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Car Rental Edinburgh

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee

    In the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we will refund the difference.

  • No Fees

    No cancellation or amendment fees and no credit card fees.When the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.

  • No Hidden Extras

    No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included.

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

    Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi when you sign up for free to our Gold Plus Rewards loyalty programme.

Hertz in Edinburgh

Whether it’s the iconic castle proudly overlooking the city, the charming boutiques or elegant, Michelin-starred restaurants, there are so many reasons to rent a car and explore Edinburgh. With multiple Hertz locations in the city, including one at Edinburgh Airport – you’ll be on the road in no time.

The cobbled streets that wind and weave their way through the city and the historic architecture found at every turn give Edinburgh a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK’s most stunning locations.

Car rental in Edinburgh gives you the freedom to travel beyond the centre. Take a trip across to Glasgow, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, or visit the picturesque coastline and beaches of East Lothian. If you’re looking to venture further afield, the epic Highlands and Loch Ness – home to the mythical ‘Nessie’ – are just over a three-hour drive away.

Hertz Edinburgh Locations

Edinburgh Airport

175 Jubilee Road - Car Rental Centre,
Scotland

+44-(0)-843-309-3025*

Edinburgh Picardy Place City Centre

10 Picardy Place,
Scotland

+44-(0)-843-309-3026*

Waverly Railway Station Train Arrivals Only

10 Picardy Place,
Scotland

+44-(0)-843-309-3026*

A quick guide to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city of many identities, each one drawing you deeper into this timeless destination. Immerse yourself in the culture, art, history and architecture of the Scottish capital, then take time out for a spot of shopping and some fine dining – whether traditional or cutting-edge contemporary. This intriguing city captures your imagination and keeps you coming back for more.

Festival fever

Summer sees Edinburgh buzz with arts festivals that lure tourists from all over the world. If you like your music smooth and with lots of soul – check out the International Jazz and Blues Festival. Follow the mellow beats across multiple venues in the city in this 10-day musical spectacular.

Witness a fusion of Scottish pride and diverse cultures from around the globe at the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Billed as the greatest show on earth, enjoy the spectacle of bagpipers in traditional kilts and sporrans performing alongside musicians from countries far and wide. Soak up the electric atmosphere, heightened by the breathtaking backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar. The largest arts festival in the world, this three-week extravaganza lets you immerse yourself in an eclectic mix of music, theatre, comedy and much more. Tickets for the more popular shows are worth booking in advance.

A shopper’s paradise

Edinburgh’s main shopping area is centred on Princes Street, where the historic Jenners department store is still going strong almost two centuries after first opening its doors. The ornately designed building overlooks the green space of Princes Street Gardens, while the castle looms above everything from its lofty perch on Castle Rock.

For a more eclectic offering, head on over to the West End, where you’ll be greeted by quaint cobbled streets offering up a mix of designer boutiques, independent restaurants and crafty gift shops. 

Quirky shops are peppered throughout the city – part of the fun is seeking them out down the twisting, tucked-away alleyways.

If you’re in the city on a Sunday, don’t pass by Edinburgh’s Stockbridge market without having a peek at the stalls with their range of handcrafted jewellery and stylish homeware.

Beyond the castle walls

Jump in your rental and set out on an adventure to see what fun lies beyond the centre. For a taste of the traditional seaside, take a trip to Portobello Beach. It’ll take just over an hour to reach via the A1 and A1140, so you’ll be breathing the fresh sea air in no time.

A mix of Victorian and Georgian architecture adds to the charm of this small but bustling town. Kick off your shoes and stroll along the seafront, or seek out the serene greenery of some of the well-maintained parks scattered throughout the centre.

Take the Easter Road from Edinburgh and in less than half an hour you’ll arrive at the thriving port town of Leith. This former industrial town is a stark contrast to the capital, but has its own charisma and charm.

Get stuck into some serious shopping at the independent stores that line Leith Walk. Once you’ve worked up a hunger, you’ll quickly realise you’re in the right place to satisfy any food craving. Boasting more than one Michelin-starred restaurant and specialising in seafood, Leith is foodie heaven. Tuck into freshly caught fare after a day of exploring this characterful town.

If you’re seeking quaint and dainty villages, packed with character, follow the M90 and branch off on the A985 to discover idyllic Culross. It’ll take less than an hour to get there, and it’s home to some truly beautiful architecture, including its 13th century abbey.

Amble along cobbled streets past picturesque old-world buildings and finally head to the sunshine-yellow Culross Palace. Once inside, you may feel a sense of familiarity as you gaze at the antique, wood-panelling and distinctive decor. That’s to be expected – this grand building is a popular shooting location for films and television series.

Explore more of Edinburgh and the beauty that surrounds it with car rental from Hertz. 

Driving in and around Edinburgh

Thanks to its well-maintained roads and motorway network, and the contrasting yet beautiful scenery, driving in and around Edinburgh is a pleasure.

You’ll probably want to park the car up when you hit the very centre as there are a number of pedestrianised areas.

Keep an eye out for speed limits. They vary from 32km/h in some built-up areas to 112km/h on motorways.

If you’re looking to use Edinburgh as your base, there are countless nearby destinations to visit as part of your trip. An hour’s drive north on the M90 will take you to the small city of Perth. Wander round 16th century castles, including the stunning Scone Palace, where Scottish kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce were crowned.

Go west along the M8 and in two hours you’ll find yourself on the banks of the famous Loch Lomond in the beautiful Trossachs National Park.

If it’s adventure you’re looking for then a 210km drive north will take you to the town of Aviemore, situated within the incredible Cairngorms National Park. Here you can explore the ancient forest, hike along mountain trails or get your adrenaline pumping on one of the snow or dry slope ski runs.

HERTZ EDINBURGH LOCATIONS

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Edinburgh Airport

Address:175 Jubilee Road - Car Rental Centre,
Scotland

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3025**

Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) Oct-Apr: Mo-Fr 0630-2300, Sa-Su 0700-2300 // May-Sep: Mo-Fr 0630-2400, Sa-Su 0700-2400

Edinburgh Picardy Place City Centre

Address:10 Picardy Place,
Scotland

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3026**

Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) 30 April- 30 Sep: Mo-Th 0800-1800, Fr 0800-2000, Sa 0800-1700, Su 0900-1700 // 1 Oct- 29 April: Mo-Fr 0800-1800, Sa 0900-1300, Su closed

Waverly Railway Station Train Arrivals Only

Address:10 Picardy Place,
Scotland

Phone:+44 (0) 843 309 3026**

Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) / From 1 October until 29 April: Mo-Fr 0900-1700, Sa 1000-1200, Su Closed. From 30 April until 30 September: Mo-Fr 0900-1700, Sa 0900-1600, Su 1000-1600