Car rentals in Madrid: All you need to know
You need a great automobile to take you around Madrid whether you're going for a business or pleasure. See the top sites around the region and park in front of the best restaurants in Madrid. We've answered the most popular questions about renting a car in Madrid. Keep reading to see which vehicle is perfect for your trip, and how to get the best rates.
Where can I find a bargain car rental in Madrid?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to book budget-friendly rates. Simply type in your travel dates and scroll through the variety of rental suppliers, pick the top rental locations, and find the most wallet-friendly packages Madrid has to offer. You can also:
- Check the mileage policy to prevent any surprise expenses
- Reserve your car rental as far ahead of time as possible
- Avoid airport pick-ups; they tend to be more expensive
- Compare daily and weekly rates; you might save more with a longer rental
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save on your Madrid rental car.
What rental companies have agencies in Madrid?
CarRentals.com has around 50 rental providers that you can choose from. We have budget-friendly names like Dollar and Thrifty and global ones like Enterprise and Sixt. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which meets your needs.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Madrid?
That all depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Madrid. If you're having difficulty picking the right car, make sure to go over the table below. We've compared the most popular types of vehicles for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||To take on any kind of terrain and enjoy great views||Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, BMW X3, or similar|
|Full Size||For big groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Hybrid||Those that want a quiet and comfortable ride with great fuel economy||Honda Civic, Kia Optima, or similar|
What's the age requirement to rent a car in Madrid?
Typically, to rent a car in Madrid you must be at least 21. Please note, you may find that there is an additional charge if you are under the age of 25 or for larger or higher category vehicles in particular. Go through the supplier's terms to determine what any additional charges is before you book your car.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Madrid?
Insurance is mandatory, wherever you rent a car. That said, you might already be insured by your existing car or credit card policies. Keep in mind, those policies may not provide 100% coverage, and you'll have to add it on to your booking. Look into it before you book and, if it is needed, you can just include it at the CarRentals.com checkout.
What is the fuel policy for Madrid rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find an open gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you wish and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the end of your rental period. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for fuel you don't need. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll get the car with a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Some suppliers offer a refund for any unused fuel. Be sure to check with them beforehand||You won't have to search for a gas station before you return your car||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you collect your vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas when you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you go on a long trip|
What type of fuel policy should I choose?
Many suppliers offer a variety of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. It simply means returning the car with the same level of gas as you got it with, so you'll never pay for anyone else's road trips through the Madrid.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Madrid?
Unlimited mileage is a good option for those who don't want to worry about watching the odometer their whole trip. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
What are some must-see sights in Madrid?
There is tons to see and do in this city. Some of Madrid's most popular attractions are:
- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
- BernabÃ©u Stadium (Estadio Santiago BernabÃ©u)
- Temple of Debod
- Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado)
Luckily, you can cruise to whichever one you want or see all of them.
Know before you go
Make sure you go over a few items prior to leaving the lot. It's important to:
- Walk around your car and be sure there is no dents or scratches. If so, mark it down on your paperwork
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- Familiarize yourself with the car. Adjust the mirrors and seats, and note how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Madrid car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Madrid has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be going between the well-known restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the marvelous sites in Madrid.