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Tenerife Airport Car Hire - Explore low price car rental deals

Pre-book your Tenerife Airport car hire, with prices starting from just £10.33 per day with FREE cancellations*

Image of Tenerife

As the largest of Spain's Canary Islands and enjoying an enviable climate with year-round sunshine, it's no wonder that over 5 million tourists a year make Tenerife their holiday destination. From blue flag beaches, to a wide variety of water sports and bustling night life, Tenerife is the perfect place to soak up the rays and get into the holiday spirit. Yet, venture beyond the main tourist resorts with Tenerife car hire and you will find an island of contrast. From Spain's highest mountain, pretty white-washed Canarian towns and exciting lava caves, you'll have a job deciding what to explore first!

Pre-book to make top savings on your car hire with Holiday Extras. We'll do all the hard work for you as we compare all the top rental car companies so you know you're getting the best deal from the most trusted providers. Car hire from Tenerife Airport (TFS) is both practical and easy, as you don't need to worry about waiting around for coaches or taxis to your resort and wasting a moment of your precious holiday.

Tenerife island

Some of the sights of Tenerife, including Mount Teide and Playa Santa Cruz

Main Attractions and Distance from Tenerife South

Distance in Miles
Estimated Travel Time
Costa Adeje
10 miles
11 min
Playa de las Americas
10 miles
13 minutes
Mount Teide
30 miles
1 hour, 4 minutes
La Cueva del Viento (caves)
39 miles
59 minutes
Puerto de la Cruz
55 miles
1 hour, 7 minutes

As well as great prices, we also have a top range of vehicles for all your car hire needs. From nippy hatchbacks, to 5-door family cars to people carriers for all the family, we will have a vehicle to suit you!

Typical Car Hire prices from Tenerife South Airport*

Type of Car
Number of Seats
Price per day
3-door hatchback
4 seats
£10.93 per day
5-door hatchback
5 seats
£11.96 per day
5 seats
£22.98 per day
People carrier
5/7 seats
£25.39 per day

*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 in Munich 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.

And if car hire from Tenerife Airport wasn't enough, Holiday Extras can also bring you superb deals on total protection insurance. We regularly price-check all our policies to ensure we're giving you the best deals and they all include the following:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior parts of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and changes

Our Hassle-free booking process

  • Search - Select the dates you wish to travel in the field above and click search to compare
  • Select - Choose your hire car type
  • Book - Make your payment using our secure system
  • Confirm - We'll email your booking confirmation to you

We're here to help

Once you've made your payment, we will email through your confirmation containing your booking reference number. Keep this with your other travel documents, as you'll need this information when you come to pick up your rental car at Tenerife South Airport. Some car hire companies will now even accept payment by debit card instead of requiring a credit card. To make things even easier, we've also put together a handy checklist to give you the lowdown on commonly asked questions about car rentals.

If you have any other queries, then don't worry. Our dedicated car hire team are here to help on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively, you can contact us online here.

Collecting your rental car

When you arrive at Tenerife South Airport, finding the car hire desks shouldn't pose a problem. Nine of the main car hire companies have desks in the Arrivals hall, just past baggage reclaim. They are also signposted - Rent a Car and aquiler de coches in Spanish. Three of the companies: Avis, Budget and Orlando, have desks outside of the terminal and a shuttle runs from the main exit to their location a short distance away. If your hire car is booked with these, their representatives will meet you on arrival and accompany you to the shuttle. When you arrive, take your confirmation to the relevant desk and the staff, who all speak English, will sort out all the paperwork and issue your keys. The desks are generally open from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm daily.

Touring Tenerife

The great thing about the island of Tenerife is that it's only 60 miles in length and is ideal for exploring by hire car. If you can tear yourself away from the beach or the pool, there are a wealth of places to visit and things to do. The one unmissable sight is the World Heritage Site of Mount Teide National Park. Home to Mount Teide - the highest peak in Spain and a 3718 metres high volcano. Here you can visit the Teide Observatory and enjoy spectacular views across the island. For those travelling with families, children will love the Thai-themed water park of Siam Park as well as Aqua Land, both in Costa Adeje. San Cristobal in the north of the island provides a glimpse of a traditional Canarian town with charming colonial buildings and rustic tavernas and tapas bars.

Additional Extras

If, instead of car hire from Tenerife Airport, you prefer transport to your resort, then Holiday Extras also provides great deals on Tenerife resort transfers. Don't forget, we can also offer competitive holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind that you're fully covered while you're away.

If you're flying to Tenerife from a UK airport, we can take of all the other extras too and save you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges.

*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 Tenerife Airport South. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject 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.

Driving in Tenerife**

Driving abroad can be a daunting prospect, particularly in countries with left-hand drive. As Tenerife is a thriving tourist destination, the road network is generally very good and driving a hire car should not be too difficult. To make your holiday driving experience even easier, we have put together a few of the local driving laws and customs that you may find useful.

  • Left hand drive - Drive on the right and overtake on the left.
  • Minimum care hire age - 18 years old. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
  • Seatbelt - Spanish law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt.
  • Children under 12 or under 1.35m - Must not travel in the front of a vehicle, unless in a specially adapted rear-facing child seat.
  • Unleaded petrol - Sin plomo 98 or Eurosuper 95.
  • Diesel - gasoleo.
  • Leaded - super/super 97.
  • Petrol stations - Garages are rarely open 24hours (particularly outside of urban areas). They are often closed for 2 hours - siesta time - at lunchtime and all day on a Sunday.
  • Toll Roads - Cash and credit cars are accepted

Spanish roads

Spanish toll motorways (autopistas de peajes - prefixed with AP) are well maintained and ideal for covering larger distances in a shorter time, but you will to pay a toll. If you have the time, then it's advisable to take the slower Spanish dual carriageways (autovias - prefixed with E), which are always quieter, more scenic, well maintained and, best of all, toll-free.

Road safety laws

Speed limits

  • Toll motorways (autopistas de peajes) - 120kph/75mph
  • Dual carriageways (autovias E) - 110kph/68mph
  • Out of town roads - 90kph/56mph
  • Built up areas - 50kph/31mph

On-the-spot fines

Fixed and mobile speed cameras are very common throughout Spain. If caught, Spanish authorities can issue expensive on-the-spot fines.

All on-the-spot fines must be paid in cash, to the arresting officer. Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted, and cash must be in the local currency. If you do not have cash, you will be marched to the nearest cash-point!

Drinking and driving

Spanish authorities take a very hard line on drinking and driving across the country and laws are a much stricter than in the UK. 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.

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.

Mobile phone use

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or in control of a vehicle in Spain, even if you have pulled over to the side of the road. Earphone headsets are also prohibited. It is, however, acceptable to use a hands-free unit.

Spanish driving etiquette

Joining a dual carriageway or motorway - Unlike the UK, Spanish drivers do not tend to move out of the way to allow you to merge onto the road. 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 Spanish urban areas it is illegal to toot your horn at someone and could result in an on-the-spot fine. Horns are only to be used in an emergency.

**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.