About Spain (ES)
One of Europe’s most popular holiday vacations, Spain has it all. A remarkably diverse country, it offers sunny coastlines, mountain ranges, elegant cities and a world-class food scene. Discover the architectural masterpieces of Gaudi in Barcelona, or spend a day at Madrid’s Prado Museum, one of the top art museums in the world.
In 2018, 82.8 million people visited Spain from abroad, drawn to its charm and history. The Moorish sites in Andalucía, including the stunning Alhambra of Granada, and the mosque of Córdoba, vie with the culture of flamenco for visitors’ attention. In the north, San Sebastián has one of the highest per-capita rates of Michelin-starred restaurants. Booking a car rental in Spain is the ideal way to discover this vibrant country.
Spain has a network of modern, well-maintained roads and highways. Note that many of the highways are toll roads, but these can be avoided by taking smaller roads (which will add some time to your itinerary). Although many drivers do it, you aren’t allowed to use your car horn unless it is an emergency.
All drivers are furthermore required to have a reflective jacket on if they leave the car in a breakdown situation, and they must also place a warning triangle by the side of the road (both of which need to be kept in the car at all other times). These should be provided in your rental car, but check before taking the wheel.
Choosing your car
Some of the car hire companies in Spain include Europcar, Sixt, Enterprise and Avis. Couples and solo travelers can book a compact car from a brand such as SEAT or Fiat, the best choice for a cheap car rental in Spain. Larger groups can go for a 7—12 person mini van or people mover; the best choice for families might be an SUV. For a luxurious experience, rent a car with Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Audi. Another fun choice is a convertible, although you may want to keep the roof up during the very hottest days of the summer and the air conditioning on.
Tips and advice for renting a car in Spain
Consider getting a comprehensive supplemental insurance for your car rental. Ideally with CDW ( collision damage waiver ) excess cover which reduces payments to nil. This might be found on your regular travel insurance, here on this site or the car rental company itself. Usually, if not on your travel insurance the next cheapest option will be found on our site in the booking process.
Be careful in roundabouts; they are not always well marked, and other drivers do not always respect the rules.
Before your trip it’s a good idea to read up on the rules of the road in Spain, which can be accessed online. You will also find a good summary of key rules here on this page.
Carefully observe no-parking signs with your Spain car rental, as parking in a prohibited area, especially if it is a protected natural space, can lead to a steep fine.
If you see a lane on the highway marked with “BUS-VAO,” do not drive there unless you have more than two people in the vehicle at the indicated times. These are reserved for high-occupancy cars and buses.
For an unforgettable road trip in the south of Spain, pick among the spectacular cities of Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, Ronda and Malaga. Keep in mind, however, that it can get very hot during the summer, so be sure to get a car with air conditioning.