Malaga Airport Terminals Car Hire Tips
Malaga is a wonderful destination for all different types of tourists. If you plan on visiting here on holiday, hiring a car is always the best option because using public transport is difficult in a foreign country, and taxis are much more expensive over the period of your holiday. In reality, hiring a car with a satellite navigation system ticks all the boxes when it comes to convenience at the lowest possible cost, therefore, it is probably the best choice.
Malaga Airport is full of the world?s biggest car hire companies. In the airport, you will find 22 hire companies, even though eight of them (the main ones) are located across Terminal s 2 and 3. The 23 hire companies on site actually make this airport one of the most populated (in terms of car hire companies) airports around the world. Apart from the nine main companies, the other 14 are located opposite the airport, and you are required to take a mini bus to get to them so in reality they are not convenient. The eight on-site car hire companies include; Auto Lido, Avis, Europcar, Goldcar Rental, Hertz, National Atesa, Record Go and Sixt .
Map of car hire at Malaga Airport
As mentioned, there are eight car hire companies based at the airport. They are split across Terminal s two and three, and it is vital that you know where your car hire company is situated so you can get out of the airport as quickly as possible.
In Terminal two you will find your car hire desks by a ramp in the arrivals hall. Their location isn?t central but there are large signs indicating the correct way. You will find them down a flight of stairs. In Terminal three you will find the desks on the ground floor of arrivals. It is important to know that all the car companies based in Terminal are situated in Terminal s two and three so you do not need to worry about a long trip to find it.
It is also important that you find out the correct opening hours for all the car hire companies based in the Terminal s. Every company, apart from Goldcar Rental, is open seven days a week from seven in the morning until midnight. However, Goldcar Rentals is available around the clock every day.
Information for younger drivers at Malaga Airport
One of the most important points to note is that if you are a young driver (under 25) it is imperative that you compare all the available rental companies at the airport. Drivers under 25 will often have to pay a surcharge, and some of them even refuse to insure you if you are this age. It is important to note that drivers under 21 are not allowed to hire cars at Malaga airport from the majority of providers.
With this in mind there are some companies that target younger drivers because it is a market where there is potentially lots of business, but few people willing to take it due to the risks involved. With this in mind, if you are between 21 and 25 make sure you ask about young driver supplements.
Documents required for car hire in Malaga
In order to hire a car at Malaga airport you need to make sure you have every single one of these documents. If you do not, then the hire company does refuse the right to give you the keys. First, you need to have your full drivers? license and your paper license (you may not require the latter.) You will also need one further form of identification (your passport will be fine), and the card used to book the car. Last but not least you need the confirmation of your booking on paper. Obviously, the last point does not apply if you are booking your car at the airport.
With the above in mind, some companies may ask for further identification or other documents, especially if you are from outside the EU. It is always a good idea to check the requirements of the company before you travel.
Insurance for your car in Malaga
So, you have got the car, and now it comes time for the insurance. You expect that the sales person is trying to push you for the maximum insurance because they are being paid to sell it, but it is a good idea to be protected as much as possible. Even if the salesperson is getting a bonus based on insurance, they are not wrong when they tell you that you could save money with it if involved in an accident.
Think about it logically, you are in a new car in a new country so if you are to be involved in a minor accident it is likely to be abroad. The majority if not all the companies listed in the Terminal will offer you a free insurance that will cover accident and theft, but alongside the poor policy, which barely covers you for anything, you will see a huge excess, which essentially makes the policy worthless.
Insurance may seem like it costs a lot, but having the peace of mind that you have the best possible insurance means that you will be able to enjoy your holiday in Malaga more. With this in mind, it is imperative that you read and reread the conditions set out in your insurance policy so you know for what you are covered.
If your insurance is limited through choice, it is important that you really look at both the inside and the outside of the car before you leave the lot. If you spot any damage or issues, you need to tell a representative of the company. This is so they can note it as a pre-existing condition. If you miss it and they find it on your return, then you could be liable.
Tips for car hire in Malaga
Here are several tips to make your car hire experience at Malaga Airport much smoother:
Check for all necessary equipment before you set off; spare tyre, jack, etc...
Check that you have full breakdown recovery from a company that has English speaking staff members.
Keep your agreement in the glove box at all times, you are required by law to have it and can be fined if you do not.
You need to have two luminous jackets inside the car because this is a legal requirement in Malaga.
If you are given a car with a full tank of petrol, it is a requirement that you return it with one. Failure to do so will mean that you get an additional fee wacked onto your final bill. Plus, it will be much more than what you would pay for a full tank.
Last but not least, make sure you check to see whether you will be charged any fees like surcharge fees. A large majority of companies pride themselves on a ?no hidden fee? approach but some do not follow this policy so be careful.
SERVICE AT MALAGA AIRPORT
One way car hire at Malaga Airport
Malaga Airport does offer a one-way car hire service from the airport. This service does come with a fee, but this should be discussed with the company you use before you book. This fee is charged by the provider because they need to get the car back to Malaga Airport.
Online check in and self service kiosks at Malaga Airport
Some of the major companies now offer self-service kiosks and an online check in facility. They suggest that you check in on the internet to save time at the other end. Furthermore, you may be required to use a self-service kiosk but only in a rare event.
Meet and greet service at Malaga Airport
If you do go for one of the off-site car hire companies, you will require a meet and greet service and many of these providers do offer it as it is a five-minute journey. However, all the onsite desks are simple to find, therefore, this service is not required.
Malaga airport directions
Malaga Airport is located right in the central southern area of mainland Spain. In order to get to the airport first you should find your way to Malaga city centre if you are coming from the north of the east or Cartama from the west. From the city follow the A357 west out of the city until you reach the A7 travelling south, from here you will see plenty of signs detailing the location. From Cartama follow the A357 east until you reach the A7, which you should follow until you see signs.