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        About Glasgow

        Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, the third-largest city in the United Kingdom, and the 27th most populous city in Europe. In 2020, it had an estimated population of 635,640. The city is located on the River Clyde in the West Central Lowlands. The city's inhabitants are known as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK.
        Glasgow's history dates back to the city's founding by the Roman Empire in the first century AD. Later the city was ruled by the Kingdom of Scotland and then by the United Kingdom. Glasgow developed from a small rural settlement into one of the largest cities in the world. The Industrial Revolution transformed Glasgow into one of the world's leading industrial cities.
        Glasgow is a significant centre for business, finance, culture and tourism. The city has many tourist attractions, including Glasgow Cathedral, the Museum of Modern Art and the Glasgow Science Centre. The city is also home to several universities and colleges, including the University of Glasgow, Glasgow School of Art and Strathclyde University. Glasgow is also known for its football rivalry and cultural diversity.

        Basic info and car hire in Glasgow

        • Location: United Kingdom
        • Population: 635,640 (2020)
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pounds Sterling (GBP)
        • Weather: The weather in Glasgow is generally mild, and temperatures rarely drop below freezing. However, the city can occasionally experience heavy rain and strong winds. Snow is not common, but when it does fall, it can be heavy. The best time to visit Glasgow is usually from May to September, when the weather is warm and dry. 
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: The roads in Glasgow are generally in good condition and well maintained. However, there can be congestion in some areas, particularly during rush hour. You should be aware of several pedestrianised areas and cycle lanes in the city centre. In general, however, the roads in Glasgow are excellent and safe to drive on.
        • Car hire in Glasgow: Hiring a car at Glasgow Airport with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Glasgow and the UK. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip.

        Driving in Glasgow

        When driving in Glasgow, it is essential to know the various rules and regulations, such as the speed limit, pedestrian right of way, parking rules, the city's one-way streets, traffic signals and wearing a seatbelt while driving. Overall, Glasgow is a great city to drive in. Before getting behind the wheel, drivers should familiarise themselves with the various rules and regulations. With some knowledge, anyone can have a safe and enjoyable experience driving in Glasgow.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company if your policy does not cover you when driving in the UK).
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Left.
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, and the average price per hour is around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in Glasgow

        Most popular car hire at Glasgow

        The most selected hire car in Glasgow is the Fiat 500, with the Ford Fiesta and Kia Stonic also being popular options. The most popular car types in Belfast are Mini and Economy car categories.

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Glasgow

        Do you want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way rentals in many locations outside of Glasgow. A one-way rental is ideal for travelling across town or the country and saves you time by not having to return to your original site.
        As Glasgow is a city in the middle of the UK, it is exciting to travel beyond Glasgow. There are many fascinating cities to drive to with your hired car, such as Edinburg, Dundee, Aberdeen and many more! With permission of the car hire company you work with, you can even take your rental car to other places like England, Northern Ireland and Wales and start your little UK trip. The possibilities are endless!
        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find excellent options for one-way car hire locations all over the UK.

        Popular day trips from Glasgow

        There are many great day trips to be made from Glasgow.
        A visit to the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre is a must for history buffs. This interactive museum tells the story of one of Scotland's most famous battles and is just a 30-minute drive from Glasgow.
        Those looking for a more relaxed day out can head to Loch Lomond, where they can enjoy the stunning scenery and some of the best walking trails in the country. Boat trips are also available, allowing you to explore Loch Lomond at your own pace. The journey there takes about 50 minutes.
        A trip to Glencoe is a must for those who want to experience some of Scotland's wildest scenery. This picturesque glen is home to some of the country's most breathtaking scenery and is an ideal place for a hike or picnic. The drive takes about 2 hours from Glasgow.
        From Glasgow, Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is also within easy reach. There is plenty to see and do in this vibrant city, from exploring the mediaeval Old Town to visiting the world-famous Edinburgh Zoo. There are also many great shops and restaurants to visit. The city is just an hour's drive from Glasgow.

        What to see in Glasgow

        Glasgow is a beautiful city that offers its visitors a variety of attractions, a range of museums and art galleries, and a vibrant music scene. Glasgow is a great place for anyone who loves history and culture or just wants to enjoy a unique and charming city. When it comes to things to see and do, Glasgow has a lot to offer.

