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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Gran Canaria Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.38 per day
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Lanzarote Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$6.45 per day
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Lanzarote Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$6.87 per day
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Gran Canaria Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.02 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Lanzarote Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$7.31 / per day
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Gran Canaria Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$7.60 / per day
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Lanzarote Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Interrent
$8.02 / per day
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Fuerteventura Airport Car Rental
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$8.59 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:01 on 2021-10-25. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Spanish
Currency
EUR
Country code
34
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 - 100 km/h
56 - 62 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.2

Why rent a car in the Canary Islands?

Canary Islands are a great place for renting a car. Unique in landscape and populated by hospital and proud people, whether you choose to go to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, or one of the other islands, you won’t end up disappointed. 

Spain - Canary Islands Car Rental

Top ways to enter Canary Islands

  • Gran Canaria Airport: Also known as Gran Canaria-Gando, the busiest airport in the Canary Islands handled more than 13 million travelers in 2019. Served by around 40 different airlines, the airport is a large hub for the low-cost carriers Vueling and Norwegian Air. In addition to European connections, the airport has flights to and from Senegal, Gambia, and Cape Verde in the nearby West Africa.
  • Tenerife South Airport: The busiest of the two Tenerife international airports, it handled over 11 million travelers in 2019. The airport is served by more than 30 different airlines, many of which fly to and from Tenerife for the whole year. 
  • Tenerife North Airport: Located near Santa Cruz, the largest city on Tenerife, this airport handles about 5.5 million travelers every year. Tenerife North has flights by 13 different airlines, with most of the traffic provided by Vueling, CanaryFly, and Binter Canarias.
  • Lanzarote Airport: Also known as César Manrique-Lanzarote, the main airport of the northernmost of the Canary Islands handled over seven million travelers in 2019. The airport is served by more than 20 airlines, providing flights to and from such varied destinations as the United Kingdom, Germany, and Finland.
  • Fuerteventura Airport: Fuerteventura-El Matorral handles about six million travelers annually. The airport has flights by nearly 30 different airlines, including low-cost carriers like easyJet, Wizz Air, and Volotea.
  • La Palma Airport: Located on the southeastern coast of the island, La Palma Airport handled around 1.5 million travelers in 2019. The airport has flights by 14 different airlines, providing connections with destinations like Madrid, Amsterdam, London, and Berlin.
  • La Gomera Airport: Serving the picturesque island of the same name, La Gomera Airport has flights, provided by Binter Canarias, to and from only two destinations, the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. This makes La Gomera accessible from mainland Europe with a layover in one of the aforementioned islands.
  • El Hierro Airport: The westernmost of the Canary Islands has flights by only two airlines, Binter Canarias and CanaryFly. Like La Gomera Airport, it only has direct connections to the other Canary Islands, but a layover in Tenerife or Gran Canaria is a possibility.
  • By sea: Each one of the seven Canary Islands has at least one passenger ferry port. It is a good idea to look up the schedules and book tickets in advance; services are much more frequent during the warm months of the year, but tickets are also sold out more quickly. Most ferry companies permit bringing a rental car on board, but you should make sure in advance. You should also ask your rental car provider if they permit island-hopping with a vehicle.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Tenerife. The largest and most populous of the Canaries is also the most popular tourism destination in the archipelago. Famous for its developed, built-up coastline, entertainment opportunities, and Mount Teide, the third largest active volcano in the world, Tenerife is visited by around five million travelers every year, more than five times the number of its permanent population.
  • Gran Canaria. The second-largest of the Canary Islands also has the highest population density, but getting a rental car gives you an opportunity to escape the crowds and see some of Gran Canaria’s picturesque highlights. These include Palmitos Park, mountains of Valsequillo and small surfing and diving spots on the northern coast of the island.
  • Fuerteventura. The second-largest island in the archipelago, Fuerteventura remains an uncharted territory if compared to Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Sparsely populated, it is home to beautiful beaches, ancient mountain villages, and some of the best kitesurfing opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Lanzarote. The easternmost of the Canaries, Lanzarote is heavily influenced by the Saharan winds coming from the nearby North Africa that contribute to its otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Other highlights of Lanzarote include the Timanfaya National Park, volcanic caves of Haria, and the nearby island of Graciosa.
  • La Palma. Located in the northwestern part of the archipelago, La Palma offers a great blend of quiet, relaxed atmosphere and great tourism infrastructure. There’s plenty to see, too, from beautiful lighthouses to Ruta de los Volcanes, a scenic hiking route. 
  • La Gomera. Known for its unique whistling language, La Gomera is the perfect nature tourism destination. The island is full of impressive ravines, thick forests, and rugged, dramatic beaches. San Sebastian, La Gomera’s cute capital, is worth a look, too.
  • El Hierro. The smallest, least populated, and southernmost of the seven main Canary islands, El Hierro is a true off-the-beaten-path destination. El Hierro’s nature is as impressive as anywhere you’ll find in the archipelago, and the island also has impressive volcanic lava tubes that you can visit by joining a tour.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in the Canary Islands is the Kia Picanto. Travelers also like the VW Polo and the Renault Clio.

