Discount car rental and hire in Spain.
Spain is a place rich in tourist destinations,
and possessed of some of the most beautiful scenic splendour
on Earth. Hire cars let people enjoy that beauty, and we are
proud to help.
We have extensive car hire coverage throughout
Spain ranging from major cities in the north such as Asturias
and Cantabria to Madrid and Extermadura
in the central regions to Andalucia and Murcia
in the southern parts of Spain.
Genral information for foreign drivers in Spain
Visitors may enter with unlimited foreign
and Spanish currency. You can't leave with more than EUR600
and foreign currency to a value of EUR3000, unless
you can prove that you declared to customs any excess when
you entered the country. You may import 10 liters of spare
fuel free of duty.
EC format pink/green license is accepted;
old-style green or non-European license must be accompanied
with an International Driving Permit.
You must carry two warning triangles in
your vehicle; motorcyclists, however, need not carry a warning
triangle. You must carry spare bulbs of the correct wattage
for your lights. Vehicles are required to have at least two
rear view mirrors. Drivers must have a clear view of at least
50 meters; thus caravans should be equipped with extension
mirrors. Helmets are compulsory for motorcyclists and their
passengers riding motorcycles which have an engine larger
than 125 cc.
Tolls (Correct as at March 1, 2004)
Private cars (with or without caravans) and
motorcycles pay tolls as follows.
|A1 & A68
||Burgos to Mirands de Ebro
|A2 from A7
|| juntion to Zaragoza
||Sevilla to Cadiz
||Madrid to Adanero
||La Jonquera to Barcelona
|| Barcelona to Salou
||Salou to Valencia
||Valencia to Alicante
||Bilbao to San Sebastian
||San Sebastian to France
||La Coruña to Santiago de Compostela
||Pontevedra to Vigo
||Pamplona to Tudela
||Barcelona to Manresa
|| Barcelona to Malgrat de Mar
||Oveido to Leon
|| Bilbao to Zaragoza
|*EUR2.25 for a motorcycle
A16's Tunnel Garraf between Castelldefels
& Sitges charges a toll of EUR1.85 for motorcycles; EUR3.75
for a car, a van, a minibus, or a car towing a small trailer;
and EUR6.60 for a caravan or a car towing a caravan.
C138/D929's Bielsa Tunnel runs through the
Pyrénées between Aragnouet and Bielsa, France; 3 km long;
usually open all year, but closes from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00
C1411's Cadi Tunnel between Bellver de Cerdanya
and Bagá. The tunnel runs west of the Tosas Pass: 5 km long;
EUR6.25 for cars and motorcycles, EUR7.75 for cars with a
small baggage trailer, EUR17 for caravans and for cars with
a large trailer.
Near Barcelona the Vallvidrera Tunnel charges
a toll of EUR2.10 for motorcycles; EUR2.60 for a car, a van,
a minibus, or a car towing a small trailer; and EUR4.15 for
a caravan or a car towing a caravan.
Compania Transmediterranea SA operates year-round
ferry services to the Balearic and Canary Islands:BarcelonaPalma
(Mallorca); ValenciaPalma; BarcelonaMahón (Menorca); ValenciaMahón
; BarcelonaIbiza; ValenciaIbiza; PalmaMahónIbiza; CádizLas
Palmas (Grand Canaria); CádizSanta Cruz (Tenerife); FuerteventruaLanzaroteGomeraHierroLa
Non-toll Mountain Passes & Tunnels
Non-toll mountain passes and tunnels tend
to be much more difficult to negotiate than those which charge
a toll. If you're driving a vehicle (such as a caravan) that's
not allowed on or recommended for some of the following passes,
or if you wanna travel quickly across or through the mountains,
note that a mountain pass or tunnel which charges a toll tends
to be close by.
NIII's Contreras Pass, Tarancon to Requena.
890 meters; maximum grade is 7 percent; minimum width is 6.82
meters (22 ft.); OK for caravans.
NVI's Guadarrama Pass, Madrid to La Coruña.
1510 meters; closed occasionally; maximum grade is 12.5 percent;
minimum width is 8 meters (26 ft.); OK for caravans.
