IT'S COMMON FOR VISITORS to the Costa Blanca to arrange car hire as part of their plans for summer holidays or during year-round short stays. In fact, one of the most commonly asked questions in the La Zenia Community Facebook Group is “Where is the best place to hire a car?”
Hiring a car allows visitors to make the most of the local area, leaving holidaymakers with extra time to explore the very best that Orihuela Costa has to offer without relying on public transport.
International visitors typically arrive via the area's two main airports: Alicante-Elche airport, and the Región de Murcia airport which opened in January 2019. Both airports offer a comprehensive suite of choices for renting a car.
Car rental options at Alicante airport include Avis/Budget, Centauro, Europcar, Hertz/Firefly, Goldcar/InterRent, OK Mobility, Record Go, and Sixt. These big brands have a sales office within the main terminal building.
Car hire from Alicante Airport
The Avis office opens from 08:00 to 23:45, Centauro opens 07:00 until 23:00, Europcar opens 07:30 to 0:00, Hertz/Firefly from 08:00 to 0:00, Goldcar/InterRent from 07:30 to 23:00, OK Mobility opens 07:00 until 22:00, Record Go from 07:00 to 23:00, and the Sixt offices opens 07:30 until 00:00.
Some car hire offices at Alicante airport may offer extended hours for pre-booked cars at an extra charge, and some providers open extra hours during busier periods. Click each link above to check the current opening hours directly.
The newer Región de Murcia airport in Corvera is a smaller transport hub with limited car hire choices, with just Goldcar/InterRent, Europcar, Firefly and Sixt hosting car rental offices within the airport complex.
But South Costa Blanca is well-served by local car hire companies that have carved out a niche for themselves in all manner of original ways – many of them offering a simplified and customer-focused hire car service.
We've listened to the feedback provided by members of the group and compiled the personal recommendations they've made based on their past experiences – all in one place.
From the big local names to the smallest independent rental car companies, here's the complete list of recommended car hire companies with the latest 2024 prices, and the contact information you'll need to get in touch with them directly, ask for a quote, or enquire about availability for your dates.
Grays Car Hire, Playa Flamenca
Tate House Car Rental, San Miguel
Transfers from Alicante or Murcia, unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance with no excess, simple fuel policy, and local drop-off.
Luzcars Rent a Car, Cabo Roig
Offices in Torrevieja and Cabo Roig, with collection and car drop-off service for Alicante airport. A variety of cars up to 7 seats.
La Zenia Car Rental, La Zenia
Only automatic cars, low cash deposit and no credit card charges. Free delivery and collection (within 30 km of La Zenia), no upper age limit.
Coys Rent-A-Car, Torrevieja
An established local car hire company with a comprehensive fleet of vehicles including 7-seater people carriers.
Hire Cars Costa Blanca, La Zenia
Collection and delivery service at the airport, and a comprehensive range of hire cars including 7-seater vehicles.
No Hassle Car Hire, Rojales
Collection and delivery service at Alicante airport, hire cars with low season prices from €15 per day, no deposit, no credit card required.
Lara Cars Rent A Car, La Marina
Hire car offices in La Marina, Torrevieja, and Alicante airport. A variety of vehicles for hire, automatic cars and 8-seater minibuses.
Victoria Rent A Car, Alicante Airport
Located just outside of the main airport concourse, with a diverse vehicle fleet including 9-seater minibus and scooter options.
Costa Blanca Car Hire No1, Ciudad Quesada
A range of hire cars including 7-seater vehicles, with low season prices from €15 a day, no deposit required, and airport transfers available.
Motor Rent Orihuela, Cabo Roig
Super-modern maxi scooters, Italian street scooters, and electric step-on scooters for short-term rental with prices from €15 per day.
Local 48 Car Hire, Playa Flamenca
Collection and delivery service at the airport, a range of hire cars including 7-seater vehicles, short-term and long-term hire.
Costa Blanca Transfers, Alicante Airport
Operating a fleet of vehicles from budget brands to 8-seater Fiat vehicles with pickup and collection service at Alicante airport.
Quesada Car Rental, Ciudad Quesada
A range of cars to rent including 7-seater vehicles, collection and delivery from Alicante airport, no deposit and unlimited mileage.
Rent Me Car Hire, Villacosta
An independent local company offering no-frills, straightforward car hire with a modern fleet and comprehensive insurance included.
RentAgain Car Hire, La Zenia
A local car rental agency offering a range of new cars including 9-seater vehicles, with service for Alicante airport and Murcia airport.
D&M Car Hire, Villamartin
Opposite Villamartin Plaza, this local car rental agency offers vehicles with unlimited mileage and a free additional driver.
A1 Car Hire, Benijofar
Airport collection and delivery, a range of hire cars, and a simple pricing policy with no hidden extras guaranteed.
RT´s Car Rentals, Lomas de Cabo Roig
Straightforward pricing, pickup and collection from the airport with additional services for early morning and nighttime flights.
Tim´s Car Hire, Lomas de Cabo Roig
Car hire service for Alicante airport and Murcia airport. Fully insured no-frills car rental with no hidden charges or additional fees.
H&R Car Hire, Campoamor Golf
Holiday and long-term car rental service, with 9-seater minibus and convertible vehicles. An older but extensive fleet of hire cars.
CJ Car Hire, Rojales
Collection and delivery from Murcia or Alicante airport, no deposit, and low season prices from €15 per day.
Skippy Rent a Car, Alicante
Meet and greet at Alicante airport terminal, fixed prices, payment on arrival in Spain, and cars from €145 per week.
Costa Blanca Cars, Torrevieja
A selection of hybrid and automatic cars for rent in the centre of Torrevieja. Prices from €20 per day, and service seven days a week.
Playa Wheels Orihuela, La Zenia
Step-through scooters for short-term and holiday hire, 50cc or 125cc models available, with local delivery in South Costa Blanca.
Flamenca Cars, Murcia (Corvera)
Based in Murcia just outside the airport providing service for both Alicante and Murcia airport. New cars, budget, 7-seaters and MPVs.
Costa Blanca Car and E-Scooter Hire, Torrevieja
Small economy cars, standard cars, automatic, convertible or 7-seater rental cars. Electric scooter rental is available by the day or week.
Pat Foley Car Rental, La Zenia
Previously recommended by members for quality cars at prices at least a third cheaper than you'll find at the airport.
Top Gear Car Rentals, Alicante Airport
A range of new cars for hire, including automatics, and Opel people carriers with 8 or 9 seats. Online booking and airport pick-up.
Car sharing and rental service serving Alicante airport. New or nearly new cars for rent with airport pick-up and delivery. Minimum age 23.
Magnum Rent a Car, Ciudad Quesada
Nearly new rental cars for hire including 7-seater vehicles with delivery to Alicante Airport. Prices from €15 per day.
C4 Rent, El Altet (Alicante)
New or nearly new rental cars including a 9-seater vehicle and a BMW Cabriolet with service at Alicante Airport. Website in English and Polish.
Car hire and holiday car rental from Alicante airport
Take a look at our latest articles. Late night and 24/7 shopping on the Orihuela Costa is ideal for late arrivals or visitors arriving in Spain on bank holidays, and our Alicante airport parking article looks at the cost of short-stay and long-term parking at Alicante airport this year.
Looking for holiday ideas and inspiration? Find out more about our favourite recommended things to do on the Orihuela Costa this year, or join the La Zenia Community Facebook group and find out what's going on in the local area.
Note: Information and prices checked as correct at the time of publication. Recommendations are based on previous personal recommendations from members of the La Zenia Community Facebook group.
Photo credit: LaZenia.com.