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Car Hire Alicante Airport

All the Alicante Airport car hire companies can be found in the arrivals area, next to the baggage reclaim facilities.  This will be just before the exit door of the airport. The rental desks can also be accessed from the outside of the airport, so there is no need to worry if you forget something. They are not located in a restricted area. The rental cars are parked in a parking area very nearby to the arrivals area. Simply exit the airport, cross two streets and the main parking lot, and you will reach the rental car parking area, only three minutes away from the terminal. All the major car hire companies are available at the airport, including Hertz, Avis, Sixt, National, Alamo, Budget, Easycar and Europcar, as well as some others, for example, Atesa, Centauro, Record and Sol-Mar.  

Although the car rental companies at the airport are open most hours of the day and night, every day of the week, and passengers can rent a vehicle directly from the rental counters, it is recommended to make an advanced reservation. This is especially applicable during the busier summer months of Alicante, when car hire is in high demand. Making an advanced booking will ensure that your ideal vehicle is ready and waiting for your arrival at Alicante Airport.  Each car hire company has their own website from where cars can be arranged. Their websites display the vehicle categories available at the airport, as well as pictures of example vehicles in each category. There is also information on the size, passenger and luggage capacities of the vehicles. Ensure that you hire a large enough car for your needs, as there is nothing worse than having to squash into a too small car!  During the summer it is also nice to have air conditioning in the car.  When booking online, ensure to include any extra items needed for your journey, such as child safety seats or a satellite navigation system. Most car hire companies rent high quality GPS units, with exceptional features that make traveling in an unfamiliar area an easy task. They also come pre-programmed with extensive lists of points of interest.  

The minimum age requirement for the primary renter may vary between the different car hire companies at Alicante Airport, but it is generally 23 years of age. Drivers younger than the age of 25 will pay a higher rental rate than usual, in the form of a ‘young drivers fee’, which is a rate applicable per day of rental, and per underage driver listed on the rental agreement, up until a maximum of ten rental days. Certain companies may also have a maximum age limit. Always ensure that you have the correct documents on hand when collecting your vehicle.  A valid drivers license that has been held in your country of residence for at least one or two years (depending on the car hire company you choose) is required, and a major credit card in the primary renter’s name is needed in order to pay for the rental.  Identity documents and passports may be needed as well.  Although car rental companies do not necessarily require you to have an International Driving Permit, it is part of Spanish Law that all foreign drivers must have an IDP with them at all times. 

When hiring a vehicle at Alicante Airport, take some time to get to know your chosen car hire company, as there are often many nice features and options that you can take advantage of to save time and money. For example, Sixt offers all their customers the Sixt Express Card, free of charge, and this card enables you to bypass the rental counters, or make advanced reservations over the phone or internet more easily. There are also discounts available to customers with cards such as these. Your car hire company may also hire environmentally friendly vehicles, such as Budget, or you may be able to choose the exact make and model of car that you would like to hire.  Further information is available on each car rental company’s website.  

Cars in Spain are driving on the right-hand side of the road, and road rules should be obeyed at all times. Do not exceed speed limits or drive drunk. The speed limits in Alicante are as follows: 130 km/h or 80 mph on the motorways and highways, 100 km/h or 63 mph on the open roads and 50 km/h or 30 mph in urban areas.  

Further information about car hire facilities is available at the information desks which are located nearby the check-in desks, and in the departures area.

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