Car Hire in Aberdeen
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car in Aberdeen and discover the best that The Granite City has to offer. Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s most prosperous cities, with fantastic nightlife and great shopping. It’s also within striking distance of some of Britain’s most impressive scenery. Whether you’re looking for an executive car for nipping between business meetings, a convertible for driving the coast road, or a family car for exciting day trips, you can find the best deals on car hire with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Aberdeen
Car hire is available at Aberdeen International Airport from Avis, Hertz, National, Enterprise and Europcar. There are also a number of car rental locations in Aberdeen city centre. There’s a Sixt inside Aberdeen train station, and an Indigo Car Hire on nearby Guild Street. Enterprise have a base on Skene Square, and there’s a Europcar, Indigo, and Arnold Clark Car & Van Hire on Broomhill Road, south of the city centre.
Driving in Aberdeen
The roads in central Aberdeen are quite narrow, and as there are very few cycle lanes you need to look out for cyclists. Always give them enough room, and check your mirrors and blind spots before making a left hand turn.
Aberdeen has the slowest rush hour traffic in Scotland, with an average vehicle speed of just under 13mph. Try to avoid driving from 7:30am-9:30am in the morning, and from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the evening.
Don’t feel like you can put pedal to metal once you leave the city. Aberdeenshire is, unfortunately, an accident hot spot. Lots of roads around Aberdeen have speed limits of just 60mph as a result. These are enforced by speed cameras as well as police patrol cars. This is especially true of the A90.
Parking in Aberdeen
On-street parking in Aberdeen falls into three zones: the Inner Central Zone, Outer Central Zone, and Peripheral Zones. There’s a one hour maximum stay in the inner zones, although you can stay for two hours after 6pm. It costs £1 for 20 minutes, £2 for 40 minutes, and £3 for one hour. The charging period is from 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday, and from 1pm-5pm on Sundays. The Outer Central Zones have a similar pricing structure, with a two hour maximum stay (£4) and no charge on Sundays. In the Peripheral Zones the days, times, and charges vary so check local signage for information.
There are a number of off-street pay and display car parks run by the council in Aberdeen: the most central are Gallowgate, Frederick Street Multi, and Summer Street. The charging hours are 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday, and 1pm-5pm on Sundays. There’s a maximum stay of four hours. Other car parks include Jack’s Brae, Broomhill Road, Fonthill Road, West North Street Multi, Denburn Multi, Chapel Street Multi, and Virginia Street, all with varying hours of operation and maximum stay lengths. There are also some private car parks run by NCP and Q-Park, so you should never struggle to find a parking space.
If you don’t have enough change on you to pay for parking you can use Pay-By-Phone to pay by debit card. This is available in council run pay-and-display bays.
Great day trips from Aberdeen
The Malt Whisky Trail
This driving route takes you past nine of Scotland’s best loved malt whisky distilleries. Glenfiddich and The Glenlivet are probably the most famous distilleries on this tour of Speyside, but there are also some lovely gems like Strathisla (open since 178) and the Speyside Cooperage: currently the UK’s only working cooperage. Unfortunately the driver won’t be able to enjoy a wee dram, but there’s still plenty of enjoyment to be had with distillery tours. Not to mention the epic scenery. Speyside is about ninety minutes north of Aberdeen.
This National Trust Scotland property is a half hour drive from Aberdeen. The castle itself is packed with history: the Irvine family have lived there since the 14th Century, when the tower was given to William de Irwyn by Scottish folk hero Robert the Bruce. The tower has some amazing views across the surrounding countryside, and there are plenty of woodland trails to explore on sunny days.
The home of golf and Prince William’s university, the picturesque town of St Andrews is just over 90 minutes from Aberdeen and makes a wonderful day trip. Browse the delis, book, and antique shops on the high street, wander along the beach from Chariots of Fire, or spend some time wandering through the ruins of the cathedral: once the largest building in Scotland.
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