Torrevieja Car Hire
Many visitors to Torrevieja stay with friends and family who have homes in the area and their own vehicles. This enables them to get out and explore the abundance of fantastic beaches, countryside and attractions without the need of a hire car. For those staying within the city there are a great selection of beaches and all sorts of attractions that can be reached on foot or by local bus, but to fully appreciate the beauty of the surrounding areas a hire car is essential. There is a great choice of Torrevieja car hire companies located within the city and at the 2 nearby airports.
Alicante International Airport is about a 40 minute drive from Torrevieja, and the smaller Murcia-San Javier Airport less than 30 minutes. Both airports offer a good selection of large International car hire companies to choose from that are based in the airport terminal. With the international car hire firms you may pay more but you will have peace of mind knowing you have the support and facilities that come with a large reputable company.
Discounts may apply by booking in advance or for a period of more than 14 days and it’s worth bearing in mind that the majority of vehicles in Spain have manual transmission so be prepared to pay quite a bit more for vehicles with automatic transmission, and during the peak summer months it is advisable to book these well in advance. When choosing to rent a vehicle you will need to be aware of the laws and regulations in place regarding minimum and maximum age, licence requirements etc.
When arriving at the airport you may be approached by representatives of smaller independent car hire firms which are mainly based in Torrevieja itself. Torrevieja car hire from one of these firms can work out cheaper but beware of hidden charges and make sure you do a complete vehicle check in the presence of a staff member for any damage or defects before you sign your rental agreement.
Book in Advance
For both local and international firms it is best to book in advance any additional requirements you have such as child seats or roof-racks and if travelling long distances, especially in mountainous areas, be sure to choose a vehicle with with a powerful enough motor. With regard to charges and hidden extras, make sure you are clearly informed of the following :
- pick up and drop off charges
- collision damage waiver
- unlimited kilometres
- personal accident insurance
- any extra charges for taking the vehicle outside Spain’s borders.
Driving in any foreign country can be daunting, especially if it’s on the opposite side of the road that you’re used to. Hiring a vehicle with up to date satellite navigation is well worth the extra charge and allows you to concentrate more on your driving and observing the rules of the road than looking for road signs, landmarks etc. Torrevieja city’s roads are laid out in a grid system with the main roads running parallel to the beach, making city driving relatively easy, although there are quite a number of one way streets.
There is a choice of major roads connecting Torrevieja to other towns and cities as well as some superb attractions.The extremely useful N-332 dual carriageway runs all the way from Cartagena through Torrevieja and Benidorm to the outskirts of Valencia with access to a wide selection of superb attractions along the way. This is the best road to use if you are taking it easy and planning to visit places of interest along the way, as it winds its way along the coast and passes through a number of towns and villages. The AP7 motorway will take you from Cartagena along a similar route all the way to Barcelona and is a faster alternative, although there are less exits for sightseeing and toll booths along the way which will add to the cost of your journey.