, the city enjoys, amongst many sports, football, rugby, hockey, cricket and golf.

Airport facilities - Information desk, book shop, photo booth, cash dispenser, disabled toilets, wheelchairs available, one conference suite available for hire. Disabled passengers are advised to contact their airline in advance to arrange assistance. There is also a café/bar and a bar/restaurant.

Hotels – there are no on airport hotels, but a selection of accommodation is available in Inverness.

Inverness car rental information

Avis and Europcar are the two car hire providers in the Terminal at Inverness airport. Cars are collected from special rental car park in front of the Terminal. You may be able to arrange to be greeted by your rental company, but this can be more expensive.

While the two providers at the airport do provide a wide range of cars between them, you may have to specify if you require a particular model – such as a people carrier or van, both of which may not be available without booking in advance. And don’t forget to request extras such as child seats (these are statutory for passengers under 12 years of age, or 135cm in height) and satellite navigation (if the car model you require doesn’t have it as standard). This is why it is so worthwhile planning in advance – not to mention the time you save on form- filling when you arrive at the airport.

Some rental operators provide a smartphone app to allow you to book using your mobile phone. Or failing that, you can simply phone the car rental operator, although be wary of those using 08 numbers if you are speaking from a mobile phone – these telephone number operate at premium rate, and are even more loaded if you are on international roaming.

And bear in mind that you may need to familiarise yourself with the vehicle if it is a different make to your own, even more so if you are coming from a country that drives on the right (the UK drives on the left). Also, don’t be afraid to ask the representative where things are on the car – windshield wipers, fuel, bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) release. And make a quick inventory of the car to note anything that may appear on the invoice that you were not expecting. Any prior scratches and damage needs to be noted to prevent you being charged for it when you complete your rental. And aside from driving on the left, the UK overtakes on the right, and beware as you approach roundabouts, as you must give way to traffic already on the roundabout approaching form the right.

And don’t forget your driving licence and secondary to prove your identity, together with a credit or debit card to validate your rental fees.