Car Hire

With a total area of just 6.7 square kilometres, most visitors to Gibraltar don't feel the need for car hire as it's relatively easy enough to get about on foot or by bicycle. However, car hire does give visitors the chance to explore the nearby Spanish towns and villages across the border that include the fantastic choice of golf courses around the nearby towns of San Roque and Guadiaro. Visitors wishing to hire a vehicle in Gibraltar should note that although it is a British Overseas Territory, vehicles are driven on the right as in Spain, and for its size Gibraltar has a large population that swells during peak summer season making the roads extremely busy.

Car Hire
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Although a small selection of car rental companies can be found in the city centre of Gibraltar, it's always a good idea to arrange your car rental from Gibraltar International Airport prior to your arrival. This will ensure you have the correct licences and documentation, as well as giving visitors a better choice of vehicle type and any additional extras required such as petrol or diesel engine, manual or automatic transmission, roof rack, trailer and child seats. Hire companies available at the airport include Avis, Hertz and Auto Aguirre, SL. There are also a number of online hire companies offering vehicle rental in Gibraltar.

Car Hire Requirements

Generally cars in Gibraltar are only hired to persons between the ages of 23 – 70 who have held their licence for a minimum of 3 years. Sticking with the reputable International companies may cost a bit more than choosing an independent one but when on holiday it's nice to have peace of mind knowing you have the correct insurances and a reliable 24 hour breakdown service. I am not saying independent companies don't offer these services, but unless recommended, you are never too sure how reliable these services are.

Handy Hints

When choosing car hire, no matter what company it is from, it is always a good idea to thoroughly check your vehicle in the presence of a company representative for and damage or defaults before signing your rental agreement, and if there is any problems make sure the rep makes a note of them and signs the inspection form. Also be clear that you have the correct insurance if you are going to be crossing the border into Spain. Booking in advance, especially during the busy summer months is advisable and also if you need any special requirements such as a right hand drive car or automatic transmission, which are not so readily available.

Bicylce Hire

With the total size of Gibraltar being less than 7 square kilometres, some energetic visitors are happy to get about on foot, but with a combination of the summer heat and some steep roads, for most visitors bicycle hire is a more feasible transport option.