Car Rental in Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria, Spain - Canary Islands
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Gran Canaria Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
$4.80 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$6.12 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Compact
Renault Megane or similar
Renault Megane
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$6.80 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Orlando
$8.19 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Gran Canaria Airport
Mini Elite
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Omega Rent A Car
$10.35 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Compact Elite
Renault Captur or similar
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dollar
$14.34 / per day
Playa del Ingles Downtown
Intermediate SUV
Volkswagen T-Roc or similar
Volkswagen T-Roc
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$16.55 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Intermediate Elite Crossover
Mini Countryman or similar
Mini Countryman
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GoByCar
$25.08 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:05 on 2024-04-10. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, English, German
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+34
Average car rental price
$12 per day
Average car rental length
7 days
Speed limit within town
20 - 50 km/h or 12 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 120 km/h or 56 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.3 / 10

Why rent a car in Gran Canaria?

The island of Gran Canaria is a great place to explore by car. The distances are small and the road network is in good shape. At the same time, there’s a lot of natural and cultural diversity that’s best discovered by venturing out of the main tourist zones and traveling at your own pace.

Gran Canaria

Top ways to enter Gran Canaria

  • By plane: The island’s main airport is located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and also provides easy access to other parts of Gran Canaria. Served by more than 40 airlines, Gran Canaria Airport offers flights not only to most European countries but also to North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • By ferry: It is also possible to reach Gran Canaria by ferry from one of the nearby islands or even from Cadiz or Huelva on mainland Spain. You can then pick up your rental car at one of many car pick-up locations on the island.

 

City facts

  • The largest city in Gran Canaria and the capital of the Canary Islands is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Located in the northeastern part of the island, the city has a population of almost 400,000.
  • The weather in Gran Canaria is warm throughout the year, with low precipitation. However, the latter is unevenly distributed across the island. Some inland parts can be significantly colder than the coastal areas during the winter months.
  •  The original population of the Canary Islands were the Guanches, a people related to North African Berbers. Throughout the centuries, the Guanches have been absorbed by the larger Spanish-speaking populations, but there are still vague traces of their culture in the architecture, artifacts, and some customs to be found on the island.

Top destinations and activities

  • Beaches. Undoubtedly, the main attraction in Gran Canaria is the island’s Atlantic shoreline. The southern part of the island attracts the most visitors, but Las Canteras Beach near Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is also popular among both tourists and locals. 
  • Catedral de Santa Ana. Not only is it a beautiful building, but the main church of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria also embodies much of the island’s varied history. First built in the early 16th century, the Cathedral is characterized by a mixture of Gothic, Moorish, and other architectural styles. Located in the heart of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Cathedral is as impressive from the inside as it is from the outside.
  • Puerto Rico. Not to be confused with the island in the Caribbean, this beach town in the southern part of Gran Canaria is a paradise for lovers of water sports. The drive from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria takes only about 50 minutes.
  • Maspalomas Dunes. Probably the ultimate highlight of Gran Canaria, the otherworldly Maspalomas Dunes comprises a scenery of unfathomable beauty best enjoyed at sunset.

Traffic and parking

  • Speed limits: 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) on main roads (called carreteras in Spanish), 100km/h (62mph) on dual carriageways (called autovias in Spanish), and 120km/h (74mph) on motorways (called autopistas in Spanish).
  • The driver and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm traveling on the front seat of a car must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.
  • The unnecessary use of audible warning devices (horns) is prohibited.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers.
  • The emergency number is 112.

Toll roads

All roads on the island are toll-free. In the rest of Spain, a toll road is called carretera de peaje. On maps and road signs, all toll roads have to include a letter P after the road type. The payment method may vary depending on the road, but most accept cash. Regardless of the region, the average estimated price is €9.5 ($11.25) per 100 km by car. See the official website for prices and more information.

Ideas for day trips

  • Palmitos Park. Located near the cozy town of Maspalomas, this nature area is home to varied wildlife such as parrots, birds of prey, and dolphins.
  • Teror. Despite its uninviting name, Teror on the north of the island is a quaint town where you can mingle with hospitable locals, try fruit and vegetables grown by village farmers, and relax in the mountains.
  • Western Gran Canaria. Rugged and more of a challenge to reach, the western part of the island, it is nonetheless a rewarding destination thanks to its impressive nature and wild sea coast.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in the Canary Islands is the Kia Picanto. Travelers also choose the VW Polo and the Renault Clio a lot. The most popular car types in the Canary Islands are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Inland Gran Canaria. Made up of lush valleys, pine-covered gorges, and towering peaks that reveal the island’s volcanic origin, much of the inland part of Gran Canaria is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. 
  • Tenerife. The largest of the Canaries and sometimes considered a rival of Gran Canaria, Tenerife is known for its many beautiful beaches and resorts, but also for El Teide, the stunning mountain that is the highest in all of Spain, and the nature reserve of the same name.
  • Fuerteventura. Located to the east of Gran Canaria, the large, but rather sparsely populated Fuerteventura is known for its great windsurfing conditions, as well as moonlike landscapes that are forged by the winds coming from the nearby Sahara.
  • Lanzarote. The northernmost and easternmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote has quickly been growing in stature as a tourist destination for visitors from Western Europe. Like neighboring Fuerteventura, it is known for its otherworldly nature which is best exemplified by Timanfaya National Park, one of the largest nature preserves of the archipelago.
  • IMPORTANT: Some rental car companies all you to pick up a rental car on one island and drop it off on another, but you should also see if the ferry company allows it. You will need to buy an additional ticket for your rental car, and it’s generally a good idea to book tickets in advance, especially if you’re traveling during the warmer half of the year. Alternatively, you can drop off your rental on one island, travel without it, and pick one up on the next after arriving.

