If you're planning a trip to Marbella and staying for more than 3 days, renting a car is highly recommended. With a coastline of 28 kilometres, there's so much to explore along the coast, and having a car at your disposal will make your trip much more enjoyable. Our blog has everything you need to know about renting a car in Marbella, so you can hit the road and discover all the hidden gems this beautiful city has to offer.

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Basic rules for renting a car in Spain

Before renting a car in Spain, it's important to familiarise yourself with the rules and requirements. For instance, most car rental companies have a minimum age of 25 years, and drivers must have a valid driver's licence for at least two years. Each driver must also have a valid ID or passport, and the renter must have a personal credit card with sufficient deposit available. However, some companies now offer the option to rent a car without a credit card, so be sure to check with your preferred car rental company for their specific requirements.

Important Factors to Consider When Renting a Car

When you are considering renting a car, it is crucial to think about your specific needs and preferences. Keep the following points in mind:

  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Limited or unlimited mileage (note that with restricted mileage, there is a maximum number of kilometres you can drive per day)
  • Car category (mini, economy, mid-size, standard, premium, full-size, or luxury)
  • Car features such as air conditioning
  • Insurance coverage
  • Baby chair
  • Maximum budget you are willing to spend

Tips for Renting a Car:

When renting a car, it's important to keep these tips in mind to avoid being charged extra costs by the rental companies:

  1. Know the price range for the car you're renting before leaving the counter to avoid surprises.
  2. Take photos of any existing damage on the car before leaving with it to avoid being charged for damage caused by previous users.
  3. Check the mileage recorded by the rental company to ensure it's accurate and you won't be charged for extra kilometres.
  4. The credit card holder doesn't always have to be the main driver, but they may need to be present when picking up the car.
  5. Always return the car with a full tank of gas and take a photo as proof, as rental companies may try to charge for refuelling.

Car rental on Málaga Airport

If you are planning to rent a car for multiple days, it is advisable to rent one directly at Málaga Airport for convenience. There are several car rental companies available at the airport. After collecting your luggage, follow the signs to the car rental hall where the major car rental companies, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, and Sixt, have a desk. Once everything is sorted, head straight to the garage to pick up your car.

If you choose a smaller or less well-known car rental company, they often provide a shuttle service. Make sure to check the details on their website or when making a booking.

Car rental in Marbella Centre

If you only require a car for a short period, such as 1 or 2 days, we suggest renting a car in Marbella. However, it's important to return the car in Marbella to avoid any additional costs. Europcar and Hertz are located in Marbella centre, while Avis and Sixt are found near Puerto Banús. Additionally, some hotels offer car rental services, but it's important to check their conditions before making any arrangements.


Renting a car is a great way to explore the beautiful city of Marbella, especially if you plan on staying for more than three days. Before renting, it's important to familiarise yourself with the rules and requirements, and consider important factors such as transmission type, mileage, car category, and insurance coverage. By keeping these tips in mind and renting from a reliable car rental company, you can avoid extra costs and enjoy your trip to the fullest. Whether you choose to rent a car at Málaga Airport or in Marbella centre, having your own transportation will give you the freedom to discover all the hidden gems this stunning coastal city has to offer.

Bart Eichhorn
Author: Bart Eichhorn

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