Guide to Driving In Canary Islands - Drive Safe in Canary Islands

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Canary Islands and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.


50 kph

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100 kph

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motorway speed limit

120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit


drink and drive limit
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You drive in Canary Islands on the Right side  
The currency in Canary Islands is EUR €
The minimum rental age is 21

Driving Laws in Canary Islands

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Canary Islands?

Driving is on the right in the Canary Islands. You may be allowed to overtake slow moving traffic on the left on some motorways and toll roads. Don’t obstruct the fast lane or you will risk being undertaken.

Buses and taxis will expect you to give way to them.

Early March is not a good time to drive through the mountains as a championship rally is being held at that time. Take care on the windy mountain roads at all times. Ask our car rental Canary Islands staff if you have any further questions.

Rules of the road

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Fuel Prices in Canary Islands by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
The letter P on a blue and white sign indicates parking. In a blue zone, you'll have to find the ticket machine and display a ticket in your car. Yellow lines or a blue sign with a red border indicate no parking. Some cities have green or blue zones for different kinds of parking including residents only – the sign will tell you which.
Paid parking
As well as roadside ticket machines there are municipal and private undercover and open lot parking areas where you'll have to pay by machine or to the attendant. 
Blue Disc
Despite being in the EU, Spain and therefore the Canary Islands are not part of the Blue Disc scheme.
Enforcement of parking is often done the police although some towns and cities have parking officers. If parked illegally or causing and obstruction you will be fined and may have you vehicle towed away.
Disabled parking
Disabled drivers are entitled to use allocated parking spaces under the Blue Badge scheme but should print off and display a notice in Spanish alongside their badge. The notice is available at 

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

The emergency services can be accessed by calling 112, the European standard.

What to do in an emergency

In cases where there are no injuries, the details can be sorted out between the parties involved. If there is still a dispute, call the police and await a report from them. The same should be done if someone is injured. Where possible, don't move the vehicles involved and take photographs. Remember to be polite to the officers attending.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

  • Give way - Ceda el paso
  • Right of way – Prioridad
  • Exit – Salida
  • Danger – Peligro
  • No parking - Prohibido aparcar
  • Slow – Despacio
  • Lane – Un carril
  • City centre – Centro ciudad
  • Roadworks – Obras
  • Where is the nearest petrol station? – ¿Donde es la gasolinera la más cercana?
  • Excuse me, I’m lost – Por favor, estoy perdido…
  • Go straight on – ‘Siga todo recto’
  • Turn right – ‘Toma el giro a la derecha’
  • Turn left – ‘Toma el giro a la izquierda’
  • Detour - Desviacion
  • Toll Road – Carretera de Peaje
  • Road Closed – Cerrado.
  • Road Open – Abierto
  • Motorway – Una autopista
  • One way street – Direccíon unica

Canary Islands Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Canary Islands by Month
MonthYear€ Diesel€ Unleaded
Oct, 2018 1.27 1.35
Sep, 2018 1.24 1.33
Aug, 2018 1.22 1.32
Jul, 2018 1.22 1.31
Jun, 2018 1.23 1.32
May, 2018 1.22 1.31

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Canary Islands and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

Visitor Comments

  • 11/02/2018


    I know this is an odd question but would it be possible to hire a right hand drive car anywhere in ran Canaria, age and model is unimportant. thank you Martin Brady
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