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Embrace the Charm of Irun and the Basque Country by Car

Irun, a vibrant town located in the Basque Country of northern Spain, lies at the heart of the Bidasoa region, right on the border with France. Renowned for its rich cultural tapestry and lush landscapes, Irun is an ideal starting point for travelers looking to explore the Basque region's unique blend of Spanish and French influences.

Benefits of Car Rental in Irun

Airport Proximity: The closest airport to Irun is San Sebastián Airport (EAS), situated about 11 kilometers away, offering flights mainly to domestic destinations. For international travelers, Biarritz Airport (BIQ) in France is a practical alternative at around 33 kilometers away. Renting a car from these airports allows for an easy and scenic drive into Irun and the surrounding areas.

Road Conditions & Traffic: The roads around Irun, including the A-8 motorway, are in excellent condition, making for a comfortable driving experience. However, since Irun is a border town, be mindful of potential delays during peak travel times, and always carry the necessary identification as you are close to the French border.

Tolls: The A-8 motorway, also known as the Autopista del Cantábrico, is a toll road. Toll prices vary, and payment can usually be made by cash or card.

Driving in Irun: Having a car in Irun means you can explore the Basque Country's rugged coastline, charming villages, and vibrant cities at your own pace.

Attractions & Distances from Irun

With your rental car, you can explore a multitude of attractions, each with its own unique flavor:

  • San Sebastián: Just 20 kilometers west of Irun, this coastal city is famous for its beautiful beaches, such as La Concha, and its world-class culinary scene.
  • Hondarribia: A mere 5 kilometers away, this picturesque fishing village boasts colorful mariners' houses, a beautiful old town, and a lively waterfront promenade.
  • Biarritz: Approximately 30 kilometers to the north, across the French border, this fashionable beach town offers a blend of Basque culture and French flair.
  • Bilbao: Around 120 kilometers west, Bilbao is home to the iconic Guggenheim Museum and a vibrant old quarter.

Car Rental Policies in Irun

When selecting your rental car in Irun, pay close attention to the Important Information section for:

  • Insurance Coverage: Detailed information on what your rental includes, such as third-party liability and comprehensive coverage.
  • Excess: The pre-determined amount you are liable for if there is any damage to the vehicle.
  • Upgrade Options: Availability of additional features or vehicle categories to suit your needs.
  • Deposit & Payment Card Information: Requirements for deposit amounts and acceptable payment card types.

Breakdown Assistance: Included with your rental, offering support in the unlikely event of a vehicle breakdown, ensuring that help is on the way should you need it.

One-Way Rentals with Rhinocarhire

For those looking to traverse across the Basque Country or even into France, Rhinocarhire provides the convenient option of one-way rentals, allowing for a seamless travel experience without the need to return to Irun.


Renting a car in Irun not only presents the convenience of exploring a culturally rich and diverse region but also affords the luxury of setting your own itinerary. From coastal drives to gourmet adventures, the freedom of a rental car means that every day can be tailored to your interests, making for a deeply personal and memorable experience in the Basque Country.

Current Rental Rates in Irun

Volkswagen Up

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 25.44 EUR/day
Volkswagen Up

7 Days rental at 178.08 EUR from 15/02/2021

  2 |
  Manual |

Renault Clio

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.01 EUR/day
Renault Clio

7 Days rental at 189.08 EUR from 15/02/2021

  2 |
  Manual |

Renault Twingo

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 27.23 EUR/day
Renault Twingo

7 Days rental at 190.67 EUR from 15/02/2021

  2 |
  Manual |

Useful to know about Irun

  • Irun is on the border with France.
  • There is an important railway terminal in Irun where the French SNCF meets Spain’s RENFE unfortunately the two countries have different width tracks causing problems! Get over this problem with onward travel with car hire.
  • Irun’s position on the Bay of Biscay make the nearby beaches ideal for surfing.
  • You can rent cars in Irun from Spain's leading rental agents such as Avis, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty, all of whom have outlets in the town.


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