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It makes sense to rent a car in Tenerife. The roads are great, the price of petrol is reasonable and there’s nothing quite like the freedom of your own four wheels. Cheap car hire in Tenerife is easy to find at any time of the year, bringing the whole island into view without putting a dent in your bank balance. 

Language: Spanish | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 4.5 hrs

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

The minimum age for car hire in Tenerife is 18. However, car hire companies can set their own minimum age and many will only rent to over 21s. In addition, drivers must have held a full licence for at least a year.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Tenerife?

T o hire a vehicle in Tenerife, you usually need to present a valid driving licence, your passport and a debit or credit card. Check your address matches across all forms of ID. You do not need an International Driving Permit to drive in Tenerife if you have a UK licence.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Tenerife?

No, excess insurance is not a condition of car hire in Tenerife. But without it, you are liable to pay a higher excess should you damage the car. Rental companies usually offer excess insurance at the desk, but it may be cheaper to sort out a policy with a third-party insurer.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Tenerife?

Yes, you can rent a car with a debit card in Tenerife, but it is not always easy. Many rental companies insist on taking a credit card as security. It’s always best to check before you book. Whatever card you use, you need enough funds to cover the cost of the booking and the security deposit.

Which rental companies are available at Tenerife North Airport?

Most major car rental companies are at Tenerife’s airports. Avis, AutoReisen, Budget, Cicar, Hertz, Europcar, Goldcar and InterRent are at Tenerife North Airport.

Which rental companies are available at Tenerife South Airport?

At Tenerife South Airport, you’ll find AutoReisen, Cicar, Hertz, Europcar, Goldcar and InterRent, Sixt and TopCar.

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

With so many rental companies at Tenerife’s airports, you can usually find a great deal, especially if you compare online in advance. However, as most airport locations charge additional fees, it’s usually cheaper to pick up a vehicle off site.

Can you rent a car in one town in Tenerife and drop it off in another?

It’s possible to pick up and drop off vehicles at different locations in Tenerife for a fee. One-way rental from Tenerife to other Canary Islands or mainland Spain is harder.

Can you rent a car on the same day in Tenerife?

Yes, you can. You can either search for same-day pick-ups online or just arrive at a rental location with your documents. It’s worth check ing your chosen provider has availability before you arrive.

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

Yes, most rental providers hire vehicles to 21-year-olds. Some even cater to younger drivers. Most companies charge an additional ‘young driver surcharge’ for drivers under 25.

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