Car Rental Prices in Gran Canaria

  • Convertibles - from $26 per day
  • Station wagons - from $13 per day
  • Large cars - from $19 per day
  • Medium cars - from $6 per day
  • Vans - from $11 per day
  • Premium cars - from $18 per day
  • Small cars - from $5 per day
  • SUVs - from $8 per day

Money-saving tips

There are ways to be smart about renting a car in Gran Canaria:

  • 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
  • Plan your trip to Gran Canaria when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, the cheapest month to rent a car in Gran Canaria is June, when renting a car is about 63% cheaper than the yearly average and about 75% cheaper than renting a car in August.
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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Gran Canaria?

Car rental prices in Gran Canaria vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Gran Canaria
$18.35
January
$23.57
February
$21.67
March
$14.83
April
$12.64
May
$12.77
June
$19.87
July
$21.20
August
$12.93
September
$16.57
October
$22.77
November
$29.14
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Gran Canaria is May (when prices average $12.64 per day). This is 33% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $29.14).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Gran Canaria?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in February, they keep their car for 7 days.
Average number of rental days in Gran Canaria
8
January
7
February
7
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
8
July
8
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
7
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Gran Canaria?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Gran Canaria is January, and the least popular is May.
Monthly searches in Gran Canaria by pick-up date relative to the average
150%
January
133%
February
115%
March
86%
April
77%
May
78%
June
81%
July
85%
August
83%
September
93%
October
91%
November
129%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 7
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Goldcar, TopCar, Orlando, Budget, Ok Mobility
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price $5 per day
Cheapest supplier Record-go

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Hyundai Bayon 5 2 SUVs
Orlando Renault Twingo 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Renault Megane 5 2 Medium cars
TopCar Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Skoda Karoq 5 2 Large cars
Orlando Volkswagen Polo 4 2 Small cars
Record-go Fiat Panda 3 1 Small cars

FAQ

Is it necessary to rent a car in Gran Canaria?
That depends on your plans, but having a vehicle can be very useful, especially if you’d like to explore different beaches around the island and travel to see its magnificent interior. Accommodations on the island also tend to be more expensive near the airport and main settlements and resorts, so being able to travel to a more remote location can reduce costs there.
What is the best place to rent a car in Gran Canaria?
In terms of price and the variety of car rental companies, the best place for renting a car is undoubtedly Gran Canaria International Airport. The main port of entry for most foreign visitors, the airport is near Las Palmas on the eastern coast of the island.
Is it easy to drive in Gran Canaria?
Overall, yes – the island has a vast road network and the overall driving culture is relaxed and polite. Obviously, the interior of the island is quite mountainous, but even there, the quality of the main roads is very good. Gran Canaria is arguably also home to some of the most scenic roads in all of the Canary Islands and Spain.
Can you explore Gran Canaria in four days?
Gran Canaria is a large island with plenty to enjoy in terms of not just beaches, but also history, culture, and nature. While four days is perfectly sufficient time for getting the first introduction to the island and having some memorable experiences, most travelers will be tempted to return and explore more of what the island has to offer.

