Car rental in Edinburgh


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* The prices were calculated on 07.06.2023 for a 4 days prepaid rental at Edinburgh Airport starting on 14.06.2023. Our prices fluctuate daily and this offer is not guaranteed.

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Edinburgh Car Rental Deals

Edinburgh Car Rental Deals

Collect your SIXT car rental in Edinburgh from one of our four branches in the Scottish capital. You'll find us at Waverley Station close to Princes Street in the heart of the city and at Dunedin Street in the north of the city near the Royal Botanic Gardens. Alternatively, you can pick up your rental vehicle from our Q-Park branch at the Omni Centre in Greenside Row close to the New Town and Calton Hill. If you plan to arrive by air, our team at Edinburgh Airport will be happy to help. Our branches are conveniently located throughout the city and near main roads enabling you to reach us easily from your hotel by public transport.
Sixt rent a car in Edinburgh

Sixt rent a car in Edinburgh

When you rent a car from one of our four Edinburgh Sixt locations, you can enjoy top-notch customer service. Once you select a station you can put in your travel dates to see which vehicle categories are available. You may just be surprised that an upgrade to a luxury car rental, like a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, is more affordable than you think. Check out our discount coupons and latest deals before securing your online reservation. You can also download the Sixt app to rent a car in Edinburgh on your smartphone or tablet and have the chance at some of our locations to reserve the vehicle of your choice thirty minutes prior to pick up. Please be aware that while we always provide a model from your selected car rental category specific models are subject to availability at our Edinburgh branches.
Our Service

Our Service

Our extensive fleet of leading brand rental cars means more choice for you. From economy family cars to drive premium models we can accommodate just about any kind of travel and mobility needs. A sports car or convertible is ideal for some fun in the city while a roomy SUV will make short work of Edinburgh's steep hills, as well as busy main roads like the M8, the A68 and A1. If visiting the city as part of a large group stay together in comfort and convenience with a spacious minivan. Our Edinburgh Dunedin Street branch even has a range of vans and trucks to help you haul cargo or move house. No matter what kind of rental vehicle you book you can customize your experience with our attractive rates on useful add-ons. Extras like an additional driver, a GPS or more coverage protection can help you have an optimal drive. Child seats suitable for babies, toddlers and small children are also available for safe travel in the Lothian region.

Other bookable extras

  • 24/7 Roadside Protection
  • Glass and Windscreen Coverage
  • GPS including Bluetooth, traffic and speed camera updates
Traffic Information & SIXT Tips

Traffic Information & SIXT Tips

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is located on the east coast close to some of the country's busiest motorways and roads. Many visitors fly to Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) which is 10 miles west of the city center. Once you've collected your car rental at Edinburgh Airport it's a straightforward drive into the city on the A8 Glasgow Road. If you're coming to Edinburgh by train you will probably arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Our rent a car office at the station is the perfect place to pick up a vehicle for your stay in Edinburgh.
Driving in Edinburgh is easier than you may think. Princes Street and Shandwyck Place are not open to private vehicles and some of the town center is one-way traffic only. However, your GPS will help you work out the best routes, enabling you to get from A to B quickly and safely. The A8/M8 connects the city to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, while the A68/A1 leads south to magnificent Border towns like Jedburgh and on to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the north of England. Rent a car in Edinburgh and drive north through South Queensferry to enjoy fabulous views of Ayr and the Firth of Forth or west to Glasgow and the Western Isles.

Sixt Tips

Edinburgh is a city that is home to attractions which appeal to all ages. Children will love Edinburgh Zoo with its unique hillside layout and it's just a short drive to Corstorphine from the city center. Drive out to the coast at North Berwick to see the Bass Rock, a haven for seabirds, or use your rental vehicle to discover little-known gems like Edinburgh's canal district and Portobello Beach. If you're visiting in summer, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a must; the massed bands and displays against the looming backdrop of Edinburgh Castle after dark is sensational.
A car rental allows you to visit historic sites like Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirk and St. Giles Cathedral whenever you wish. Many people love having a roomy rent a car for trips to shopping centers like the Gyle or the designer boutiques of Multrees Walk while others enjoy being able to catch sporting events at local stadiums. Be sure to try haggis, a Scottish national dish made from oatmeal and lamb, at one of the city's many restaurants. Finally, don't forget to pick up tartan souvenirs, Scotch whisky and shortbread for your family and friends from the quaint gift shops in the Grassmarket.
Sightseeing Destinations

