Car Hire in Tenerife

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Tenerife, Spain - Canary Islands
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Tenerife Airport South
Mini
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Record-go
£ 4.75 / per day
Tenerife Airport South
Economy
Peugeot 108 or comparable
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Ok Mobility
£ 5.17 / per day
Playa de las Americas City Centre
Compact
Kia Cerato or comparable
Kia Cerato
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
£ 7.43 / per day
Tenerife North Airport
Mini Elite
Volkswagen Polo or comparable
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
TopCar
£ 10.89 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Tenerife North Airport
Compact Elite
Renault Captur or comparable
Renault Captur
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Thrifty
£ 12.36 / per day
Tenerife North Airport
Economy Elite
Audi A1 or comparable
Audi A1
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
£ 14.86 / per day
Tenerife Airport South
Intermediate Monospace
Renault Scenic or comparable
Renault Scenic
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
£ 17.11 / per day
Tenerife Airport South
Intermediate Elite Crossover
Mini Countryman or comparable
Mini Countryman
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GoByCar
£ 27.51 / 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 08:38 on 2024-04-10.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, English, German
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+34
Average car hire price
£ 13 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
9.2 / 10

Why hire a car in Tenerife?

Home of both the prettiest beaches and loudest parties in the Canaries, Tenerife has a decades-long standing as a popular vacation destination. Those looking for more of a challenge will look into climbing El Teide, Spain’s highest peak, or exploring the national park that surrounds it.

Tenerife

One-way Car Hire in Tenerife

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Tenerife and drop off in another city include:

  • From Tenerife to Lanzarote - 24 offers from £ 25.36 per day
  • From Tenerife to Gran Canaria - 30 offers from £ 25.08 per day
  • From Tenerife to La Palma - 15 offers from £ 25.08 per day

Top ways to enter Tenerife

  • Tenerife South Airport. The busiest of the two international airports serving the island, Tenerife South serves about 11 million passengers yearly. The airport has flights by more than 30 different airlines, including low-cost carriers such as easyJet and Ryanair.
  • Tenerife North Airport. The smaller of the two, Tenerife North handles about 5.8 million travellers every year. The airport is just a 20-minute drive west of Santa Cruz, the main settlement of the island. 

Top destinations and activities

  • Santa Cruz. Tenerife is naturally all about the beach, but if you can, spare at least a day for its largest city. The co-capital of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz is home to a beautiful and notably diverse architecture of various styles, the Museum of Nature and Archaeology (with a large focus on the native Guanche population), and plenty of character.
  • Los Cristianos. Located near the Tenerife South Airport, Los Cristianos is perhaps the most famous coastal resort on the island. In addition to having splendid public beaches, the town also serves as a convenient hub for accessing most of the notable attractions of Southern Tenerife and is a jump-off point for whale watching tours.
  • El Teide. A volcano and a mountain reaching the awe-inspiring height of 3,718 m (or 12,198 feet), El Teide is the symbol of Tenerife. It’s possible to reach the mountain top (although that requires a special permit), but exploring the surrounding national park of the same name can be just as exciting.

Traffic and parking

  • Spain recognizes driving licences 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 driving licence.
  • Important: Sources differ on whether you need to have an International Driving 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 licence and the IDP with you.
  • Similarly, if your driving licence doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • You must carry your driving licence, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driving licence 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.

Toll roads

There are no toll roads in Tenerife, nor on any of the other Canary Islands.

Ideas for day trips

  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this highland city is perhaps the most interesting historical attraction in the Canaries. Overlooking the sea and the city of Santa Cruz (from which it is only a 20-minute drive away), San Cristóbal is home to architectural gems like the Church of the Immaculate Conception and House of Salazar.
  • Teno Rural Park. Located on the relatively remote (though easily accessible) western coast of Tenerife, Teno is a place for long hikes that let visitors explore the park’s marine cliffs and great avian diversity. The drive here takes 45 minutes from Los Cristianos and twice as long from Santa Cruz.

Most popular cars

The most hired car in Tenerife is the Fiat Panda, followed by the Seat Ibiza and the VW Polo. The most popular car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Car Hire Prices in Tenerife

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 10 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 10 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 12 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 6 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 9 per day
  • Premium cars - starting at £ 19 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 5 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 8 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on your car:

  • Compare rates of different car providers
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, our data shows that hiring a car in Tenerife is the cheapest in the month of June.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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In which month is car hire in Tenerife the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Tenerife 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 Tenerife
£ 19.20
January
£ 24.35
February
£ 23.31
March
£ 15.42
April
£ 13.87
May
£ 11.81
June
£ 19.82
July
£ 21.14
August
£ 12.58
September
£ 17.52
October
£ 26.94
November
£ 28.84
December
The best month to hire a car in Tenerife is June (when the average price is £ 11.81 per day). This is 40% less than the yearly average and 59% less than hiring in December (when the average price is £ 28.84).

