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Should I hire a car on my holiday in Edinburgh?

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Hiring a Car in Edinburgh

If you are staying in Edinburgh city centre, you probably won’t need to hire a car. Parking in the city can be difficult and expensive, and it’s easy to get around the city on foot or by public transport.

If you’re planning a road trip to other parts of Scotland and the UK, then you will, of course, need a car. One of the most convenient places to pick one up is Edinburgh Airport. They have a consolidated car hire centre, where you’ll find many major rental brands. There are also several other pick up and drop of points around Edinburgh.

Driving in Scotland

If you wish to hire a car in Scotland, firstly ensure that your driving licence is valid in Great Britain. You can check your non-GB driving licence on the GOV.UK website.

We drive on the left side of the road here in Scotland, along with the rest of Great Britain and the UK. This means the drivers seat is on the right, putting the driver closer to the middle of the road. If you come from a country that drives on the right, bear this in mind. Some people find it difficult to make the switch to the opposite side, while others take to it easily.

If you are unable to or prefer not to drive whilst visiting Scotland, we have great transport links from Edinburgh to other parts of Scotland and the UK. And you can book day tours and coach trips from Edinburgh to lots of fantastic places.