You can pre-book to hire a car at Alicante Airport through our website which is an easy and straightforward process. Via our website you can search the major rental car hire companies to find the best deal for you.
Most major European car hire companies have offices at Alicante Airport as well as a couple of local operators with their desks located in the arrival hall of both terminals. To avoid disappointment or to secure that exact car you want to hire, try and book as early as possible.
– Auto Reisen
– Europcar – Phone: 902 105 055
– Avis – Phone: 902 180 854
– Goldcar rentals – Phone: 902 119 726
– Cabrera Medina – Phone: 928 822 910
– Hertz – Phone: 902 402 405
– Cicar – Phone: 928 822 900
– Payless – Phone: 928 846 250
– Record Go – Phone: 902 12 30 02
– centauro alicante car hire – Phone: 966 36 03 60
If you decide to get a hire car from Alicante Airport, this will give you the opportunity to visit even cities and towns within the Costa Blanca where public transport is limited.
Remember to check the conditions before your hire a car including the insurances and fuel etc.
The following guide is unbiased to help you rent a car from Alicante Airport together with tips on how to drive and what to expect while holidaying on Spain’s beautiful Costa Blanca.
To ensure your Alicante Airport car hire is a pleasant experience from start to finish, we have put together all the information you will need to rent a car.
What kind of car do you want to hire from Alicante Airport? First, you need to take into account the number of passengers, amount of luggage and how much you will actually be using the car.
Is value the most important factor and if so, will you be looking to hire a small car that is fuel efficient? Is comfort more important to you? Do you need a larger car to transport the entire family? All these factors will contribute to just how little or how much it will cost you to rent a car at Alicante Airport.
If you plan to visit some of the Costa Blanca’s inland towns and villages a small car is ideal as it lets you navigate tiny, narrow streets and is easier to park than a people carrier or SUV. If, however, you are on holiday with the kids you will probably need something bigger than say an Opel Corsa.
Will you be driving the car on a daily basis or is it just to get you to and from the airport and perhaps an excursion or two? If it is the latter then you might be better off foregoing a rental and opting for an Alicante Airport Transfer instead.
If you are the type of person who likes to get out and explore, renting a car from Alicante Airport makes a lot of sense and is worth the money it will cost.
Alicante province and the entire Valencian Community is full of natural wonders, historic sites and places you would never get to visit without having your own car. Drive south of the airport and discover the Roman ruins in Cartagena or north to visit the seaside retreats of Altea, Denia and Javea.
Inland you have the home of the Borgia’s at Xativa and the medieval village of Bocairent together with numerous national park, wineries and villages where time has stood still.
If your trip to the Costa Blanca was a last minute decision you might just choose to arrive at Alicante Airport and rent a car on a whim. Be aware that this could prove to be a costly error as all rental car companies offer different rates have separate conditions when it comes to renting one of their cars.
Doing your due diligence ahead of time can not only save you money, but also time at the airport, as all the information required will already have been put into the car rental company’s computer.
Using a price comparison website is also a good way to find out which car hire firms at Alicante Airport have special offers and deals that you might find attractive.
Using a car rental comparison site is very easy. All you have to do is enter your car hire dates and instantly the site will compare quotes from different Alicante Airport car rental firms together with what vehicles available for your selected dates.
To get the best rates and the type of car you want, it is always best to book as far as possible in advance as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to pay.
Usually what happens is that the cars available for rent are divided up into distinct categories from compact at the bottom end to luxury at the top. In between, you will have family saloons, estate cars, minivans and SUV’s.
Once you select the vehicle type you want a more specific page will display the cars in that group and their attributes such as.
• Number of passengers they can accommodate
• How many bags will fit in the boot
• How many doors the vehicle has
• Details of vehicle pick up – either at the terminal in Alicante Airport or off-site
Also, on this page, you will generally find each cars additional features. Manual or automatic, air-conditioned or not, fuel type, fuel policy, insurance conditions and pick up and drop off locations.
