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If you’re visiting Scotland’s capital and plan to stay within the city centre, you may be happy to have your transport handled by a combination of local and regional transport, as well as privately hired black cabs and minicabs. But if you want to truly experience the historic and beautiful countryside that surrounds Edinburgh, then looking into car rental in Edinburgh might help make your experience both more affordable and more enjoyable. However, as age and financial limitations can affect what individual drivers are able to do, learning some of the basics is critical:

First, if you’re younger than 21 or have been driving for less than a year, you’re out of luck – maybe on your next trip! You have to be at least this old to rent a car in the UK, and those under the age of 25 may have to pay additional fees on top of the normal rental prices.

With this in mind, choosing an agency to rent from in Edinburgh can be tricky, because there are a number of places to go and sometimes it seems like the only real distinguishing features are location and price. As in most major cities, most people will find it to be most convenient to pick up the rental car at the airport. Many of the major chains (Hertz, Europcar, Thrifty) have outlets at Edinburgh’s airport.

If you choose to have your rental car outfitted with some kind of GPS navigation device, it’s worth bearing in mind that central Edinburgh has many one-way streets, and with construction on some of the major roads there can be delays and detours that may take you off your dictated route. If you choose to rent a car with a GPS navigation device, ask the clerks when the last software/map update took place, and make sure it happened as recently as possible. Then make sure to give yourself extra time while driving, particularly if your route will take you through the Royal Mile or other parts of the medieval city.

In the city centre, Hertz Rent A Car at the top of Picardy Place gives a great location for car rental, not least of which is its short walk from Waverly train station, where regular trains from London arrive in the city. Gwen Stefani is rumored to have visited this location during the 2003 MTV Europe Awards, which were hosted in Scotland’s capital.

Rates for trips in Edinburgh can vary, starting around £18-34.88 per day for the major brands for on-the-day bookings, depending on the time of year and week. Of course, it’s possible to find lower rates by booking in advance and searching for specific coupons, but these can vary. Once you’ve made several inquiries for quotes, companies like AutoEurope say they’ll match quotes from competitors!

If you’re going to be visiting the city in August, you’ll want to book as far in advance as possible, since August is the month when the city erupts to three times its usual side in preparation for the Edinburgh International Festival. This theatrical celebration clogs the streets with visitors, so if you don’t book ahead you may be left walking.

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