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CAR HIRE at Alicante Airport

It’s easy to compare car hire at Alicante Airport. Use the search box above to find the best offers and book your Summer 2024 rental car from Alicante Airport.

Centauro car hire, Goldcar rentals, Avis/Budget car, Europcar, Sixt, RecordGo, and Firefly are some of the most popular car hire companies that can be found inside the terminal building. This saves time when collecting your rental car.

Car hire can be a confusing undertaking, so we’ve compiled this guide to assist you with all aspects of renting a car at Alicante Airport. Whether you need advice on the different insurance options or you want to know more about additional drivers and fuel policies, this page will help you make an informed decision when booking your car.


The slider below will give you an idea of the daily car rental prices at Alicante Airport from the best car hire companies. The rates are based on a 14-day rental period in 2024.

To get today’s rate, simply complete the box above with your dates – you will see prices from all the car hire companies based at Alicante Airport in less than 60 seconds.

The cost of your car rental will depend on many different factors, including the fuel policy you choose, the time of year, the model of car and any optional extras.

Sat Nav /GPS, child seats, additional drivers and WiFi will normally be subject to an additional daily charge and can increase the total cost of your hire car considerably.

Top money-saving tips for your Alicante Airport car hire

Hiring a car can give you the freedom to really explore the beautiful area in and around Alicante on your holiday. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful, it can also turn out to be very expensive.  However, if you know the pitfalls to look out for, you will be able to enjoy your hire car without paying over the odds. Consider the following 6 points, which will ensure substantial savings on the cost of your car rental:

  • Book early online – prices tend to increase the later you leave it.
  • Be clear about the type of insurance you need and arrange this before you travel – any additional insurance purchased at the car hire desk tends to be very expensive.
  • Avoid buying optional extras, as these will increase the total cost of your car hire immensely.
  • Choose your fuel policy wisely and consider which one is best suited for your individual needs.
  • Read the contract before you sign it to make sure that it doesn’t contain any services or options you don’t need.
  • Ensure that you are not being charged for any damage to the hire car you are not responsible for.

Easier said than done? What, if you are not sure about the insurance you require or you don’t know the difference between the fuel policy options? Don’t worry, we have explained everything in more detail below to help you decide what you need. Making the right choices for your car hire arrangements will not only save you money but also give you peace of mind.

Compare Car Hire at Alicante Airport

Rather than wasting your time visiting different car hire offices at Alicante Airport, you can compare vehicles and deals online and book your hire car in advance.

As the daily car hire prices for summer 2024 increase the nearer it gets to your holiday, it is a good idea to lock in your rate by booking now. You will also have peace of mind knowing your car is reserved and waiting for you to arrive.

When choosing the best vehicle for your group or family and the amount of luggage you have, do watch out for some potential pitfalls. For example, if you are searching for a 7-seater vehicle, please be aware that most 7-seater people carriers only have a small boot space without much room for luggage.

For parties of 7 or above, it may be more economical to split your party and hire two budget vehicles or medium-sized cars. The ample room will ensure sufficient space for everyone’s suitcase.

If you travelling with a small party and little luggage, then a Fiat 500, Peugeot 108 or Toyota Aygo may be the best option for you.



When to Book your Alicante Car Hire

Pre-book online

It’s always best to book before you get to Alicante. Prices increase as you get nearer to the day you fly. By booking now, you can take advantage of any ‘early bird discounts’ and choose from the best range of cars.

Think about where you plan to pick up and return the car. Most companies will charge extra if you drop off at a different location to the one you collected from.

On arrival at ALC Alicante Airport

It is also possible to hire your car directly from Alicante Airport without a prior booking by visiting the car rental desks in the arrivals hall. However, arranging your car hire on the day will often be more expensive and your choice of vehicles will be limited.


Alicante Airport car hire insurance and breakdown cover

Most car hire companies include a basic form of theft and damage insurance in their price. However, keep in mind that if you make a claim on your insurance, you will be required to pay the excess. Always read the fine print so you know exactly where you stand, and drive with caution. You can purchase extra insurance at the time of booking or when you collect the car.

Alternatively, you can get a whole year of excess insurance for around €40. Obtain a quote online with The cost of an online policy is significantly cheaper than that of most car hire companies. You will need to bring a copy of this independent policy when collecting the hire car.

