Car hire in Malaga
On this page you’ll get tips and advice on hiring a car in Malaga, 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 Malaga
- Malaga train station: In Malaga, most of the car rental firms are either at the airport (read more about this below) or by the train station in the city centre. If you are arriving in Malaga by train, this means that the easiest option is to rent a car directly upon arrival at the station. There are nine car rental firms by Malaga train station, all within comfortable walking distance. Getting from the station to other parts of the city and to its surrounding area by car is smooth and easy.
- Central Malaga: Slightly west of the train station, you’ll find another car rental office on Avenida Ortega Y Gasset. This office has a large selection of rental cars, and it’s also easy to get out of the city from here.
Car hire at Malaga Airport
Renting a car at Malaga Airport (airport code: AGP) is very easy. You’ll find the major car rental firms in the Arrivals hall, after baggage reclaim. It is extremely well signposted, so you won’t be able to miss them! However, we do want warn visitors about Goldcar. Although Goldcar is usually the cheapest option, it is not always a good choice. Among other things, you will often have to stand in long queues to pick your rental car up from Goldcar. Read more under “Car hire in Spain”.
Where to go around Malaga and Marbella
Most people who hire a car in Malaga choose to go west to Marbella and Estepona – to the Costa del Sol. Read our destination tips below!
Marbella is a very nice destination. The city’s old town, located along the coast, attracts many visitors. There are many narrow streets, cosy boutiques and nice restaurants in the city. The drive from Malaga Airport takes less than an hour.
Estepona is slightly further west than Marbella. The old town here has a similar structure to Marbella’s. The beach promenade is much nicer here though. If you ask us, choose Estepona over Marbella!
Mijas is a beautiful mountain village east of Marbella and northwest of Malaga well worth a visit. Here you will have a great view 400 meters above sea level down to the ocean. Around Mijas many artists show their work. We recommend to walk around the narrow streets and eat lunch at a local restaurant. Even if Mijas is popular tourist destination the village have managed to maintain its typical Andalusian feeling. If you are travelling with kids there is aslo a nice playground.
The city of Ronda is located in a mountainous area at about 700 metres above sea level, with a population of 40 000. The city is divided by a 100 metre deep canyon that gives you spectacular views. Ronda is a perfect day trip option when it’s too hot by the coast.
Gibraltar is a two-hour drive from Malaga Airport. It’s a small strip of land belonging to the UK. Queues can sometimes be long here, in which case it can be a good idea to park right outside the border (free parking on Sundays!). As of now, you have to walk/drive over the airport runway to get into Gibraltar, which is a bit exciting. The best thing in Gibraltar is, however, the semi-wild monkeys and the amazing views from the top of the cliffs of the Mediterranean and Africa.
Istan is less than an hour north of Marbella . This is a small village where time has seemingly stood still. Well worth a visit! There are also many nice footpaths starting in Istan.