Booking your car rental online prior to the actual trip is a sound idea for several reasons
- The fully inclusive price will not be increased
- It guarantees that you receive the model of car that you require
- The full online booking is done at your own computer rather than at the arrival airport where you might well be accompanied by a tired partner and a selection of tired and emotional youngsters
- It's faster at the car hire desk (although you won't believe that if you've been part of the endless queues at Alamo in Miami)
Start planning your trip to Edinburgh by booking car hire using two of The UK's leading car hire suppliers. We offer online bookings providing cheap car hire at Edinburgh airport. Both of our car hire suppliers have dedicated telephone support specialists on hand for any extra queries that might occur before or after hiring a vehicle.
Clicking on the link below will allow you to obtain car hire quotes from our partners for cheap Edinburgh airport car hire. The airport is 12 km from the centre of Edinburgh.
Every year Edinburgh receives thousands of visitors to its festivals. In addition to its hosting of the International Film and Jazz and Blues Festivals, Literary and Fringe festivals, many head to Edinburgh for its Military Tattoo and Hogmanay.
One of Scotland’s most picturesque cities Edinburgh continues to offer its visitors a warm welcome. Situated in the Lothian region of Scotland, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts. The historic Old Town provides cobbled streets and stories of its former days to make the hairs on your neck stand on end. The Royal Mile (usually the centre stage for all the festivities) is situated in the Old Town and the New Town and is separated by the traversing of Princes Street.
Popular tourist attractions here include the majestic military stronghold of Edinburgh Castle. The fifteenth century cannon at the castle called Mon's Meg is fired at 1pm every day.
The next most visited attraction is that of Holyrood Palace, situated at the other end of the Royal Mile to the castle and continues to be the official Scottish residence to the Royals.
The ancient stories of grave robbing and murder buzz constantly around your ears as you tour the city by foot or by Edinburgh Tourist bus. There are also several nightly ghost tours available if you have the stomach to cope with the grisly truths of Edinburgh after dark
After a bout of shopping at Scotland’s department store Jenners (open for business since 1838) on Princes Street, why not head over the road to the huge and beautiful Princes Street Gardens. Once a loch, the gardens are the perfect place to get out a picnic while enjoying the views of the castle and the Old Town and the park’s famous floral clock. A great place to watch the hectic world of Edinburgh fly by.
The city is the busiest during the summer months for this is the time of the major festivals. The popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival offers a mixed batch of light entertainment from comedy to Shakespeare at over a thousand venues across the city.
Although driving is not recommended in Edinburgh due to restrictions of parking spaces and the convenience of an excellent public transport service, hiring a car is recommended to take in the scenic treasures that surround the city.
A fifteen minute drive takes you into the coastal, scenic town of Musselburgh. Life here is a lot more down to earth and less cosmopolitan than its neighbouring metropolis. Expect to find a race- track, possibly the oldest nine hole golf course in Scotland and traditional dining experiences along your route.
Just south of Edinburgh is the mid-Lothian region particularly renowned for its diversity and places of interest to pursue. A short drive away presents you with the delights of several castles, stately homes and old churches, namely the Rosslyn Chapel (in the village of Roslin) featured in the Da Vinci Code novel by Dan Brown.
If you enjoy variety in your holiday destination, Eastern Scotland is the place for you. On offer here is the wildest of countryside, seaside resorts, mountains, lochs, fishing villages and the busy cities of Dundee, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. A visit to Scotland’s east could easily take in Kinross-shire, Clackmannanshire and Fife and is a great part of the country to explore by foot, on a bike or by car.
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Situated to the west of the city, Edinburgh Airport
is relatively close to the city centre and its many convenient public transport services.
Accessiblity to the airport by road couldn’t be easier. There is a two-level junction on the A8 midway between the Gogar and Newbridge roundabouts. When coming in from the Edinburgh side join the A8 from the city bypass and head in the direction of Glasgow. From the North and West you should join the A8 at the Newbridge roundabout journeying towards Edinburgh following signs to the airport.
The short term car park is situated immediately outside the terminal, and costs £5.90 per 24 hours. The long term car park is a short shuttle bus ride away, and costs £4.70 per 24 hours.
Taxis are available from a rank on the terminal forecourt. Fares vary according to the distance travelled but a typical fare to the city centre would be between £10 - £20 depending on the time of day and traffic, with a journey time of around 20 minutes.
Waverley Station is Edinburgh’s main railway station and is right in the middle of the city centre. There are services to Glasgow and a variety of other destinations in Scotland and England.
Bus stops are located outside zone A of the terminal. Airline 100 runs an efficient service from the airport to Waverley Bridge in the centre of Edinburgh, via Corstorphine and Haymarket. Journey time is about 25 minutes and buses leave every ten minutes between 4.40am and midnight. The cost is £3.30 single and £5 open return.