The number one thing to do when picking up your car is to thoroughly inspect it for any damage or defects. If you find any, make sure you report it promptly to the provider and they have documented it, otherwise you could end up being charged for it later. Also, ensure you return the car with the same amount of fuel as when you picked it up, or you could similarly be charged for the missing fuel later, at an inflated cost.
Make sure you get a grip on the road laws of your destination and stick to them. Always be a responsible driver, just like you would at home. That means no drinking and driving, no texting behind the wheel, and no driving while tired.
Eight car hire companies have desks in the arrivals hall of Terminal 3. If you are in Terminal 2, they can be reached via a ramp in arrivals that will take you down a set of stairs. While it’s perfectly possible to hire a car on the spot, you’ll save lots of time and money by pre-booking online.
|Autos Lidos||+34 952 048 522|
|Avis||+34 902 109 384|
|Enterprise||+34 952 048 503|
|Europcar||+34 952 170 850|
|Goldcar||+34 965 233 173|
|Hertz||+34 952 233 086|
|Record Go||+ 34 670 020 827|
|Sixt||+34 952 247 604|
The average price of unleaded petrol in Spain is €1.45 per litre. Using a medium-priced vehicle such as the Smart for Two, which gives 67 miles to the gallon, the approximate fuel cost per 10 miles would be €2.17.
If you do want to contact the company by telephone, then
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|Alcazaba||12.8 km||23 minutes||https://goo.gl/x7MquD||https://goo.gl/25K6co|
|Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco||10.9 km||17 minutes||https://goo.gl/dS0kj3||https://goo.gl/5OOst6|
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|Centre for Contemporary Art||9.5 km||17 minutes||https://goo.gl/LP2J2g||https://goo.gl/igRgsX|
|Popular Arts Museum||10.8 km||16 minutes||https://goo.gl/WfWYb1||https://goo.gl/fRo2U3|
|Cathedral “La Manquita”||10.3 km||19 minutes||https://goo.gl/gTQY1D||https://goo.gl/iwJ41Z|
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Certain documents need to be shown and a few conditions met before hiring a car in Spain. Usually you need to be 22 to rent a vehicle, and it’s 25 for some cars. There is often also an upper age limit, usually around 65. A valid licence from your home country needs to be shown, and if from outside the EU, an International Driving Permit (IDP). All the drivers’ names need to be on the hire agreement.
Some basic cover usually comes with the hire of a car in Spain, such as a Collision Damage Waiver or Theft Cover. It could be an extra cost on top of the basic price, and what’s more, it would not fully cover you in case of an accident as you would still be required to pay a large excess. You could buy some excess insurance from an outside company such as insurance4carhire.com, in order to avoid this. There might be other extra costs such as roof rack, airport tax, and air conditioning. If you plan to drive to France or Portugal, you might need extra insurance for this.
Malaga is one of Spain’s most important tourist airports as it is known as the gateway to the Costa del Sol. As such, it is Spain’s fourth busiest airport and serves an average of 14 million passengers annually. It lies 8 km (5 miles) south-west of Malaga and 5 km (3.1 miles) north of Torremolinos, meaning it is a great location from which to drive to either town using a hire car from one of the providers at the airport. The airport has three terminals and two runways. The airport is one of Spain’s oldest, having first opened in 1919 for passenger flights to locations in France, Spain and North Africa. It became a military base in 1937 and reverted to civilian use following the war. Terminal 2 was opened in 1991, since when the original terminal has been closed. Terminal 3 was opened in 2010, along with a train station offering rail access to Malaga. This newest terminal has Europe’s largest food hall and the world’s first National Geographic shop. It doubled Malaga’s passenger capacity.
There are information desks for Aena (the Spanish Airport Authority) on T3 ground and first floors, and T2 ground and first floors (contact: +34 902 404 704). A passenger’s support office is on T3 first floor (contact: +34 952 048 837) and a tourist office on T3 ground floor (contact: +34 951 294 003).
Airport Information: +34 952 048 838
Customs: +34 952 058 651
Lost property: +34 952 048 851 / +34 952 048 837
Parking: +34 952 058 776
VIP Lounges: +34 952 048 854 / +34 952 048 823
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