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Car Hire in Aberdeen

Explore the best of the Scottish coast and countryside by car, starting in the Hub of Aberdeen

City car in grassy Aberdeen dunes with seals, Thistle, seagulls, granite buildings and North Sea.

Known for its fascinating maritime history, and lovingly nicknamed the 'Granite City' owing to its brilliantly silver buildings, Aberdeen is an absolute gem in the rich crown of Scottish heritage. Boasting a striking blend of antiquity and modernity, from the antiquated charm of Footdee (Fittie) to the shimmering innovation of Union Square, Aberdeen is ready to reveal its charm to every discerning traveller.

If you have a penchant for road trips, Aberdeenshire itself presents myriad opportunities, detailed eloquently by North Coast 500. Scenic drives through grand estates, past ancient castles and along spectacular coastlines, make Aberdeenshire an explorer's paradise. Along the road, castles and fortresses standing tall tell tales of ages past, while the stunningly beautiful hills, valleys and coastline offer countless photo opportunities.

The city is an ideal starting point to venture out into the wider Aberdeenshire region, which is renowned for its history and heritage, as well as natural beauty spots including Bennachie and Balmedie Beach. Equally as iconic as the blend of the historical and the contemporary, Aberdeen connects you with its past as well as futures‒all within driving distance from the city centre by car.

Car Hire in Aberdeen

Common Questions Answered

1. What is the cost of hiring a car in Aberdeen?

The cost of hiring a car in Aberdeen can vary based on several factors such as the type of car, hire duration, and the time of year. On average, you can expect to pay around £30 per day for a compact car. SUVs or luxury vehicles would cost more.

2. What car model is most in demand for hire in Aberdeen?

The most frequently hired car model in Aberdeen is typically a compact or economy car, like a Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo. These types of cars are popular due to their excellent fuel efficiency - a key consideration given Aberdeen's urban and rural mix, requiring both city and countryside driving.

3. What are the popular spots to hire a car in Aberdeen?

Most visitors prefer to hire a car from key locations in Aberdeen like the airport or city centre. Aberdeen Airport is especially popular due to its convenience for incoming travellers.

4. Is there a 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service?

Yes, many car hire companies in Aberdeen offer a 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service, though it’s always best to check this in advance with the individual providers.

5. Is there a minimum car hire period?

Yes, most car hire companies have a minimum hire period, which is usually 24 hours.

6. What is the minimum age to hire a car in Aberdeen?

The minimum age to hire a car in Aberdeen is typically 21 years, although this can vary between car hire companies. Young drivers under 25 may also be charged an additional 'young driver surcharge'.

7. Which documents do I need to hire or drive a car in Aberdeen?

You will need a valid driving license, identification (like a passport), and a valid credit card to hire a car in Aberdeen. International drivers may also need an International Driving Permit.

8. When is the best time of year to visit Aberdeen by car?

The best time to visit Aberdeen by car is usually during the summer months, when the weather is more predictable and road conditions are better.

9. What are the main airports in Aberdeen?

The main airport in Aberdeen is Aberdeen International Airport.

10. Can I pick up the car in Aberdeen and return it in another city?

Yes, several companies offer one-way car hires, allowing you to pick up your car in Aberdeen and return it to a different location. However, this may incur an additional fee.

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Aberdeen – 22-03-2024. Riding in style in Aberdeen! I booked a car from this company for a few days sightseeing. The price was comparable to any you'd find. This was my first time driving in Scotland, and the car handled beautifully on the windy roads to Dunnottar Castle. I was impressed with the service and the condition of the vehicle. Truly made my time in Scotland memorable.


Aberdeen – 08-12-2023. Chilling in rainy Aberdeen wouldn't have been as comfortable without the warm, cozy rental car. Managing the online reservation was a breeze, and the car was ready when we arrived. Battled the Scottish weather in style and comfort! Excellent service at a reasonable price.

Aberdeen: Road Connections

The most popular routes starting from Aberdeen for tourists

  1. Aberdeen - Inverness: Covering a distance of 170km via the A96 with driving time of around 2.5 hours on good roads with scenic views.
  2. Aberdeen - Edinburgh: Covering a distance of 207km via the A90 and M90, the driving time is approximately 2.5 hours with good road conditions.
  3. Aberdeen - Glasgow: About 225km via the A90 and M8 motorways with driving time of about 3 hours on well-maintained roads.
  4. Aberdeen - Dundee: An 118km journey via the A90 with driving time of around 1.5 hours, roads are generally in good condition.
  5. Aberdeen - Stirling: The journey via the A90 and M90 is 183km, expect a driving time of about 2.2 hours through mainly motorway roads.
  6. Aberdeen - Perth : Travel 145km via the A90 with driving time of approximately 2 hours on good motorway roads.
  7. Aberdeen - Forfar: It is a 79km journey via the A90, with driving time of around 1 hour on good roads.