Driver license requirements

  • Spain recognizes driver’s licenses from all the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) if they are valid and if you’re visiting for a time period that is less than six months. If you are staying for longer than six months or if you’re a full-time resident of Spain, you need to acquire a Spanish driver’s license.
  • Important: Sources differ on whether you need to have an International Driver Permit (IDP) if you’re coming from outside the EU/EEA and are on a short visit. While your rental car company might permit you to rent a car with your valid foreign license, some sources claim that the Spanish police might not recognize your home license and will require you to have an IDP. Because of this, it’s probably safer to get an IDP and carry both your original license and the IDP with you.
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car supplier and category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

A Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, the Canary Islands do not have any land borders.

Island hopping: It is possible to visit several islands with the same rental car during your trip to the Canaries by taking a ferry. Generally speaking, the ferry service is more active between the larger islands and between the islands that are closer to one another. So, for example, it’s quite easy to find a ferry between Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, but if you wish to go from either of these islands to La Palma or Hierro, you will most likely need to switch ferries on Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

Many, although not all, car rental companies permit picking up a rental car on one island and dropping it off on another. You can find the ones that do by entering your desired pickup and dropoff dates and times on our search. Similarly, most, but not all ferry companies permit bringing a rental car on deck, so it’s important to look this up in advance. The conditions and prices differ quite widely from company to company.

The ferry service is more active during the warmer months of the year, but the tickets also tend to sell out faster during the summer, so it’s a good idea to book them in advance.

Alternatively, you can explore each island with a different rental car, dropping one off on one island, traveling without a car, and then picking up a different car on the next island (different factors come into play, but this is often the cheaper option).

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in the Canary Islands is an economy, followed by mini and compact.

Top driving routes

Teide. Standing at a  height of 3,718 meters (12,198 feet), the mountain and volcano of Teide is the highest point not just in the Canaries, but in all of Spain. Located in Central Tenerife, the impressive peak is surrounded by a national park of the same name. To get to the summit, you can drive nearly all the way and then take a cable car for the final stretch. The rest of the area is known for great hiking and attractions like the Teide Observatory which you can visit on a tour.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $69 per day
  • Station wagons - from $28 per day
  • Large cars - from $51 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $76 per day
  • Premium cars - from $95 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $86 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in the Canary Islands:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting the Canary Islands is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 27% cheaper than the yearly average. 

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in the Canary Islands?

