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Explore the Scottish seaside with Aberdeen Airport car hire

Pick up an Aberdeen car hire and experience the coastal beauty of northeast Scotland. With two Old Towns, quaint fishing villages, and a city beach of golden sand, Aberdeen has character in spades—and that’s even before you try the local Scotch. Admire the town’s grey stone architecture and find out where the city got its nickname, Granite City. You can enjoy a little bit of everything in this port city, from historic castle tours to dolphin spotting and everything in between. Get a deal on Aberdeen airport car hire and GoSee it for yourself.

Picking up car rental Aberdeen Airport

Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) is a busy terminal that connects passengers to other top cities in Scotland and locations all over the world. The main terminal is well-equipped with facilities for your visit. This includes restaurants and bars, shops, ATMs, payphones, and free WiFi throughout the airport. There is a car rental building within a short walk just outside of the terminal where you can find all the on-site rental companies. To get there, simply follow the covered walkway from the arrivals area.

The ins and outs of car hire in Aberdeen

Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up a rental car at Aberdeen Airport.

  • Aberdeen Airport is just under seven miles from the city centre, so this drive should take 20-25 minutes in your hire car. When you leave the terminal, follow the road to the roundabout and turn left onto the A96. You will drive through the small village of Bucksburn, then turn right onto Inverurie Road. Continue following this main route towards Aberdeen, and go straight through the roundabout to keep driving along the A96 and into town.
  • There are no toll roads in Scotland, but there are some tolls in England and Wales, so you will need to be prepared with payment options if you plan to cross the border.
  • You may encounter wildlife such as sheep on the roads in rural areas. Be patient and drive slowly enough for them to move out of the way.
  • If you plan to do any island hopping with your Aberdeen car rental, check ferry times and book them well in advance. There are limited crossings for some destinations and they do book out.
  • Need to park your car hire? Aberdeen Airport offers several parking options. Choose from short-term, long-term, and priority parking. You can also book your spot online before arriving at the airport. In Aberdeen city centre, public parking is widely available, with lots at Union Square, the Bon Accord Centre, and Trinity Centre shopping areas. Car park / road parking in some areas are free, and many areas cost £2.20 for up to two hours.

A tugboat on the river beside Aberdeen city.

Car rental Aberdeen: The must do’s

You won't go wrong with planning an itinerary that includes the natural beauties of Cairngorms National Park and the Aberdeenshire coast, or plunge into history with Aberdeen Maritime Museum among others, or the more modern Union Square with its shopping centres and restaurants. Yet, there are a lot more attractions to add to your Aberdeen exploration, below are great ideas:

Castle touring

A castle on the cliffs in Aberdeen. Take your hire car and head south, just 23 kilometres from Aberdeen city centre, to arrive at Dunnottar Castle, perched on a craggy cliff overlooking the North Sea. It takes a few flights of stair climbing but at the top is a medieval fortress bursting with history dating back as far as the early Middle Ages. More castles in the Aberdeen area worth visiting include Craigievar Castle, New Slains Castle, Castle Fraser and Drum Castle.

St. Machar’s Cathedral

Housing part of the remains of one William Wallace, this historical church sits north of Aberdeen’s inner city centre. Featuring architectural elements going back hundreds of years, this ‘high kirk’ is a sight to see.

Aberdeen Beach

A hotspot for the locals, Aberdeen beach is much more than a bit of golden sand. Head here for some exercise along the waterfront, grab a bite to eat, and go to the amusement park.

Dolphin spotting

Head to the Torry Battery, just south of the River Dee’s mouth to see bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife frolicking in the North Sea. This seasonal phenomenon lasts from May to August.

A tower beside the ocean in Aberdeen.

Car hire Aberdeen top tips 

  • Many of Aberdeen rental cars have manual transmission. If you require an automatic, be sure to filter your search results for this option.

  • Many village roads in Scotland are narrow and winding. If you will be spending a lot of time in towns and cities, it may be best to rent a compact or economy size vehicle.

  • If you are planning a road trip, most car rental companies allow you to pick up a car hire in Aberdeen and drop it off at a different location. This means you can drive your rental car to Sumburgh or Inverness on Scotland’s northeast coast. Type your chosen destination into the search function to see the availability of vehicles and the associated costs.

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Car hire Aberdeen Airport: Frequently asked questions

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Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or away from the airport?

The cost of renting a car in Aberdeen depends on multiple factors, not just the pick up location. Your best bet is to compare current rates for different locations in real time across multiple brands to get the best price for your hire car. Type your dates into the search function on this page to get instant answers. Use the filter options to display the most appropriate selection of vehicles.

Can you rent a car and drop it off at another airport?

Yes, one-way car hire from Aberdeen is an option offered by many car rental companies. Drop off your rental car in Edinburgh for some magnificent food, scenery and culture or drive to Newcastle across if you fancy heading south to England. Just type your dates in to the search function to see availability and associated costs. One-way bookings can incur additional fees. Airport locations are usually the pick up / drop off locations for one-way rentals.

Which car hire companies at onsite at Aberdeen Airport?

You’ll find several big name rental companies just outside the main terminal, including Enterprise, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, and Hertz Aberdeen Airport.

What documents do I need to hire a car in Scotland?

To hire a car in Scotland, you must meet the age requirement (each company has its own), a full and valid driver’s license, a valid passport, and a credit card to secure the booking. If you are an EU citizen, you do not need a passport. If your license is not in English, you may need an International Drivers Permit or a suitable translation.

Where is Aberdeen Airport (ABZ)?

Aberdeen Airport is located about seven miles north-west of the city centre. The address is Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 7DU, United Kingdom.

What choice of cars are there to hire at Aberdeen Airport?

Aberdeen Airport offers a wide selection of cars to hire, including compact, economy, large, intermediate, large, station wagon/estate, SUV, people carriers/vans, and premium/luxury rentals. This is across several companies, including Europcar, Enterprise, Sixt, and Keddy Car Hire Aberdeen Airport. Top brands include Kia, Toyota, Skoda, Peugeot, Fiat and others.

Which car hire companies in Aberdeen have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The majority of car hire Aberdeen companies have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies as a result of the pandemic. Check the individual rental vehicle listings from each company for more information about specific cleaning processes.

How much does it cost to hire a car in Aberdeen?

$30 is the lowest recorded economy rental car price, and during the month of July. Rates to hire car at Aberdeen Airport fluctuate based on a variety of factors. To get an up to date and accurate idea of prices for cheap car hire at Aberdeen Airport, it is best to do a comparison across multiple brands. Simply pop your dates into the search function on this page to get instant answers.