Car Hire in Edinburgh
Car hire in EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland’s capital city and gateway to the countryside and coastline of the Loathians. The city and its surrounding countryside are bursting with attractions. Whatever you’re interested in, it’s on offer in or around Edinburgh – historical sights, culture, great food, beautiful landscapes and sports. With an Avis hire car you can make the most of your time in Edinburgh and explore at your own pace.
We’ve made car hire effortless. Collect your rental car from Edinburgh Airport or Edinburgh city centre.
All you have to do is drive.
Plan your trip to EdinburghEdinburgh is a compact and energetic city, full of fascinating museums and galleries, historical sites and cultural attractions.
Begin by exploring the Old Town area. A warren of cobbled streets and alleys, it’s where you'll find The Royal Mile, St Giles' Cathedral , the old and new Scottish parliament buildings and the Royal Palace of Holyroyd. Feeling energetic? Go higher and tramp up the 250-metre-high Arthur’s Seat. This city centre mound can be attempted from any direction and climbers are rewarded with stellar views.
Edinburgh Castle dominates the city’s skyline. Visit early to avoid the crowds and see the Scottish Crown Jewels and Stone of Destiny. It's also home to the National War Museum and the National War Memorial.
Or how about a tour under the city? Blair Street Vaults present an underbelly of Edinburgh dating back to the 17th century.
It’s a short drive from the city centre to Leith, now home to the retired Royal Yacht Britannia. Named as one of the UK’s top tourist attractions, step on board for an audio tour that explores the history of its five regal decks. Afterwards, discover the Port of Leith, on the shores of the Firth of Forth. Dating back to the 14th century, it’s jam-packed with delis, chic bars, and top restaurants and one of Edinburgh’s most fashionable neighbourhoods.
Road trips from EdinburghGet out of the city in your Avis hire car, you’ll find mountains, lochs and sandy beaches waiting to be explored.
East Lothian is known as Scotland’s Golf Coast. Just 30-minutes’ drive from Edinburgh on the A1, you can practise your swing at any of the 22 courses along the 30 miles of stunning coastline, including Muirfield, North Berwick & Gullane.
Edinburgh’s lively big brother Glasgow is just over an hour’s drive away via the M8. Hit its Style Mile for designer stores and boutique oddities, or take tea with a side of shortbread at the renowned Willow Tea Rooms. From Glasgow, it’s a short jaunt east to the heritage site of Bannockburn and 16th-century Stirling Castle.
Other must-go’s: 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct near Fort William (which plays a starring role in the Harry Potter films); the Grampian hills; the Cairngorm massif and the jagged west coast, that stretches all the way from Argyll to Wester Ross.
From Ullapool in Ross-shire, ferry out to the Outer Hebrides and into the windswept streets of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. An astonishing 150-mile round trip takes in standing stones, lochs and white sand beaches looking on to sparkling seas.
Driving rules in the United KingdomWhich side of the road?
In the United Kingdom, please drive on the left side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device
- Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
- There is a congestion charge payable when driving in London
- Zebra crossings (black and white stripes on the road) give pedestrians right of way to cross the road
All speed signs will be in mph.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 30 mph (48 km/h)
- Rural areas: 60 mph (96 km/h)
- Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 or less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.