Almeria Airport Car Hire

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Car Hire Comparisons at Almeria Airport

There are three car hire companies at the Almeria Airport. Goldcar-InterRent, Hertz, and Europcar are the options and each has its upsides and downsides.


If you are on a budget, Goldcar-InterRent may be your best bet. They have options for compact cars to SUVs and have manual and automatic selections.

Also of note is their safety regulations - Goldcar has contact-free car hiring options due to COVID-19. Make sure you book your car quickly, though, as Goldcar-InterRent gets very backed up during busy seasons.


One of the most popular global hire companies, Hertz is reliable and has a decent range of options. However, it is more expensive than Goldcar.

If you need a large vehicle, Hertz is the way to go. Their models include:

  • Mini
  • Compact
  • Intermediate
  • Elite Intermediate
  • Van

Hertz does not have a contact-free rental option.


Europcar is a terrific option if you know what you want to drive and do not need scores of car hire choices. They mostly carry compact to intermediate-sized cars but have some SUVs. Most of their vehicles have excellent carbon emissions levels and are eco-friendly.

Europcar offers pay now and pay later options for your convenience.

Cheap Car Hire in Almeria Airport

While the options above are the most accessible, other companies are at or near the Almeria Airport.

These car hire companies are cheaper on the surface but might result in higher costs from insurance and extras.

Budget options are the most sought-after, especially if you do not plan on doing loads of driving. Some budget car hire selections at Almeria include:

  • Thrifty
  • Avis
  • Budget

These companies have payment plan options that let you pay onsite or online. The cheapest of these is Budget. You can hire a car for under £200 for five days with Budget if you choose the compact car option.

Avis and Thrifty are slightly more expensive, but they have more add-ons - which can be lifesavers on holiday. Avis has add-ons like GPS, mobile Wi-Fi, concierge services, tablets, and child seats. These make a difference if you are in a remote area!

If you do not want to bother with add-ons, Hertz has GPS-included vehicles for hire, although they will be pricier than the ones above.

Almost all the car hire options above have premium or luxury cars available, so if you want to indulge and get a high-end car, you can. However, most travellers do not mind hiring a cheap car and splurging on lodging or dining instead.

Also, you may want to do some research on what days or weeks are busiest in Almeria. The more hectic the airport, the more expensive the car hire.

Tips for Hiring a Car From Almeria Airport

Hiring a car can induce significant anxiety, so having an idea of what you need to do beforehand is crucial. Below are a few tips to ensure your car hire goes as smoothly as possible.

Where to Go in the Airport

It might seem simple, but navigating an airport (especially when you end up exhausted after a flight) is quite a challenge if you do not know where you are going.

The first step is to figure out where to find your car hire from the terminal. Most of the companies are in one general location.

Hertz, Europcar, and Goldcar-InterRent are next to customs - all you do is walk out, and the kiosks are on the left.


If you are renting a car for the first time, there are a few documents you need to bring with you. These include:

  • Drivers license, passport or ID card
  • Debit or credit card
  • International Driver Permit if you are not from the EU

Also, remember that you can only hire a car in Spain if you are over 21.

What to Look For

When looking for car hiring services, think of it like you are purchasing a vehicle. Check for scratches, broken parts, dents, cracks in the windows, and headlight functionality. Note any issues before leaving the airport, so you do not get charged for them later.

Once you are in the car and good to go, note the type of fuel the vehicle takes, where all of the buttons/levers are, and safety features.

What Cover You Need

Car hire companies love to sell you insurance, but you may not need it. That said, if you want to be extra cautious, purchasing insurance from the car hire place is almost guaranteed to be the most expensive route.

Try using a travel credit card to get insurance elsewhere, or be a defensive driver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need to Hire a Car at the Almeria Airport?

You will need all of the documents listed above - a drivers license, passport, ID card, credit card, or an International Drivers Permit.

Do not bring a student ID, as those are not valid forms of identification. If you are under 25, you may want to have some extra money with you to ensure you can cover the young driver fees.

Information wise, you need to know where you are staying, the distances you plan on driving, pick-up and drop-off times, and mileage limits. Some companies may require you to show proof of accommodation, so printing your hotel receipt or having it on your phone is a wise idea.

If you unintentionally go over your mileage limit or drop your car off late, you will likely have to pay excessive fees. Bring an itinerary to a service desk, and they will help you figure out the best time to drop off.

How Much to Hire a Car at Almeria Airport?

Cost depends on which company you go through. Hertz is the most expensive but has the most all-inclusive cars. Other things that affect price are:

  • Size of the car

  • Make, model, year

  • Driver(s)

  • Extras

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Expect to spend at least over £100 on hiring a car. If you choose a standard car, most companies do not exceed £500 for a three-day trip. The longer you stay, the more your car hire costs. Premiere or prestige models are much more expensive and may not be as practical.

Insurance spikes cost too, so consider that when choosing car hire. Extras like GPS or Wi-Fi increase prices to almost the premium level, so choosing the cheapest option if you want those features is a way to avoid high charges.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Hire a Car at Almeria Airport?

To hire a car at Almeria Airport, you must be at least 21 years of age. Anyone from age 21 to 25 will have to pay young driver fees.

Young driver fees are in place because young drivers may be more reckless motorists. Whether this is true is beside the point, as companies charge the toll regardless.

Some companies may work with you if you explain your situation. However, large businesses like Hertz are harder to convince.

Europcar has additional age restrictions depending on which tier of car hire you choose. Some vehicles from Europcar only allow drivers over 30 to get behind the wheel - while other models permit those over age 25.

What Car Hire Companies Are in Almeria Airport?

There are three car hire companies inside the airport - Hertz, Goldcar-InterRent, and Europcar. Other companies are slightly outside of the airport, and while they seem more inconvenient, they are almost always cheaper.

Sometimes hiring a car from the airport is necessary, though, and if that is the case for you, try these tips to save money:

  • Pay online for insurance (if needed)

  • Try to pay in full online

  • Join a loyalty program

  • Use a travel credit card

Joining a loyalty program is practical if you travel a lot and saves you tons of money in the long run. All of the companies at Almeria Airport have loyalty programs that may lead you to free car hires in the future, upgrades, and extras.

What Car Hire Insurance Do I Need to Drive in Almeria?

Spain requires that all car hires have Third-Party Liability insurance at a minimum.

Third-Party Liability takes the responsibility from an authorized driver if any injury or death occurs during the car hire. However, if you breach the hiring agreement or an unauthorized driver damages the vehicle, this policy is cancelled.

You do not need any other insurance for your car hire, at least legally. Some policies might come with your purchase - Hertz, for example, usually incorporates a Collision Damage Waiver that protects you from paying excess amounts if the car is involved in a wreck.

The waiver does not just cover collisions with other cars but against natural occurrences like hail, wind, or rocks hitting the vehicle.

How to Hire a Car in Almeria Airport if I Am Under 25

Fortunately, most companies will let you hire a car as long as you are able to drink on the other side of the ocean (21). Luxury vehicles may not be at your disposal, but standard models are ordinarily available to that age group.

Goldcar is the most youth-friendly company at the Almeria Airport. Their policy allows drivers from 22-24 to choose from their comprehensive fleet of cars and charges a low young driver fee (if at all).

Ages 19-21 can hire a car from Goldcar, but they have a smaller selection of vehicles. The only other requirement for this age group is you must have your license for at least one year before you book your car hire.