Car Hire in Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria, Spain - Canary Islands
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Gran Canaria Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
£ 2.85 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Economy
Peugeot 108 or comparable
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 3.32 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Compact
Renault Megane or comparable
Renault Megane
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
£ 4.30 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or comparable
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Orlando
£ 5.99 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Gran Canaria Airport
Mini Elite
Volkswagen Polo or comparable
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Omega Rent A Car
£ 8.26 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Intermediate
Hyundai Bayon or comparable
Hyundai Bayon
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
TopCar
£ 10.52 / per day
Las Palmas City Centre
Compact Elite
Renault Captur or comparable
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
£ 12.60 / per day
Gran Canaria Airport
Intermediate Elite Crossover
Mini Countryman or comparable
Mini Countryman
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GoByCar
£ 20.00 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 12:45 on 2024-04-14.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, English, German
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+34
Average car hire price
£ 8 per day
Average car hire length
7 days
Speed limit within city centre
20 - 50 km/h or 12 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 120 km/h or 56 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.3 / 10

Why hire a car in Gran Canaria?

The island of Gran Canaria is a great place to travel around by car. The distances are small and the road network is in good shape, but at the same time there’s a lot of natural and cultural diversity that’s best discovered if you can go outside the main tourist zones and travel at your own pace.

Gran Canaria

Top ways to enter Gran Canaria

  • Gran Canaria Airport: The main airport of the island is located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Las Palmas city center and also provides easy access to other parts Gran Canaria. Served by more than 40 airlines, it offers flights not only to most European countries, but also to North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • By sea: There are five ports in Gran Canaria, connecting the island to a number of other Canary islands, as well as locations on the Spanish mainland like Cadiz or Huelva. Most ferry companies permit taking a vehicle on deck (you need to buy a separate ticket for it), but you should ask your car hire company in advance if they are okay with it. Many car hire companies don’t permit taking the car on a ferry, even if you plan to later return to Gran Canaria. Therefore, another option is to drop off a car in Gran Canaria, travel without it, and then pick up a new car once you’ve reached your next destination. Ferry tickets are best purchased in advance, especially if you plan to travel during the winter and early spring months when the service is considerably less frequent.

City facts

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

Top destinations and activities

  • Las Palmas. The largest city in the Canaries, Las Palmas has plenty for a curious traveller to explore. Located on the northeastern coast of the island, the city is home to the emblematic Santa Ana Cathedral, as well as landmarks like the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and Elder Museum of Science and Technology.
  • Beaches. There’s plenty of fascinating history and culture to explore in Gran Canaria, but the main reason to visit the island is nonetheless its stunning coastline. The relaxed southern part of the island attracts most of the sun and sea lovers, but there’s also the lovely Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas, as well as the nearby beaches of El Confital (20-minute drive to the north) and Dos Roques (30 minutes to the east).
  • Interior. Often overlooked by foreign visitors who tend to stick to the coast, the interior of Gran Canaria is a fascinating place to explore if you give it a chance. Characterised by stunning gorges, volcanic landscapes, and pine forests, the area is a prime walking destination (much of it a part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve) while the highland villages have a markedly different atmosphere than the island’s beach resorts.

Traffic and parking

  • 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.

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 in the north of the island is a cozy little place where you can interact with hospitable locals, try fruits 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 hired 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. Much of the inland part of the island is a UNESCO biosphere area thanks to its lush valleys, steep pine-covered gorges, and mountains that reveal the island’s volcanic origin.
  • Other Canary Islands. Similar in culture and nature yet each distinctly unique, the rest of the Canary Islands like Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura all make fascinating destinations to explore.
  • Mainland Spain. Home of varied history, great culture, and delicious cuisine, Spain is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for a good reason.

Car Hire Prices in Gran Canaria

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 7 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 8 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 11 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 4 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 9 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 13 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 3 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 5 per day

Money-saving tips

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

  • Compare rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Gran Canaria is the cheapest in June when hiring a car is about 63% cheaper than the yearly average and about 75% cheaper than hiring a car in August.
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In which month is car hire in Gran Canaria the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Gran Canaria fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Gran Canaria
£ 14.63
January
£ 18.80
February
£ 17.28
March
£ 11.63
April
£ 10.08
May
£ 10.18
June
£ 15.85
July
£ 16.91
August
£ 10.31
September
£ 13.21
October
£ 18.16
November
£ 23.24
December
The best month to hire a car in Gran Canaria is May (when the average price is £ 10.08 per day). This is 33% less than the yearly average and 57% less than hiring in December (when the average price is £ 23.24).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, 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 hire 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 is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Gran Canaria?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Gran Canaria is January, and the least popular is May.
Popularity of Car Hire in Gran Canaria by Monthly Searches
150%
January
133%
February
115%
March
85%
April
77%
May
78%
June
81%
July
85%
August
83%
September
93%
October
91%
November
129%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire 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 £ 3 per day
Cheapest supplier Record-go

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency 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

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.

