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Do you need to hire a car in Spain?

Many tourists choose to hire a car in Spain as it is the simplest way to get about and see all the sights, glorious scenery and fantastic beaches. Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world where travellers hire a car, so we strongly recommend that you book your rental as far in advance as possible. This means you have a greater availability of vehicles to choose from and also the price is usually cheaper.

Minimum age requirements to hire a car in Spain

The minimum age to rent a car in Spain varies by car hire agent, however most suppliers have a minimum age requirement of 21. The minimum age to drive, generally in Spain is 18. Drivers under the age of 25 will normally be subject to a young driver charge. The amount can vary significantly between car hire companies. Minimum age requirements and young driver supplements can be found in the table below;
 
Car Hire Agent
Minimum Age
Young Driver Fee (per day)
Avis
21
€20.95
Budget
21
€21.17
Enterprise
21
€7.85
Europcar
21
€18.35
Firefly
21
€5.00
Goldcar
21
€10.00
Hertz
23
€19.80
Sixt
18
€5.00

 


Cheapest car hire in Spain

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 20.13 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 140.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 20.13 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 140.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 20.13 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 140.93 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Toyota Aygo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.46 EUR/day
Toyota Aygo

7 Days rental at 150.27 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.49 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 150.43 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.49 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 150.43 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.49 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 150.43 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.49 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 150.43 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 21.49 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 150.43 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Peugeot 308

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 24.98 EUR/day
Peugeot 308

7 Days rental at 174.92 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Berlingo Cargo Van

2 Adults, 4 Doors

From 24.99 EUR/day
Citroen Berlingo Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 174.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C4 Cactus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.28 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Cactus

7 Days rental at 176.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Cactus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.28 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Cactus

7 Days rental at 176.98 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Captur

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.41 EUR/day
Renault Captur

7 Days rental at 177.92 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Peugeot 308

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.42 EUR/day
Peugeot 308

7 Days rental at 177.97 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Berlingo Cargo Van

2 Adults, 4 Doors

From 25.62 EUR/day
Citroen Berlingo Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 179.36 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  No

Citroen C4 Cactus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.65 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Cactus

7 Days rental at 179.60 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Cactus

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 25.65 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Cactus

7 Days rental at 179.60 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.82 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 159.74 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.82 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 159.74 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 22.82 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 159.74 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Polo

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.00 EUR/day
Volkswagen Polo

7 Days rental at 161.02 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.16 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 162.13 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.16 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 162.13 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.50 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 164.51 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.50 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 164.51 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 23.50 EUR/day
Citroen C3

7 Days rental at 164.51 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.78 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Days rental at 334.50 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 48.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Days rental at 339.50 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 48.50 EUR/day
Volkswagen Caddy Maxi

7 Days rental at 339.50 EUR from 20/06/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

3 Adults, 3 Doors

From 49.99 EUR/day
Mercedes Sprinter Cargo Van

7 Days rental at 349.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.85 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 208.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.85 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 208.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen Jumpy

3 Adults, 4 Doors

From 29.99 EUR/day
Citroen Jumpy

7 Days rental at 209.99 EUR from 20/06/2022

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.31 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 317.19 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.31 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 317.19 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.31 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 317.19 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.66 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 319.65 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 45.66 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 319.65 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 324.42 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 324.42 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 324.42 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.34 EUR/day
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso

7 Days rental at 324.42 EUR from 20/06/2022

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Spain

  • Drive on the right-hand side of the road in Spain, much like most of Europe
  • Toll roads are popular in Spain but well worth using for ease as inexpensive, consider an EMOVIS tag to save card / cash payments
  • The alcohol limit to drive in Spain is 50mg (0.05% BAC), lower than that of the UK
  • The maximum speed limit in Spain is 120Km/h and is policed by fixed and mobile speed cameras

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Spain

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    EUR  1.85/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    EUR €

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Spain

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Sixt
63
8.0/10
23,153
€ 29.85
€ 24.98
€ 103.70
€ 45.28
 Alamo
45
7.9/10
7,668
€ 61.35
€ 34.65
€ 69.01
€ 44.02
 Budget
113
7.5/10
31,617
€ 21.46
€ 25.97
€ 45.31
€ 75.70
 Europcar
136
7.4/10
49,364
€ 26.22
€ 29.78
€ 143.54
€ 161.14
 Enterprise
128
7.4/10
24,152
€ 51.42
€ 24.99
€ 29.85
€ 80.07
 Thrifty
41
7.1/10
3,342
€ 25.19
€ 30.89
€ 40.67
€ 108.16
 Keddy by europcar
115
7.1/10
8,143
€ 25.76
€ 29.02
€ 78.67
€ 149.76
 Orlando
305
7.1/10
5,126
€ 20.13
€ 29.49
€ 82.09
€ 89.64
 Avis
113
7.1/10
24,746
€ 24.52
€ 33.07
€ 39.68
€ 83.80
 Centauro
25
6.7/10
5,208
€ 43.77
€ 51.40
€ 55.97
€ 189.84
 Firefly
11
6.6/10
3,183
€ 32.81
€ 36.17
€ 39.25
 Hertz
75
6.5/10
6,190
€ 27.86
€ 34.22
€ 41.68
€ 71.28
 Ok mobility
24
6.1/10
16,431
€ 43.09
€ 38.63
€ 42.95
€ 121.71
 Goldcar
30
5.9/10
4,112
€ 21.75
€ 27.19
€ 37.34
 Interrent
26
5.6/10
4,199
€ 22.75
€ 28.79
€ 71.82

