City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Car Rental and Driving


By edg - Posted on 17 March 2008

Edinburgh has plenty of black cab taxis and decent public transport. But if you're in need of your own wheels these links may help.

Edinburgh Car Clubs

Offers the convenience of easy access to a car for shorter urban journeys such as shopping trips, without the bother of owning the car. Once you're a member, you have the option to hire different types of cars or vans, located around Edinburgh, by the hour. For longer trips a car hire company might be more economical.

  • City Car Club A UK urban car network which opened Edinburgh's first car club.
  • Streetcar Edinburgh Car, van or company car hire by the hour.
  • Whipcar Car club offering either hourly car hire or chance for drivers to rent out car.

Edinburgh Car Hire (includes minibus and van hire)

  • Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental Scottish company offering reservations for car, van and minibus rentals across the U.K.
  • Avis Car rental in Edinburgh and across 120 UK and 3,800 international locations.
  • Budget Car Hire Range of Edinburgh car rentals. 3,400 locations in over 128 countries.
  • Alamo Car Hire International car rental firm with Edinburgh and Edinburgh airport locations.

Edinburgh Car Parking (including Edinburgh airport parking)

  • Edinburgh Car Parking Map Google maps mashup showing all of the main city centre car parks, hours of opening , capacity, and telephone numbers.
  • Edinburgh City Council Parking Detailed parking information for visitors and residents from Edinburgh City Council including car parking fees, parking tickets and fines, resident's parking permits, impounded vehicles, Edinburgh parking zones and such like.

Useful resources for driving in Edinburgh

General UK Motoring info

  • Motoring The Directgov portal page on motoring.
  • VCA Car Fuel Data Stats on most economic vehicles in terms of fuel, car tax, and CO2 emissions from the Vehicle Certification Agency.

U.K.wide Car Sites

  • DVLA Government site with info on car registration, road tax, driver licensing, and so on.