N111's Lizarraga Pass, Logroño to Donostia/San
Sebastián. 1030 meters; maximum grade is 7 percent; minimum
width is 5.42 meters (17.5 ft.); OK for caravans.
N152's Tosas Pass, Barcelona to Puigcerdà.
1800 meters; usually open; maximum grade is 10 percent; minimum
width is 5 meters (16 ft.); marginally negotiable by caravans.
N230's Viella Tunnel runs 6 km from Viella
and Vilaller; approaches to this tunnel are very narrow. N240's
Azpiroz Pass, Pamplona to Donostia/San Sebastián. 615 meters;
usually open; maximum grade is 10 percent; minimum width is
5.9 meters (19 ft.); OK for caravans.
N240's Barazar Pass, Gasteiz/Vitoria to Bilbao.
605 meters; maximum grade is 9 percent; minimum width is 6.5
meters (21 ft.); OK for caravans.
N330/N134's Somport Pass, Huesca to Pau,
France. 1632 meters; usually open; maximum grade is 10 percent;
minimum width is 3.72 meters (12 ft.); OK for caravans.
N400's Cabrejas Pass, Tarancon to Cuenca.
1167 meters; usually open; maximum grade is 14.3 percent;
minimum width is 5 meters (16 ft.); OK for caravans.
N525's Canda Pass, Zamora to Orense. 1260
meters; sometimes closed; maximum grade is 12.5 percent; minimum
width is 7.1 meters (23 ft.); OK for caravans.
N601's Navacerrada Pass, Madrid to Segovia.
1860 meters; usually open; maximum grade is 9 percent; minimum
width is 6 meters (19.5 ft.); not recommended for caravans.
N623's Carrales Pass, Burgos to Santander.
1020 meters; maximum grade is 6 percent; minimum width is
6.82 meters (22 ft.); not recommended for caravans.
C135/D933's Ibaneta Pass, Pamplona to St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port,
France. 1058 meters; usually open; maximum grade is 10 percent;
minimum width is 4 meters (13 ft.); especially scenic; OK
C136/D934's Pourtalet Pass, Huesca to Pau,
France. 1791 meters; closed from late October to early June;
maximum grade is 10 percent; minimum width is 3.4 meters (11
ft.); not recommended for caravans.
C138/D929's Bielsa Tunnel runs through the
Pyrénées between Bielsa and Aragnouet, France; open 8:00 a.m.
to 10:00 p.m. from Easter Sunday to mid November.
C142's Bonaigua Pass, Esterri d'Aneu to Viella.
2072 meters; closed from late October to early June; maximum
grade is 8.3 percent; minimum width is 4.34 meters (14 ft.);
not recommended for caravans.
Fuel prices are government regulated, so
don't waste time shopping around. (Though this may soon change.)
Some fuel stations accept credit cards. Regular leaded gasoline
has an octane rating of 92; the octane rating of super is
97. Unleaded gasoline is called gasolina sin plomo. Unleaded
super gasoline has an octane rating of 95. Diesel is called
gas-oil. LPG is called gases licuados del petróleo.
|| Parking ramp
|Ceda el Paso
|| Give Way
||Drive with care
Roads marked A for autopista are toll
Roads marked N are known as autovias and
are the main, non-toll highways; these are often virtually
as fast as—and more scenic than—the autopistas. A sign showing
a stylized picture of a camera indicates an especially good
The word estación indicates a train station.
The minimum age of a driver is 18 years.
Children under 12 years of age must be seated in an approved
child seat to sit in the front of a vehicle. Seat belts are
compulsory for front- and rear-seat passengers. The legal
blood alcohol limit is 0.05 percent (0.03 percent if the vehicle
is over 3500 kg or carries more than 9 passengers, or if the
operator's license is no more than 2 years old). Speed limits
are as follows: 50 km/h (30 mph) in built-up areas, 90 km/h
(56 mph) or 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas, and
120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways. In residential areas the
maximum speed is 20 km/h (12 mph). Cars towing a trailer are
limited to 80 km/h (50 mph) on divided highways, 70 km/h (44
mph) on other roads.
