Car Hire in Glasgow
This information is correct as of July 2015.
When travelling within Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, some of the sights and attractions to see are Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow Cathedral, Burrell Collection, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Science, and more. Glasgow can be easily explored with the help of the numerous car rental companies that provide reliable car rental service throughout the city. Go out on your personal adventure and see what Glasgow has to offer starting from the inside, out!
Where to hire a car in Glasgow
Car rental companies that operate within Glasgow include Thrifty, Alamo, Budget, Enterprise, AMK Self Drive, Clarkson of Glasgow Vehicle Rental, National Car Rental, Europcar, Hertz, Avis, and more. Most of the car rental providers have offices in the airport (Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport), as well as many other areas within the city such as the city centre, the central train station, the Queen St train station, and Hydepark St. Each car rental operator provide an extensive fleet of vehicles to suit your travel needs, from small compact cars and family-sized saloons to larger SUVs.
What to expect when hiring a car from Glasgow
Glasgow city is served by the M8 motorway that goes through the city centre and connects with other motorways namely M73, M77, and M80. Additionally, the city has the A82 which connects to Argyll and western Highlands, along with the M74 which goes to the south to Carlisle. The M74 completion scheme has then extended the motorway coming from Tollcross into the Tradeston area, joining the M8 motorway. The M8 crosses the River Clyde via the Kingston Bridge, the busiest bridge in Europe. There is also the M74 Extension which was completed in 2011, an alternative route into central Glasgow via the south side. However, take note that there are still GPS services that do not recognise this route as of June 2013. When driving to and within the city centre of Glasgow, be mindful of the one-way systems, bus lanes, and pedestrian lanes.
When looking for parking spaces in Glasgow, note that parking can be a challenge in the city centre and the West End as parking areas here are very few and expensive, within pay and display parking on the side of the road, charged every 12 minutes. Generally, parking rates are imposed from Monday to Saturday, including public holidays, and are free of charge after 6:30PM every day and the whole day during Sundays. Some parking areas though are for residents only; non-residents parking in these spaces will be towed away. Additionally, there are also multi-storey car parks in the city centre as well as Park & Ride facilities, notably on the subway network, at Bridge Street, Kelvin Bridge, and Shield Road.
Getting to your destination
Some of the destinations to drive to starting from Glasgow include Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee. When driving to these destinations, please be advised that the driving directions have been simplified enough to work as a quick reference when needed. Also, when using the instructions, it is best to travel with our guide along with a sat-nav or navigation device, which can be requested from your car rental provider.
Some of the attractions to drop by when in Edinburgh include Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and more. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and can be found within Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth.
When driving to Edinburgh, travel down Port Dundas Rd and Dobbie’s Loan/A804 to M8. Go down M8 to Glasgow and Edinburgh Rd/A8. Then continue further down M8 to reach Calder Rd/A71 in Edinburgh, take the A71/A720 exit from M8. Continue down W Approach Rd and Queen St to Leith St/A900 from A71. Total travel time is approximated at around an hour and nine minutes for 46.9 miles from point of origin.
The third most populous city of Scotland, Aberdeen has also been called by its nicknames that include Granite City, Grey City, and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. Among its notable attractions include Gordon Highlanders Museum, Craigievar Castle, Duthie Park, and Aberdeen Maritime Museum, to name a few.
Drive down Port Dundas Rd and Dobbie’s Loan/A804 to M8. Next, go down M80, A9, and A90 to reach Great Southern Rd/B9077 in Aberdeen. From Great Southern Rd/B9077, Riverside Rd/A945, and A956, reach E N St. Total travel time from point A to point B is approximated at around two hours and 42 minutes for around 145 miles.
Dundee is home to amazing sights and attractions like Verdant Works, McManus Galleries, Camperdown Country Park, and Dundee Repertory Theatre, to name a few.
Get to Dundee from Glasgow go down Port Dundas Rd and Dobbie’s Loan/A804 to M8 then take M80, A9, A90, to reach Strathmartine Rd in Dundee. Continue down Strathmartine Rd then go down Hilltown to Chapel St and reach the destination after a total of an hour and 34 minutes or 81.5 miles.