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Key facts for hiring a car in Tenerife

  • Car hire locations

    There are two airports in Tenerife, so make sure you book your hire car from the correct one. There are also plenty of alternative pick up points – most of these are in the south.

  • Useful lingo

    Slow down – reducir la velocidad
    One way – una vía

  • Time difference

    GMT (the same as London, UK)

  • Currency

    Euro (EUR, €)

  • Local delicacies to try

    Chopitos – tiny crispy fried squid
    Queso asado – fried local goats cheese

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Hire a car in Tenerife

The captain of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a hugely popular place to soak up the sun.

Surrounded by the warm Atlantic, this volcanic island is an all-inclusive, happy hour haven. But beyond the surface of beachside bars and all-night raves, Tenerife offers so many more ways to fill your time.

If you’re willing, this destination is ideal for an unforgettable, adventure-packed trip. From mountain drives to volcanic beaches, there is something for everyone in Tenerife.

Top rated suppliers for Tenerife

  • Hertz

    Average Rating 8.1 – “Great little car – very efficient with regards fuel. Great service from Hertz staff.”

  • TopCar

    Average Rating 8.0 – “I was given a free upgrade and the car was perfect for my family. The pick up counter staff were very friendly and helpful. Will use Topcar again 10 put of 10.”

  • Thrifty

    Average Rating 8.0 – “Great service from counter staff in Tenerife and really easy to find the desk and to pick up the car.”

  • Sixt

    Average Rating 7.9 – “The young lady that represented Sixt was excellent! Polite, friendly and professional. The overall service from the company was also excellent. A very positive experience.”

Travel secrets

Blissful breezes keep the island comfortably cool.

The Canaries are renowned for their year-round pleasant climate and thermometers rarely reach unbearable limits. In fact, the weather is so stable that the seasons of Tenerife present the smallest range of average temperatures in the world.

Ultimately, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. The best bargains are likely to be found October through December, and you should still be able to enjoy some sun at this time of year. For car hire, prices are best during off-peak seasons, but Tenerife is one of the best value places in Europe to hire a car year-round.

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Local knowledge

Popular resorts

  • Los Gigantes
  • Costa Adeje
  • Puerto de Santiago
  • Playa De La Arena
  • Playa de las Americas
  • Los Cristianos
  • El Medano

Car hire tips

  • Tenerife is a really popular place to hire a car, so book in advance to get a good deal.
  • Renting your car for a few more days might end up saving you money, as many suppliers offer better rates by the week.
  • Check the fuel policy and the type of fuel your car uses carefully.
  • Parking in Tenerife is good value. Multi storeys are reasonably priced, and some beachside parking is free.

Things to see

The magic of Mount Teide

Driving towards the centre of the island, you'll find Mount Teide – the third-largest volcano in the world.

The road to Teide is steep and thrilling drive. Ascending the mountain by cable car is a really worthwhile option: there is free parking at the base, and an epic panorama of the Canary Islands waiting at the 3,500-foot-high drop off point.

The surrounding area is deserted and barren – almost lunar in places – which makes for some fantastic photographs.

The ultimate Tenerife road trip

  • Tenerife South Airport TFS

    The second-busiest airport in the Canary Islands.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall.

  • Siam Park – 17km

    Thai-inspired water park, known as the best in the world.

  • Masca  – 36km

    Tiny mountain village immersed in a prehistoric gorge, ravines and greenery.

  • La Orotava  – 48km

    Old colonial town filled with beautiful buildings and surrounded with fruit-filled valleys and viewpoints.

  • Teide Cable Car Station  – 35km

    Park up and take to the skies!

Unique experiences

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