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Key facts for hiring a car in Madrid

  • Best time to visit

    The city is generally most comfortable in spring and autumn. The summer can be extremely hot and as Madrid is landlocked, there’s no refreshing sea breeze to offer any respite.

  • Age requirements

    Most suppliers in Spain will only rent you a car if you are 21. Drivers under 25 may be subject to a young driver fee.

  • Useful lingo

    The car-park – el aparcamiento
    My driving licence – mi permiso de conducir

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

  • Time difference

    GMT + 1

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Hire a car in Madrid

Madrid has a relaxed rhythm, and local life moves at a more enjoyable pace than that of many other frenzied capitals.

The capital of Spain may get less attention than its more popular cousin, Barcelona, but get to know Madrid and you’ll unravel far more than stifling summer heat and jugs of sangria.

Madrid strikes the balance between extravagant palaces and hipster neighbourhoods with ease, and it’s the kind of city you’ll want to return to again and again.

Top rated suppliers for Madrid

  • Sixt

    Average Rating 8.0 – “The counter staff were very helpful and spoke perfect English. We received the car that we booked and it was a pleasure to drive it.”

  • Europcar

    Average Rating 7.9 – “Service was fast and efficient, car was good, easy to locate.”

  • Avis

    Average Rating 7.7 – “Helpful and supportive staff rendered good support on the go . A dependable car hire company.”

  • Rhodium

    Average Rating 7.3 – “Good car at a good price with reasonable options.”

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Drive out of the city

A trip to Toledo

Drive south for an hour and you’ll reach fairytale lands. The River Tagus snakes around the city of Toledo. Head to Mirador del Valle to see the river in all its glory, with the most magnificent cityscape sitting behind its banks. Stand out landmarks have to be the imposing Alcazar – an ancient Roman palace, and the Catedral Primada.

Some say that marzipan was invented in Toledo. Regardless of its true origins, this city is bursting at the seams with the sweet almond treat – so make sure you try some.

Travel secrets

Discover the capital of Spain

Head to the charming Cine Doré for a bargain trip to the movies. For just €2.50, you can go back in time and see a classic film. Occasionally, silent movies are accompanied by a live orchestra. So, swap your popcorn for empanadas, and enjoy!

The neighbourhood of Malasana is possibly the coolest, most artistic barrio in Madrid. Street art, quirky decor, bookshops and gastronomic delights. Need we say more?

Drive out of the city

The cliffs of Cuenca

A road trip to Cuenca is a worthy one. This historic town is brimming with breathtaking sights. The Hanging Houses are built on the edge of a dramatic precipice; their balconies perilously stretch out over the steep valley below.

As a clifftop village, it’s connected to the outside world by the impressive bridge, Puente de San Pablo. Walk across it for spectacular views of the city. Whilst you're in Cuenca, any non-drivers should try the traditional local liqueur – resolí.

Tip: Aim to visit on a weekday, as locals head from the capital on weekends making it much busier.

Make the most of Madrid