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Car Hire Guide: Gibraltar

 Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, boasts a unique blend of Mediterranean charm and British influence. Nestled at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, it's famous for the Rock of Gibraltar, sandy beaches, and rich wartime history. Hiring a car here ensures that you navigate its attractions with ease and convenience.

Why Hire a Car in Gibraltar?

  • Compact Exploration: Gibraltar covers just 6.7 square kilometers. With a car, you can explore most of its attractions in a single day!

  • Border Travels: Renting a car offers the flexibility to drive into the neighboring Spanish region, unlocking a plethora of Andalusian treasures. Please check with the local car rental desk that this is permitted.

  • Scenic Drives: Experience Gibraltar’s panoramic coastlines and drive up to the Rock's summit for a breathtaking view.

Things to Know When Hiring a Car in Gibraltar:

  1. Driving License: Along with your native driving license, it's recommended (though not always mandatory) to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you plan to cross into Spain.

  2. Driving Side: Gibraltar follows British norms, so driving is on the right-hand side of the road.

  3. Parking: Space is limited in Gibraltar. Opt for designated parking areas, especially near popular spots like Main Street or Grand Casemates Square.

Popular Driving Routes:

  • Gibraltar Circuit: Start from the town center, drive up to Europa Point Lighthouse, then head to the eastern beaches and finish your loop with the majestic Rock.

  • Gibraltar to Tarifa: A pleasant drive into Spain, offering stunning coastal views and the chance to visit the windsurfing capital of Europe.

Type of Car:

  • City and Beyond: Given Gibraltar's compact size, smaller cars, or compacts are preferable for navigating narrow lanes and limited parking spaces.

  • Extended Journeys: If you plan to venture into Spain, a comfortable sedan or SUV can offer a more relaxed drive.

Weather Influence: Gibraltar's Mediterranean climate ensures mild winters and warm summers. A car with good air conditioning for summer months and a reliable heater for cooler winter days is advisable.

First-time Visitors Information:

  • Border Crossing: The wait time at the Gibraltar-Spain border can vary, especially during peak hours. Carry necessary documents and be prepared for potential queues.

  • Local Customs: Don't be surprised by the airport runway crossing Winston Churchill Avenue, Gibraltar's main north-south street. It's one of the few runways in the world intersecting a main road!

  • Fuel: While Gibraltar has a few petrol stations, fuel tends to be cheaper than in Spain, so it's a good idea to refuel before heading across the border.

With its unique geopolitical position, vibrant culture, and fascinating history, Gibraltar promises an unparalleled travel experience. Hiring a car ensures that you make the most of your visit - Book now!

Top tips when hiring a car in Gibraltar

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Gibraltar
  • Roads are very narrow in places, whilst speed limits are as low as 30km/h in some places you may still need to drive slower
  • Roads are often very quiet and used by pedestrians where there are no pavements so take extra care
  • Using a mobile phone whilst driving will result in a fine if caught

Popular car hire destinations in Gibraltar

El Bulevar Shopping Centre
Gibraltar Airport

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Gibraltar



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    Rural Speed Limit



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    GIP  1.45/Ltr

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    Front and Rear



    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras


    Hands Free Only

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Average prices per day for car hire in Gibraltar

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Gibraltar

Apr , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

May , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.95

Jun , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 2.06

Jul , 2022

€ 2.32

€ 2.23

Aug , 2022

€ 2.31

€ 2.18

Sep , 2022

€ 2.12

€ 1.96

Oct , 2022

€ 2.07

€ 1.87

Nov , 2022

€ 2.17

€ 1.90

Dec , 2022

€ 2.13

€ 1.85

Jan , 2023

€ 1.96

€ 1.70

Feb , 2023

€ 1.91

€ 1.67

Mar , 2023

€ 1.88

€ 1.65

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Mar , 2023 1.88 1.65
Feb , 2023 1.91 1.67
Jan , 2023 1.96 1.70
Dec , 2022 2.13 1.85
Nov , 2022 2.17 1.90
Oct , 2022 2.07 1.87
Sep , 2022 2.12 1.96
Aug , 2022 2.31 2.18
Jul , 2022 2.32 2.23
Jun , 2022 2.17 2.06
May , 2022 2.12 1.95
Apr , 2022 2.12 1.96
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