*Based on an individual aged 31 with no pre-existing medical conditions taking single trip cover for 7 days to Spain. Cover starts on October 1, 2022 and ends on October 7, 2022. Price correct as of September 30, 2022.
We compare a huge range of one-way and return car hire deals from over 20 leading rental companies
Hiring a car in Palma opens up parts of the city and the surrounding island that are otherwise out of reach to holidaymakers. Even with Majorca’s reliable peak-season bus network at your disposal, many of the beaches and rural landscapes on the fringes of the capital simply can’t be experienced without your own four wheels.
Cheap car hire in Palma isn’t hard to come by, whether it’s in the airport or the city. The easiest way to pick up your rental, however, is from Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI).
Just about every well-known car hire company you can think of operates in Palma, and you’ll find Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt, at the airport. The rental desks can be found in the main arrivals hall.
Car rental companies that have desks at Palma airport include:
Sixt (Tel: +34 902 491 616)
Europcar (Tel: +34 971 746 540)
Hertz (Tel: +34 971 789 670)
Avis (Tel: +34 902 110 261)
Enterprise (Tel: +34 971 266 001)
From here, it’s just over a ten minute drive into Palma, 50 minutes to Port de Pollenca on the north coast, 25 minutes to Magaluf and just under an hour to Cala D’Or on southeast of the island.
Nature-packed parks, hill towns and secluded coves are all yours for the taking when you opt for car hire in Palma. Majorca’s main road, the Ma-13, runs in a diagonal line all the way from the city to Alcúdia, putting the other side of the island within easy road-tripping distance.
Drive east of Palma for long lazy days on the superb sands of Playa de Palma beach, adrenaline-fuelled sessions on the slides and chutes of Majorca’s biggest waterpark, Aqualand, or an afternoon in the watery world of Palma Aquarium, which proudly houses the deepest shark tank in Europe.
Alternatively, make the most of your car hire in Palma by exploring the grand old buildings, upmarket marinas and expansive sandy beaches found in some of the towns to the west of the city, which range from swanky Portals Nous to raucous Magaluf. Roads on the island are generally pretty good, although it pays to be wary of the cliff-edge routes that snake around parts of the north and west coasts.
Cheap car rental in Palma is easy to arrange and rental companies can be found as soon as you step off the plane. The arrivals hall at the airport is heaving with the cheapest car hire companies, all gathered alongside the luggage carousels.
There’s another cluster of them in the city itself, down by the harbour on Avenida de Gabriel Roca. However, for the easiest and cheapest car rental in Palma, book in advance and collect your keys at the airport as soon as you land.
Majorca’s petrol stations are called gasolineras and you’ll find them in most of the major towns and cities, including Palma. Diesel is known as gasóleo, while lead-free is sin-plomo. If you fancy an off-the-beaten-track jaunt into the rural countryside, be sure to go with a full tank.
Life on the road will be easier if you skip the tight, narrow lanes and tricky one-way system of Palma’s old town and use the boulevards that circle the city centre instead.
You’ll find it hard to bag an on-street parking spot downtown. So unless your hotel has a car park of its own, or an arrangement with one close by, public car parks are your best bet. Most charge by the hour and Parc de la Mar, close to the cathedral, is a good choice.
All rental deals compared on TravelSupermarket include mandatory fees (for example, one-way and young driver surcharges) in your rental quote at the time of booking, meaning you’ll know the full price of your car hire upfront.
What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Palma?
Legally you need to be at least 18 years old to hire a vehicle in Palma. In practice, most car hire companies set their minimum age for drivers at 21, and you must also have held a full driving licence for at least a year. Some hire companies set a higher minimum age.
What do I need to hire a vehicle in Palma?
To hire a vehicle in Palma you need a full driving licence that you've had for at least a year, an additional proof of ID (say, your passport) and a payment card. Some hire companies may ask for two years on your driving licence. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.
Do I need car hire excess insurance in Palma?
You're not legally obligated to have car hire excess insurance in Palma. Whether you may want it or not is a different matter. Without car hire excess insurance, you have to pay any excess in full if something happens to your hire car – and that can cost a lot of money. Car hire excess insurance usually means you pay a premium per day that covers you for that excess. Compare third-party policies online to get a good deal.
Can I rent a car with a debit card in Palma?
Many car hire companies accept debit card, and you'll likely find one in Palma. Some insist on credit card for payment and others only accept debit card if you buy their full insurance policy and/or pay a cash deposit. If you pay in advance online, then you can be sure.
Which rental companies are available at Palma de Mallorca Airport?
The following car rental companies are available at Palma de Mallorca Airport : Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, National, Record Go, Sixt and Thrifty.
Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Palma?
It can be cheaper to rent off site than pick up at the airport. You can still get a good deal on car hire at Palma Airport, but since it's most convenient to do that, it can be more expensive.
Can you rent a car in Palma and drop it off in another town?
It's possible to pick up a car in Palma and drop it off elsewhere in Majorca. Not all providers offer this, but if you put in your pickup and drop-off locations when you compare deals, you can see what's available.
Can you rent a car the same day in Palma?
Yes, it's possible to rent a car the same day in Palma – so long as there are cars available. You can still quickly compare providers online to make sure you get the best deal.
Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Palma?
Car hire providers usually set 21 as their minimum age limit, so you should be able to hire a vehicle in Palma at 21, as long as you have held a full driving licence for at least a year. Expect to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’ too.