Remember to ask to see all paperwork and take time to read the small print before agreeing and signing your car hire contract , so you know exactly what is covered. Breakdown cover is usually provided at an additional cost that would need to be decided upfront.

Understanding the small print

When reading the small print, you might stumble across a few things that are not easy to understand at first glance. We have clarified some of the most common terms for you below. However, please remember that this is only a general guide. If you are unsure about anything in your rental contract, do query it with your car hire company before you sign!

Third-Party Liability Insurance (TPL) and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI)
TPL is mandatory if you are driving a car. It covers potential injuries to other people and/or damage to other cars you may cause while driving and should be provided with your car hire as standard. SLI is additional liability insurance, which generally covers a higher amount than TPL and is included in some contracts.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
Basic financial protection in case of damage to your hire car. However, not all parts of the car are covered by this. Commonly excluded is damage to the windscreen, the tyres, the undercarriage and the roof. Therefore, you may still incur a considerable cost for any damage to the parts that are not covered or for the excess (see below). This type of insurance is usually included in the price of your car hire. 

Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) or Theft Protection
Financial protection in case your rental car is stolen. This will pay for the market value of the hire car minus the excess (see below). Usually included in the price of your car hire.  

This is the amount of money you will have to pay yourself in case of any damage to the car or if the vehicle is stolen (despite having CDW or LDW insurance cover and regardless of whether or not you are at fault). Your car hire contract will state how much the excess amounts to – it can be up to £3000.

Excess Insurance
This is not usually included in the price of your car hire and is not mandatory. You have the option of purchasing excess insurance for an additional fee. This will cover your part of the cost (the excess) of any potential damage or loss. The excess insurance can also include cover for damage to the windscreen, tyres, roof and undercarriage but you will need to double-check that this is the case with the specific policy you are thinking of buying.

Payment by credit card

When renting a car from any of the major companies, you must present a credit card at the car rental desk. Some rental companies may accept debit cards as payment, but this is the exception, as a credit card protects the company from any potential financial expenses.

Car hire extras

Your driving experience in Alicante and the Costa Blanca can be made even smoother by adding optional extras to your rental. These are charged per day and can be very expensive, depending on the rental company you choose. At times, they can even double the cost of your car hire!  

Here are some of the types of extras available:

Sat Nav/GPS


Child seat

Additional driver


Alicante car hire fuel policies

Fuel policy prices can differ drastically depending on the type of rental contract you choose. Nowadays, most companies do not include a full tank of fuel with your car rental price. Therefore, you will need to take time to read the fine print and analyse your options. To help ease the confusion, we have explained some of the most common fuel policies below:

Full to Full

This is usually the cheapest option. You collect the car with a full tank and return it with a full tank. There are a couple of fuel stations close to Alicante Airport, making it easy to fill up before you hand the car back. To avoid being charged for a full tank of petrol, it’s essential that you don’t forget to refuel! 

Pre-purchase or Full to Empty

This means you buy a full tank of fuel from the rental company when you collect your car from Alicante Airport and return it with an empty tank. The price for the fuel is set by the car rental company, so it can be more expensive than the price you pay at the pump. This type of policy is best suited to those who will be staying for over a week and will be doing a lot of driving. 

Pre-purchase with Refund

Similar to the policy above with the difference that the cost for the remaining fuel in the tank will be calculated and refunded to your card. For this, you will most likely be charged an admin fee as set out in the rental contract. 

Fuel stations

Near Alicante Airport

If you need to return your car with a full tank of fuel, the best petrol station for Alicante Airport is Tangeria Galp. This is located two kilometres south of the airport, with stations in both directions along the A7 motorway. 

Age requirements for hiring a car at Alicante Airport

Most car rental companies will not accept drivers under 21. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 may be asked to pay a young driver supplement and take out additional insurance. Less commonly, anyone over the age of 70 may also be required to pay a supplement and obtain additional insurance coverage.

Depending on the car rental company’s policies, there may be additional requirements, even if you are over the age of 25. Some companies will only allow you to hire a car if you have held your driving licence for at least 2 years. Others may allow you to rent a car with less than 2 years of driving experience but may charge supplementary fees or request that you take out additional insurance. It is best to check with the car rental company directly to see what their policy is.

How to cancel your hire car

Generally, you may cancel your car hire free of charge for up to 24-48 hours before collection. However, we would recommend that you check the company’s cancellation policy regarding this. 