        Glasgow Cathedral
        Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Glasgow Cathedral. This Gothic building is located in Scotland's largest city and was once the seat of the Bishop of Glasgow. The current building dates back to the 13th century and has had various additions and alterations over the centuries. The cathedral is a real feast for the eyes, inside and out. The cathedral's exterior is impressive with its twin towers and huge stained glass windows. The interior is no less impressive, with a stunning vaulted ceiling and many beautiful works of art. Visitors can also explore the crypt, which houses several fascinating exhibits. A visit to Glasgow Cathedral is a must for any visitor to the city. It is an awe-inspiring building steeped in history with many architectural wonders.

        The University of Glasgow
        The University of Glasgow is one of the city's most iconic buildings and is worth a visit. The University of Glasgow is a world-renowned higher education institution in the city of Glasgow. The university has a long and rich history dating to its foundation in 1451. Today it is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in the UK, with over 27,000 students enrolled. Feel the history surrounding you as you stand beneath the Cloisters. The university's main building is also said to have inspired Harry Potter's Hogwarts!

        Pollok House
        Pollok House is a large country house in Glasgow. The house was built in the early 18th century for the Maxwell family. The house is situated in Pollok Country Park, one of the largest parks in Glasgow, and houses a significant collection of artworks, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely. Pollok House is open to the public all year round, and visitors can explore the house and gardens or participate in a range of activities, including tours, workshops and events.

        The People's Palace
        The People's Palace is a museum that tells the story of Glasgow and its people. It was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1898. It is located in one of the city's oldest buildings and contains various exhibits on topics such as art, culture and social history. The museum is a great place to learn more about the city and its people and is worth a visit. The People's Palace is open to the public from Monday to Saturday and free admission.

        Park Lane Market
        Park Lane Market in Glasgow is a great place to find fresh produce and other goods. The market is open every day except Sunday, and there is a wide range of stalls. You can find everything from fruit and vegetables to meat, fish, baked goods and flowers. There is also a market section dedicated to selling clothes and other items. Park Lane Market is a great place to pick up bargains and is worth a visit if you are in the area.

        Glasgow during the autumn

        The Gallery of modern art in Glasgow

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Glasgow

        Glasgow is known for its great food, and plenty of fantastic restaurants and bars to choose from. Whether you are looking for a casual pub meal or a more upmarket restaurant experience, you'll find it in Glasgow.

        Best restaurants and bars in Glasgow

        The Gannet
        One of the city's most popular restaurants is The Gannet, which serves modern Scottish cuisine. The seasonal menu at The Gannet is born out of the restaurant's close relationships with artisan producers, local farmers, and gatherers. The restaurant has won numerous awards, and it's easy to see why - the food is simply incredible.

        The Ubiquitous Chip
        If you are looking for something more casual, why not try The Ubiquitous Chip? Probably the most famous restaurant in Glasgow, 'The Chip' opened in 1971 to celebrate Scottish produce. It remains a fantastic restaurant with a covered courtyard and a seasonal menu that focuses on Scotland, from homemade wild haggis to halibut from the Isle of Gigha.

        Gamba
        Listed in the coveted 2021 Michelin Guide, Gamba is a long-time favourite seafood restaurant in the centre of Glasgow. The restaurant uses sustainably caught fish and as much local produce as possible in its dishes.

        Glasgow has some fantastic bars and clubs for a great night out.

        Horseshoe Bar
        The Horseshoe Bar is very popular and perfect for sampling the local whisky.

        The Garage
        If you want to dance the night away, head to The Garage, one of the most famous nightclubs in Glasgow. The largest nightclub in Scotland is located on Sauchiehall Street. The Garage hosts seven club nights a week, with music genres ranging from chart toppers to indie music.

        FAQ

        What you need to know about renting a car

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        What do I need to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Do I need car insurance in the UK?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the United Kingdom with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in the UK?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I get the cheapest car in the United Kingdom?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.

        What is the cheapest rental car in the UK?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in the United Kingdom?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental, Europcar Rent a Car and Green motion.

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the United Kingdom?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Volvo XC 60.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the UK?

        Most car rentals in the UK offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

        How old to hiring a car in the UK?

        It depends on the car hire company. The most common age is from 21to 25. 

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