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Edinburgh Car Hire

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The original town of Edinburgh was built around the Castle Rock which still towers over the vastly enlarged city of today.  Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland, the home of the recently established Scottish Parliament, and world famous for its annual Festival and celebrations at Hogmanay.  The University is ranked 21st in the world, and there is a lively youth and music scene in the city.  It’s rumoured that the origins of the skyscraper lie in the eleven-storey houses that were built in the 16th Century within the narrow confines of the city walls as the population expanded.  With the increasingly overcrowded and insanitary conditions of the old town, many of the more prosperous citizens of Edinburgh moved into the Georgian and Victorian terraces that were being built across the drained Nor Loch, now Princes Gardens, creating the contrasting architecture of the Old and New Towns that we see today.      

Things to Do in Edinburgh

Arriving at Edinburgh Airport the visitor would be take advantage of the choice of car hire companies at the airport, to provide the freedom to tour the city and its surrounds.  Although compact, Edinburgh consists of a series of “villages”, all of which are worth exploring, from Leith on the Firth of Forth, with its lively eating and drinking spots, to the Royal Mile and Grassmarket, historic areas of the Old Town.  Princes Street offers a range of department stores and larger shops, with the West End being perfect for boutiques, delicatessens, and traditional pubs. 

Top 3 Must See: Edinburgh

  • The Auld Reekie Tours in the vaults of the Old Town, including chilling ghost stories and torture exhibition

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo show

  • National Museum of Scotland

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s “Scotland Street” novels will have fun spotting familiar landmarks.  Edinburgh can also boast museums and galleries to rival the best in Europe, with the National Museum of Scotland having recently reopened after a £47m refurbishment.  The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is set in beautiful parkland and for the energetic can be reached by a peaceful walk alongside the Water of Leith.   

Drive Around Edinburgh

There is a good public transport system in Edinburgh so the visitor is likely to use a car less in exploring the city than in touring the Lothians and beyond, which everyone should plan to do.  Car hire in Edinburgh is easy to arrange either on arrival at the airport or in the city itself.  The airport is on the A8 which will take you straight to the city centre – or, in the other direction, to Glasgow.  At only 40 miles away, Scotland’s second city is well worth a visit.  Crossing the Forth Bridge, with its wonderful views, gives the motorist access to Kinross and Loch Leven and the Lomond Hill National Park, just a few miles from Edinburgh on the M90.

Which are the best deals in Edinburgh?

Mini
Mini
from £40.00/day
Economy
Economy
from £41.00/day
Compact
Compact
from £55.00/day
Intermediate
Intermediate
from £81.00/day
Compact Elite
Compact Elite
from £95.00/day
Minivan
Minivan
from £127.00/day

Edinburgh car rental directory

ALAMO
Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, 12 ANNANDALE STREET
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday N/A
Instructions
Serviced by Enterprise.

AVIS
Address
24 East London Street
Operating Times
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday N/A
Instructions
N/A

BUDGET
Address
24 East London Street
Operating Times
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday N/A
Instructions
N/A

BUDGET VANS
Address
24 EAST LONDON STREET
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 17:59
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:59
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:59
Thursday 08:00 - 17:59
Friday 08:00 - 17:59
Saturday 08:00 - 14:59
Sunday 10:00 - 13:59
Instructions
N/A

DOLLAR
Address
42 HAYMARKET TERRACE
Operating Times
Monday 08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:30
Thursday 08:30 - 17:30
Friday 08:30 - 17:30
Saturday 08:30 - 15:59
Sunday 09:00 - 15:59
Instructions
N/A

EASIRENT
Address
Q Park - OMNI, EH1 3AN
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 17:59
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:59
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:59
Thursday 08:00 - 17:59
Friday 08:00 - 17:59
Saturday 08:00 - 13:59
Sunday 08:00 - 13:59
Instructions
If arriving at a train station, please call 0131 2 ... more

ENTERPRISE
Address
12 ANNANDALE STREET
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday N/A
Instructions
N/A

EUROPCAR
Address
WAVERLEY STATION PLATFORM 2 UNIT 6, THE NORTH MALL, WAVERLEY, RETURNS-NEW STREET CAR PARK EH8 8BH
Operating Times
Monday 00:01 - 23:59
Tuesday 00:01 - 23:59
Wednesday 00:01 - 23:59
Thursday 00:01 - 23:59
Friday 00:01 - 23:59
Saturday N/A
Sunday N/A
Instructions
N/A

FLIZZR
Address
26 Dunedin Street
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 17:59
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:59
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:59
Thursday 08:00 - 17:59
Friday 08:00 - 17:59
Saturday 08:00 - 16:00
Sunday 08:00 - 16:00
Instructions
From Waverley Train Station Walk to the Waverly br ... more

HERTZ
Address
10 Picardy Place
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 18:29
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:29
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:29
Thursday 08:00 - 18:29
Friday 08:00 - 18:29
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
Instructions
N/A

KEDDY BY EUROPCAR
Address
WAVERLEY STATION PLATFORM 2 UNIT 6, THE NORTH MALL, WAVERLEY, RETURNS - NEW STREET CAR PARK
Operating Times
Monday N/A
Tuesday N/A
Wednesday N/A
Thursday N/A
Friday N/A
Saturday 08:00 - 16:59
Sunday 08:00 - 15:59
Instructions
N/A

NATIONAL
Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR, 12 ANNANDALE STREET
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
Friday 08:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday N/A
Instructions
N/A

SIXT
Address
Greenside Row, Greenside Row
Operating Times
Monday 08:00 - 17:59
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:59
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:59
Thursday 08:00 - 17:59
Friday 08:00 - 17:59
Saturday 08:00 - 16:00
Sunday 08:00 - 16:00
Instructions
Your way to Sixt The Sixt branch is located on the ... more

Review score of the top Edinburgh car hire companies

FLIZZR

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 5 mins

7.6 /10 Overall value for money
9.0 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.2 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.4 /10 Car hire pick-up process
8.2 /10 Car hire drop-off process

SIXT

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 16 mins

7.5 /10 Overall value for money
8.5 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.2 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.5 /10 Car hire pick-up process
8.1 /10 Car hire drop-off process

ALAMO

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 19 mins

7.4 /10 Overall value for money
8.4 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.1 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.6 /10 Car hire pick-up process
8.4 /10 Car hire drop-off process

ENTERPRISE

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 18 mins

7.4 /10 Overall value for money
8.0 /10 Cleanliness of the car
8.1 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.8 /10 Car hire pick-up process
8.0 /10 Car hire drop-off process

BUDGET

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 17 mins

7.1 /10 Overall value for money
7.8 /10 Cleanliness of the car
7.6 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.0 /10 Car hire pick-up process
7.6 /10 Car hire drop-off process

AVIS

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 20 mins

7.0 /10 Overall value for money
7.8 /10 Cleanliness of the car
7.5 /10 Service at the rental desk
7.0 /10 Car hire pick-up process
7.6 /10 Car hire drop-off process

NATIONAL

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 20 mins

5.8 /10 Overall value for money
8.2 /10 Cleanliness of the car
7.1 /10 Service at the rental desk
6.3 /10 Car hire pick-up process
7.8 /10 Car hire drop-off process

EASIRENT

Customer rating

Average waiting time is 15 mins

4.8 /10 Overall value for money
5.8 /10 Cleanliness of the car
5.3 /10 Service at the rental desk
4.4 /10 Car hire pick-up process
5.9 /10 Car hire drop-off process

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