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Gran Canaria Car Hire - Explore Award-Winning Car Rental

Pre-book your Gran Canaria car hire, with prices starting from just £9.70 per day with FREE cancellations*

The third-largest island in the Canaries, Gran Canaria is the most densely populated island in the archipelago. Pre-book with Holiday Extras and we can help you save up to 20% on your car hire in Gran Canaria with Holiday Extras. Our car hire comparison site compares 100s of offers from our range of top suppliers. With our cheap award-winning car hire from Holiday Extras, you'll be on the road in no time and as hassle-free as possible.

Car Hire Locations

Holiday Extras provides low cost rental deals across the island, including car hire in Gran Canaria Las Palmas Airport so you can collect your car as soon as you land.

Locations include:

  • Agaete Ferry port
  • Bahia Feliz
  • Las Palmas Downtown
  • Meloneras
  • Puerto Rico
  • Gran Canaria Las Palmas Airport

Your rental desk location will be presented to you as you compare car hire followed by more specific address locations found within your confirmation email from the car hire company themselves.

3 steps to cheap car hire

  • Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
  • Select - choose the car you want to hire
  • Book - with our secure payment system

How it Works

Once payment has been authorised you will receive a confirmation email with your booking reference number. Keep this information close to hand, as you may need to present it at your car hire pick-up point. We've created a checklist to help make sure you have everything you need before you depart.

If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.

If you're just looking for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras provides cheap resort transfers from many locations, including airports to get you to your destination straight out of the airport.

You can also take out holiday insurance, so you know you're covered, should any problems arrive whilst on holiday.

If you're flying from a UK airport, we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Gran Canaria Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.

Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria

Driving in Gran Canaria**

Driving an unfamiliar car can often be an unnerving experience, even more so when abroad. As such, here are a few local laws and customs we think you may find useful when driving the roads of Gran Canaria.

  • Left hand drive - Drive on the right-hand side of the road, overtake on the left.
  • Minimum age for car hire - Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and have held a full licence for at least 3 years.
  • Seatbelt - Spanish law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt.
  • Travelling with children - Children under 12 must travel in the back of a vehicle, unless the appropriate car seat/restraint is fitted.
  • Petrol stations - Some petrol stations require you to pay in advance before filling up, most often at night time. Some petrol stations will have multiple language buttons enabling you to hear filling up instructions in English.
  • Mobile phones - It is illegal to use a mobile phone in Gran Canaria while driving. Although many of the locals ignore this, failure to do so may result in a heavy on-the-spot fine. Hands-free devices that do not have headphones or earphones are permitted.

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Motorways - 120kph/74mph
  • Out of town/rural roads - 90kph/56mph
  • Urban areas - 50kph/31mph

Always keep a close eye on your speed, as Spanish authorities can issue fines for violations as little as 1kph over the speed limit

On-the-spot fines

The local police in Gran Canaria are very strict and have the authority to hand out on-the-spot fines for speeding and other offences.

Fixed and mobile speed cameras are common throughout Gran Canaria. If caught, the authorities can issue expensive, on-the-spot fines to tourists and locals alike.

Drinking and driving

Spanish authorities have recently clamped down heavily on drinking and driving. This is no different in Gran Canaria. Severe penalties are imposed if the driver is found to have 0.05% or more alcohol in their blood, or 0.03% or more alcohol in the bloodstream if the driver has had a full licence for 2 years or less. Police have the authority to stop anyone for a random breathalyser test.

It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

Driving licence

Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

In general, UK licences are accepted in other EU countries, however, if you are travelling to Spain, we recommend that you obtain an International Driver's Permit (IDP) as a precaution.

Spanish driving etiquette

Joining a dual carriageway or motorway - Merging onto a road in Spain can be a difficult process. Be prepared to stop, even at the end of an entry slip road and wait until there is a clear space to join these roads safely.

Flashing headlights - If another driver is flashing their headlights at you, they want you to give them right of way.

No honking your horn - In urban areas it is illegal to use your horn; doing so could result in an on-the-spot fine. You are only permitted to do so in an emergency.

Headlights - Dipped headlights must be used in poor visibility conditions during the day as well as at night.

**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.