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CAR HIRE at Gran Canaria

Compare cheap car hire at Gran Canaria airport with Avis, AutoReisen, Enterprise, Eurocar, Goldcar, Hertz, Interrent, Rhodium, Sixt, Thrifty, Top Car all located inside LPA Airport. Each car hire company has good offers each season and are located inside arrivals on the ground floor.

In the slider below we show some examples of daily car hire prices with the best car rental companies at Gran Canaria Airport. The daily car rental prices are based on hiring a car in Winter (peak season) for a period of 14 days.

It is good to remember that prices can differ greatly for car hire at Gran Canaria Airport depending on the type of car, the fuel policy and the season you book.

Be aware that any extras that you choose such as GPS, additional drivers, child seats, and WiFi will normally be added to the daily cost and can make the total price increase considerably.

Choosing car hire at Gran Canaria Airport

Car hire at Gran Canaria Airport can be one of the best options to explore, to enjoy and discover the island of Gran Canaria. Below is a comprehensive guide to get the best low-cost offers on your car hire from Las Palmas airport.

What type of car should I hire? That largely depends on how many of you are travelling together, whether you’re travelling with luggage, your budget and where you plan to visit in Gran Canaria. If you simply have hand luggage and are traveling with a small group, cars like the Fiat 500, Peugeot 108, or Toyota Aygo may be the best option.

Nearly all of the major car hire companies that operate out of Gran Canaria Airport have put in place strict guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Safety for their customers is paramount and so stringent health and safety procedures have been introduced. It is more important than ever to plan your car hire and pre-book before you arrive at the airport. This is so that there is less contact as possible. Some operators provide a Key’n Go Pack. 

When you get to your car at the parking bay you will have the peace of mind that it has been thoroughly cleaned. Special attention is given to the passenger and drivers area. Once cleaned the car is locked and sealed with a sticker. Returning your car is a simple and hassle-free process. Just park the car in the specified car park area and drop the car keys in the Key Box located in that area.

When to book your Gran Canaria car hire

Pre-book Online

It will usually take about 60 seconds to find the best rates for car hire at Gran Canaria Airport. Book your car hire online in advance as you will guarantee the best possible prices along with discounted early bird rates. Compare a range of cars and prices between many rental companies using price comparison to have peace of mind you’re getting the best deal.

It is also good to remember, “If it seems too good to be true, then it usually is”. This applies when it comes to booking car hire. It’s important to read of the terms and conditions. Chances are there’s a clause in the small print that says you agree to pay excessive rates for petrol or the likes.

On arrival At Gran Canaria Airport

Car hire rental desks are not open 24/7 at the airport. Remember to check what time you are arriving at LPA airport. Most car hire companies charge an out of hours fee, this is usually after 11pm and before 7am. 

Keep in mind that car rental prices are higher when you book on the same day compared to pre-booking ahead of time. So try to plan ahead and save money.

Gran Canaria Car Hire Fuel Policies

Check the car hire company’s fuel policy. There are many different fuel policies out there. At the time of booking select your fuel policy.

Full to Full

Your hire car will be supplied with a full tank of fuel. You should return it with a full tank of fuel. Again they will charge you at the rental desk a higher rate per litre than you would of paid at a local fuel station. A fuel deposit is usually taken. If you return the car full and does not need any fuel to top up, then your deposit will be refunded. Choose your fuel policy wisely as this will in the long run save you money. What may initially seem like the cheapest option does not work out that way. Generally Full to Full works out the cheapest as this option.

Pre-purchase or full to empty

The car upon collection will have a full tank of fuel in it and you should endeavor to return it empty. The advantage of Full to Empty policy not having to worry about filling up as soon as you leave the airport.  You need to return the car with an empty tank as you will NOT get a refund for any fuel in the tank. This fuel policy may not be the best for you if you only intend to use the car occasionally.

Pre-purchase with Refund

Your hire car will have a full tank of petrol when you pick it up from Las Palmas Airport and you’ll have to pay the full cost for it. Again, the car hire company sets the price of fuel. When you return the car, the cost of the remaining fuel will be calculated and refunded to your card, minus an admin fee according to the rental contract.

Insurance

LPA Car Hire Insurance and Breakdown Cover

The price you see quoted for your car at Gran Canaria Airport always includes basic insurance cover. This will cover you for damage, theft, and third-party cover. It comes with an excess, which means you have to pay an initial contribution towards a claim. That is why many hire companies will ask you to consider Excess Insurance Cover. This is an extra cover you can buy so the rental company does not take anything from your credit card.

Excess Insurance Cover

This insurance cover will either partly or fully cover the cost of the excess in the event of damage to the car. Break-down cover may also be included which is a bonus. If you buy it from the rental company then your credit card will not be blocked for the amount of the excess. Alternatively, if you already have extra Excess Cover with a third-party company, there is no need to buy more. However, the car hire company will still charge any cost incurred for the repair of the car to your credit card. You will then need to claim a refund from your third-party Excess insurance provider.

The comparison website on this page gives you the option to buy Damage Refund Insurance cover . This covers damage, theft, tyres, windows, wheels, key cover and personal possessions. This will be with a third-party provider and considerably cheaper than what they charge at the rental desk.

Extras

Drivers must be 21 years of age or more. If under 25 years you will likely be charged a supplement. A supplement may be charged to senior drivers. It is a good option to add another driver to the policy so as to share the driving. Any additional drivers will need to bring their driving licence.

Available extras with Gran Canaria Airport car hire:

Sat nav/GPS

Child seat

Additional driver

WiFi

Petrol Stations

Near Gran Canaria Airport

Airport service stations are never the cheapest. So you’re better off filling up at one of these service stations close to the airport instead:

Estación de servicio Cepsa

Aeropuerto De Gando, Lado Aire, 35230 Telde, Las Palmas, Spain This is the closest to the terminal building approx 400m South.