Car rental comparison sites also have customer feedback sections that allow you to read about other people’s experiences using one Alicante Airport car rental company over another.
TIP – when searching for a vehicle the photo of the car you see may not be the one you actually get as they might show a Volkswagen Golf but when it comes time to pick up the car you are given an Opel Astra. Note the wording “VW Golf or Similar” as what you actually end up with is what car is available on the day you arrive.
Once you have had a good chance to view all the results and the recommendations of the car comparison website as to what car best suits your needs based on the information you provided.
The cheapest option is generally the most appealing, but be aware that the price you are initially quoted will not be the final amount you will have to pay. There are other pricing factors to be added in that we will explain in more detail below.
For Alicante Airport car rental comparison, you can use the “Search for Car Rental” box at the top of this page or use other car hire comparison sites like skyscanner.net, travelsupermarket.com or dealchecker.co.uk.
The entire Costa Blanca can be extremely busy during the summer with many of the car rental companies at Alicante Airport either running out of vehicles or not having the type of car you require available.
This, of course, works the opposite way in the winter with plenty of great deals available due to an overabundance of cars.
The truth of the matter is that you should always book your car as far in advance as possible as the longer you wait; the more expensive it is likely to become.
There are many car rental companies to choose from at Alicante Airport. While many providers are based within the airport’s main terminal, some are a short free shuttle ride away.
Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, RecordGo, Enterprise, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Goldcar, Rhodium,
Interent, Alamo, Keddy by Europcar.
Read more about the terminal-based car hire companies on the ARENA website.
Argus car Hire, Aurigacrown, Dieselcar, Helle Hollis, Lara Cars, Solmar, and Victoria Cars.
TIP –Where you pick up the car can save you money. The pick-up and drop-off location of your rental car can save you a considerable amount of money. Car hire companies pay a premium for their facilities in the airport terminal which means they have to pass the costs on to the consumer.
Off-site companies don’t have the same overheads and more often than not can offer you a rental for a price much less than it would cost from a big name operator that has a desk in the airport. The downside, of course, is that you will need to take a free shuttle bus to their off-site facilities which takes up more of your valuable time. If however time is not an issue, using an off-site company can save you a ton of money.
We highly recommend that you read your rental contract thoroughly before signing to ensure you understand the fuel policies, mileage charges and what the insurance you took out actually covers. Most agents at Alicante Airport speak flawless English, but there is always the chance that you get a newbie or someone who has not been working for the company very long.
Things you might want to study carefully are:
• Are you covered if you decide to drive up to France or take the car on a ferry to the Balearic Islands? The terms and conditions will clearly state whether this is allowed or not.
• If you reach 2,000 kilometres during your rental period recheck your agreement to make sure you do not have to return the car for another vehicle or face additional charges or fines if you do not.
• Speeding and parking fines. Many people assume that if they have a disabled sticker from one EU country that it is valid in all the others. The truth is that it is not and will lead to a heavy fine if you park illegally. As for traffic offences such as speeding tickets you will be required to not only pay the fine but an administrative fee as well.
Fuel policies for Car Rental at Alicante Airport
Policies regarding fuel have evolved over the years at Alicante Airport with the days when you could pick up a car full of fuel and just be on your way long gone. Policies differ from one company to the next, but here is a list of common policies in place today.
Leave with a full tank and return with a full tank
This seems to be the industry standard at Alicante Airport for the most part. When you get the car it will come with a full tank of fuel and when you drop it off you must return the car with a full tank. If not you could end up paying over the odds for the fuel and a charge for the rental company having to fill up the tank as well.
There are several petrol stations on the approaches to Alicante Airport that are open round the clock so proving you have left yourself plenty of time to catch your flight you should not have a problem. Don’t make the mistake of filling up the tank before you set off on your journey to the airport because by the time you get there the tank will not be full and it’s going to cost you money.
Most Alicante Airport car rental companies with a full to full policy will take the cost of a full tank off your credit card and hold it until you bring the car back with a full tank.