Car rental agent statistics in Spain

  • 9.4/10
    Highest rated agent:
    BUDGET
  • 3.9/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    INTERRENT
  • 226,081
    Total number of reviews in
    Spain
  • 121
    Most Locations in Spain:
    EUROPCAR
  • 15
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 36
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Spain

ItemPercent
January€ 43
February€ 41
March€ 43
April€ 47
May€ 52
June€ 57
July€ 69
August€ 66
September€ 43
October€ 35
November€ 34
December€ 59
ItemPercent
January€ 42
February€ 38
March€ 40
April€ 41
May€ 46
June€ 48
July€ 57
August€ 58
September€ 38
October€ 31
November€ 31
December€ 53
ItemPercent
January€ 85
February€ 101
March€ 103
April€ 101
May€ 103
June€ 132
July€ 121
August€ 128
September€ 97
October€ 88
November€ 85
December€ 112
ItemPercent
January€ 53
February€ 58
March€ 62
April€ 70
May€ 70
June€ 87
July€ 98
August€ 84
September€ 60
October€ 51
November€ 48
December€ 77
ItemPercent
January€ 89
February€ 89
March€ 82
April€ 116
May€ 116
June€ 140
July€ 264
August€ 280
September€ 149
October€ 108
November€ 90
December€ 117
ItemPercent
January€ 31
February€ 29
March€ 29
April€ 32
May€ 38
June€ 40
July€ 49
August€ 45
September€ 31
October€ 24
November€ 24
December€ 42
ItemPercent
January€ 68
February€ 68
March€ 80
April€ 87
May€ 84
June€ 99
July€ 119
August€ 112
September€ 81
October€ 68
November€ 61
December€ 92
ItemPercent
January€ 77
February€ 71
March€ 83
April€ 138
May€ 145
June€ 160
July€ 210
August€ 194
September€ 105
October€ 95
November€ 87
December€ 91

Select category to see average car hire prices in Spain

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

Fuel prices in Spain

DieselUnleaded
May , 2022

€ 1.89

€ 1.85

Apr , 2022

€ 1.82

€ 1.80

Mar , 2022

€ 1.85

€ 1.82

Feb , 2022

€ 1.51

€ 1.62

Jan , 2022

€ 1.43

€ 1.54

Dec , 2021

€ 1.34

€ 1.47

Nov , 2021

€ 1.37

€ 1.50

Oct , 2021

€ 1.37

€ 1.50

Sep , 2021

€ 1.29

€ 1.43

Aug , 2021

€ 1.25

€ 1.40

Jul , 2021

€ 1.26

€ 1.40

Jun , 2021

€ 1.24

€ 1.38

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
May , 2022 1.89 1.85
Apr , 2022 1.82 1.80
Mar , 2022 1.85 1.82
Feb , 2022 1.51 1.62
Jan , 2022 1.43 1.54
Dec , 2021 1.34 1.47
Nov , 2021 1.37 1.50
Oct , 2021 1.37 1.50
Sep , 2021 1.29 1.43
Aug , 2021 1.25 1.40
Jul , 2021 1.26 1.40
Jun , 2021 1.24 1.38

Car rental price statistics in Spain

  • € 140.91
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 474.82
    Highest daily price:
    Volkswagen Caravelle
  • 17,415
    Total cars available
     
  • 927
    Most popular model:
    Seat Leon
  • 437
    Location with most cars:
    Malaga - Airport
  • € 20.1 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    ORLANDO - Gran Canaria - Las Palmas - City

FAQs about car hire in Spain

How much does it cost to hire a car in Spain?

Car hire in Spain starts from just €20.10 per day for a (mini) class car from Orlando. The average price to hire a car in Spain is just €107.00 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Spain is a Volkswagen Caravelle car for a (standard) class from Europcar costing €474.80 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Spain?

We often have special offers on car hire in Spain including free additional drivers, for example, Topcar is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Gran Canaria - Airport for €22.31 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Spain?

Car hire prices in Spain are kept low thanks to the 30 car hire companies across the country. With over 357 car hire locations and 166,303 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Spain.

Who is the best car hire company in Spain?

Based on over 226,081 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Spain Is Europcar who score on average 7.4/10 across all locations in Spain.

What is the most popular car hire location in Spain?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Spain is Malaga - Airport with 20 car hire companies and 437 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Spain?

Current fuel prices in Spain are €1.852/ltr for petrol and €1.887/ltr for diesel as of 2 May 2022, it’ll cost on average €74 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €75 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Spain?

Speed limits in Spain are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 90-100 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Spain?

Orlando is the cheapest car hire company in Spain offering a (mini) class car such as the Renault Twingo for as little as €140.70 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Spain?

The most popular car hire category in Spain is the Seat Leon available from 11 car hire companies in over 226 locations.

Popular airport car hire locations in Spain

Cross Border Car Hire in Spain

Can I hire a car in Spain and drive to Portugal or France?

In the majority of cases you are allowed to take a hire car from Spain into Portugal and France. However car hire companies do wish to know this information at the time of booking and additional charges can apply. The additional charges are in relation to insurance fees and it is therefore very important to check your cover with the car hire company before travelling. In the instance that you may wish to leave the car in Portugal, a significant additional charge will usually be applied. It is always more cost effective to return the car to the original pick up point.

 

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Car Hire Barcelona
€8.1
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €8.1 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €13.1 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €9.5 per day
Car Hire Madrid
€7.4
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €7.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €12.7 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €8.6 per day
Car Hire Mallorca
€10.0
 
 
Mini 3 4 1 from €10.0 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €18.3 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €13.5 per day
Car Hire Malaga Airport
€6.4
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €6.4 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €10.2 per day
Economy 5 5 2 from €6.8 per day