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 Tenerife?

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

What is the most favoured month for hiring a car in Tenerife?

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Tenerife is January, and the least popular is May.
Popularity of Car Hire in Tenerife by Monthly Searches
152%
January
123%
February
105%
March
81%
April
75%
May
82%
June
83%
July
87%
August
93%
September
96%
October
108%
November
116%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 41
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers Goldcar, TopCar, Budget, Thrifty, Ok Mobility
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars, Large cars
Lowest price £ 5 per day
Cheapest supplier Record-go

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
TopCar Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Hyundai Bayon 5 2 SUVs
TopCar Toyota Aygo 2 1 Small cars
Goldcar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Thrifty Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
Turisprime Citroen C3 5 2 Small cars
TopCar Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
TopCar Citroen C3 Aircross 5 3 Medium 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
Volkswagen Polo
16 March 2024
Regular traveler to Tenerife
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
9 March 2024
Amazing beautiful not enough time to type about the adventures I will be back again.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
9 February 2024
Beautiful Northern part of Tenerife and of course the warmth and sunshine!
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
27 January 2024
Had a great trip to Tenerife, having tge car enabled us to see plenty of the great views and beaches.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
20 January 2024
Renting a car was definitely a necessary for Tenerife, was great to be able to drive up the mountain and down to the valleys. Some roads were a bit narrow and windy so need to be a confident driver but the island is so large we wouldn’t have been able to see it all without a car. Places worth a visit were a banana plantation on the north of the island and definitely mount teide. We also drove down Masca Valley but it got a bit scary at times so probably wouldn’t recommend!
United Kingdom
Nissan Juke
16 January 2024
I did a lot of hiking in Anaga mountains!
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Ford Fiesta
15 January 2024
Drove all round the island
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
29 December 2023
Lots of good hill walks and rick pool swims on rest days
United Kingdom
Seat Ibiza
25 December 2023
We traveled to see Teide volcano. The journey there was climbing from the sea level to 2500 meters high, through the clouds, in just an hour. We had great views over Tenerife and an experience of a lifetime.
United Kingdom
Volkswagen T-Roc Cabrio
3 November 2023
Driving to different beaches and towns.Experiencing different vibes in different towns Driving to the cable car at the volcano base. Great views on route .We drove up one side and down the other
United Kingdom
Toyota Corolla
4 October 2023
Every where you go in tenerife you are greeted with a good view of mountains ,sea and coastline.Mount Teide National Park was the highlight of our trip .We will be returning soon .!
United Kingdom
Nissan Qashqai
2 September 2023
Loro Parque, Siam Park & Mall Port Colon Restaurants fabulous
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
25 August 2023
Great people, nice island
United Kingdom
Toyota C-HR
16 July 2023
Siam Park, Beaches, Santa Cruz
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Citroen C3
24 June 2023
Nature and restaurant
United Kingdom
Seat Ibiza
16 May 2023
Agana natural park is stunning! The beaches around both north and south are amazing if picked wisely.
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
7 May 2023
beautiful place, lots of attractions, clean and warm water, very hospitable people
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
30 April 2023
We drove the car to Barranco de Infierno in Adeje really easy to get to. Great meal at San Sebastian tapas in Costa Adeje. Great coastal walk from Costa Adeje taking in small coves and beaches along the way and ending at Playa Parisio.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
24 April 2023
Nice and lovely views
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Citroen C1
21 April 2023
Three days driving around Tenerife to get away from the densely populated tourist areas around Adeje
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Volkswagen Polo
29 March 2023
Are around the volcano much better than anticipated, from the green areas of the forest to the amazing rock features in the National Park
United Kingdom
Renault Captur
23 February 2023
Tenerife is a beautiful island with an astonishing view around every corner. We visited Mt Teide national park, Punta del Hidalgo, Garachico, Masca, Vilaflor, Los Cristianos, Candelaria, Playa de las Terasitas and Los Gigantes, all within a week. Hiring a car meant we could explore the island on our own terms. We ate a lot of tapas and fresh seafood along the way! Would definitely recommend a whale/dolphin watching trip from Los Gigantes with Get Your Guide.
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Citroen C1
7 February 2023
Anaga Rural Park was stunning
United Kingdom
Citroen C3 aircross
16 January 2023
Hiring a car, gave us the freedom to explore Tenerife and I would highly recommend Stargazing on Mount Teide
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
31 October 2022
I enjoyed driving the car that we hired.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
21 October 2022
relaxing vaca
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
23 August 2022
Great holiday, but our 20 year old son got his legs and chest badly burnt on day 1, do please take care in the sun. Sort of spoilt our holiday a bit as for 3 days he didn't want to go outside in the sun. However we made the most if things. Went for a drive up Mount Teidi-amazing views. Visited the parque naturelle with its amazing rock pools. Went to Los Christianous beech which was class swimming in the waves and very safe. Went whale and dolphin watching although didn't get to see any dolphins.
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
28 May 2022
Used to live in Tenerife, so know my way around.
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
29 March 2022
Plenty of places to visit Local people very welcoming.
United Kingdom
Renault Megane
21 March 2022
Tight, narrow roads, but worth hiring a car to get around the sights of Tenerife / La Gomera
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
18 February 2022
Mount Teide was lovely. BBQ area Las Lajas was lovely and birds to watch, at a good free BBQ area
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Toyota Aygo
13 February 2022
We did a island tour over the week, the little car was great and very good value on fuel
United Kingdom
VW Polo 3d
10 February 2022
Teide, Masca and the countryside around Villaflor were the highlights. Temple Bar for live music - excellent when Liam is playing. Playa las Americas, Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje all fairly ugly, overdeveloped, lacking in any local character - but good fun for a night out. Nicest beach we found was Abama, though it has a longish walk to/from
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Opel Corsa
7 February 2022
We travelled all over Tenerife during our 7 days, right around the island and also south to north through the Teide National Park, up to the top of the volcano which is a must along with Vilaflor on the way up. Los Gigantes, Los Cristianos, Playa de Americas, Puerto de la Cruz and its botanic gardens were all highlights, but the best was whale watching from Los Cristianos, where we were able to see in the wild up close pilot whales and both rare spotted and bottlenose dolphins followed by wonderful local food at local restaurants including sardines, prawns and Canarian potatoes!

Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Cicar
9.2 / 10
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Lowest rated company
Ok Mobility
6.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
239
Total rental companies
23
Average daily price
£ 12.51
Lowest daily price
£ 4.75
Total cars available
2582

Top 23 Suppliers in Tenerife in 2024

Cicar
Cicar
Exceptional 9.2 / 504 reviews
3 locations
£ 24 - £ 86
TopCar
TopCar
Very good 8.7 / 2 197 reviews
4 locations
£ 10 - £ 77
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.5 / 592 reviews
5 locations
£ 9 - £ 80
Canarias
Canarias
Very good 8.4 / 267 reviews
31 location
£ 18 - £ 123
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.3 / 470 reviews
3 locations
£ 10 - £ 20
GoByCar
GoByCar
Very good 8.2 / 391 review
1 location
£ 9 - £ 82
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 195 reviews
4 locations
£ 11 - £ 101
Avis
Avis
Very good 8.1 / 112 reviews
3 locations
£ 12 - £ 123
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 23 reviews
6 locations
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.1
2 locations
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8 / 172 reviews
4 locations
£ 6 - £ 18
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.9 / 62 reviews
3 locations
£ 21 - £ 160
Turisprime
Turisprime
Good 7.8 / 436 reviews
1 location
£ 7 - £ 9
Record-go
Record-go
Good 7.8 / 89 reviews
1 location
£ 5 - £ 24
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
1 location
£ 20 - £ 23
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.7 / 34 reviews
4 locations
£ 9 - £ 24
Alquicoche
Alquicoche
Good 7.7
3 locations
£ 14 - £ 97
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.5 / 18 reviews
2 locations
£ 30 - £ 31
Orlando
Orlando
Good 7.4 / 147 reviews
8 locations
TenerifeCar
TenerifeCar
Good 7.2 / 90 reviews
30 locations
£ 16 - £ 53
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.1 / 1 904 reviews
2 locations
£ 8 - £ 23
Ok Mobility
Ok Mobility
Satisfactory 6.5 / 320 reviews
2 locations
£ 5 - £ 53
Surprice
Surprice
Satisfactory 6.5 / 205 reviews
5 locations
£ 92 - £ 739
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