Car Hire Edinburgh
hiyacar makes it easy to find a car in Edinburgh. You’ll find thousands of vehicles listed on our site, with plenty of great options to choose in and around Edinburgh. With hiyacar there are no deposits to worry about, and no hidden fees either. Simply book your hire car online and before long you’ll be picking up the keys and driving it away! Search for an Edinburgh car to get started.
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Renting a Car with hiyacar: how it works
It's very simple to hire a car in Edinburgh! All you have to do is:
- Create an account You'll have to register with us and complete a profile with some information - this does include a driver's license!
- Search for a car
- Enter Edinburgh into the search bar, as well as the ideal times for you to pick up and drop off the vehicle. You'll then be able to see all available cars in the area. Filter these options by transmission and by vehicle type to find your next hire car.
- Make a booking request
- Once you've found the vehicle you're looking for, select it and review the associated costs. When you’re ready you can make your payment at the checkout. Then sit back and relax as you wait for confirmation from the vehicle's owner.
- Pick up your car from a neighbour in Edinburgh. Simply meet the owner at the address, confirm the car's condition, mileage and fuel and you’ll be ready to drive away!
How does dropping off a car work?
With the hiyacar app it’s very simple. Take photos of the exterior of the car with the app, making sure to note any damage if there is any and also record the fuel level. For more information, visit our help centre here here.
Who handles the insurance?
We do! We have an insurance policy that will supersede the car owner’s policy for the time of hire.
What’s the minimum age to rent a car in Edinburgh?
You must be 23 to use our platform, with a clean license and two or more years of driving experience. For more information, visit our help centre here here.
Driving around Edinburgh
HIf you’re planning on exploring Edinburgh, hiring a car is a great way to do it. Pick up a hire car and you’ll be able to get to know the city in record time. Edinburgh is an incredibly interesting city, with plenty to see and do. Plan a route before you leave and make the most of this historic destination.
The best routes taking you into Edinburgh itself will of course depend on where you’re coming from, but there are several major motorways that reach the edges of the city. Common routes include the M8 and M9, as well as A roads such as the A7 and A1. Consider whereabouts in Edinburgh you need to get to first and you’ll soon find a road that’ll get you there with minimal fuss.
Once you arrive in Edinburgh, you’ll find similar parking restrictions to those you’d expect from any major UK city. However, there is plenty of parking to be found in the roads of Edinburgh, and many popular tourist destinations have their own dedicated parking. We always recommend planning where you’re going to park in advance though, to avoid any last minute stress.
Pay attention to bus lanes as you explore the city. Edinburgh has a thriving public transport system, so bus lanes and bus gates should not be used by cars. The only exceptions to this rule are during specific times of the day or on certain days of the week. Look out for signage on or near to bus lanes to find out whether they can be used. A word of warning: the fine for using a bus lane at the wrong time is £60. Don’t get caught out!
Places to discover in and around Edinburgh by car
As Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh offers endless opportunities for adventurous days out. The city is home to some beautiful historic landmarks, with castles and monuments aplenty. There are stunning botanic gardens, world-leading museums and distinguished art galleries to explore. The city is also famed for its food scene, with incredible restaurants staffed by some of the most talented chefs in the industry. Look out for some of our top Edinburgh attractions and make the most of this amazing city.
Head to Holyrood Park to cast your eye over Arthur’s Seat. There are several walking routes and trails that span the park, the most famous being the hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat itself. This extinct volcano towers 251m above sea level, and offers some truly stunning views over the city. Climb to the summit and gaze down on Edinburgh from this unique vantage point. It’s a strenuous walk but it’s well worth the effort!
Once home to Scottich monarchs, Edinburgh castle is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. The castle dates back to the 11th century, and it really is a sight to behold. If you’re hoping to see inside the castle, you’ll need to book tickets in advance, but it’s free to roam the grounds and explore outside. Don’t miss a trip to this beautiful Scottish landmark, it’s a real show stopper.
The Royal Botanic Gardens
Make the most of your hire car and take a trip to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The gardens are a mile from the centre of the city, and span an incredible 72 acres of land. Dating back to the 1600s, these beautiful gardens are packed with rare plants, shrubs and flowers, and are a great place to relax all year round. There are themed areas focussing on locally sourced, native plants, as well as a rock garden and even a Chinese hillside garden.