Aberdeen's Top Attractions

Memorable destinations for car hirers

  1. Aberdeen Art Gallery: Recently renovated, this gallery features fine art, sculpture, and interactive technology.
  2. Footdee (Fittie): An old fishing village with unique charm and fascinating architecture.
  3. Aberdeen Maritime Museum: Offers a deep dive into Aberdeen’s maritime history and its close relationship with the North Sea.
  4. Old Aberdeen: A historic neighbourhood filled with churches, ancient buildings and the iconic King's College.
  5. Duthie Park: A beautifully maintained park with boating ponds, a café, and the delightful David Welch Winter Gardens.
  6. St Machar's Cathedral: A striking 15th-century cathedral, home to stunning stained glass windows and old gravestones.
  7. Gordon Highlanders Museum: Explore the history of the Gordon Highlanders regiment through captivating exhibitions and displays.
  8. Seaton Park: A large public park with walled gardens, woodland walks, a playground, and a striking cathedral view.

Top Aberdeen Roadtrips

Explore the best drives in Scotland

  1. Aberdeen to Inverness: Admire the breathtaking Scottish Highlands on this 154km drive, making sure to stop at the Cairngorms National Park.
  2. Coastal Trail Aberdeen: From Aberdeen, this 252km coastal route showcases beautiful Aberdeenshire seaside towns and rugged cliffs.
  3. Aberdeen to Edinburgh: Experience vibrant city life and historic attractions on this 203km trip, passing through Dundee.
  4. Aberdeen to the Isle of Skye: A longer, 359km journey that crosses stunning landscapes, before reaching Scotland's famous island.
  5. Aberdeen to Glasgow: This 265km route leads to Scotland’s largest city, passing through Stirling, with its remarkable castle.
  6. North East 250: An ultimate 401km self-driving tour around north-east Scotland, starting and ending in Aberdeen, it features whiskey distilleries and spectacular views.
  7. Aberdeen to Loch Ness: On this 167km drive, you can explore the Highlands and, maybe, spot the legendary Loch Ness Monster.


Driving in Aberdeen

Common Questions and Tips

1. Which side of the road do I drive on in Aberdeen?

In Aberdeen, and all over the UK, cars drive on the left side of the road.

2. What are the speed limitations in and around Aberdeen?

In built-up areas, the limit is generally 30mph. On single carriageways, it's 60mph, and on dual carriageways and motorways, it's 70mph.

3. Can I use my home country driving license in Aberdeen?

If you have a full driving license from an EU or EEA country, you can drive in the UK. If you have a license from another country, you can drive for up to 12 months.

4. Are there many speed cameras in Aberdeen?

Yes, there are several speed cameras within Aberdeen and in the surrounding area.

5. What are the rules about hands-free devices while driving?

It's illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving in Aberdeen – you must use hands-free access, such as a Bluetooth headset or voice command.

6. What should I know about roundabouts in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen has many roundabouts. It's important to remember that traffic coming from the right has the right of way.

7. Can I park my car anywhere in Aberdeen?

No, parking restrictions apply in many parts of Aberdeen so it's best to check before leaving your car.

8. Are toll roads common in Aberdeen?

No, there aren't any toll roads in Scotland.

9. How are road works signed in Aberdeen?

Typically, road works will be indicated with orange and white signage and cones.

10. What should I know about motorways in Aberdeen?

The rules for driving on motorways are the same as anywhere else in the UK. Always obey the speed limit, stay in the left-hand lane unless overtaking, and follow all signage.

11. How extreme can the weather get for driving?

Aberdeen can experience heavy rain, snow and fog. It's essential to pay attention to weather warnings and adjust your driving accordingly.

12. What do I do if I encounter livestock on a country road?

If you encounter livestock on the road, slow down and stop if necessary. Wait until they have cleared the road before continuing.

13. Are there any basic maintenance checks I need to do on my car regularly?

It’s recommended to frequently check the car’s oil level, tyre pressure, and lights.

14. What do I need to know about seat belts?

All passengers must wear seat belts, and children need to have appropriate child seats.

15. What do I do in the event of an accident?

Swap details with the other driver involved, take photos of the incident and report to the authorities. If your car is hired, inform the rental company as well.