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CAR HIRE TENERIFE

Visiting Tenerife and deciding which car rental company to use during your stay can be a very confusing and time consuming process.

We are a price comparison website, having access to the major car hire companies available in Tenerife.

We offer the facility to quickly and easily decide which car rental best fits your requirements.

Car Hire Offers Tenerife

In the Search Box above choose either Tenerife North or Tenerife South Airport, the dates you wish to hire your rental car and press “Search”.

You will then see all the car hire offers available from the major car rental companies based in Tenerife.   Just choose which offer  works best for you. It’s that easy!

For more information on car hire in Tenerife check out the following information:

PLEASE NOTE:   None of the major car hire companies currently offer the facility to collect a hire car in Santa Cruz or in the port.  You will need to go to Tenerife North Airport to collect your rental car.

Check our links below for more information on car hire in Tenerife:

10 Point Check List Before Booking Your Hire Car

  • Check your dates and times for collection are correct. Remember any booking is made on the 24 hour clock.

  • If you are flexible on your dates, try different collection and drop off dates. You can find a great bargain by just changing your collection and drop off dates by one day.  Peak times are more expensive e.g. weekends.

  • Ensure you have a credit card when collecting your rental car. Although you may be able to make your reservation with a debit card, your car hire company will require sight of a credit card when collecting your rental car.

  • Ensure the lead driver has a current valid driving licence and credit card in their name.

  • Check the filter box for your preferred pick up location. Either in terminal, on airport etc, there can be a big price difference.

  • Ensure you have checked your preferred Fuel Policy from the filter box.

  • Check whether you want limited or unlimited mileage.

  • Do you prefer automatic or a manual vehicle?

  • Double check what extras are included e.g. collision damage waiver.

  • Before confirming your booking make sure your chosen car is suitable for your requirements e.g. how many passengers are there? how many doors does it have? how many suitcases can you fit in the boot?

Hiring a car in Tenerife is the best way to get to see all of the Island.  The roads are easy to navigate giving you the opportunity to explore the harder to reach hidden gems.

There is some breathtaking scenery and spectacular drives in the island and the only way to experience these are by hiring a car.

Car Hire Tenerife Airport

Car Hire at Tenerife Airport can be made through our website and is an easy and straight forward process.

Via our website you can search the major car hire companies to find the best deal for you.

When you fly into Tenerife you can collect your rental car direct from the airport terminal.

We want to make sure you get the best car hire deal and we are here to help you do that.

We are here to answer all the questions you may have regarding car hire in Tenerife:

Car Hire Companies at Tenerife North and Tenerife South Airports

You will find an excellent choice of car rental companies to choose from either at Tenerife South Airport or Tenerife North Airport.

If you want to collect your hire car direct from the terminal either in Tenerife North Airport or Tenerife South Airport most of the hire car companies have this option.  Just filter your search to pick up location “in terminal”.

Alternatively, you can filter your search to “free shuttle bus”, where the car hire company will collect you from the airport terminal by shuttle bus and take you to their service desk.

Car Hire Companies Tenerife South Airport

The following car rental companies all have a service desk in Tenerife South Airport:

  • Inter rent
  • Goldcar
  • SixT
  • Thrifty
  • Top Car
  • Hertz
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • Rhodium

You can obtain a Shuttle Bus service from Tenerife South Airport to the following car rental service desks:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Orlando

Where to find the car hire service desk at Tenerife South Airport

If you are collecting your hire car from the terminal in Tenerife South Airport you can find the offices just past the baggage collection point.

All the offices are situated in the same area sign posted “alquiler de coches”.

Car Hire Companies Tenerife North Airport

The following car rental companies have a service desk situated in the airport terminal in Tenerife North Airport:

  • Budget
  • Goldcar
  • Thrifty
  • Hertz
  • Enterprise
  • Avis
  • Europcar
  • Rhodium

Where to find the car hire service desk at Tenerife North Airport

If you are collecting your hire car from the terminal in Tenerife North Airport you will find the car rental offices just after the baggage collection point.

All the car rental offices are situated in the same area sign posted “alquiler de coches”.

QUESTIONS

Which car should I hire?

Which Fuel Policy is best?

Can I add an additional driver?

How much does it cost to add an additional driver?

What insurance is included in the car hire?

Do I need to take excess insurance?

