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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Madrid Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Goldcar
$3.48 / per day
Madrid Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
$5.36 / per day
Madrid Airport
Compact
Fiat 500X or similar
Fiat 500X
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
$7.77 / per day
Madrid Atocha Train Station
Mini Elite
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$11.92 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Madrid Airport
Intermediate SUV
Skoda Karoq or similar
Skoda Karoq
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Firefly
$12.32 / per day
Madrid Airport
Economy Elite
Audi A1 or similar
Audi A1
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Click&Rent
$18.85 / per day
Coslada Downtown
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Enterprise
$30.96 / per day
Madrid Plaza Espana
Standard
Opel Insignia or similar
Opel Insignia
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$43.95 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:05 on 2024-04-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, Catalan
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+34
Average car rental price
$17 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
9.1 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.71 per liter or $6.48 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.64 per liter or $6.20 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.93 per liter or $7.29 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Madrid?

Madrid is a great place to visit by car. Historic and impressive yet cozy and hospitable, it has countless sites to visit and things to try. Being in the very center of Spain, Madrid also provides easy access to its unique cultural regions.

Madrid

One-Way Car Rentals in Madrid

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Madrid and drop off in another city include:

  • From Madrid to Barcelona - 310 offers from $15.29 per day
  • From Madrid to Seville - 344 offers from $15.29 per day
  • From Madrid to Malaga - 273 offers from $15.29 per day
  • From Madrid to Valencia - 210 offers from $15.29 per day
  • From Madrid to Alicante - 103 offers from $15.29 per day

Top ways to enter Madrid

  • Madrid Barajas Airport: One of the busiest in Europe, Madrid Airport offers connections with most European countries, as well as many destinations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas (it is one of the main ports of entry on the continent for travelers arriving from Latin America). The airport is located about 22 km (13.7 miles) from the city center, the trip taking about 30 minutes in a car.
  • Valladolid Airport: Although much smaller than Madrid Barajas and mainly active during the summer months, this cozy airport provides great connections with other destinations in Spain and is just two hours drive north of the capital.
  • By rail: If you’re arriving in Madrid by train, you can conveniently pick up a rental car at Madrid Atocha Railway Station and Madrid Chamartin Railway Station.

City facts

  • The main language of Madrid is, of course, Spanish. Many locals also speak English, especially those working in the service industry.
  • Since Madrid is further away from the sea and at a higher elevation than other large Spanish cities like Barcelona or Valencia, the winters can be colder, with frost and snow sometimes occurring (although still rare, Madrid sees the most rain in the winter). The summers can be very hot, and the weather is the mildest in autumn and spring.
  • Madrid is made up of 21 districts that are further divided into barrios or wards. 

Top destinations and activities

  • The Prado Museum. One of the most famous ones in the world, Spain’s national art museum features works of Francisco Goya, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, and many others. Museo del Prado is part of Madrid’s museum district and you’ll also find the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, the Reina Sofia Museum, and other museums here.
  • Puerta del Sol. Sometimes referred to as the heart of Madrid, this plaza is the most active part of the capital city and has landmarks like the statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree (though it’s called this in English, the tree is actually that of the arbutus berry) and the famous clock tower of the Royal Post Office. 
  • National Archaeological Museum. Inhabited by the Carthaginians, Celts, Romans, and Moors, Spain has a fascinatingly diverse history. One of the best places to explore it is the Archaeological Museum (also known by its Spanish acronym, MAN). Located on the central Serrano Street, it boasts plenty of fascinating artifacts such as the 2,400-year-old Lady of Elche. Visit the museum’s website to learn more about admission, exhibitions, and events during your visit.
  • The Royal Palace. With its 3,400 rooms, it is the largest palace in Europe. Relatively new by local standards, the construction of the Royal Palace only started in the 18th century, although it does stand on the grounds of a much older Moorish fortress. Today, the king of Spain does not live there anymore, and it is only used for state ceremonies, making it a popular and accessible tourist attraction. The building’s stunning interior includes paintings by Caravaggio, Goya, and Velasquez.
  • Almudena Cathedral. Located across the square from the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, is an even more recent, but just as impressive architectural feat – its construction took 110 years until it was finished in 1993. Consecrated by none other than Pope John Paul II, the Cathedral is named after the Virgin of Almudena, a medieval local statue depicting the Mother of Christ.
  • Mercado de San Miguel. The famous indoor market is the best place to stock up on truly Spanish delicacies like dried ham and wine, as well as olives and fruits. Although undoubtedly popular with tourists, it is arguably a nice place to experience the everyday atmosphere and rhythm of Madrid. Designated as a site of Spanish National Heritage, the market celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016.

