Car Hire in Glasgow
This information is correct as of April 2015
You can discover Scotland’s second city the stylish way when you hire a car in Glasgow. Explore Scotland’s untamed west coast, admire the beautiful architecture of the Merchant City, or simply take the opportunity to fill your car boot with goodies from designer boutiques and high street stores. With Skyscanner you’re always guaranteed the best deals on car rental in Glasgow, and with a great range of vehicles to choose from you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Where to hire a car in Glasgow
There are lots of places to pick up a hire car in Glasgow. Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Enterprise and Hertz are among some of the large rental brands offering car hire in the centre of Glasgow. There’s a Sixt near Glasgow Central Station, and another near the St Enoch shopping centre.
Some car hire companies offer motor homes and camper vans, perfect if you fancy going a bit further afield and exploring the Highlands. There are also some car hire companies offering luxury rental cars, such as Bentleys: perfect if you want to make a good first impression.
Driving in Glasgow
Glasgow has a one-way system that can be confusing for first time (and fortieth time) visitors to the city. Download a good smart-phone app or plan your route in advance if you want to avoid getting lost. Avoid driving in the bus lanes (you could end up getting a fine) and always look out for cyclists. Glasgow city centre has a lot of traffic lights too, so you’ll be stopping and starting a lot.
Glasgow gets seriously congested around rush hour, especially on the M8 motorway and the Kingston Bridge. Like most UK cities, traffic in Glasgow is at its worst in the morning (7:30-9:30) and in the early evening (5pm-7pm). If you’re planning on travelling during rush hour, plan some extra time for the journey.
Parking in Glasgow
On-street metered parking is available throughout Glasgow city centre. The central areas of town have pay and display restrictions in place from Monday to Saturday, 8am-6pm. There’s a maximum stay of two hours, and every 12 minutes costs 60p. The outer zones are also regulated between 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday, but are slightly cheaper at 20p for the first 30 minutes and 20p for every ten minutes after that. The maximum stay in these zones is three hours.
There are 17 council run car parks in and around the city centre: seven of which are multi-storey. The SECC Car Park is near the huge venue of the same name, and is ideal if you’re attending a concert. Glasgow Cross Market is near the Barras Market and the Barrowlands entertainment venue, Kelvingrove Car Park is perfect for accessing the Art Gallery & Museum, while Newton Street Car Park is handy if you’re visiting the area underneath the Kingston Bridge.
There are plenty of privately run, centrally located car parks in Glasgow operated by NCP and Q-Park, as well as car parks in shopping centres such as the Buchanan Galleries.
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Great day trips from Glasgow
The bonnie, bonnie banks of this famous loch are less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow, making it (and the surrounding national park) a wonderful destination for a day trip. If you’re feeling adventurous you can climb Ben Lomond (the most southern munro), and afterwards chill out in one of the area’s many charming pubs.
The Falkirk Wheel
It takes just over half an hour to reach this unique attraction, a rotating boat lift which connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. When the link opened up in 2002, it was the first time Glasgow and Edinburgh’s waterways were connected since the 1930’s. While you’re in the area, pay a visit to The Kelpies. One of Scotland’s newest tourist attractions, these huge horses head sculptures have to be seen to be believed.
Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
Fun for every member of the family, Blair Drummond has plenty of fun rides, interesting activities, and lots of animals. You can drive through the lion enclosure, take a boat trip past monkey island, or run off some steam at the gigantic adventure playground. There are elephants, birds of prey displays, and a sea lion show, among other excellent attractions. There’s even a barbecue area if you fancy bringing your own picnic.