Car hire in Aberdeen airport
This information is correct as of March 2018
Aberdeen is one of the most isolated cities in the United Kingdom, backing onto the northern sea and fronting the Scottish Highlands. Check out the best options for car hire at the airport with Skyscanner.
Where to rent your car at Aberdeen airport
Avis, Hertz, National, Europcar and Enterprise have branches in Aberdeen airport. These are all located inside the terminal building.
Petrol stations near Aberdeen airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a Shell petrol station on the way out of Aberdeen airport. There’s another smaller petrol station on the Kirkhill Industrial Estate next to the airport, as well as a few more in Dyce on the other side of the airport.
Driving around Aberdeen airport
The main roads around Aberdeen airport are well signposted, and it’s easy to follow the roads to Aberdeen city centre or further north to Inverurie.
Aberdeen city centre
Despite being so far north, Aberdeen is the third largest city in Scotland, it’s a big hub for the North Sea oil industry and there’s a big student crowd in the centre too. Whether you’re here for the wilderness or wild nights out, car hire is a great way to get around. It takes less than 15 minutes to reach the city centre: turn left onto Dyce Drive on exiting the airport, and merge onto the A96. Continue on the A96 if you want to reach the coast, or turn right onto the A90 to reach the centre. Most of the car parks are found around Guild Street, however there are also car parks attached to shopping malls and hotels in the rest of the city centre.
Cairngorms National Park
There are two ways of reaching the majestic Cairngorms National Park. Turn right on Dyce Drive onto the A96, then merge left onto the B979. Continue for 30 miles until you reach the edge of the National Park – there are plenty of country house hotels and lodges if you want to stop over in the park. Alternatively, continue on the A96 for 40 miles to enter the park from the north. It all depends on where you’re staying or where you’d like to explore in the park.
It takes an hour and a half to drive from Aberdeen airport to the city of Dundee. Like Aberdeen, Dundee is a portside city with a small student population and some cracking castle to explore around it. To get to Dundee, drive to Aberdeen on the A96, then follow the signs for the A90. This road will take you straight down to Dundee. There are plenty of car parks along the coast of Dundee, close to the university and the Grand Concert Hall.
There aren’t many major attractions on Scotland’s north coast, but if you fancy getting away from it all – literally – drive north on the A90. You’ll be taken up to Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Maud. If you use Skyscanner’s hotel search, you’ll easily be able to find a nice little hideaway on the coast.