Car rental Spain

Car rental Spain

General information and regulations

In order to rent a car you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory and child seats are mandatory for children up to age 3. Children under 12 may not sit in the front seat. An International Driver's License is highly recommended for non-EU residents.

The speed limits are: in the city 31mph/50kph, on open roads 55mph/90kph and on highways 74mph/120kph.

The highways are well maintained, although local roads need a bit of maintenance. Pay attention in the mountain regions: it is highly recommended to use the horn of your car at certain corners.

Driving in Spain with a rental car

With a road network covering 160,000 km, you will certainly enjoy having a car. Madrid is located centrally, in the northeast you will find Barcelona and Seville is the largest city in the south.

When you arrive at Barcelona Airport, a trip to Zaragoza, 257 km further inland, is recommended. This beautiful city with its impressive cathedrals is not very popular among tourist despite its allure and monuments. However, it is just as impressive as the other large cities in Spain.

Those who land on Seville Airport can explore the region of Andalucía and the famous mountain range of the Sierra Nevada. Cities such as Córdoba (with its famous 'Mezquita') and Granada (famous for the impressive Alhambra) are well worth a visit in this region. Another area of interest is the rocky peninsula of Gibraltar, at 150 km south of Seville.

With Madrid as your starting point a trip to Toledo is recommended. This city of culture has many museums and can be reached within one hour.

Renting a car in Spain

The large Spanish airports have several car rental companies, such as: Atesa, Avis, Alamo, Hertz and Europcar. Another option is booking a rental car through EasyTerra. This website compares the rates of multiple car rental companies for your convenience.