Car hire in Madrid
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Madrid, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest price. If this is your first time renting a car in Spain, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Our car rental offices in Madrid
- Madrid Central Station: If you are arriving in Madrid by train, renting a car upon arrival at the station is smooth and easy. There are eight different firms inside the station house, and two others within walking distance from the station on Calle Tortosa and Ronda Atocha.
- Central Madrid: There are also several car rental offices in central Madrid. You’ll find five offices by Plaza de España in the northern part of the inner city. There is also an office on Gran Via, which is just south of and within walking distance from Plaza de España.In the southern parts of central Madrid there are two offices: one on Jacinto Benavente and the other in Calle de la Fresa shopping centre.
- Chamartin: The district of Chamartin is north of the inner city. Here you’ll find a large number of car rental offices. There are, for example, seven offices by Madrid Chamartin train station. Some of these offices are inside the station house, while others are just outside. Getting out of Madrid from Chamartin train station by car is smooth and easy. Additionally, there are three car rental offices south of the train station, by Plaza de Castilla.
Car hire at Madrid Airport
Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (airport code: MAD) is the main airport in Madrid which services most of the international flights. The major car rental firms all have offices at the airport, both in the Arrivals hall and in the terminals.
Pay close attention to the extra insurances that the car rental firms often try to sell – they are usually already included.
Where to go around Madrid
Madrid’s location in the middle of Spain makes it the perfect starting point for several different road trips. Within driving distance from the city, you’ll find everything from beautiful nature to historic cities. Below we’ll mention a few of our favourite places in the area.
Ávila, with its impressive 11th century town walls and many medieval churches and buildings, is one of the most historically interesting towns in Spain. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. The Walls of Ávila is the largest fully illuminated monument in the world, and it’s possible to walk on part of the wall. There are also a large number of interesting museums in the city. Ávila is located about 70 miles from Madrid.
Garganta de los Infiernos
If you are an outdoorsy type, the nature reserve of Garganta de los Infiernos is a perfect destination. Here you can hike, bike and camp in a fantastic environment full of beautiful mountains, valleys and rivers. The nature reserve is located near the town of Jerte and is about a three-hour drive from Madrid.
About 25 miles south of Madrid is Aranjuez, home to the Royal Palace. In addition to the beautiful architecture, the Palace and the city also have several famous gardens and parks. There are also many buildings worth seeing. Aranjuez is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way from Barcelona, it’s possible to make stops in cute small towns. The Warner Bros. Park Madrid, which is a leisure park with rides and other fun things for the whole family, is also on the way.