Collecting your car at Alicante Airport

To collect your hire car, you will need your passport, driving licence, car hire booking reference, and confirmation via email or a printed copy. You will also need a credit card. If you are a UK resident, it may be worth checking in advance whether you will need an international driving licence.

Read the contract

You will be asked to provide a signature for your car hire contract in several different places on the paperwork. Carefully read each of the sections that require your signature or initials. A car rental contract is legally binding, so don’t sign it unless you’re completely satisfied.

Key’n Go

Some companies now provide a contactless collection option, allowing you to pick up the car key at the Key’n Go self-service machine at Alicante Airport. This method has several benefits.
There will be no queues at the car rental desk, no paperwork to worry about or slow you down, and no face-to-face contact with anyone from the car rental company.

Carefully inspect your car

Be sure to check that you have been issued with breakdown warning triangles and a high visibility vest, as you will need these should an accident or breakdown occur. Check the car over and take photographs of any current scratches, marks, or dents over 5mm in length. Don’t forget to inform the car hire staff to update the paperwork with any unrecorded scuffs or bumps, as this will be hard to prove upon returning the car.

Driving in and around Alicante

Be aware of the following speed limits in Alicante

Your hire car’s speedometer will show kilometres per hour (KPH), rather than miles per hour. Speed limit signs are also displayed in KPH. Please see below for the speed limits in Alicante.

Road TypeMaximum KPH 
Dual carriageways80 – 110 – check individul signs 
Other Roads50 – 60 
Towns and housing estates30 (recent change – check local signs) 

Driving and Alcohol

The authorities in Alicante give the same advice as many of their European counterparts: Do not drink and drive. Take a taxi, public transport, or share a car. The police in Alicante are very efficient at carrying out random breathalyzer tests on drivers.

The general limit for drivers and cyclists is 0.05%. However, for drivers with less than two years of driving experience, the limit is 0.03%

Driving under the influence of any illegal drug is completely prohibited.

If you are issued with a fine while driving in Alicante

If you’re issued a fine whilst using your Alicante Airport hire car, you may be expected to pay this on the spot. Alternatively, you may get the notification of a speeding fine via the car rental company. In this case, they will most likely charge you an additional admin fee for the processing of the fine, when you return the car at the airport.

It’s wise to check local signs and parking notices each day, as some towns hold markets on one regular day of the week. Although parking in the area may be allowed on all other days, you could be fined for parking in that vicinity on market day.

Alicante parking rules

What you need to know about parking in Alicante:

Single, unbroken yellow lines on the road mean no parking.

Signs with “vado permanente” or “prohibido estacionar” (usually found on garage doors) mean no parking.

Blue lines on the road mean it’s a pay to park zone.

Disabled spaces, marked by a wheelchair symbol, can only be used by drivers with the blue permit badge or sticker.

Just like many regions within Europe, parking on blue lines without a permit will result in a fine. Your car may even be towed away by the police and you will need to pay a fee to get it back.

Useful Spanish phrases & info you may need when driving

  • Gasolina means petrol
  • Sin Plomo means unleaded petrol and is a green pump
  • Diesel is labelled the same and is often a black pump
  • You can contact emergency services in Spain by dialling 112

Another Spanish phrase we hope you’ll never need, but is useful to learn just in case:

I need help, please. = ¿Puede ayudarme, por favor?

Avis / Budget car hire

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals area
  • Website:
  • Phone: +34 902 10 98 08 / +34 902 248 824


  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Teephoine +34 918 34 40 64
  • Holdcar Alicante Collection Office: Airport terminal Aeropuerto de Alicante, 03195 El Altet, Alicante.

Europcar / Inter Rent

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Europcar Bookings / customer service:+34 911 50 50 00

SIXT Car Hire

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals / Zona rentacar
  • Website
  • E-mail: Contact form email
  • Sixt Bookings / Sixt Customer Service: +34 871 18 01 92

Enterprise, Alamo, National

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • Enterprise Bookings: 902 100 101

Record Go Car Rentals

  • Zona rent a car / Ground Floor Arrivals
  • Website:
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • RecodGo Bookings: 902 123 002

Hertz – Thrifty

  • Ground Floor Arrivals /  Zona coche de alquiler
  • Website:
  • Hertz customer servoces and bookings: 902 402 405

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