Traffic and parking

  • Madrid 360: Madrid restricts access to cars in the center of the city. You should not drive in the center if you do not have an electric vehicle or are not a resident. You can only drive in the center to get to a public parking lot or to your hotel.
  • Speed limits - 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) on most standard roads, 100km/h (62mph) on standard roads that are either one-way roads, roads with more than two lanes for at least one direction of traffic and roads with shoulders more than 1.5m wide, and 120km/h (74mph) on motorways (called autovías in Spain).
  • The car documentation and insurance always has to be inside a vehicle.
  • The driver and all passengers are required to wear seatbelts.
  • Children up to the age of 12 and measuring less than 135cm travelling on the front seat of a car must be seated in a child restraint system adapted to their size and weight.
  • 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

Most of the roads inside the country are toll-free. Toll roads are 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 will accept cash. Regardless of the region, the average estimated price is €9.5 ($11.25) per 100km by car. See the official website for prices and more information.

Ideas for day trips

  • Toledo. Spectacularly situated above the Tagus River, Toledo is full of history and can be experienced at a much slower pace than the capital. The steep, narrow side streets in the city are just as fun to explore as landmarks like the majestic Toledo Cathedral and Church of the Savior. The drive from Madrid takes about an hour.
  • Cuenca Alta Manzanares Regional Park. Full of hiking trails, small lakes, and cliff boulders, this is one of the nicest (and also the most popular) nature areas near the capital. A place of a variety of flora and fauna, the park is a good place for spotting large birds like pilgrim hawks and griffon vultures. Located some 45 km (28 miles) northwest of Madrid, the park can be reached by car in about 40 minutes.
  • Segovia. Another scenic town full of history, Segovia packs a lot of attractions for a place with a population of just over 50,000. The main highlights include the city’s spectacular Roman aqueduct that’s close to 2,000 years old, as well as Segovia Cathedral and the eclectic Alcázar (fortress). The drive from Madrid takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Spain is the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Fiat 500 and the Ford Focus. The most popular car types are economy, compact and mini.

Further destinations

  • Salamanca. Just a two-and-a-half-hour drive northwest of Madrid, Salamanca is one of the most notable renaissance cities in Europe. The city’s diverse architecture that includes masterpieces of Gothic, Baroque, Moorish, and other styles has led to it being declared a World Heritage Site. The city’s culinary riches are also most certainly not to be missed.
  • Cuenca. Not to be confused with the aforementioned Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, this Cuenca is about an hour-and-40-minute drive east of Madrid. Located in the sparsely populated Castile-la-Mancha region, it is known for its spectacular location that’s best exemplified by the so-called casas colgadas, or hanging houses, built right on the edge of the cliff. Cuenca is also the location of the Spanish Museum of Abstract Art and has its own area of natural beauty, Serrania de Cuenca Nature Park. 
  • Andalusia. Unique in culture, cuisine, and mentality, this nearby region in Southern Spain has everything from long beaches along the Mediterranean to vast nature areas, majestic mountains, and some of the most culturally rich cities in all of Europe. One of these, the Northern Andalusian city of Cordoba, is about a four-hour drive southwest of the capital and can serve as a great first impression of the region.

Car Rental Prices in Madrid

  • Convertibles - from $13 per day
  • Station wagons - from $27 per day
  • Large cars - from $19 per day
  • Medium cars - from $8 per day
  • Vans - from $16 per day
  • Premium cars - from $19 per day
  • Small cars - from $3 per day
  • SUVs - from $9 per day

Money-saving tips

  • There’s many things you can do to get a good rental car deal in the capital of Spain:
  • 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 Madrid is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 23% cheaper than the yearly average.
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This article was reviewed and updated by Emilie and Florianne from Parents-voyageurs (parents and travelers), a French website created in 2015 by Emilie and Florianne to facilitate and encourage traveling with children. Emilie has been living in Madrid with her family for more than five years. And Florianne, after living in Belgium for nine years, has now settled close to Nantes, in France. Together, they intend to inspire every kind of family travel by sharing their travel experiences with their children. Go and see, they have many kid-friendly destinations for you to discover, as well as practical advice and tips for traveling with your kids. Their philosophy is that there is no short trip, each moment outside of your house is already a journey!

