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a VirtualTourist member from Ålesund asked on Jun 5, 2016

Scotland

Car rental

Hi! I am going to visit Scotland with a friend sometime this year. We wish to experience as much as possible (without blowing our budgets as we are both students) to do that we were thinking of renting a car. We plan on starting our trip in Edinburgh, driving through Glasgow and work our way up to Inverness before returning to Edinburgh  The only problem is that we are 18 and 19 years old, and to rent a car from a company you have to be at least 21... Does anyone know of a way for us to rent a car at our age? We both have a license



5 Answers


answered on 6/5/16 by
a VT member from Province of Ontario

Simple answer - no.

The only way that I know of is not going to work for students. If someone works for a company and they have a contract with a car rental company, the age rule can be waived. The other possibility, which varies by rental company and country, is in some cases if an older person (i.e. meets the age requirement), some companies will allow a younger second driver, often for a hefty fee.

It is a good thing you are not looking at driving in North America; here the standard minimum age for renting a car is 25 or older.




answered on 6/5/16 by
a VT member from Swanland

What about a Scotrail pass for unlimited travel on public transport - see - [original link]
This may be an alternative to a car?




answered on 6/5/16 by
a VT member

I agree about the rail pass. It can actually work out cheaper and you'll see just as much if you plan the route carefully.

Fuel costs can get very high in more remote areas.




answered on 6/14/16 by
a VT member from Aberdeen

I agree with the above, that trains wold be a better option, but if you are interested in hiring a Car, consider Co-Wheels:
[original link]
Accessible to under-21's, pretty cheap, though I'm not sure of their policy for inter-city use.




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Toronto

This can get you to more places than driving your way. You can save, time, money and confusions.





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