Madrid car hire

By Annie Bennett, your Madrid expert

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Hiring a car in Madrid

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Hire from Madrid Barajas Airport
City-based hire
What you need to know about car hire

Hire from Madrid Barajas Airport

Hertz (www.hertz.es), Avis (www.avis.es), Europcar (www.europcar.es), Sixt (www.sixt.es) and Spanish company National Atesa (www.atesa.es) have desks in T1 and T4.

Aerocity-Ares Mobile (www.aerocity.com) provides chauffeur-driven cars, limousines and vans and an airport transfer service.

City-based hire

Hertz (www.hertz.es) offices in Madrid include Chamartín (+34 91 7330400) and Atocha (+34 902 023932) train stations, and Calle Princesa 14 in Plaza de España (+34 91 5425805).

Avis (www.avis.es) offices include Chamartín (+34 91 3141981) Atocha (+34 902110291) and Nuevos Ministerios (+34 91 5567492) stations.

Europcar (ww.europcar.es) has bases at Chamartín (+34 91 2035070) Atocha (+34 902105055) and Nuevos Ministerios (+34 91 4118054) stations, and at Calle Leonardo 8 in Plaza de España (+34 91 5418892).

Sixt (www.sixt.es) has an office near Atocha train station at Ronda de Atocha 5.

National Atesa (www.atesa.es) bases include Chamartín (+34 91 3235970) Atocha (+34 5061846) and Nuevos Ministerios (+34 91 5970411) stations, and in the car park at Plaza de España (+34 91 5429610).

Spanish company Pepecar (www.pepecar.com) often has competitive rates and is based in the car park at Plaza de España (+34 91 5594824). There are also offices near Atocha station at Ronda de Atocha 10 and near Chamartín station at Calle Agustín de Foxá 27.

What you need to know about car hire

Although you don’t need a car to get around Madrid, your own transport is useful if you want to have a look at the countryside around the city, or if you are planning to tour around other parts of the country.

Central Madrid if often gridlocked and driving is not advisable unless necessary.

Parking for non-residents is heavily restricted. In the unlikely event that you spot a parking space on the street, you have to buy a pay-and-display ticket from a parking meter, a newsstand (quiosco) or tobacconist (estanco).

To avoid a nervous breakdown, it is easiest to stick to car parks – Plaza Mayor, Plaza Santa Ana, Plaza de España, Plaza del Rey and Plaza Jacinto Benavente are just a few central ones – but these are often full too.

You need to be over 21 to hire a car, and to have held a licence for at least a year. You need to provide a credit card as a guarantee, even if you pay by another method.

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