Rent a car in Aberdeen with Europcar
Scotland’s third largest city, Aberdeen is in the north-east of the country between Edinburgh and Inverness, with impressive granite buildings and a long, golden sand coastline. Culture lovers and nature fans will both be happy with the adventures that the city of Aberdeen has to explore.
Staying in Aberdeen or going further afield, Scotland is an ideal country to be seen by car.
The Europcar car rental experience in Aberdeen
Car hire in Aberdeen with Europcar is in two convenient locations. Be on your way quickly with car hire direct from Aberdeen Airport or pick up rentals within the city itself. Van hire is only available from the Aberdeen City location.
Europcar has a big car rental fleet in Aberdeen ranging from smaller options like the Fiat 500 and Vauxhall Corsa, to family size car hire vehicles like the Volvo V40 or Volkswagen Passat.
If you need van hire in Aberdeen, perhaps you are moving to a new house or starting at one of the notable universities, Europcar is at hand. You have the option to choose different pick up and drop off points too so you never have to do any unnecessary driving.
Car and van hire in Aberdeen is available for short and long-term basis.
Driving in Aberdeen
When renting a car in Aberdeen, and you come from within the EU, you just need a valid driver’s license.
Live outside of the EU? As long as you have a valid license from your own country, you can drive in the UK for up to 12 months.
Signs are labelled in miles per hour. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour (112 km/h) for cars on motorways and dual carriageways, 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) for single track roads, and 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) for built up areas.
Heading out of Aberdeen? Plan your journey carefully as the surrounding areas are remote with less service stations. There are no toll fees on Scottish roads or bridges.
Parking in Aberdeen is mostly made up of ‘pay & display’ car parks where you can usually stay for up to 4 hours. There are also off-street parking options in the form of multi-storey car parks. Aberdeen also has several free car parks situated around the edge of the city.
Like any other busy city, road traffic is increased at the beginning and end of the working day. These times are 7.30am to 9.30am and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
Driving while using a handheld phone is illegal. Also, Scotland is known for having harsher penalties for drink driving those in the rest of the UK.
Discover Aberdeen and surroundings by car
Affectionately known as the Granite City, Aberdeen is largely built from granite, which makes the buildings twinkle in the sunshine. Amongst these is Marischal College - the second largest granite building in the world - with its impressive facade, now the HQ of Aberdeen’s City Council. Check out national treasures such as Brig o'Balgownie, Scotland's oldest bridge; and the Aberdeen Art Gallery which houses Turner, Hockney, Renoir and Monet masterpieces.
Day trips from Aberdeen include Queen Elizabeth II’s Scottish residence, Balmoral Castle; the Cairngorms National Park, with its breath-taking scenery and unique wildlife; and a classic example of a Scottish baronial style castle - Crathes Castle.
Going on from Aberdeen by car, Edinburgh (126 miles/202 kilometres), Dundee (67 miles/107 kilometres), and the home of golf, St Andrews (80 miles/128 kilometres) are all within driving distance.
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The Cairngorms National Park is a must-visit in Aberdeen. This vast area of wild beauty is filled with endless possibilities for outdoor fun. Get up close and personal with the UK’s only free-roaming herd of reindeer at the Reindeer Centre, hop on a traditional steam engine, taste whisky at a distillery, or enjoy winter sports like skiing or snowboarding during winter. Renting a car with one Europcar’s varied fleet is ideal for exploring this adventurous and unique terrain.
We like to say thanks to our customers for choosing us. Privilege is Europcar’s free international loyalty scheme, with four cumulative levels: Privilege Club, Privilege Executive, Privilege Elite and Privilege Elite VIP. We give you rewards points when you rent with us in any one of 140 countries worldwide. With Privilege, every time you move up a tier level, you get a weekend hire - on us.
Sizeable but diverse, Aberdeen is a great place to discover new things - especially when you look a little closer. From the enchanting University and Old Aberdeen area, to the modern city hub with unique shops and lively whisky bars, there is plenty to see within the city itself. If you fancy widening your reach, there are numerous beach and riverside walks to enjoy. Aberdeen is also a great destination for art lovers, with the Aberdeen Art Gallery, city-wide public art, and innovative yearly arts festivals. Golfing fans will not be disappointed either as there are several courses, all with spectacular beach views.
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