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Known as the gateway to the sizzling Costa del Sol, Malaga is a hotspot for those after sun, sea and fiery Spanish culture. If you’re looking to venture beyond the bustling attractions of the cosmopolitan city and to explore the rest of the Andalusia region, you’ll find it easy to hire a car from Malaga Airport.

Language: Spanish | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 3 hrs

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

In general, you need to be at least 18 years old to hire a car in Malaga (and all of Spain). However, do be aware that some car hire companies set their minimum age higher, usually at 23 or 25 years old. You will be expected to have held a full driving licence for year, too. There is no maximum age limit, but some car rental companies may not rent to drivers over the age of 75.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Malaga?

Bring a valid driving licence, proof of ID, such as a passport or ID card, and a debit or credit card when hiring a car in Malaga. You may also need to provide a DVLA check code and additional proof of address, such as a utility bill. Check what you need with your car hire supplier before you travel.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Malaga?

Car hire excess insurance is optional in Malaga, but it can be a good idea as it covers the high excess premium if you damage the vehicle – without it, you can end up paying between €500 and €2,000. Excess insurance is usually available at the rental desk but purchasing it through a third-party insurer can be cheaper, so compare quotes online.

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

Yes, many car hire firms in Malaga accept debit cards as long as you have enough funds to cover your deposit. Some rental companies insist on taking credit card details to cover the security deposit, though, so check with the company directly.

Which rental companies are available at Malaga–Costa del Sol Airport?

You’ll find rental desks for Avis, Budget, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, InterRent, Firefly, Record Go and Sixt inside Malaga’s airport terminal. You can also take a shuttle bus from the terminal to reach these off-site car-rent companies: Autolink, Car Gest, Centauro, Marbesol, Malaga Car, Niza Cars, Pepecar, Tonys Rent A Car and Yellow Car.

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

It usually costs more to hire a car from a rental desk at Malaga airport than off site, though you can still pick up a great deal for on-site pick-up when you compare online in advance.

Can you rent a car in Malaga and drop it off in another city?

Yes, many rental companies offer one-way car rental between Spanish cities. You may need to pay an additional fee to drop the hire car off at a different location to your original pick-up point.

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

Same-day car hire is available from most rental companies in Malaga. Even though it’s same day, it’s often still cheaper to book online than go straight to the rental desk.

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

Yes, it’s possible to hire a car in Malaga at 21 years of age, but you should expect to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’ if you’re under 25. Check if your rental company accepts drivers at 21 years-old before you book.

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