Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
If you are planning on flying in to Scotland's third largest city, Aberdeen, it pays to book ahead your Aberdeen Airport Car hire to get the best price, widest choice of vehicles and skip the last minute stress of walk-up bookings upon landing.
As well as ensuring you have a set of wheels to kick off your adventures in Aberdeen, at DriveNow we make sure you get the best choice and deal on car rental in Aberdeen and elsewhere in Scotland's north east with no booking, administration or agency fees.
Avis, Hertz, SIXT, Europcar and Budget (with a meet and greet service) all offer Aberdeen Airport car hire services with a dedicated rental building located to the left as you exit the main entrance and accessible via a covered walkway.
Elsewhere in the city Europcar have 2 locations whilst Avis offers a rental service out of the Holiday Inn in Bridge of Don.
Aberdeen is fast taking off as a tourist destination with over 2.5 million business and holiday passengers travelling through the airport every year. The airport is just under 7 miles from the city centre with easy access via the A96 and A90.
Known as the oil capital of Europe as well as the Granite City, Aberdeen is a city full of history and culture with one of the world’s oldest universities
and you'll never find yourself at a loose end - from adventure sports through to shopping, there is bound to be an activity for you. Every summer the city hosts the Aberdeen International Youth Festival attracting young people from around the world in performing arts and music groups.
If you’re looking for some ideas on what to explore further afield in a rental car from Aberdeen there are plenty of options.
Gateway to Britain’s largest National Park in the Cairngorms, Aberdeen is the perfect launching place to discover amazing scenery and walk, cycle or climb across the mountain tops. Elsewhere there are castles such as the impressive Dunnottar Castle, 30 miles south of Aberdeen, that date back way beyond the Jacobite rebellions of the 18th century.
For those of a whisky or fishing persuasion, Speyside is less than 2 hours away up the A96 with plenty of distilleries and expensive salmon fishing! For a touch of royalty, you could drive past Queen Victoria's Deeside holiday retreat at Balmoral Castle and see why the monarchy have been holidaying here for over 150 years. If you visit in early September catch the Braemar Highland games.
What will I need to hire a car in Aberdeen?
If you hire a car at Aberdeen Airport through DriveNow, you won't need to get your credit card out until you pick up your vehicle. If you would like to add insurance you can organise that too on pickup.
However, you will need to be over the age of 17. Be aware, also, that drivers under the age of 25 may be required to pay a surcharge fee and may be restricted on the types of vehicles available or rental.
If your licence is in English, then you can use it to drive in the UK for up to 12 months. However, if your licence is in another language you will require an International Drivers Permit which needs to be carried alongside your original licence.
What are the speed limits in the UK?
On motorways across the UK, the speed limit is 70mph and along major highways it is 60mph On other urban roads you are limited to 30mph.
What other rules should I be aware of?
In the UK, cars drive on the left hand side of the road. Speed is measured in miles and fuel delivered in litres.
It is illegal to talk on a handheld phone while driving and there are penalties if you get caught. Likewise there are fines for speeding which is enforced by fixed and mobile speed cameras across the country. The hirer is liable for any infringement incurred whilst renting a vehicle and rental companies often charge an administration fee in managing the penalty.
Seatbelts are mandatory in the UK and children under the age of 12 or less than 135cm tall need to be seated in a child booster seat, which can be hired along with your car.