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Car hire in Spain is the cheapest in Europe, so renting often provides one of the most affordable ways to experience Spain's sandy coastline, historic towns and charming villages.

3 steps to cheap car hire

  • Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
  • Select - choose the car you want to hire
  • Book - with our secure payment system

How it Works

Once your payment has been authorised you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Keep all the information on your booking confirmation handy as you will need it along with your other documents when you collect the car at your destination. We also have a useful checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you set off.

If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.

If you're looking simply for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras provides great deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.

At Holiday Extras we want to make your trip as hassle free as possible, so you can hit the road happy. If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.

Malaga car rental locations

Flights to the south of Spain only take a couple of hours from the UK, making car hire at Malaga Airport the most popular choice for holidays in the sun. However, if you're arriving by other means of transport or need a pick-up location closer to your final destination, you can compare all small and major locations served near Malaga; downtown, airports, train stations and ports.

Car hire Malaga Airport

A number of car hire companies at Malaga Airport can be found in the arrivals hall while others are located offsite and you will need to take a courtesy bus to get to them.

Rental desk location will be presented to you as you compare car rentals followed by more specific address locations found within your confirmation email from the car hire company themselves.

Other rental locations

If you are picking up from any other location in Spain, such as a town or city centre, port or railway station; double check which rental location you have selected as sometimes car hire companies have more than one office. Your booking confirmation should provide all the necessary address and contact details, if there is any confusion you should call your particular car hire company.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Malaga Train Station, Spain. Subject to availability. Prices correct at time of writing. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Driving on Spain's roads**

Driving a car that is not your own can be an unnerving experience, especially when abroad. Specific terms and conditions differ between car hire companies but hiring a car in Spain shouldn't pose any problems, but there are a few local laws and customs we think you may find useful.

  • Left hand drive - Drive on the right-hand side of the road, overtake on the left.
  • Minimum care hire age - 18 years old. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
  • Seatbelt - Spanish law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt.
  • Children under 12 or under 1.35m - Must not travel in the front of a vehicle, unless in a specially adapted rear-facing seat for children.
  • Unleaded petrol - Sin plomo 98 or Eurosuper 95.
  • Diesel - gasoleo.
  • Leaded - super/super 97.
  • Petrol stations - Garages are rarely open 24hours (particularly out of a city). They are often closed for 2 hours at lunchtime and all day on a Sunday.
  • Toll Roads - Cash and credit cars are accepted

Spanish roads

Spanish toll motorways (autopistas de peajes - prefixed with AP) have undergone major improvements in recent years and if you plan on covering significant distances quickly they are ideal, but do come at a price. If you fancy taking the slower, more scenic route and save a few euro, Spanish dual carriageways (autovias - prefixed with E), are never very busy, well maintained and toll-free.

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Toll motorways (autopistas de peajes) - 120kph/75mph
  • Dual carriageways (autovias E) - 110kph/68mph
  • Out of town roads - 90kph/56mph
  • Built up areas - 50kph/31mph

On-the-spot fines

Fixed and mobile speed cameras are very common throughout Spain and are not as recognisable as the UK. If caught, Spanish authorities can issue expensive, on-the-spot fines.

All on-the-spot fines must be paid in cash, to the arresting officer. Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted, and cash must be in the local currency. If you do not have cash, you will be taken to the nearest ATM.

Drinking and driving

Spanish authorities have clamped down heavily on drinking and driving across the country and are a lot more strict than UK laws. Severe penalties are imposed if the driver is found to have 0.05% or more alcohol in their blood, or 0.03% or more alcohol in the bloodstream if the driver has had a full licence for 2 years or less.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

In general, UK licences are accepted in other EU countries, however, if you are travelling to Spain, we recommend that you obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP) as a precaution.

Mobile phone use

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or in control of a vehicle in Spain, even if you have pulled over to the side of the road. Earphone headsets are also prohibited. Completely hands-free units are acceptable.

Spanish driving etiquette

Joining a dual carriageway or motorway - Spanish drivers tend not to move out of the way to allow you to merge onto the road. Be prepared to stop, even at the end of an entry slip road and wait until there is a clear space to join these roads safely.

Flashing headlights - If another driver is flashing their headlights at you they want you to give them right of way.

No honking your horn - In urban areas it is illegal to beep someone in Spain, and could result in an on-the-spot fine. You are only permitted to do so in an emergency.

**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.