United Kingdom
Renault Clio
3 April 2024
Great wildlife sitings and spectacular scenery.
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
16 March 2024
No need nothing to tell
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
3 March 2024
Gran Canaria is a beautiful island, and having a car from Gold Car is a fantastic way to explore the island. During my two week stay, I drove into the mountains and experienced some stunning and amazing views, being a keen fisherman (Carp Fisherman) I explored Presa de Chira in the center of the island, this is a lake 1000 feet above sea level and full of wild carp, there I found Dave and Alison of Carp Gran Canaria (they run Carp fishing excursions to the lake on a daily basis, and can be found on a goolgle search), I had 3 days of fishing with them and caught 9 Carp all weighing in double figures with the biggest weighing 30lbs. I had an amazing holiday and having a car from Gold Car gave me the freedom to explore.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
25 February 2024
Lovely beaches along the coast and some lovely restaurants
United Kingdom
Renault Captur
7 February 2024
We drove around the island. 990km in 12 days and the car was comfortable
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
6 February 2024
Gran Canaria is a great place. Great weather and restaurants and very clean as a place.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
3 February 2024
The small car was ideal for exploring the island, especially driving the winding mountain roads! We hiked some the highest peaks - Roque Nublo at sunset was amazing! We ate out every night as there were so many amazing restaurants to try - Bella Lucia in Las Palmas was our favourite. We also drove to the south of the island to explore the sand dunes at Maspalomas. The whole island has such a beautiful unique landscape!
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
24 December 2023
Puerto Rico beach and lots of free parking there
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
28 October 2023
Everything was amazing
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Up
24 October 2023
Relaxing time in Gran Canaria
United Kingdom
Renault Megane
29 August 2023
Beach, restaurants and the water park was all amazing
United Kingdom
Renault Clio
19 August 2023
The weather was too hot due to the exceptionally high temperatures
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
3 August 2023
Taking the windiest road up into the mountains Incredible views
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
25 May 2023
Relaxation and shopping.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
19 May 2023
Mountain and coastal road driving, accessing many beaches etc. Would definitely recommend full island exploration if you are a confident driver as lots of the roads are challenging with spectacular views
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
9 April 2023
Great little car for exploring the island. Certainly better than paying for excursions by bus
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
15 February 2023
I had a wonderful time in Gran Canaria, for sure I will return to thise lovely place
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
15 January 2023
Great weather, good water activity, good food
United Kingdom
Nissan Qashqai
4 January 2023
gran canaria has lovely weather in december. stayed at marina suites which was a nice experience and great for kids.
United Kingdom
VW Up
30 December 2022
Visiting Gran Canaria
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 2 doors
16 October 2022
Yes I would but probably not from Cicar. I paid a higher price for the car as Cicar had a top score but felt I have had better service from other companies on the island in the past. The bus service on the island is exceptional and cheap so would consider what I would achieve by renting a car next time. It does help to get the water back from the supermarket though !! 😁
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
6 October 2022
Definitely will rent a car again. I can't be doing with waiting for buses, which don't run to the timetable, when I am on holiday. Friends staying in the same resort said the bus services, while cheap and convenient, were not especially reliable.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
10 September 2022
I was paid and extra luggage because the information on my check in was incorrect. The people in between the business like Lastminute always misleading the customers.
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
9 September 2022
I recommend visiting Gran Canaria with cat, this allowed us to see some beautiful places!
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
31 August 2022
I like to travel about and a hire car was perfect for gran canaria
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
23 February 2022
Go to the mountains, there are some great roads and views.
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
26 November 2021
It’s our second home so can’t really say a lot.

Car Hire 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
£ 8.48
Lowest daily price
£ 2.85
Total cars available
1086

Top 20 Suppliers in Gran Canaria in 2024

TopCar
TopCar
Exceptional 9 / 1 124 reviews
2 locations
£ 8 - £ 76
Surprice
Surprice
Exceptional 9 / 123 reviews
2 locations
£ 7 - £ 42
Avis
Avis
Exceptional 9 / 68 reviews
3 locations
£ 11 - £ 54
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.8 / 198 reviews
3 locations
£ 10 - £ 41
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.5 / 90 reviews
1 location
£ 9 - £ 82
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 107 reviews
2 locations
£ 10 - £ 66
Omega Rent A Car
Omega Rent A Car
Very good 8.2 / 93 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 37
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.2 / 42 reviews
2 locations
£ 25 - £ 57
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 91 review
2 locations
£ 12 - £ 113
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 25 reviews
2 locations
Turisprime
Turisprime
Good 7.9 / 211 reviews
1 location
£ 7 - £ 11
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
£ 24 - £ 53
Orlando
Orlando
Good 7.6 / 583 reviews
6 locations
£ 5 - £ 75
Record-go
Record-go
Good 7.6 / 58 reviews
1 location
£ 3 - £ 19
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.5 / 12 reviews
2 locations
£ 15 - £ 52
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.4 / 26 reviews
2 locations
£ 12 - £ 40
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.4 / 5 reviews
1 location
£ 27 - £ 28
GoByCar
GoByCar
Good 7.3 / 157 reviews
1 location
£ 6 - £ 35
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.2 / 1 413 reviews
1 location
£ 4 - £ 16
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Satisfactory 6.9 / 208 reviews
1 location
£ 3 - £ 61
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