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Here are some of the most popular car hire companies that are actually based at Alicante Airport ALC. Centauro car hire, Goldcar car rentals, Avis/Budget car, Europcar, Sixt, Recordg Go and Firefly. Each car hire company has offices inside arrivals on the ground floor.

The research here will assist you to compare companies with the best reviews while looking for cheap car hire prices. Whether you need car rental companies that offer a free additional driver, insurance with no deposit, we are sure that you will find everything you need below regarding Alicante airport car hire

Depending on the fuel policy you decide to have, the time of year you go, and of course the model of car, plus any additional extras, prices can differ greatly when booking car hire at Alicante Airport .

Also be aware that Sat Nav /GPS, child seats, additional drivers and WiFi will normally be subject to a daily charge to the cost per day of hiring a car.

Choosing car hire at Alicante Airport

When you hire a car at Alicante Airport, you are in the best position to explore Alicante and the Costa Blanca more thoroughly for yourself. Arranging car hire in Alicante does not need to be confusing. Whether you want to compare the cheapest deal from all car rental suppliers at once, or you would like to find out more information such as fuel policies, below you will find a comprehensive guide providing all you need to know about Alicante carhire.

The type of car and amount of seats will of course depend on the size of your group or family, your budget and where you plan to visit in Alicante. However if you are searching for a 7 seater, please be aware that most 7-seater people carriers only have a small boot available and do not have much space for luggage. For parties of 7 or above, you may prefer to search for two budget vehicles or medium sized cars or simply one larger 9 seater. The ample room will prevent any shortage of space if everyone has a suitcase.

Small cars such as a Fiat 500, Peugeot 108 or Toyota Aygo may not seem big enough for what you imagined to get for your trip. All that said, if your finances are limited and all you have with you on holiday is your hand luggage, the more compact smaller car models are still full of modern technology and some models do give you the highest miles per gallon.

If there are more than two in your travel group, consider the added convenience of having four doors opposed to a two door. Also cheap does not mean ideal, as some cars really don’t have much boot space for luggage. However, whether you are searching for more economical cars, larger vehicles or SUV’s, here you can search every car rental company in Alicante for the best rate, and save money.

When to book your Alicante car hire

Pre-book Online

It’s always best to book Alicante car hire online well before your travel date. Prices do seem to increase as you get nearer to the day you fly. Price comparison websites can be beneficial as they do allow you to compare prices between various car hire companies all in one place. Any car hire promotions and discounts are more likely available under the term early bird discounts. When you do book your car hire early, not only do you get the pick of the best range of cars, but also you have more choice from the different car hire companies to choose from.

When booking car rental online, consider first where to pick up and return the car. If your pick up location is from Alicante Airport and your car hire drop off is the same location, then you will avoid extra charges for dropping off at a different location.

Hire Cars on arrival At Alicante Airport

It is possible to hire your car directly from Alicante airport upon arrival. Conveniently located in the arrivals area of the terminal building at Alicante El Altet Airport you will find various operators including; Record Go rent a car, Centauro car hire, Europcar, Avis, Budget, Sixt, and Hertz.

Car rental rates at the airport are set by the car rental companies and usually deals are not available at this point. All car hire prices at Alicante Airport will often be more expensive than renting a car online in advance.


Alicante Airport ALC Car Hire Insurance and Car Breakdown Cover

The good news is that the quotes from most car hire companies actually include some form of theft and damage insurance in their price. You may be fortunate to have some breakdown cover too. But this is usually an additional cost that would need to be decided upfront.

You will be grateful that you arranged insurance and breakdown should you need to claim as the excess can be very steep without it. Therefore at the time of booking your car rental from Alicante airport, remember it’s the car hire excess insurance that protects you from paying a large excess should you be unfortunate have an accident. Ask to see all paperwork and take time to read the smallprint before agreeing and signing your car hire contract.

