Car Hire in Malaga
There is no shortage of places to hire a car in Malaga. Besides the many agencies populating Malaga Airport (AGP), more car rental agencies are outside the airport, including Zenith Rent a Car & Parking, Autos Navarro, Albacars, 1rentacar, Rentacar-s, Caramba, Prima, Miami, All In and TopCars. There are additional places to rent a car in Malaga's downtown area, mostly clustered around the port, including Goldcar, Hola, Thrifty, Sixt, Enterprise, Europcar, Budget and Hertz. You can arrange to rent economy, compact and midsize sedans, luxury cars, SUVs, and minivans through Skyscanner before you travel.
Car Hire at Malaga Airport
Málaga - Costa del Sol Airport, aka Malaga Airport, serves Malaga and the surrounding areas. Inside the airport, at baggage claim, are a slew of car rental agencies, including Budget, Enterprise, Record Go, Firefly Car Rental, Sixt, Tony's Rent-a-Car, Niza Cars and Malaga Airport Car Hire. All cars can be picked up and dropped off in the lots outside the respective agency's entrance.
In central Malaga, in addition to those listed above, there are also locations for picking up and dropping off car rentals for Rentacar Aeropuerto de Malaga and Car Rental Airport Malaga. Driving from the airport into central Malaga is a straight route up MA-20, which circumscribes the entire downtown area. You can also take MA-22 just south of the city to have a slower, scenic waterfront route into town with your car hire in Malaga.
Driving in Malaga
To drive your car rental in Malaga, or anywhere in Spain, visitors must possess both a driver's licence from their home country and an international driving permit. Malaga is reputed to be one of the easiest, most relaxed of cities for drivers in all of Spain. There are many roundabouts in town, which helps aid traffic flow. Malaga has a strict hands-free policy, prohibiting drivers from even using speakerphone or headsets. You can, however, use a Bluetooth ear piece or in-car microphone while in your car hire in Malaga.
Parking in Malaga
As a large and ever-growing city, Malaga has made parking a priority for over 30 years. That's when the Municipal Society of Car Parks (SMASSA) was formed and started establishing Municipal Car Parks. Collectively, SMASSA operates over 6,000 public parking spaces throughout the city. You can also securely park your car rental in Malaga's numerous privately run parking lots. There are a number of lots in Malaga from La Union to Centro, on both sides of the river and all around the port, as well as the waterfront and streets immediately inland. Many of these lots are open 24 hours.
Where to Go and What to See in Malaga
Once you hire a car in Malaga, you may be inspired to take a drive out of the city. Some popular destinations include Granada, which is 90 minutes away, and Ronda, which is 1 hour and 40 minutes away. For a real road trip adventure, after you rent a car in Malaga, you can drive to Barcelona, which is 10 hours away along the Southern Spanish coast.