Top 20 Cities near Madrid

  1. 161.3 km / 100.2 miles
  2. 183.5 km / 114 miles
  3. 208.7 km / 129.7 miles
  4. 215.4 km / 133.8 miles
  5. 258.2 km / 160.4 miles
  6. 285.3 km / 177.3 miles
  7. 288.5 km / 179.3 miles
  8. 303 km / 188.3 miles
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  10. 309.6 km / 192.4 miles
  11. 318 km / 197.6 miles
  12. 327.9 km / 203.7 miles
  13. 340.4 km / 211.5 miles
  14. 355.9 km / 221.1 miles
  15. 364.5 km / 226.5 miles
  16. 366.5 km / 227.7 miles
  17. 367 km / 228 miles
  18. 370.7 km / 230.3 miles
  19. 372.2 km / 231.3 miles
  20. 372.5 km / 231.5 miles

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Madrid?

Car rental prices in Madrid 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 Madrid
$18.84
January
$21.94
February
$31.17
March
$28.59
April
$26.19
May
$25.24
June
$35.05
July
$37.80
August
$27.06
September
$25.07
October
$16.95
November
$34.21
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Madrid is November (when prices average $16.95 per day). This is 38% cheaper than the yearly average and 55% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $37.80).

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 Madrid?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in January, they keep their car for 6 days.
Average number of rental days in Madrid
6
January
7
February
7
March
8
April
9
May
9
June
10
July
9
August
8
September
7
October
6
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Madrid is July, and the least popular is February.
Monthly searches in Madrid by pick-up date relative to the average
73%
January
71%
February
86%
March
83%
April
89%
May
107%
June
130%
July
127%
August
127%
September
125%
October
82%
November
99%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 40
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Record-go, Centauro, Goldcar, Click&Rent, Ok Mobility
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Vans
Lowest price $3 per day
Cheapest supplier Goldcar

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Record-go Fiat 500X 5 3 Medium cars
Record-go Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Record-go Opel Corsa 5 1 Small cars
Record-go Seat Arona 5 2 SUVs
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Focus 5 2 Medium cars
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Record-go Toyota RAV4 5 2 SUVs
Click&Rent Volkswagen T-Cross 5 2 SUVs
Record-go Seat Ateca 4 3 SUVs

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.

