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Car Hire in Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It boasts some remarkable landscapes, including Teide National Park. In addition to the island’s many beaches that range in colour from yellow to black, there are numerous destinations and attractions in Tenerife to please all tastes.

To fully experience the sights, sounds and savours of the island, travellers often opt to hire a car so that they can enjoy Tenerife at their own pace. There’s diving, golfing, sailing and hiking, not to mention great local cuisine, amusement parks and great shopping experiences awaiting you in Tenerife. Some of these attractions are not easily accessible by public transportation, so a hire car is your best means to get there.

Visitors usually arrive via Tenerife South Airport, which is served by major car hire companies like Sixt, Europcar, Avis and Hertz. The airport is located approximately 40 miles from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Book Your Rental Car at Tenerife South Airport

When you reserve your car online with Expedia, you can choose from a wide array of vehicle types to meet the needs of any traveller and any budget ranging from economical mini and compact cars to spacious full-size car, SUVs and vans. Be sure to select the right vehicle for the kind of trip you are planning. For example, if golf is on your agenda, make sure there’s enough space to carry your clubs and your luggage.

The car hire pick-up locations are clearly indicated within the terminal. If you pick up your car right from the airport, you can go straight to your hotel without worrying about transfers or public transportation. Alternatively, there are several car hire pick-up locations elsewhere on Tenerife.

To ensure the availability of the car you want, be sure to make your reservation early. Tenerife is a busy tourist destination, and if you leave it to the last minute, you may miss out on the car of your choice or on the best offer available. When you make your reservation, you can also request additional accessories, such as child booster seats or navigation systems.

What to See in Tenerife

Beyond the beautiful beaches that surround Tenerife’s many resorts, there are some spectacular sights to see on the island.

  • Teide National Park – within the park, you’ll find Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak, rising out of a volcanic crater. Along the way to the peak, you will come across a landscape that looks like you’re on the surface of the moon. This is the result of volcanic explosions that created strange rock formations on a surface that once was molten lava.
  • Guímar Pyramids – the mysterious and intriguing 6-step pyramids found in the Ethnographic Park Pirámides de Guímar have more than a passing resemblance to those found in Mexico, Peru and ancient Mesopotamia.
  • Anaga Mountains – located along the northeast portion of the island, the Anaga Mountains provide breath-taking views, remote villages and natural beauty.
  • Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – second in size only to Rio’s carnival, the event held in February and March features colourful costumes, parties and an extravagant parade.

Before You Hit the Road in Your Tenerife Hire Car

People drive on the right side of the street in Spain. Free parking can be found on the street in most major resorts. Parking on white or yellow lines is not permitted, whereas blue lines mean that it is a paid parking area. The Tenerife police occasionally conduct random breath tests and issue on-the-spot fines to visitors who are over the limit.

Tenerife Car Hire Questions Answered

What types of vehicles are available to hire in Tenerife?

You can hire a wide range of vehicles in Tenerife, including compacts, 4X4s, station wagons, vans, convertibles and luxury vehicles.

Which documents do I need to hire a car?

For a Tenerife car hire, you’ll need your passport and a valid card-style driving licence. A paper licence is not required.

Can I hire a car in Tenerife if I’m under 21?

The age limit is 21, but the minimum can vary depending on the car hire company. Added fees apply to drivers under 25 years of age.