The cost of renting a car in the Canary Islands depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in the Canary Islands
$37.61
January
$45.25
February
$44.47
March
$41.61
April
$39.34
May
$40.10
June
$50.87
July
$51.98
August
$39.66
September
$43.06
October
$51.86
November
$54.77
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in the Canary Islands is January — prices start from $37.61 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 17% cheaper than the yearly average and 31% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $54.77 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in the Canary Islands?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 7 days. The shortest are in October — an average of 4 days.
Average Rental Length in the Canary Islands
7
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
6
July
6
August
6
September
4
October
7
November
5
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in the Canary Islands?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in the Canary Islands. The most popular month is November, while the least popular is February.
Popularity of Car Rental in the Canary Islands by Monthly Searches
6%
January
6%
February
6%
March
7%
April
10%
May
162%
June
219%
July
218%
August
128%
September
48%
October
276%
November
114%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Thrifty Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Thrifty Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Orlando Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Interrent VW Polo 5 1 Small cars
Hertz Renault Clio 4 1 Small cars
Surprice Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Interrent Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Renault Clio
October 12, 2021
Orlando is one of the best rental car I had in the last couple of years and the agent at the desk is very professional and nice!!I recommend Orlando 💯%!!!
United Kingdom
Opel Adam
October 11, 2021
We had a great time driving in Gran Canaria, especially on the (slightly scary) GC200!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
July 30, 2021
Make sure that you give the best instructions to your map/GPS device so you'll be taken to the right place. In Fuerteventura, the Riu Palace Jandia Hotel thinks they're a 4-5-star hotel, but they're not. There isn't even a visible sign at the arrival point so you know you're there. They have no valet - parking and no parking so arrival is a bit of a mess.
Poland
Hyundai Tucson
April 28, 2021
Many mountain roads. Turbo is a must
Ireland
VW Polo
December 1, 2020
Beautiful once you’re off the beaten path
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
March 19, 2020
If you do not mind driving on the other side of the road to Britain, and like to go out and about a car is a must.
Germany
VW Polo
February 11, 2020
An amazing Island with so much to see. Geta car and truly explore the island.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
February 11, 2020
far better than having to wait for ''transfer bus'' and then being the last to be dropped off at hotel, plus any trips you want to go on, you just jump into the car and go. Then at the end of your trip no need to allow a whole day for transfer back to the airport.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
February 8, 2020
great place in the winter time
United Kingdom
VW Polo
December 11, 2019
Very pleasant island to visit. If you like walking and green hills and small towns go to the north which is very beautiful and green.
United States of America (USA)
VW Up
September 4, 2019
Unless you plan to stay at your resort, you definitely need to rent a car while there. Rent a small car because parking is almost always difficult and the mountain roads are narrow.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
May 10, 2019
Tenerife was lovely and a car is essential if you want to see the island.. However, in many areas the roads are extremely steep, narrow and twisty, even in towns. Get the smallest car you can. There is a huge weather difference between the north and south. The north is much wetter with lots of greenery, forests and lush vegetation. The south is warmer and sunnier. We were in the north and getting to the sunnier south was not easy as we had to go over a 3,600' mountain pass.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
April 7, 2019
Definitely need a car, however be very prepared for exceptionally steep and windy roads everywhere!!
Canada
Opel Adam
March 31, 2019
must be comfortable going up and down mountains with all the curves. great "miradores"with fantastic scenery. thoroughly enjoyed driving.
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
March 30, 2019
Best way to see the island. Get out n about rather than stay in hotel / resort. Decent road infrastructure and some fun hairpin bends in the mountains. Need to be careful tho of others at roundabouts - some crazy driving!
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
March 18, 2019
Hiring a car helped us to discover that there is a lot more to Tenerife than just sun sand and sea.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
March 16, 2019
Renting from Orlando couldn't be easier. Good value rental, professional staff and easy process throughout. Close to the airport and didn't have to wait long for the pick up shuttle. Easy drop off and again didn't have to wait long before getting the shuttle back to the airport. Fuerteventura was easy to drive in. Relatively few cars on the road and other drivers were courteous. Would certainly rent from Orlando again when visiting the Island.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
January 8, 2019
Do not take a car from GoldCar Rhodium!!!

Top 14 Suppliers in the Canary Islands in 2021

Orlando
Orlando
Exceptional 9.5
+34922181386 / +34610583211
Travesía de los Cancajos, 21, 38712 Breña Baja, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 38712 Los Cancajos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:59
Tue:08:00-21:59
Wed:08:00-21:59
Thu:08:00-21:59
Fri:08:00-21:59
Sat:08:00-21:59
Sun:08:00-21:59
Interrent
Interrent
Exceptional 9.5
+34918340262
Terminal, Aeropuerto, 35610, 35610, Las Palmas
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+34922428048
AEROPUERTO DE LA PALMA,
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+34922426192
Airport de La Palma, 38730 La Palma
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-15:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+34928092330
Aeropuerto De La Palma La Bajita Sin Numero Mazo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+34928092330
Apto De La Palma La Bajita S/n Mazo
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-17:00
Sun:08:00-17:00
Canarias
Canarias
Excellent 8.5
+34922792919
Av. de Espańa, s/n
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:30
Tue:08:30-12:30
Wed:08:30-12:30
Thu:08:30-12:30
Fri:08:30-12:30
Sat:08:30-12:30
Sun:08:30-12:30
TenerifeCar
TenerifeCar
Excellent 8.5
+34922714298
Calle Gran Bretaña, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Working hours
Mon:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Tue:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Wed:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Thu:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Fri:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Sat:08:30-12:30; 16:30-19:30
Sun:08:30-12:30
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.1
+34922426192
Airport de La Palma, 38730 La Palma
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-15:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Excellent 8
+34918341400
Aeropuerto de Fuerteventura 35600 Pto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+34922181386
Camino La Bajita, S/N, Villa de Mazo, 38739
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.1
911501183
Carretera Matorral S/N
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 7
+34871180192
Av. Virgen de Guadalupe 2, 38679 Costa Adeje
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7
+34638563429
Av. la Gaviota, 4, 38687 Guia de Isora, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Working hours
Mon:08:00-19:00
Tue:08:00-19:00
Wed:08:00-19:00
Thu:08:00-19:00
Fri:08:00-19:00
Sat:08:00-19:00
Sun:08:00-19:00
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