Car rental services at the airport
Car rental services at the airport
If you want to have full autonomy during your stay in Valencia, you might be looking to rent a car. Car rental services in Spain are cheaper than in many other countries, so this is a great option that will allow you to move around at your own pace, without being limited by public transport timetables or availability.
There are seven companies with help-desks in the airport and a garage next to it, as well as companies with warehouses nearby. Continue to read to find out which ones they are, your options, and the different price rates.
How it works
Renting a car is fairly easy, you can either do it online in advance or directly at the airport when you arrive.
Booking online allows you to compare prices, vehicle options, and terms and conditions well in advance. When you have chosen the company from which you will rent your car, make sure to always book directly on their website, instead of third parties. By doing so, you will avoid any surprises at pick-up or extra charges.
If you decide to get a car at the airport, there are a few options, both inside the airport itself or nearby (we will further detail the options in the following sections). Booking in person will allow you to talk through your options with the clerk, so you can choose the one that works best for you.
Requirements for renting a car
Before renting a car, there are a few things to consider first, like the requirements and documents needed, as well as your parking options in the city.
In terms of documents, the basic ones you will need to rent a car in your name will be:
- A valid identity document stating you are older than 25 (or older than 26 or 30, depending on the company). You can still rent a car if you are younger, but the cost will increase.
- An EU driving licence. In case you don’t have an EU licence, you will need an international licence.
- A credit card in the name of the person doing the booking. Not having a credit card in the driver’s name will prevent you from being able to put down a security deposit (with most companies), thus having to pay for non-refundable insurance.
Remember that not all companies have the same restrictions. Please, make sure you check if there are any additional or different conditions for the company you choose to rent from.
Once you have all your documents, you will need to make sure you have parking options near where you are staying. You can, for example, ask the hotel clerk or your host if there is parking nearby. If the place where you are staying is in a limited traffic area, make sure you have your permit to drive in the area, in order to avoid fines.
Offer, prices, and pick-up locations
Inside the airport itself, there are seven car rental companies offering their services. All seven have their stands on the ground floor of the airport and are thus easily reachable from the arrivals area. If you are leaving the gates behind you, most of the rental stands will be on your left.
After you have filled out all the paperwork and gotten your keys, you will be directed to the garage space, where all the cars are parked and you will be able to get your vehicle.
Other companies, both local and international, do not have an office inside the airport, but have big warehouses nearby, easily reachable on foot, by bus, or metro. These companies are Centauro (1.7 km –about 1 mile– from the airport), Record Go (1.8 km –about 1.12 miles– from the airport), Malco (1 km –about 0.6 miles– from the airport), Leasys (900 metres –about 0.5 miles– from the airport), and Click Rent (2.2 km –about 1.3 miles– from the airport).
Keep in mind that companies that have offices away from the airport might be a little cheaper, as they might not have an airport fee.
Here is a price comparison between the companies inside the airport.
|Price for 7 days*|
|Price for 7 days*||€130.89 (€18.70 p/d)||€125.46 (€17.92 p/d)||€ 128.41 (€18.34 p/d)||€130.80 (€18.69 p/d)||€162.92 (€23.27 p/d)||€135.00 (€19.29 p/d)||€160.00 (€22.86 p/d)|
Renting a car is the best option if…
- You are planning to often move around Valencia and the surrounding areas during your stay.
- You don’t want to rely on public transport during your stay.
- You are travelling in a group of two to five people.