There are over 100 car hire companies on Tenerife from half a dozen vehicles in a small shop in the centre of a resort, to major international names.
Hire from Tenerife South Airport
Autoreisen (www.autoreisen.es), Avis (www.avis.es), Cicar (www.cicar.com), Europcar (www.europcar.es), Europa Gold Car (www.goldcar.es), Hertz (www.hertz.es) and Sixt (www.sixt.com) all have desks in the arrivals hall.
Hire from Tenerife North Airport
Autoreisen (www.autoreisen.es), Avis (www.avis.es), Cicar (www.cicar.com), Europcar (www.europcar.es), and Hertz (www.hertz.es) all have desks in the arrivals hall.
Hire from resorts
Most of the major car hire companies have outlets in the main resorts and bigger hotels.
Local companies like Nizacars (www.nizacars.com) claim to be the largest car hire company in the Canary Islands with a fleet of over 1500 vehicles while Orcar (www.orcarcanarias.com) has a wide coverage across the island, some of the best prices and tends to get very good reviews.
What you need to know about hiring a car on Tenerife
If you want to get away from the resorts and explore the island, it's well worth hiring a car to make the most of your time.
Generally speaking, car hire on the island is very good value for money, cars tend to be less than two-years-old and petrol is considerably cheaper than in the UK.
The TF1 and TF5 motorways are a fast and efficient way to get around most of the island but be prepared to have Tinerfeños attached to your bumper whenever you use the overtaking lane – it's just what they do.
Move away from the motorways and you'll find good roads, well signposted and relatively traffic free which makes them a joy to drive on, except when you get stuck behind a banana truck when you'll have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.