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    Discover the country of sunshine and passion at your own pace with a car hire in Spain! Auto Europe offers quality car rental services at competitive prices. With our global network of partner companies we have a vast, modern fleet of cars at your disposal at all major pick-up points in the country. Our exceptional customer care service will ensure that all of your personal requirements are met at the highest standard. Call our toll-free number to speak to one of our agents or browse our extensive website for our latest offers.

    A car hire in Spain allows you to explore the breathtaking landscape and sunny beaches of this beautiful country in the Iberian Peninsula. Pick up a car in Valencia and drive down the scenic coastline to one of Spain´s many seaside towns and cities. Arrange a car hire in Madrid and drive northwest to explore Galicia and its rich Celtic past, or directly north and experience the unique and proud culture of the Basque Country. Travel around and immerse yourself in the diverse and distinct regions of Spain at your own pace with Auto Europe!

    Traffic Rules and Driving Tips

    • In Spain, cars drive on the right side of the road
    • The driver and all passengers must wear seatbelts.
    • It is prohibited to use mobile phones and similar devices while driving, except for hands-free devices without headphones or earphones (hearing aids are allowed).
    • The number plate of the vehicle must be visible.
    • By law, all vehicles must be insured with compulsory third party injury insurance (CTP).
    • Children under 12 years of age, or children below 135 centimetres in height, must sit in the back seats of the vehicle. Children under 3 years of age must be seated in an approved seat suitable for the weight and height of the child.
    • All measurements, including speed limits, are metric (e.g. Kilomertres per hour).
    • Petrol stations (gasolinera) are generally served by assistants. Petrol in Spanish is gasolina, diesel is gasoleo, and unleaded petrol is gasolina sin piomo
    • Spanish motorways (autopista) are denoted by the letter "A" or "E2, followed by the road number. The speed limit is 120 kilometres per hour.
    • National highways (carretera nacionale) are denoted by the letter "N" or "CN", followed by the road number.
    • Country roads are (carretera comarcale) are denoted by the letter "C" , followed by the road number.
    • The blood alcohol content limit is 0.5 grams per litre Do not drink and drive.
    • Drivers may honk their horn or flash their headights at you from behind repeatedly to warn you that they are intending to overtake your car. Always indicate when pulling out and in during an overtaking manoeuvre. Overtake on the left side.
    • Updates to the European Community Directive 2006/126/EC were brought into force from January 19 2013. A single European licence replaced licences made in EU and EEA member states. It is required that drivers who currently hold a paper licence renew their licence before expiry in the country of their residence. Residents who have lived in Spain for more than two years and bear a licence with an undefined validity produced by another member state must also change their licenceIn compliance with Spanish regulation, drivers must take a medical examination when renewing their licence.

    For further driving tips and information on Spain, we have written a simple to understand guide that can be found here.

    Drivers are expected to carry the following items with them in their vehicle at all times:

    • Current driving license (Permiso de conducir)
    • Vehicle logbook (Permiso de Circulación)
    • ITV (vehicle inspection) paperwork. The sticker for roadworthiness should be placed on the windscreen
    • Two hazard warning triangles in the event of the vehicle´s immobilisation on the roadside.
    • High-visibility waistcoats for the driver and all passengers in the event of the vehicle´s breakdown or immobilisation.
    • A replacement set of glasses, if a pair of glasses is worn for driving.
    • A replacement set of light bulbs.

    Road Tolls

    Toll roads are denoted by the letters "AP", followed by the road number. Exits (salida) are denoted by a number. Drivers take a ticket upon entry into a toll road and payment is made at an exit booth. Cash and credit cards are accepted as methods of payment. Toll fees vary and may be higher during peak times. Lanes for credit card payments are denoted by a credit card logo or by the word tarjetas (cards).

    Age Restrictions

    Drivers in Spain must be at least 18 years of age. However, to rent a car in Spain you must be between the ages of 21 to 75.


    Spain is a member of the Eurozone and its currency is the euro (€). Crash can be withdrawn from Spanish cash machines and ATMs. They accept all foreign cards such as VISA, Cirrus, American Express, and Citibank. Your bank may charge you commission for making cash withdrawals abroad. Though it is common to pay for goods with credit and debit cards, be advised that not all shops may accept payment with them. In addition, it is legally required to present personal identification when paying with credit or debit cards in Spain.

    Time Zone

    Spain lies within Central European Time (CET), which is +01:00 of GMT


    The official language of Spain is Spanish, otherwise known as Castilan. Regional dialects are also spoken in Catalonia (Catalan), Galicia (Galician), and in the Basque Country (Basque, a non-Romance language which differs greatly from Castilan). It is useful to make note of the regional dialect of the area of Spain you are planning to visit in order to minimise communication issues. Most Spanish people who live in areas renowned for tourism will have varying levels of English competency. However, many people in Spain do not speak or understand English, even those who reside in the main tourist areas.


    The voltage in Spanish outlets is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, alternating at 50 cycles per second. A voltage converter is required if your electrical device does not accept this voltage. Outlets in Spain accept plugs with two round pins (predominate plug type in Europe and Asia). Appliances from the UK and Ireland will require an adaptor for use in Spain.

    Visa Requirements and Embassy

    Spain is a member of the European Union (EU). EU citizens visiting Spain may stay in the country for up to three months per six-month period. Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Spain, but your passport must be valid for the duration of your stay. EU citizens planning to stay for more than three months must contact the Spanish government for residency requirements.

    Embassy of Ireland
    Ireland House
    Paseo de la Castellana 46-4
    28046 Madrid, Spain
    Telephone:34 91 436 4093
    Visa Phone Line: +34 91 431 9784
    Fax: +34 91 435 1677

    Motorhome hire in Spain

    Besides car hire, we are also offering motorhome hire in Spain. Such a way of travelling will make you even more flexible on your holidays. With accommodation on wheels, it is one worry less when planning your trip. Pick up your campervan in one of the Spanish cities to start touring the south of Europe. You can see the extensive list of pick-up and drop-off destinations as well as the models on offer on our booking engine.

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