Madrid is the political, cultural and geographical center of Spain, and also the hub of much of the country's road network. Spain has nearly 100,000mi/160,000km of roads. The major superhighways require a toll and are generally well maintained. Provincial roads vary in quality, but all major highways are of superior quality.
To rent a car in Madrid or anywhere else in Spain you must be at least 21 years old (age requirements for rental cars may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 3 and children under 12 may not sit in the front seat. An International Drivers License is highly recommended.
Speed limits in Spain are as follows: City 31mph/50kph Open Roads 55mph/90kph Highways 74mph/120kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right and if a car approaches you while driving in Spain and signals an intention to pass, you must turn on your right directional to signal that the road ahead is clear.
Gas stations are open from 8am to 8pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.
Spain's expressways, the 'autopistas,' are toll roads and are identified by the letter A.
'Blue zone' parking exists in Spanish cities. While driving a rental car in Barcelona or elsewhere in Spain, be on the lookout for blue zone parking which is marked by the sign, 'Zona Azul.' In these designated zones you may park for 2 hours. Parking discs for these zones are available at most hotels and town halls.
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Spain.
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability coverage is unlimited in Spain in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$20 - US$46 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$4 - US$9 per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$675 - US$1975, depending on the vehicle type. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$4 - US$10 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
Most Spain rental car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.
Cars are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Travel on the African continent is not allowed.
Domestic one-way car rentals are available between select locations, additional fees may apply. There are fees for international one-way rentals and not all vehicles are permitted.