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Malaga and the Costa del Sol are popular holiday destinations and car hire at Malaga airport stands high on the list of tourists visiting Andalusia and other destinations in Southern Spain like Seville or Granada.

The demand for rental cars in Malaga is covered by a large number of car hire companies in Malaga including mutinationals like Avis, Hertz or Europcar and a number of local rent a car companies like Delpaso, Niza Cars, Centauro or Helle Hollis. In general the demand for car hire in Malaga is easily covered as there is a large fleet of modern cars available with models ranging from small economic vehicles, to luxury cars, cabriolets, or minivans. However during the busy summer season the availability can be lower, especially in the cheapest car categories or special models like vehicles with an automatic transmission or 7 seaters. If you need to rent a car in high season it is recommendable to make your reservation as early as possible in order to get the vehicle you need at the cheapest price.

What to bear in mind when you hire a car in Malaga

Despite of the fact that mayor players in the car hire industry (Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Sixt and Hertz) have now agreed to show the total payable amount in the final rental price there are still companies who are less transparent. They usually compete with very low prices which do not include a number of mandatory or hidden charges. Price comparison websites which compare the car hire prices offered in Malaga do not take these hidden charges into consideration, so in order to avoid unpleasant surprises when collecting a rental car at Malaga airport here are four basic things you need to check before you book.

Car hire prices at Malaga airport - is it really that cheap?

In practically all cases the prices shown on the internet are basic rental prices (rental + standard insurance - see below). A cheap basic rental price may not always be the cheapest option in the end so make sure to calculate your final car hire price and read the small print before you book online. Our page with search results not only lets you compare the prices, it includes all necessary information related with additional drivers, driving licenses, age limits, optional insurances, petrol charges, cross border charges etc. In case of doubts do not hesitate to check our frequently asked questions with answers to the most common questions people ask us about car hire at Malaga airport.

What insurance is included in the price for car hire in Malaga?

The prices shown on most websites include a cover for Third Party Liability and a basic CDW (Collision Damage Waiver). The CDW insurance covers your financial liability in case of an accident or damages to the vehicle. This type of car hire insurance normally comes with an excess and is something which many people overlook when renting a car. You can read more about car hire insurance here.

How much deposit is witheld on your credit card

The security deposit which you will have to leave with most companies when you rent the car with a standard cover is something else many people overlook when they rent a car at Malaga airport. The deposit is the guarantee a car hire company asks for in order to cover possible damages to the car and any other expenses which may occur like an additional rental charge in case of a late return or a full tank of petro in case the car is returned with an empty tank. Make sure that there are sufficient funds on your credit card to cover both the rental price and the deposit, otherwise the rental company may refuse to hand over the car keys.

Petrol policy at Malaga airport

Car hire companies at Malaga airport apply a number of different petrol policies. Full - empty, return full or partial refund are the most commonly used policies. When your car hire company indicates that you have to return the car with a full tank of petrol you only pay for the petrol or diesel you use, but you must make sure to return the vehicle completely full, otherwise a penalty charge may apply. When you are asked to return the car empty you will have to pay for a full tank upfront and must return the car as empty as possible as there is no refund of unused fuel. With a partial refund policy you will get a refund for unused petrol or diesel (rounded down to the next 1/4), but apart from the fuel the company will also apply a service charge which is never returned, not even when the car is returned with a full tank of petrol.

Where else can you rent a car on the Costa del Sol

The majority of travelers to the Costa del Sol arrive at Malaga airport, a modern terminal building close to the city of Malaga and well connected by bus, train or taxi with destinations like Marbella, Benalmádena, Nerja, Torremolinos, Estepona or Mijas. Most car hire companies in Spain have consolidated their business at Malaga airport and prices for car hire in these resorts are usually higher than at the airport. Most hotels and apartments will have agreements with local car hire companies offering hotel deliveries and it is probably better to get in touch with your the reception of your holiday resort to find out more about available car hire options.

One way rentals

With Hispacar you can book one way car hire from Malaga to be returned in places like Seville, Barcelona, Alicante, Madrid, Granada and many other cities in Spain. The three most popular one way car hire reservations are from Malaga to Alicante, from Malaga to Barcelona and from Malaga to Granada.

Other popular one way destinations are Almeria, Córdoba, Gibraltar, Jerez, Seville or Valencia. With certain companies it is also possible to book an international one way car rental from Malaga to Faro, Lisbon, Marseille, Paris, Rome and return the vehicle in another city in Europe. One way rentals or cross border rentals are practically always at a charge.

Málaga Costa del Sol airport IATA code: AGP
Adress: Avenida García Morato, s/n 29004, Malaga (Spain)
Telephone: 913 211000


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