Pre-Purchase or Full to Empty
Paying for a full tank of fuel before you drive off from the airport is another way car companies operate. If this is the policy of the company you are renting from the idea is to return the car with as near empty a tank as you can. If you still have fuel remaining in the tank you will not receive any compensation.
Pre-Purchase with a refund when you return the car
When you pick up the rental car at Alicante Airport, the fuel tank will be completely full, and you will pay for it. The cost of fuel is often higher than the going rate. Once you return the car, any unused fuel in the tank will be calculated, and the cost refunded to your credit card.
Pre-Purchase with a partial refund
Just like the Pre-Purchase with a refund, the partial refund is calculated minus an admin fee for refuelling costs. The cost is subject to change depending on the cost of fuel in Alicante. The amount charged includes a re-fuelling charge which varies between providers.
TIP – Be smart when you choose which fuel policy to use. When selecting which option to take, choose wisely as what at first might seem like a good deal could end up costing you more.The full to empty policy is good providing you know you are going to do a lot of driving and can bring the car back as close as possible to empty without running out of fuel. The partial tank policy is never a really good option as the rental company is only guessing how much fuel is left in the tank based on the indicator which in our experience can vary widely depending on the car. Ultimately the full to full is the best way to go as all you have to do is fill up once you get close to the airport.
There is Galp petrol station right by the airport. If you are approaching from the south just pull in and fill up before returning the car. If you are coming from the north station is on the opposite side of the highway, which means you have to drive past the airport and then take the exit for Santa Pola. Keep in the right lane until you come to a roundabout and then just double back on yourself. The other option is to continue straight and visit the Campsa service station in the town of El Altet where you will pay a cheaper price for fuel than the station closest to the airport.
When it comes to insurance it all seems a bit of a guessing game as to how much cover you actually need. Car rental company’s make a lot of their profit from the insurance cover you take out and have trained their employees to get you to take out more cover than you really need. All companies renting cars at Alicante Airport include the basic third-party fire and theft cover while others might include breakdown cover should your car overheat or need towing.
Pay close attention to deductibles as this is the amount you will be liable for in the event of an accident or any damage to the car. Costs can range anywhere from the first 500 euros of the repair to thousands.
If you want to avoid paying anything the rental company will offer you additional insurance at a cost to ensure that if something should happen, you will not have to pay a penny for the damage.
TIP – Purchasing the extra cover is an easy option for peace of mind, but is often sold at vastly inflated prices that significantly increase the cost of your car hire. Consider taking out your own policy with a third party provider prior to your trip as it could save you money
If you want to compare rates for excess insurance, have a look at this comparison website.
Car Rental Driver Requirements & Conditions
• Just about all car rental companies at Alicante Airport will not rent vehicles to drivers who are under 21 years of age.
• Supplements are then added to the policy if the driver is under the age of 25 and may also only offer cars not considered as being sporty of capable of high-speeds.
• Just like you can be too young you can also be too old. Drivers over a certain age may be required to purchase additional insurance before being allowed to rent a car.
Time of pick-up and drop-off of your Alicante Airport rental car
To avoid being charged for an extra day it is very important that you pay special attention to the time in which the car has to be returned or you may just get charged for an extra day’s rental.
All rental car companies charge a daily rate based on 24h hours. This means that if you pick up a car at say 10 am on Monday and only want to rent it for one day it must be back at the rental car office by 10 am on Tuesday. If you were to arrive later than the 24 hour period you paid for, you would then incur a second day’s charge.
Play it safe and give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and drop off your car so as not to be subjected to additional costs.
Many of the off-site rental car companies only offer a free shuttle bus service during the hours they are open so be sure to double check with them regarding this service before you book.
You could also end up paying more if you need to pick up your rental car after 11pm at night or need to drop it off early in the morning before the rental car company’s office is open.
If you are going to arrive at the airport when the car rental companies offices are closed, be sure to let them know all the details of your flight and arrival time so they can make sure a car is waiting for you at the airport.
