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Car hire Edinburgh

121CarHire.com Edinburgh is an independent car hire comparison site. Our system compares prices from well-known car hire companies. As a customer, you can always book your hire car through us at a competitive rate.

Car rental offers in Edinburgh

Whether you're looking for a small rental car or a station wagon for the entire family, we will always have a suitable vehicle for the lowest price. Below are some examples from our selection in Edinburgh.
  • For example: Fiat 500
    Mini class
    For example: Fiat 500
  • Popular category
    For example: Vauxhall Corsa
    Economy class
    For example: Vauxhall Corsa
  • For example: VW Golf
    Compact class
    For example: VW Golf
  • For example: Volvo V40
    Intermediate class
    For example: Volvo V40
  • For example: Ford Transit Cargo Van
    Standard class
    For example: Ford Transit Cargo Van
  • For example: VW Transporter
    Full-size class
    For example: VW Transporter
  • For example: Mercedes Sprinter
    Luxury class
    For example: Mercedes Sprinter
  • For example: VW Golf Estate
    Station wagon class
    For example: VW Golf Estate

Car rental companies in Edinburgh

Below are the car rental companies in Edinburgh with the best ratings. Compare all ratings and prices of these rental companies in one search.
  • Enterprise
    8.6 (1476)
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  • Alamo
    8.5 (7101)
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  • FireFly Car Rental
    8.2 (2485)
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  • Avis
    8 (4690)
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  • Keddy By Europcar
    7.7 (2668)
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  • Hertz
    7.6 (5430)
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  • Europcar
    7.6 (5970)
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  • National Car Rental
    7.6 (322)
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  • Budget
    7.5 (7735)
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  • Easirent
    6.8 (424)
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  • Sixt
    6.7 (2255)
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  • Green Motion
    6.4 (1381)
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Car rental companies in and around Edinburgh

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Available locations in Edinburgh:

10 Picardy Place
24 East London Street
42 Haymarket Terrace
Corstorphine Road, Off Downie Terrace

Location information for Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland sits in the central region of the country, known locally as the Central Belt. Edinburgh is home to hundreds of entertaining sites, from modern department stores to medieval structures and ancient landmarks. Getting around this huge metropolis can be most conveniently accomplished by car, but it pays to compare car hire options before arrival to secure the best rates.



Edinburgh International Airport is the primary gateway for international travellers to the city and Scotland in general. Waverly Railway Station accommodates many thousands of visitors each day too. Use public transport for travelling within the bustling city centre, and consider car hire in Edinburgh for sightseeing the outer layers of this magnificent city.

Car Hire Edinburgh

Despite the difficulty with inner city driving in Edinburgh, the outskirts of the capital are simply stunning. Exploring places like Fife and East Lothian is more convenient with a car rental in Edinburgh. Roads are easy to navigate, and renting vehicles is surprisingly inexpensive. Big names like Thrift, Condor, Enterprise and Hertz provide a range of popular car models for visitors in Edinburgh.


Driving in the city centre is definitely not recommended. Parking is rare and public transportation is abundant. However, half-day trips and full-day excursions outside Edinburgh require private transportation. The roads are safe and traffic is quite favourable on most occasions.

Things To See and Do

East Lothian is east of Edinburgh and boasts plenty of attractions such as Gullane's magnificent golf courses, Dunbar's harbour and East Fortune's Museum of Flight. Just 40 minutes north of Edinburgh is Aberdour's beautiful castle and its pristine Blue Flag beach, while St. Andrew's and its golfing heritage stands 40kms to the northeast.

Best Time To Visit

May through August is the warmest period of the year, averaging about 18°C. Sunshine is most prevalent during these months, making it more suitable for tourism. Maximum winter temperatures tend to stay below 8°C, and December to February is renowned for its dreary weather and should be avoided. The Edinburgh Festival is held between July and September, and is reason enough to schedule a trip even though crowds are dense.

Practical information

  • Currency
    British pound
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    48 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    96 km/h
  • Language
  • Popular car category
  • Popular rental companies
    Green Motion

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by 121CarHire.com? at this location
  • Enterprise
  • Alamo
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • Avis
  • Keddy By Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Europcar
  • National Car Rental
  • Budget
  • Easirent
  • Sixt
  • Green Motion