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Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca (White Coast) attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year, and most head straight to Alicante or the nearby resort of Benidorm. But if you get tired of basking in the sun, it’s well worth getting off the tourist track and exploring by car. Think rugged mountains, charming fishing villages, traditional seafood dishes, even a pirate island – and, of course, beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles.

Whether you are heading for a family day out at Aqua Natura water park, gazing in amazement at the 1500 animals of Terra Natura Zoo, or strolling around the tranquil orange and lemon groves of Finestrat village, a hire car is the best way to explore the Costa Brava easily.


How to Rent a Car in Alicante / Alicante Airport?

When arriving in the Spanish Costa Brava city of Alicante, most visitors prefer to arrange car hire at the airport. However, it also possible to rent a car in Alicante city centre. Whichever you prefer, this port city has plenty of mountains, fishing villages and golden coves to explore by road.

Whatever your needs, there are plenty of cheap car hire options at Alicante Airport. Here are a few for you to consider:

Car Types

Ideal Passenger numbers

Luggage

Purpose of Travel

Mini

1-2

1

City break, business.

Economy

1-4

2

City break, business.

Compact

1-5

3

City break, business.

Midsize

1-5

3-4

City break, business, family holiday.

Standard

1-5

3-4

City break, business, family holiday.

Full Size

1-5

4

City break, business, family holiday.

Premium

1-5

4

City break, business, family holiday.

Luxury Van

2-8

4-5

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring.

Convertible

1-2 or 4

2

City break, business, touring.

SUV

2-4 or 5

4-5

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring.

Van

Up to 9, depending on size

5

Family holiday, camping or outdoor, touring.


What Car Hire Brands Are Available?

Car hire brands available in Alicante include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz.

Below, you will find contact details and opening hours for each of the main car rental brands at Alicante Airport:

Brand

Opening Hours

Telephone

Location

Avis

00:00 - 01:00
07:00 – 00:00

+34 965 78 91 78

Alicante Airport

Budget

00:00 - 01:00
07:00 – 00:00

+34 965 68 27 79

Alicante Airport

Europcar

07:00 – 00:00

+34 902 10 50 55

Alicante Airport

Hertz

07:00 – 00:00

+34 902 37 73 37

Alicante Airport

Sixt

00:00 - 01:00
07:00 – 00:00

+34 902 49 16 16

Alicante Airport


Things to Be Aware of When Driving a Car in Alicante

There are a number of things that you should bear in mind before you hire a car in Alicante. Firstly, the country is right-hand drive and children younger than 12 must sit in the back seat. Although the minimum age for driving is 18, some rental car companies require you to be 21 (and in some circumstances up to 28, depending on the type of car). The motorway speed limit is 73mph and most of the major roads have tolls, which can sometimes be expensive.

When parking, make sure that you always have a ticket, plus check the rules and time restrictions carefully, as parking fines can be substantial. Parking zones can be confusing – blue zones generally have a two-hour limit during the day.


Must-sees Within an Easy Drive of Alicante

The province of Alicante offers a remarkable diversity of landscapes and activities, and everything is within easy reach. Even if you don’t have much time to spare, you don’t have to drive far to see some amazing sights and get a taste of the authentic Costa Blanca.

Easily the most impressive sight within an hour’s drive of Alicante is the mountaintop village and fortress of Guadalest. Perched precariously on towering rocks, this white-washed collection of historic buildings dating back to the Moorish period is definitely worth spending a day to see. Kids will love it too, as they can explore the castle complete with dungeon and secret tunnel, while the views are stunning. It does get busy in summer, so arrive early. Driving time: 1 hour.

If you’re after small town charm combined with seaside adventure, head south to Santa Pola. This bustling fishing port is a great family destination. Explore the old fishing quarter or spend a day on the miles of beaches with safe, shallow water. Watersports are popular here, with kite surfing, sailing, jet skiing and more on offer. Or take a glass-bottomed catamaran out to the island of Tabarca, an old pirate haunt which boasts great snorkelling and swimming, a lighthouse, plus caldero - the island’s own famous fish stew. Driving time: 25 minutes.

For something a little different – and some respite from the heat – take a drive inland to the spectacular Canelobre Caves near Busot. This huge cave system dates back millions of years and features otherworldly formations (Canelobre is the Spanish word for candelabra), lit dramatically in bright colours. There’s a picnic area with views back to Alicante if you fancy an al fresco lunch, or head into the lovely village of Busot for more dining options – and to see the Moorish castle which towers above it. Driving time: 35 minutes.


Tips and Tricks for Driving in Spain

Driving in Spain is generally a straightforward affair, and most of its driving laws will be familiar if you’ve driven elsewhere in the EU. All cars should carry a warning triangle and if your hire car company doesn’t supply one, then please request it. Also make sure that you are given a first aid kit, visibility vests and replacement bulbs.

Do be aware that motorways tend to be toll roads, and charges can be steep; toll-free roads are preceded by an “E”.

The blood alcohol limit for driving is 0.05%, which roughly equates to one small glass of wine or beer. Do not exceed it.


Ready To Plan Your Alicante City Break?

To start organising your trip to Alicante and other parts of Spain, use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and research the best attractions and activities. If you would like to learn more about the city itself, then check out our useful travel guide on the top 25 things to do in Alicante.

Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

FAQs for car hire in Alicante

What’s the best price car rental in Alicante?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is £12 in Alicante.

What’s the average car rental price in Alicante?

On average, car rentals in Alicante are £15.

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia Rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Alicante?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Alicante?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.