Immediately outside many towns are sensors
which detect your speed as you approach the town. If you're
going over the speed limit, a traffic light at the edge of
the town is automatically turned to red so that you must come
to a stop before entering the town. Two red lights mean No
entry. Generally, traffic on the right has priority. Normally
where a minor road intersects a major road there's a sign
reading "Stop" or "Ceda el Paso" (give way); if such a sign
is not in place, the traffic on the major road still has priority.
Motorcycles must be operated with headlights
on—day and night. All vehicles must have headlights on in
tunnels. In built-up areas horns may be used only in cases
of immediate and extreme danger. Elsewhere don't use the horn
unnecessarily, but don't hesitate to use it in warning.
When in daylight and outside a built-up area,
you must use the horn to indicate your intention to pass;
at night, flash the headlights instead. It's illegal not to
use your vehicle's directional to indicate your intention
to pass. And if a vehicle comes up behind you signaling that
it wants to pass and if you see that the road ahead is clear,
you must signal with your vehicle's right blinker to acknowledge
the situation. Trams which are stopped and accepting or letting
off passengers may not be passed.
Police are empowered to collect fines of
up to EUR300 on the spot. Foreigners must pay on the spot
unless they can present a Spanish bail bond or an address
of a Spanish friend or company who will guarantee payment
of the fine. If the fine cannot be paid or guaranteed, the
vehicle will be impounded and the driver detained until the
fine is paid. There's usually a discount of 20 percent for
immediate settlement. The police will issue a Boletin de Denuncia
which specifies the offense and the amount of the fine. Check
carefully that the fine amount noted on the document matches
the amount you paid. Follow the English instructions on the
back of the document if you wanna dispute the charge; you
have 15 days to file a written dispute, and you can write
your argument in English.
In some cities a blue line on the street
indicates resident-only parking; in other cities, check for
signs. Don't leave anything of value in a parked vehicle.
Parking garages are a safer alternative to the street, but
you might wanna check prices before you enter with your vehicle.
On one-way streets, parking is allowed on
even dates along the side with even addresses and on odd dates
along the side with odd addresses; in both cases, park in
the direction of traffic flow.
Do not park within 5 meters of intersections
or entrances to public buildings.
Blue Zones or Zona Azul are indicated by
signs. Parking in these zones is allowed for 1.5 hours from
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Parking discs can be obtained from
hotels, travel agents, or the town hall.
Some large towns have Zona ORAs in the center
of the town; parking in such a zone is allowed in conjunction
with display of a ticket which must be bought at a tobacconist;
tickets are valid for 30, 60, or 90 minutes.
Illegally parked vehicles may be towed.
All this said, it is not unusual in the larger cities to see
cars double and triple parked!
Campgrounds are rated on a 1 to 3 scale based
on their spectrum of facilities, not on their quality. An
International Camping Carnet isn't required at most. Amperage
offered through electrical hookups tends to be low, sometimes
as lows as 2 Amps. Free-camping without appropriate permission
is illegal but quite tolerated.
Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. from October through June. Closed on Saturday
during the summer.
Open on weekdays from 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Open and close
one hour later on summer afternoons. Open until noon on Saturday.
Jan 1; Epiphany; Mar 19; Maunday Thur; Good
Fri; Labor Day; Ascension; Corpus Christi; July 25; Aug 15;
Oct 12; Nov 1; Dec 6, 8, 25. Many local variations.
|BBC Radio Hours and Corresponding Frequencies
|5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.:
||and 15575 kHz
|7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
||and 17705 kHz
|4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.:
||and 15070 kHz
Breakdown, Accident or Emergency
In Madrid, Barcelona and other large towns:
Police, tel. 091; Fire, tel. 080; Ambulance, tel. 092. Elsewhere
refer to the telephone directory. The Traffic Control Department
maintains a network of emergency phones along main roads and
provides roadside assistance; call the operator and ask for
auxilio en carretera. The national motoring club is Real Automóvil
Club de España (RACE), FIA and AIT member, José Abascal 10,
28003 Madrid, tel. 447 3200, office hours from 8:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. Friday) on weekdays.