Sightseeing Destinations

Forth Bridges

The Forth Rail Bridge was voted the number one man-made attraction in Scotland during the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, coming ahead of Edinburgh Castle and the Kelpies. The 126-year old bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you can enjoy terrific views of it and the road bridges over the Firth of Forth from South Queensferry.

Distances to Forth Bridges/South Queensferry

  • From Edinburgh Airport: 5.9 miles about 15 minutes
  • From Edinburgh city center: 10.5 miles about 31 minutes


Car rental in Edinburgh allows you to plan a day or weekend trip to the beautiful Scottish Border town of Jedburgh. This friendly historic market town boasts the best preserved of the Border abbeys, Jedburgh Abbey, which dates from the 12th century. Other notable attractions include Jedburgh Castle Jail, once written about by Edgar Allen Poe, and Mary Queen of Scot's House where the tragic Queen stayed during the 16th century.

Distance to Jedburgh

  • From Edinburgh Airport: 54.7 miles about 1 hour 23 minutes
  • From Edinburgh city center: 47.5 miles about 1 hour 20 minutes


You can reach Scotland's largest city easily by road to visit some of the UK's best museums and galleries. A shoppers paradise, the city also boasts a great range of shops and stores. Glasgow was named the European City of Culture in 1990 and it has recently been voted the UK 'Capital of Love'.

Distances to Glasgow

  • From Edinburgh Airport: 39.2 miles about 55 minutes
  • From Edinburgh city center: 46.4 miles about 1 hour 26 minutes
Business Travel

Business Travel

Edinburgh's proximity to convention spaces like Edinburgh International Conference Centre and the Royal Highland Center at Ingliston makes it a popular business destination.

Distance to Edinburgh International Conference Centre

  • From Edinburgh Airport: 6.5 miles about 22 minutes
  • From Inverness city center: 1.5 miles about 12 minutes

Distance to Royal Highland Centre

  • From Edinburgh Airport: 0.5 miles about 2 minutes
  • From Edinburgh city center: 8.6 miles about 33 minutes
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Good to know when renting in Edinburgh

What's the minimum age to rent a car in Edinburgh?
To rent a car with SIXT in Edinburgh you need to be at least 21 with a valid license. Some car categories have a higher minimum rental age, and an underage driver fee may apply.
Can I modify, extend, or cancel my reservation?
At SIXT you can either pay online or when you pick up your car at Edinburgh.
Can I choose a different drop-off location in Edinburgh?
It is possible to rent a car one way between stations for pick-ups in Edinburgh. A fee may apply.
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Customer reviews & feedback

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Randeep S.
Friendly staff , very helpful
Martin B.
Would recommend Sixt Edinburgh highly. Very easy to deal with and particularly appreciated Sebastian’s friendly and professional approach. He made the whole process quick and easy.
Jonathan O.
Is there a direct number for the Edinburgh branch van hire? Also do you have automatic transmission vans?
Richard Y.
This is my 2nd hire at this Sixt location. Fabulous customer service & follow up (left some straps in the van last time and Adrian put them aside). Adrian makes you feel like you are the only customer they've got - very engaging & attentive. The efficient Sixt process & systems round off a no brainer 'go to' reason for van hire in my experience.
paul M.
Hassle free at a good price . Would definitely hire from from Them again.
Adam P.
Adrian was the staff member who served me, he was friendly and efficient, definitely the fastest service I’ve had for a vehicle rental. Appreciated his attention to customer service, would highly recommend!
Iain M.
Good service. Good value. Easy access and return.
Leszek P.
I shall simply come back to hire from you guys.
campbell s.
Outstanding service highly recommend
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