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There really is nothing quite like the freedom of the open road. So rent a car in Gran Canaria in 2024, roll the windows down, put your sunnies on, turn up the tunes and begin your holiday in style.

Car rental in Gran Canaria is a seriously great idea. Known as a ‘miniature continent’, the island is home to every kind of landscape under the sun, from forests and vineyards to sand dunes and desolate fields of volcanic of rock.

Once you’re behind the wheel of your Gran Canaria motor, the island is your oyster. What could be better?

Language: Spanish | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 4 hrs 30 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Gran Canaria?

Gran Canaria is part of Spain, where the minimum legal age to hire a car is 18. However, many car hire providers only accept drivers from age 21, and some set their minimum age higher. Compare deals online and include your age accurately to see which providers you can hire with, and check directly with them if in doubt.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Gran Canaria?

You must have a full driving licence to hire a car in Gran Canaria, and you need to have held it for at least one year (sometimes the requirement is two years). You'll usually need an additional ID (a passport is best). An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Gran Canaria?

Legally, no, you don't have to have car hire excess insurance in Gran Canaria. However, it's often a good idea for peace of mind – if you don't have this insurance and something happens to your hire car then you could be liable for an expensive excess. Providers usually offer this type of cover, but you can usually get a better deal by comparing third-party policies online in advance.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Gran Canaria?

Many companies accept debit cards for car hire in Gran Canaria, but some do only take credit cards. You may find that if a provider does take a debit card, they insist that you also buy their full insurance cover. Pay online in advance to be sure of your options.

Which rental companies are available at Gran Canaria Airport?

Car rental companies at Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) include: AutoReisen, Avis, Budget, Cicar, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt, Thrifty and TopCar.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Gran Canaria?

If you're flying into Gran Canaria, then picking your car up at the airport is the most convenient option – that often means it's more expensive than renting off site, though you can still get a good deal.

Can you rent a car in one city in Gran Canaria and drop it off in another?

Yes, you'll probably be able to find a deal on one-way car hire in Gran Canaria. Many car companies allow you to do this, and there are car rental locations in various towns around the island.

Can you rent a car the same day in Gran Canaria?

Yes, you can get same-day car rental in Gran Canaria and you don't have to go straight to a car rental outlet – you can still compare deals online.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Gran Canaria?

Yes, it's possible to hire a car in Gran Canaria at age 21. Some car hire providers set their own age limit higher at 25, but the minimum legal age for hiring a car in Spain is 18. In general, you will need to have held a full driving licence for at least one year. Expect a ‘young driver surcharge’ too.

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