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CAR HIRE COMPANIES located INSIDE ALC

You will find the car hire companies offices inside the arrivals hall on the ground floor of Alicante Airport.

Some of the most popular car hire companies found there include Centauro car hire, Goldcar car rentals, Avis/Budget car, Europcar, Sixt, RecordGo and Firefly.

Hiring a car can be confusing so we have put together this guide to help you with all aspects of renting a car at Alicante Airport.

Whether you need advice on the different insurance policies, additional drivers or fuel policies, this page will help you make an informed decision when booking your car.

The slider below provides example rates of daily car hire from Alicante Airport, based on hiring a car in summer for 14 days.

To get an accurate rate complete the box above with your dates and see prices in less than 60 seconds from all the car hire companies based at Alicante Airport.

The cost of your car rental will depend on the fuel policy you choose, the time of year, the model of car and any optional extras such as additional drivers.

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

Instead of spending hours visiting each car hire company, booking your car hire in advance means you can compare all the vehicles and prices online now.

Prices for daily car hire increase the nearer it gets to your holiday dates, so lock-in your rate by booking now. You will also have peace of mind knowing your car is booked and waiting for you to arrive.

Choosing the right car for you will depend on the size of your group or family and the amount of luggage you have. For example, if you are searching for a 7 seater vehicle, please be aware that most 7-seater people carriers only have a small boot space without much room for luggage.

For parties of 7 or above, it may be more economical to split your party and hire two budget vehicles or medium-sized cars. The ample room will prevent any shortage of space if everyone has a suitcase.

If you plan on travelling with hand luggage only and are a small party then cars such as a Fiat 500, Peugeot 108 or Toyota Aygo may be best for you.

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 increase as you get nearer to the day you fly. By booking now you can take advantage of any ‘early bird discounts’ and choose from the best range of cars.

Consider first where you plan to pick up and return the car. Most companies will charge extra if you plan to drop off the car at it different location to the one you collected from.

Hire Cars on Arrival At Alicante Airport

It is possible to hire your car directly from Alicante airport upon arrival without pre-booking. You will need to visit the car hire desks in the arrivals hall and request prices etc. However, it will often be more expensive on the day than renting a car online in advance and your choice of vehicles will be limited.

Insurance

Alicante Airport ALC Car Hire Insurance and Car Breakdown Cover

Most car hire companies include some basic form of theft and damage insurance in their price.

It’s important to remember that the car hire ‘excess insurance’ protects you from paying a large fee should you have an accident.  You can purchase this enhanced insurance at the time of booking or when you collect the car.

You will be grateful that you arranged the extra insurance and breakdown should you need to claim as the excess can be very steep without it.

One option to save on the ‘excess insurance’ cost is to purchase an annual plan through a separate provider such as Zurich. The cost of this policy is significantly cheaper than that of most car hire companies. You will need to bring a copy of this independent policy when collecting the hire car.

Remember to ask to see all paperwork and take time to read the small print before agreeing and signing your car hire contract so you know exactly what is covered.

Breakdown cover is usually provided an additional cost that would need to be decided upfront.

Make sure you have your credit card and pin number with you when collecting the car.

If you don’t have your credit card you won’t be allowed to hire a car without first purchasing the car hire excess insurance offered at the airport.

The car hire company will place a block on your credit card for the excess amount until you return the car in the same condition.

If you do happen to return the car with damage, money may be deducted from your account to pay for the repairs.

Car Hire Extras

Your driving experience in Alicante and the Costa Blanca can be made even smoother by adding optional extras to your rental. These optional extras are charged per day and depending on the rental company you choose, they can be expensive even doubling the cost of your car rental.  

Here are some of the types of extras available:

Sat Nav/GPS

Pushchair

Child seat

Additional driver

WiFi

Alicante Car Hire Fuel Policies

Fuel 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

This is usually the cheapest option. You collect the car with a full tank and 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

This means you buy a full tank of fuel from the rental company when you collect your car from Alicante airport and return it with an empty tank. The price for the initial tank of fuel is set by the car rental company so it can be more expensive than the price at the fuel pump. 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, but the main difference being that the remaining fuel in the tank will be calculated and refunded to your card. 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 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. 

Collecting your car at Alicante Airport

To collect your hire car you will need your passport, driving licence, car hire booking reference and confirmation via email or a printed copy. You will also need a credit card. If you are a UK resident, it may be useful to have 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

Be sure to check that you have been issued with breakdown warning triangles and a high visibility vest as you will need these should an accident or breakdown occur. Check the car over and take 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 on that particular market day.

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: http://www.avis.es
  • Phone: +34 902 10 98 08 / +34 902 248 824

Goldcar

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website https://www.goldcar.es/en/offices/goldcar-alicante-airport-office/
  • E-mail: info@goldcar.es
  • 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: http://www.europcar.es
  • Email: es_customerservice@europcar.com
  • Europcar Bookings / customer service:+34 911 50 50 00

SIXT Car Hire

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals / Zona rentacar
  • Website https://www.sixt.co.uk/car-hire/spain/alicante
  • E-mail: Contact form email https://www.sixt.co.uk/contacts/contact-form/
  • Sixt Bookings / Sixt Customer Service: +34 871 18 01 92

Enterprise, Alamo, National

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website: http://www.enterprise.es
  • Enterprise Bookings: 902 100 101

Record Go Car Rentals

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website: http://www.recordrentacar.com
  • E-mail: reservas@recordrentacar.com
  • RecodGo Bookings: 902 123 002

Hertz – Thrifty

  • Ground Floor Arrivals /  Zona coche de alquiler
  • Website: http://www.hertz.es
  • Hertz customer servoces and bookings: 902 402 405

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