The options for where to hire a car in Malaga can be very diverse, especially if we look at the different areas where you can book a vehicle. The car rental companies know that the users interested in hire a car in Malaga are those who do not access the city by their own vehicle, but who use large means of transport.
This is why these agencies are eminently located around these transport hubs, the nexus of a large volume of visitors. However, there may be situations where, for one reason or another, we are more interested in picking up the car in a less common area. Therefore, we will discuss the advantages of each area of Malaga where it is common to rent a car.
Most common locations
Of course, preference is usually given to the area through which we access the city and the means of transport, the most common being by plane and train. The areas where it is most common to find these companies are, in order of relevance, Malaga airport, Maria Zambrano train station, the centre of Malaga and the Port of Malaga.
Port of Malaga
Cruise passengers and owners of small or medium-sized vessels that dock at the port book almost exclusively here. According to the port’s own figures, an average of 35,000 passengers arrive here every month.
These tourists usually spend between 1 and 2 days in the city, so it is not usual for them to book a car, preferring to travel by public transport. For this reason, there are only a few car rental agencies in the port of Malaga where you can book your car.
María Zambrano Train Station
Spain has an excellent rail network thanks to the AVE high-speed train, which also allows passengers to travel from outside the country. However, it is very common for national tourists to use the car rental companies located in the area around the tren station.
Malaga city centre
Users tend to prefer to pick up and return their vehicle in the vicinity of major means of transport, such as the train station or the airport, thus making it easier to get around.
However, there are some rent a cars that are located in the centre of Malaga, although they are not abundant in this area, as the city centre is mostly pedestrianised, as well as being slightly distant from any medium or long distance means of transport.
By far the most popular area for booking vehicles, as the vast majority of visitors arrive in the city via the airport. Before the pandemic, passenger numbers passing through Malaga airport were around 19 million, and by 2022 these numbers are expected to be surpassed.
This is why you’ll find the majority of car rentals in this area and they are split between those located within the airport and those located near the airport.
Within the airport
Malaga airport has a car park located next to terminal 2, where some car hire companies are located with their own parking space, which is an advantage when picking up your car. However, these companies tend to be considerably more expensive and require queuing for both collection and return of the vehicle.
Outside the airport
There are a number of companies in and around Malaga airport that offer an interesting option for car hire. They are located near the airport, however, as they are not located in the airport car park, they are usually cheaper than those located inside the airport, as they do not have to bear the costs involved in being located here.
In addition, in the case of CarGest, we also offer a courtesy shuttle bus to facilitate transport from the terminal to our premises. Also, to simplify the return of vehicles at off-peak hours, we offer the possibility of leaving your car in the airport’s 24-hour car park for a small additional fee of 24.20 euros.
Map of where to rent a car
In the following map that we have prepared at CarGest you will find the different locations and points where it is most common to rent a car in Malaga.