Car Hire in Andalucia & Southern Spain

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Exploring Andalucia by car is a great way to enjoy the region. © istock
Exploring Andalucia by car is a great way to enjoy the region.

car hire southern spain

The major international Car rental companies have offices in most Andalucian cities and at the major airports such as Malaga Airport. However the smaller local car rental companies tend to be less expensive. You may be approached at airports by representatives of local car hire companies, most of whom are reputable. If you're a visitor, it's advisable to reserve a rental car before arriving, particularly during peak periods.

More visitors rent cars in Spain than any other European country and a hefty percentage of these are in Andalucía. Car rental in Southern Spain is the most economic in Europe due to the strong competition.


When comparing rates, check that prices are fully inclusive of insurance and taxes. Standard Insurance cover does not ususlly cover the first 250 EUR of any damage. Check insurance cover for young drivers under 25 as generally it is not posible to obtain car hire insurance for young drivers nor those that have passed their driving test withing the last 12 months.

fuel policies

Policy on payment for petrol varies - check the small print. Most issue cars with a full/half/empty tank and ask you to return the car the same. Others charge for a full tank and do not credit you when the car is not returned empty. Alternatively, many businesses are now adopting a 'fair fuel' policy whereby you buy a full tank and receive credit on whatever is left when you return the car.

terms of use

It is often prohibited to take the car to Portugal or France, check with the hire car company, and almost certainly prohibited to take the car to Morocco.


To rent a car in southern Spain you must produce a valid licence, this is the same for the whole of Spain (a copy is not acceptable). If more than one person will be driving, all the drivers' names must be included on the rental agreement.

check for damage

Lastly check the car on collection for damage, record with digital camera if unsure whether to officially record minor damages on the contract. All (hire) cars are required by law to carry two warning triangles in the luggage compartment and two yellow vests in the glove compartment. Ensure these are present on collection.

Motoring info

There are so many great destinations to discover in Andalucia, from city life, to the charming white villages villages, there is nothing like having your own wheels to discover this beautiful part of the world.

Consult our Driving and Motoring pages in the travel section, our suggested drivng itineraries, and Cars and Motoring in our living in Andalucia section.