There are other petrol stations near Gran Canaria Airport

El Paso 2000 service station right near the airport just on the GC-191/Av. De Carlos V which is off of Junction 18 and again slightly south of the airport.

Requirements to hire a car at Gran Canaria Airport

Most car hire companies at Gran Canaria Airport won’t accept drivers under the age of 21. Anyone aged 21-25 can expect to be restricted to entry-level cars and pay a young driver supplement. Senior driver supplements (generally over 70 years) also exist with age requirements differing from company to company. Some request senior drivers to take out additional insurance.

How to cancel your hire car

Sometimes the unexpected happens and you have to cancel. Canceling the booking within 48 hours of your pick-up time will avoid a cancellation fee. Remember if you bought extra insurance with a third-party you need to cancel this also. It is worth checking the company’s cancellation policy before you book your car hire.

Pick-up and drop-off times

If you are clever about the time that you pick up and return your care hire then you will likely save quite a bit of money. Most car hire companies charge an out of hours fee, this is usually after 11pm and before 7am. Check what they charge if they do offer this service and check how frequently their shuttle bus is operating. However, be aware some car hire companies do not offer out of hours collection or drop-off.

TIP: Return the car an hour earlier on the day, so your rental period will not go into another day.

So be aware if you’re planning on arranging car hire when you land after a late flight, your options are going to be expensive and restricted.

Collecting your car at Gran Canaria

When it’s time to collect your car from Gran Canaria Airport, have your passport, credit card, driving license and booking confirmation (if you booked in advance) handy to speed things up. If you’re from the UK, you’ll also need to obtain a code from the DVLA and show it at the rental desk.

Resist the hard sell

Don’t let someone pressure you into paying for extras you don’t want if you’re comfortable with the terms you booked online or negotiated in person. If you don’t want them, you don’t have to pay for expensive insurance coverage or GPS devices. For a nominal daily price, you may be offered a car upgrade. This daily fee can easily build-up, at considerable extra cost to your car hire.

Read the contract

Before you sign the rental contract, take the time to read it thoroughly. Check that the figures are what you expected and that no extra charges have been imposed. A car rental contract is legally binding, so make sure you’re satisfied before signing it.

Inspect the car at Gran Canaria Airport!

Before you depart, inspect the vehicle and make a note of any damage on your documentation. Take photos of the damage in case you want to use them later as evidence. A warning triangle and a high-visibility jacket can be found in the boot. If they aren’t there, ask for them or have their disappearance noted on your paperwork so you aren’t charged for losing them.

Driving in Gran Canaria

Speed Limit

Speed is measured in kilometres per hour (KPH) in Gran Canaria, not miles. Speed cameras and average speed cameras enforce these laws. Here are the usual limits:

Road TypeKPHMPH
Motorways12074
Main Roads10062
Minor Roads9055
Urban Areas5031

Alcohol Limit

When it comes to driving under the influence, Gran Canaria is stricter than certain European countries. The legal limit for drivers and cyclists is 0.05 percent blood alcohol content. New drivers with less than two years of experience and those driving vehicles with more than eight passenger seats are subject to a 0.03 percent blood alcohol limit.

Police conduct random breathalyser testing as a matter of routine. If you refuse, your rental automobile will most likely be taken away from you, and you may be sentenced to prison. It is strictly forbidden to drive while under the influence of any illegal substance.

Driving Fines in Gran Canaria

You must have a driving licence with you at all times and have your passport/ID residence card. If you fail to show your licence if pulled over, you could get an on the spot fine of €150-200! Keep your insurance and car rental documents close at all times.

Paying the fine as soon as possible is the best solution. The fee is lowered by half if you pay it within 20 days. If you wait until you return the car to pay the fee, the car hire company will almost certainly add an administrative fee to the fine.

When driving a hired car, it’s not uncommon for people to get parking tickets that they shouldn’t have to pay. To keep rental companies from overcrowding public parking lots, the law stipulates that they can only park in these spots when they are being used by consumers and not for storage. So, if you believe you were legally parked in a public parking lot and the fine you received is excessive, contact the rental company. You could very well be correct!

Gran Canaria Parking Rules

All that you need to know about parking in Gran Canaria:

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.

If you park in any of the aforementioned locations without a blue permit badge/sticker, your car will most likely be towed away and you will be charged a fine of around 150 euro.

Helpful Information

Here’s some info worth knowing before you hit the road in Gran Canaria:

  • In Gran Canaria you drive on the right side of the road
  • Some petrol stations require pre-payment before the pump will work
  • Gasolina = petrol
  • Gasolina sin plomo = unleaded petrol
  • Gasoleo = diesel
  • There are emergency phones available every 2km along motorways
  • The local emergency number is 112
  • See this website for emergency numbers and information.

Returning your car to Gran Canaria Airport

Allow a little more time than anticipated when returning your car.

When returning the car, try to have it signed back in and ask the person inspecting the car to confirm it has been returned without any new damage and with the correct amount of fuel. If you have to return it out of office hours, then it is good practice to take a picture of the fuel gauge and photos of the car if there is no one around to inspect it.

Check your credit card statements a few days after you get home to make sure the excess block has been removed and you haven’t been charged more than you anticipated to pay. If there are any unaccounted expenses, contact the car hire company and back up your claim with the photos you took.

Avis

Goldcar Rhodium 

Europcar / Inter Rent

SIXT 

Enterprise, Alamo, National

Autoreisen

Hertz – Thrifty

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