Having your credit card with you will allow you to choose whether or not to accept the car hire company’s insurance policy. If you don’t have your credit card at the airport but just a debit card, you will only be allowed to to drive the car away after purchasing the car hire insurance offered at the airport. A credit card simply blocks the excess amount until you return the car in the same condition. If you do happen to return the car with damage, money could be deducted from your account to pay for the repairs.

When you collect your car, the rental company will most likely request that you upgrade to the enhanced insurance policy, which can prove expensive. However if you arrange in advance for fully comprehensive cover with a zero excess via a third party you’ll be able to save a lot of money.

Car Hire Extras

Your driving experience in Alicante and the Costa blanca can be made even smoother by adding optional extras to your rental. But be aware as optional extras are charged per day and depending on the rental company you choose, they can be very expensive even doubling the cost of your car rental. Consider in advance if you really do need the extra add-ons or if you could possibly bring extras yourself such as your own sat-nav or a child seat from home,as this can save you a lot of money. 

Here are some of the types of extras available:

Sat nav/GPS


Child seat

Additional driver


Alicante car hire Fuel Policies

Car rental policy prices can differ drastically depending on the type of rental contract you choose. Nowadays most companies do not include a full tank of fuel with your car rental price, meaning that you will need to take time to read the fine print and analyse your options. To help ease the confusion here are some of the most common fuel policies available:

Full to Full

A full to full fuel policy is usually the cheapest option. This means that when you collect your rental car it will already have a full tank of fuel and you’ll be required to return it with a full tank. There are a couple of fuel stations close to Alicante airport making it easy to fill up the tank before you hand the car back. To avoid being charged for a full tank of fuel it’s essential that you don’t forget to fill up the tank! 

Pre-purchase or full to empty

A pre purchase policy requires that you buy a full tank of fuel from the rental company when you collect your car from Alicante airport. the price for the cost of a tank of fuel is set by the car rental company and can sometimes be more expensive than the price at the fuel pump. To really benefit from this policy you will want to return the car with an empty tank or use as much fuel as you can during your stay as you won’t get a refund for unused fuel. This type of policy is best suited to those who will be staying for over a week and will be doing a lot of driving. 

Pre-purchase with Refund

Similar to the policy above, you will have a full tank of petrol already available but you will have to pay the full cost for it on collection. The car hire company will decide what the cost will be. Upon returning the rental car, the remaining fuel in the tank will be calculated and refunded to your card and in addition, you will most likely be charged an admin fee as set out in the rental contract. 

Fuel Stations

Near Alicante Airport

If you need to return your car with a full tank of fuel the best petrol station for Alicante airport is Tangeria Galp station which is located two kilometres south of the airport, with stations in both directions along the A7 motorway. 

Requirements to hire a car at Alicante Airport

Most car rental companies located at Alicante airport will not accept drivers under the age of 21. Drivers between the ages of 21 to 25 may be asked to pay a young driver supplement and take out additional insurance. 

How to cancel your hire car

Generally you may cancel your car hire for free for up to 24 hours before collection. However we would recommend that you check the company’s cancellation policy regarding this. 

Pick-up and drop-off times

When hiring a car at Alicante airport you could benefit by simply adjusting your hourly & minute pick-up and drop-off time. For example, if you chose to collect your car from the airport at 13:00pm and yet selected to return the vehicle at 11:45am on your return date, you may be charged less than if you were to choose 13:25pm. The reason being is that if you go over a full day or 24 hour period by just 25 minutes, you’ll be charged for an extra full day’s car rental.

There is also an additional charge for out of hours car pick-up. This is usually after 11pm or before 7am in the morning. Each car rental company may have slightly different out of office hours policy. This is worth taking into account if you were considering getting a car from the airport on a late evening flight.

Collecting your car at Alicante Airport

Your checklist of documentation and identification when you need to collect your car from Alicante Airport, should include, your passport, driving licence, car hire booking reference and confirmation via email or a printed copy. You will also need a credit card (or a direct debit card is fine if you don’t mind buying car insurance at the airport. For UK residents you may decide to get an international driving licence in advance to show at the rental desk. Although this may not be required until after January 2021.