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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Ireland
Volkswagen Polo
March 9, 2024
Mountain biking behind playa melonaries. Santa Catalina hotel in Las Palmas.
France
Volkswagen Polo
February 9, 2024
the beach ;-)
Ireland
SWM G01
February 6, 2024
Beirut restraunt in Maspalomas ,had amazing vegan food.So many nature spots to see,just come to Grand canaria and you won't regret it.
Belgium
Fiat 500
January 16, 2024
Radisson in mogan, great 👍
Netherlands
Fiat Panda
December 25, 2023
Private stay at my second home but also working and enjoy the sunshine
Netherlands
Renault Twingo
December 24, 2023
To see the middle of the island with his small villages
Spain
Citroen C3
November 27, 2023
Puerto Mogan is fantastic place to stay. We hiked all over the island and was very pleased with the trails and all the coffee and beer spots.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 2008
November 19, 2023
Driving around island, to beach.
Sweden
Volkswagen Polo
November 8, 2023
OK
Netherlands
Volkswagen Polo
August 31, 2023
Drove the car on the famous rally tracks in the mountains of Gran Canaria... Spent a lot of time in 1st gear... to drive it up the immense hills.. Would do it all again tomorrow..! 🙂👍
Netherlands
Fiat Panda
August 13, 2023
A new car with a perfect airco. Especially of interest when driving in areas with outside temperature of 47 degrees.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio
August 2, 2023
The T-Roc convertible was an amazing vehicle for Gran Canaria... we were surprised how comfortable the back seat was, and how much room the boot actually had. It's much roomier than other convertibles (eg. Mini) and great for taking in the amazing views!
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
July 3, 2023
We are very familiar with gran Canaria. We visit there a lot.
Lithuania
Renault Captur
April 20, 2023
Ok
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
April 3, 2023
Loads of great restaurants, hotel is brilliant.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
March 8, 2023
Good service good car good price!
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
March 7, 2023
cycling & sun
Ireland
Renault Clio
February 17, 2023
Site seeing
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
December 17, 2022
The Beaches. Local supermarket food stuff were superb.
Romania
Toyota Yaris
December 8, 2022
Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria is a great place to visit. Like the whole island
Norway
VW Polo
November 21, 2022
By car you can go to picos de las nieves, the highest top on gran canaria. beautiful wiew when it is not cloudy
United Kingdom
Skoda Fabia Combi
November 14, 2022
By having the car we were able to go to many places as and when we wanted. The car gave us a great deal of freedom of choice.
Netherlands
Renault Twingo
October 30, 2022
we visited this time the only existing coffee plantation on the European continent
Slovakia
Skoda Fabia STW
October 13, 2022
Highest peak of the island, palmitos park, whole coastline from Mogan to Maspalomas(not highway road). Teror city. Sand dunes in Maspalomas. Lastly the road from Taurito to the center of the island.
Hong Kong
Toyota Corolla
September 28, 2022
We rent the car Prius for four days. On the second day, the sign of tyre air inadequate was on and we went to gas station to pumping the tyre. However, after pumped the tyres, the yellow sign was still on thorough the journey! This is my first time in Canary Islands so very familiar with the Road designs. Not a very pleasant driving experience with a warning sign on!!!
Canada
Citroen C3
September 1, 2022
nature and restaurants
Spain
VW Golf
May 24, 2021
being surpriced by reserving VW GOLF but receiving the Peugot, finally Toyota.....Want to get what I have booked....
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
February 24, 2020
Travel into the centre of the island but watch out for cyclists and cars - makes the hairpin bends interesting!
United Kingdom
VW Up
February 15, 2020
The mountain roads were very winding and steep which was initially rather off-putting, yet these were mostly wide enough for two cars. In my opinion, the impatient locals were the most dangerous thing about the roads though.
United Kingdom
VW Up
February 11, 2020
See above.
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
February 13, 2019
Very good destination. Excellent accommodation and fantastic restaurants
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
February 3, 2019
The main roads are excellent and any one use to bring on the M25 will have no problems. However, our hotel was in the mountains and to get there was interesting with several hair pin bends, blind bends with little room for two cars to pass let along a coach. We are very experienced drivers both throughout Europe and further afield so no real problem but for some drivers the drive to the hotel would have been a nightmare.
United Kingdom
Opel Adam
January 9, 2019
So much to do and see
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
January 5, 2019
Fantastic island with lovely people and great winter weather.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
January 4, 2019
Great island to explore if you don't mind hairpin bends and steep slopes!
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
December 18, 2018
Stay somewhere a bit cheaper and drive to more expensive resorts for the day
United Kingdom
Nissan Micra
November 26, 2018
Car rental is essential if you are interested in travel and landscape. the internal mountain roads are stunning.
United States of America (USA)
VW Golf
July 19, 2018
The scenery is beautiful and the highways are in good shape and made for easy driving. If you are from the USA you may not be as familiar with Round-A-Bouts and Europeans, so you will need to use caution when entering.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Avis
9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Ok Mobility
6.9 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
164
Total rental companies
20
Average daily price
$11.53
Lowest daily price
$4.80
Total cars available
1020

Top 20 Suppliers in Gran Canaria in 2024

TopCar
TopCar
Exceptional 9 / 1,122 reviews
2 locations
$20 - $71
Surprice
Surprice
Exceptional 9 / 123 reviews
2 locations
$9 - $53
Avis
Avis
Exceptional 9 / 68 reviews
3 locations
$16 - $150
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.8 / 198 reviews
3 locations
$13 - $66
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.5 / 90 reviews
1 location
$10 - $113
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 107 reviews
2 locations
$10 - $115
Omega Rent A Car
Omega Rent A Car
Very good 8.2 / 91 reviews
1 location
$10 - $46
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 42 reviews
2 locations
$26 - $42
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 90 reviews
2 locations
$15 - $135
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 25 reviews
2 locations
Turisprime
Turisprime
Good 7.9 / 211 reviews
1 location
$9 - $11
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
$26 - $30
Orlando
Orlando
Good 7.6 / 582 reviews
6 locations
$6 - $94
Record-go
Record-go
Good 7.6 / 58 reviews
1 location
$5 - $33
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.5 / 12 reviews
2 locations
$11 - $30
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.4 / 26 reviews
2 locations
$8 - $23
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.4 / 5 reviews
1 location
$35 - $36
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.3 / 1,405 reviews
1 location
$6 - $22
GoByCar
GoByCar
Good 7.3 / 157 reviews
1 location
$8 - $33
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Satisfactory 6.9 / 208 reviews
1 location
$6 - $88
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