Canada
Toyota Yaris
February 26, 2024
Drove up to Bilbao for a week, then returned to Madrid.
Singapore
Toyota Yaris
December 2, 2023
Good trip
United Arab Emirates
Fiat 500X
November 19, 2023
Good all
Germany
Volkswagen T-Roc
November 9, 2023
Went to the Tempel, took a guided tour to Toledo and some other pretty places
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Australia
Peugeot 3008
October 28, 2023
Just book in advance a parking in a city, particularly in Portugal because the can be expensive. Besides that Spain an Portugal are beautiful places to visit particularly small towns an beautiful countrysides landscapes (places out of the standard turist circuits). You always find a piece of history in unexpected places.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Sportage
September 15, 2023
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Mexico
Fiat 500
August 30, 2023
We toured from Madrid to Santander, Gijon, down to Leon, Oviedo and back to Madrid. Spain is an amazing country. We loved the rural areas and the small towns the most. We hope to come back soon!
Spain
Fiat Panda
August 28, 2023
It was so awesome not team a reckless driver much into me and make it so sad for me but all the way I have fun
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
July 10, 2023
Leisure and sightseeing
Spain
Fiat 500
July 1, 2023
I rent a small fiat and it was perfect to experience Spain.
United States of America (USA)
Volvo XC40
April 11, 2023
My 6th trip to Spain as a tourist and it keeps getting better.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota C-HR
March 30, 2023
History
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
November 19, 2022
I have often used Recordgo & they are my prefered economy hire company. At least unlike some of the other cheaper hire companies, they appear to be honest and reputable
United States of America (USA)
Seat Arona
November 4, 2022
Spain and Portugal were beautiful and amazing historical sites. Magical. Could live there
Sweden
Toyota Corolla
October 18, 2022
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Canada
Fiat 500
October 12, 2022
We visited Spain in 2 weeks with stops in Madrid, Santander, Pamplona, Barcelona, Valencia, Malaga, Sevilla. More than 3000 km, with only 5 fuel refills. It was not easy for my husband to drive in large cities with a manual car, but he succeeded. We rent hotels and Airbnb with free parking, to make sure that we would have a parking spots available.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
August 24, 2022
Amazonia zip wires Cercedilla. Fantastic.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota CH-R
August 5, 2022
Amazing road trip. Glad we chose to drive as we saw more and had some terrific 'on the way' stops.
Australia
Fiat 500
July 3, 2022
We hired a very small car which proved great in old towns with narrow roads. Even though car was small it had sufficient power to go wherever you wanted
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
June 20, 2022
Research ahead of time where to park. I think the rental companies should have an agreement with parking companies to lower the rates a little.
Finland
Ford Focus STW
May 10, 2022
4 days and 1773km. Madrid - Lissabon - Sintra - Peniche - Porto - Braga - Natur reservation Geres - Madrid
United States of America (USA)
Opel Mokka
March 10, 2022
Excellent price, I loved the car and the service
Ukraine
Toyota Aygo
November 22, 2021
For two days I visited Madrid and Toledo. Madrid is a great imperial prosperous city. There are kind and friendly people, lots of restaurants, and clean streets. Of course there are lots of museums with priceless masterpieces, but as for me they are lifeless things and the real masterpiece is folks on the streets - their talks, emotions, smiles. Toledo is a beautiful city lying at the picturesque canyon. One can find cozy narrow streets for wandering.
Spain
Ford Fiesta
November 19, 2019
I went to Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Cadiz and Cordoba. ALL AMAZING PLACES
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
June 5, 2019
I travelled to the Costa Del Sol from Madrid as the flight was half the price of flying to Malaga. This is a good option as long as you don't mind a 6 hour drive.
Ireland
Ford Focus
May 15, 2019
Madrid is a very nice place, you just have to be careful on the roads because the traffic system isn’t like normal European roads it’s very rushed, cars move very fast, taxis cutting in and out and lanes start and finish very quickly
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
April 9, 2019
Love Madrid, spent Two years living here and I love to come back as much as possible
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
March 7, 2019
traveled by car in Spain: very convenient for transportation when I wanted it, but there are definitely some narrow roads, tight spaces, and limited parking.
United States of America (USA)
Renault Clio
January 15, 2019
Rental office in terminal. Parking lot right outside terminal, walking distance. Plenty of choices of cars. Choice of diesel vs. gasoline.
Mexico
Ford C Max
June 24, 2018
Centre of Madrid has many places to visit; great museums, the palace, the restaurants ( some of the best restaurants in the world can be found in the city) and definitely drive to the small towns, like Toledo, Escorial,Granada. . . . pick any place, you will fall I'm love! ; they are enchanting!.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Surprice
7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
93
Total rental companies
24
Average daily price
$16.82
Lowest daily price
$3.48
Total cars available
6146

Top 24 Suppliers in Madrid in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.5 / 125 reviews
18 locations
$19 - $429
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.5 / 66 reviews
8 locations
$51 - $234
Centauro
Centauro
Very good 8.3 / 459 reviews
9 locations
$4 - $96
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.2 / 54 reviews
14 locations
$27 - $376
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.2 / 44 reviews
11 locations
$24 - $270
Record-go
Record-go
Very good 8.1 / 1,437 reviews
3 locations
$7 - $97
Drivalia
Drivalia
Very good 8.1 / 55 reviews
5 locations
$12 - $41
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1 / 16 reviews
10 locations
$27 - $133
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8 / 229 reviews
4 locations
$42 - $188
National
National
Very good 8 / 26 reviews
4 locations
$41 - $406
Avis
Avis
Very good 8 / 25 reviews
12 locations
$31 - $381
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.9 / 5 reviews
1 location
$23
Click&Rent
Click&Rent
Good 7.8 / 57 reviews
3 locations
$6 - $273
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
3 locations
$50 - $215
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.7 / 87 reviews
1 location
$9 - $15
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7 / 36 reviews
8 locations
$37 - $539
Alquicoche
Alquicoche
Good 7.7 / 26 reviews
17 locations
$42 - $264
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.7 / 14 reviews
8 locations
$41 - $79
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.6 / 87 reviews
11 locations
$22 - $61
Routes Car Rental
Routes Car Rental
Good 7.5
1 location
Flexways
Flexways
Good 7.4 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$48 - $109
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Good 7.2 / 350 reviews
3 locations
$5 - $155
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.1 / 279 reviews
1 location
$3 - $20
Surprice
Surprice
Good 7
3 locations
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