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    Car Hire Scotland

    Scotland Car HireAuto Europe is one of Australia's leaders in worldwide car hire and leasing. With locations in over 180 countries and depots across Scotland, book the perfect vehicle hire online today!

    Historical links between Scotland and Australia date back to the days when the first Scottish settlers arrived down under in 1788. Discover your special connections to Scotland as you journey through the landscape and enjoy a jam-packed programme of cultural, active, food & drink, ancestral and natural events and festivals which perfectly showcase Scotland's distinct identity.

    On the mainland, there are miles of mountainous countryside steeped in tales of the past. For an insight into one of Scotland's most epic battles, set off to the site of Bannockburn, located just outside Stirling. Visit the state-of-the-art Bannockburn Visitor Centre, a brand new venue which offers detailed knowledge of the battle and brings history to life with 3D simulations.

    Popular Transportation Terminals with Car Hire Services in Scotland

    Planning to spend time in the Scotland? Why not hire a car from Auto Europe? See all that the Scotland has to offer from the convenience of driving your own car. Auto Europe partners with industry leading suppliers to ensure customers are able to hire a car from any major transportation hub in the Scotland. Use the booking engine at the top of the page and reserve your car today!

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    Book With the Top Car Hire Suppliers in Scotland

    Over our 60 years of car hire experience, Auto Europe has established unique relationships with the top suppliers in the industry. These relationships allow us to offer our clients exceptional value and the guaranteed best rates in the car hire industry. In Scotland, we work with suppliers such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Enterprise at our convenient locations in popular cities such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and more. From luxury hires to passenger vans to standard car hires, Auto Europe has the ideal vehicle for your travel plans. Compare rates from our top car hire suppliers in Scotland and no matter where the roads take you, Auto Europe will be there for your travel needs.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Car Hire in Scotland

    Can I hire a car in Scotland if I am under 25?

    In Scotland, if you are between the ages of 21-25 you should be able to hire a car hassle-free. However, drivers in this age range should be aware that they will likely be subject to an additional daily charge known as a "young driver surcharge," which will vary depending on your car hire supplier.

    Is car hire insurance required in Scotland?

    The majority of countries, at minimum require third party liability insurance for you to simply drive your car hire off the lot. Luckily for our clients, Auto Europe makes hiring a car simple and includes both third party liability and fire insurance in all of our rates - so, you can pick-up with confidence and convenience.

    Contact Auto Europe - ScotlandHow much does it cost to hire a car in Scotland?

    Similar to airplane tickets, car hire rates are constantly changing due to factors such as market demand and the timing of your booking. Despite these variable rates, Auto Europe is able to guarantee the best rates from top suppliers in the industry. To ensure the best rate, we recommend you book your car hire as soon as possible and we even offer a price match guarantee, so if the rate of your car hire lowers before the time of pick-up, we will match this lower rate.

    Driving in Scotland

    Which Side?

    The Brits drive on the left-hand side of the road, which is the same as driving in Australia.

    Driver's Age

    The minimum age for drivers to hire a vehicle is 18, however, most car hire companies impose a minimum driver age of 21 or 25. A popular option for drivers under 25 is to lease a vehicle on our Peugeot Lease Program. The minimum age to drive a Peugeot is 18 years with NO young drivers surcharge to pay. To hire or lease a vehicle, the driver must have a full Australian driver's licence. Most suppliers have no upper age limit providing you hold a full drivers licence.

    International Driving Permit

    International Driving Permits are not required when driving in the UK, as long as you did not arrive more than 12 months prior. If you intend to drive elsewhere in Europe, International Driving Permits are required for certain countries. You should check before departing if you require one as International Driving Permits must be obtained prior to your departure from Australia.

    Travelling with Children

    Travelling with children is a popular option for our Australian clients. Children must normally use a car seat or booster seat until they are 12 years old or 135cm tall. Child car seats must also be EU-approved, and these have a label showing a capital 'E' in a circle. Feel free to take your own complying child car seat or we are more than happy to arrange one to be available with your vehicle hire on arrival.


    Fuel types vary in Scotland depending on the type of car you hire or lease. Throughout Scotland there are generally 3 types of fuel available;

    • Diesel
    • Unleaded or Super Unleaded (with higher octane levels)
    • LPG - used in most hybrid vehicles in the UK

    We recommend you choose a diesel vehicle where available. Diesel is cheaper to purchase and more economical to run. Fuel stations can be found in all cities and towns along the Motorways, but these can often be the priciest places to fill up. Supermarket branded stations are usually cheaper than mainstream forecourts, and as a result, fuel prices around big supermarkets are usually driven down.


    Parking in small Scottish towns is usually straightforward. Most councils operate Pay & Display systems in town centres and you prepay for the time you park. Generally, the closer to the centre of the town the higher the parking charges per hour.

    For the cities of Glasgow and Scotland, parking can prove more challenging. Public Pay & Display parking for Edinburgh operates from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Saturday in the centre, and until 5:30 pm in areas further away. Charges vary between £1.00 and £3.20 per hour. In Glasgow, parking changes for the inner city Pay & Display spaces are up to 60p per 12 minutes with a maximum stay of 2 hours. It can usually be a lot cheaper to park outside of the city centre and use Park and Ride services.

    Driving Distances

    Driving times and distances in Scotland are important to know when planning your self-drive holiday. Our top driving tip when planning a self-drive holiday in Scotland is to take your time and do not attempt to do too much in one day. Relax and enjoy!

    The following driving times and distances are for some of the most popular driving routes through Scotland;

    • Edinburgh to Glasgow (47mi/ 75km approx. 1hr 10mins)
    • Glasgow to Loch Lomond (33mi/53km approx. 45 mins)
    • Edinburgh to Perth (43mi/69km approx. 1hr )
    • Aberdeen to Dundee (66mi/106km approx. 1 hr 25mins)
    • Dundee to St Andrews (14mi/23km approx. 30mins)
    • Edinburgh to Inverness (156mi/251 km approx. 3hr)

    Car Hire in Scotland with Auto Europe

    Book your car hire in Scotland with Auto Europe over our safe, reliable and secure online booking system. Our exceptional customer service and Beat Rate Guarantee assure the best savings and quality of service on your car hire. For more information, read our Car Rental FAQ page, read our Terms and Conditions, or Contact Us.

    Additional Transportation Services in Scotland

    Whether you are planning on an extended road-trip or a leisurely holiday, Auto Europe has the ideal vehicle for your travel needs. In addition to offering the guaranteed lowest rates in the industry on traditional car hires, Auto Europe offers exceptional rates on luxury, motorhome, van hires and more. Use our secure booking engine to compare rates and find the ideal transportation option for your next adventure.

    Luxury Car Hire Scotland
    Luxury Car Hire Scotland -  For travel in unmatched style and comfort, explore Scotland in a luxury car hire. With top models from Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, and more, compare rates to find the ideal vehicle for your trip to Scotland. Start comparing rates and take the next step in planning your trip today!
    Van Hire Scotland
    Van Hire Scotland -  If you are in need of a vehicle to accommodate your large travel party, large/heavy luggage or anything in between - look no further than a van hire for your time in Scotland. With great rates on small, medium and larges van hires, use Auto Europe's booking engine to compare rates, capacity, detailed specs and more.
    Motorhome Hire in Scotland
    Scotland Motorhome Hire -  Looking for a unique way to travel in Scotland? Consider a motorhome or RV hire in Scotland, as this mode of transportation allows you to take to the roads with an unmatched level of freedom and exploration. With many safe and accommodating locations to pitch, see for yourself why motorhome hires in Scotland are on the rise!