Ask to see the contract and study it well

You will be asked to sign a car hire contract in many places on the paperwork. Read carefully each sentence and each excess where you are asked to write your signature or initials. Do you agree with each amount of excess and make sure the the fuel policy is correct.

Carefully check you rental car before driving away

Even if you do have full car insurance in place, be sure to check that you have been issued with breakdown warning triangles and a high visibility vest. This is in harmony with Spanish driving laws. Too, ensure that you have photographs of any current scratches, marks or dents over 5mm in length. Some companies even suggest making a video of the paintwork and body of the car before driving away. Don’t forget to inform the car hire staff to update the contract with any unrecorded scuffs or bumps as this will be hard to prove upon returning the car.

Driving in and around Alicante

Be aware of the following speed limits in Alicante

Your hire car will have kilometres per hour (KPH) on the speedometer and not miles per hour. The same measurement of KPH is used on speed limit signs. Below you will find speed limits for Alicante.

Road TypeMaximum KPH
Motorways 120
Dual carriageways 80 – 110 Check individul signs
Other Roads 50 – 60
Towns and housing estates 30 (recent change but check local signs)

Driving and Alcohol

Authorities in Alicante give the same advice as many of its European counterparts; ‘Do not drink and drive. Take a taxi or public transport or share a car’. Police in Alicante are very efficient at carrying out random breathalyzer tests on drivers.

The general limit for drivers and cyclists is 0.05% . However, for drivers with less than two years of driving experience the limit is 0.03%

If you are issued with a fine while driving in Alicante.

If you’re issued a fine whilst using the car that you have hired in Alicante, you may be expected to pay this on the spot. You may even get the notification of a speeding fine via the hire car company. They will also likely charge you an admin fee when you return your keys and the car at the airport for processing the fine.

It’s wise to check local area signs and parking notices each day as some towns hold markets on one regular day of the week. Although parking may be allowed every other day in the area, you could be fined for parking in that vicinity even from the the early hours of the morning on that particular market day. It is not unheard of for drivers to collect their hire car from where they previously parked only to find that it has been towed away by the police. When they arrive looking for the car, all they find is a sticker on the floor with instructions on how to get the car back.

Alicante Parking Rules

What you need to know about parking in Alicante:

Single, unbroken yellow lines on the road mean no parking.

Signs with “vado permanente” or “prohibido estacionar” (usually found on garage doors) mean no parking.

Blue lines on the road mean it’s a pay to park zone.

Disabled spaces, marked by a wheelchair symbol, can only be used by drivers with the blue permit badge or sticker.

Just like many regions within Europe, parking on blue lines without a permit will result in a fine. Your car may even be towed away by the police who will require a fee for you to pay before you get the car back.

Useful Spanish Phrases & Info You May Need When Driving

  • Gasolina means petrol
  • Sin Plomo means unleaded petrol and is a green pump
  • Diesel is labelled the same and is often a black pump
  • You can contact emergency services in Spain by dialling 112

Avis / Budget car hire

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals area
  • Website:
  • Phone: +34 902 10 98 08 / +34 902 248 824


  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website
  • E-mail:
  • Teephoine +34 918 34 40 64
  • Holdcar Alicante Collection Office: Airport terminal Aeropuerto de Alicante, 03195 El Altet, Alicante.

Europcar / Inter Rent

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Europcar Bookings / customer service:+34 911 50 50 00

SIXT Car Hire

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals / Zona rentacar
  • Website
  • E-mail: Contact form email
  • Sixt Bookings / Sixt Customer Service: +34 871 18 01 92

Enterprise, Alamo, National

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • Enterprise Bookings: 902 100 101

Record Go Car Rentals

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • E-mail:
  • RecodGo Bookings: 902 123 002

Hertz – Thrifty

  • Ground Floor Arrivals /  Zona coche de alquiler
  • Website:
  • Hertz customer servoces and bookings: 902 402 405

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