Choosing Alicante Airport Car Rental Extras
There are plenty of added extras that you can add to your rental car agreement with each additional feature also charged at a daily rate.
There are lots of optional extras that you can choose to add to your car rental. Each of these features is usually charged by the day (a day is a 24-hour period).
• Child car seats
• Navigational System/GPS
• Additional driver – choose to add one or more additional drivers to your rental at a cost per day. (make sure you do this if more than one person will be driving the car)
TIP – Watch out for those added charges! You can avoid paying for extra service by foregoing the GPS and using Google Maps with your mobile phone. Alternatively, you can download the Here WeGo app and use it to help you navigate. Check with your airline as they might allow you to bring a child seat on board the aircraft free, saving you the need to rent one while driving in Spain. All these extra costs can add up so do your homework before you rent a car.
Cancelling your Alicante Airport car rental should your circumstances change or you need to cancel your holiday
Most car companies will allow you to cancel your booking up to 24 hours in advance. Make sure to check the rental car company’s policy regarding cancellations before you book.
Picking up your rental car at Alicante Airport
In order to avoid any unnecessary delays in getting your car make sure you have your passport, drivers licence and credit card available for the agents to make copies. If you are visiting Spain from the UK you will need to obtain a code from the DVLA. This code permits you to drive in Spain for 21 days and must be presented to the agent at the car rental desk.
Resist the hard-sell for insurance and upgrades
If you do your homework correctly, you will be in a better position to know exactly what you need and don’t need. This will come in useful when at the rental desk the agent tries to get you to agree to insurance upgrades and other costs you do not need to pay.
Make sure you know what you are signing
Car rental desks are often busy with many people behind you waiting to pick up their cars. Do not feel under pressure to hurry up! Take your time and make sure you understand what you are signing.
Inspect the car at pick-up
With such a high turnover of cars at Alicante airport many are just quickly cleaned so that they are ready for the next driver often missing minor dings and scratches. Before you drive off have a good look at the car and make the rental company is aware of any flaws. If need be, take a photo of anything you think could be an issue so that you have evidence of any pre-existing damage to the vehicle. Also, check to boot to make sure you have a warning triangle and a high visibility vest.
Extending your Stay in Alicante
If you find yourself needing to keep the car longer call the rental office and discuss it with one of the agents. It might be as simple as just making a phone call or you could be required to return the car and fill out more paperwork.
Returning your Hire Car at Alicante Airport
Make sure you know exactly when your car needs to be returned to the airport while also giving yourself plenty of time to refill the tank and clear the security checks before your flight. If there is any damage to the car now is the time to point it out to the rental car company and not wait for them to discover it later. Also, bear in mind that if you drop off the car before the rental office is open you will be liable for any damage to the car. All the on-site rental car areas at Alicante Airport have CCTV so you should be Ok just leaving the keys in the car rental company’s drop box.
TIP – Generally speaking, you do not have to worry when dealing with a car rental company at Alicante Airport as they are for the most part trustworthy with reputations to protect. Having said that errors do occur every now and then so be sure to check your credit card statement carefully when you arrive home.
A good way to see who you should rent from is to read about others peoples experiences on TripAdvisor.
Before you hit the road in your rental car get to know where all the controls are. Secondly, adjust the driver’s seat and mirrors so that they are set correctly for you. This might sound a little silly, but if you are visiting from the UK remember that in Spain they drive on the right.
When exiting Alicante Airport you will come to a roundabout. On this roundabout, it is not unusual to see cars creeping slowly around, as just like you, many of them have never driven here before. Even if your destination is Alicante you will probably want to avoid the first exit as it is the old road from the airport into the city. Take the exit that has the blue sign for Valencia/ Murcia/Madrid. Once on this road, you will see the exit for Alicante/Valencia this is the road you want to be on if you are heading in the direction of Benidorm. If you are heading south to the resorts around Torrevieja keep going straight following the signs for Murcia/Cartagena.