 

 Car Insurance

Car Hire Excess Insurance and Collision Damage Waiver

What insurance is included in the price of your car hire?

Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection

Your hire car company in their agreement with you will normally cover for Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection.

What does Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection cover?

Your car rental company will partially cover damages incurred in the event of an accident and or theft.  It is not a full comprehensive insurance cover.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) does not cover loss of keys, or damage to tyres, windows or the undercarriage.

In the event of an accident causing damage to the vehicle, or it is stolen, you will have an “Excess” premium to pay.

Theft Protection covers costs relating to the theft or attempted theft of the rental vehicle but does not cover the loss of personal possessions.

You will still be liable for the Excess Premium.

What is the Car Hire Excess Premium?

Many people hiring a car are unaware they are liable for the “Excess Premium”.  They are caught off guard when they go to collect their hire car to be informed that they are liable for the “Excess Premium”, sometimes the excess premium costing more than the price of the hire car.

The “Excess Premium” is payable if you are involved in an accident, the car is damaged, the car is stolen or the keys are lost.  Many car rental companies also charge for clutch failure during the rental period.

The amount of the “Excess Premium” varies depending on the hire company.  In some cases the premium can be as much as £3,000!  This amount will be held by the car rental company on your credit card in case such an event should happen.

If you do not want to be held liable for the “Excess Premium” payment, the hire car company will offer you their Excess Insurance Policy.  However this can be very expensive, sometimes costing as much as £30.00 per day.

 

Car Hire Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a lively and cosmopolitan city with a busy harbour which is a popular stop off for the many cruise liners visiting Tenerife.  It is a great place to base your stay on the island.

Hiring a car during your stay in Santa Cruz will mean you can make the most of your stay, see some amazing scenery and get to visit some of the hidden gems of Tenerife.

Unfortunately, the major car hire companies do not currently, (Spring/Summer 2019), offer the facility to collect your hire car from Santa Cruz or the port in Santa Cruz.  

There are a couple of smaller independent companies who offer car hire in Santa Cruz  and the port.  However, you will need to check their Terms & Conditions before booking with them and again there is limited availability.

If you want to hire a car and collect from the port in Santa Cruz you will need to book this before your arrival in the port with one of the small independent companies based in the port.

If you want to hire a car with one of the larger car rental companies during your stay in Santa Cruz, you will need to collect this from Tenerife North Airport.

If you are just visiting for the day and arriving by cruise ship, it is very easy to collect your hire car from nearby Tenerife North Airport.  Tenerife North Airport is just a short 19 minute taxi drive from Santa Cruz.  It is also easily accessible by bus.

Compare car rental prices for the duration of your stay in Santa Cruz in the box at the top of this page to find the best offers during your stay or visit to the island.

Arriving at Santa Cruz Port by Cruise Liner

If you are arriving at Santa Cruz by cruise liner and want to hire a car for the day to see the island, it is easy to take a taxi from the port to Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos).

A taxi from the port to Tenerife North Airport costs approximately 30 Euros.  The journey time from Santa Cruz port to Tenerife North Airport is just 19 minutes.

Alternatively, why not pre-book a private transfer service from the port to the airport?

A private transfer (taxi) can be pre-booked for as little as 29 Euros, again taking approximately 19 minutes (13 km), to transfer you to Tenerife North Airport.

When you arrive at the port your driver will be waiting for you at the entrance to the port and will take you directly to Tenerife North Airport.

Directions to Santa Cruz from Tenerife North Airport

It is an easy drive ro Santa Cruz from Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos).

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is approximately a 19 minute drive (13 km) from Los Rodeos airport.

Exiting Los Rodeos airport follow signs for the TF-5 (La Laguna/Santa Cruz).

Stay on the TF-5 for approximately 9 km.

After 9 km keep in the left lane to Calle la Salle/Calle Puerto/Av. Maritima/Tres de Mayo/(TF-5).

Keep in the left slip road to Av. Tres de Mayo.  Follow Av. Tres de Mayo to your destination in Santa Cruz.

Directions to Santa Cruz from Tenerife South Airport

From Tenerife South Airport to Santa Cruz is approximately a 41 minute drive.

From Tenerife South Airport follow directions for the TF-1.

Continue on the TF-1 to the TF-4 (approximately 33 minutes).

Take exit 3 from the TF-1 to the TF-4 all the way to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Continue on the TF-4 to your destination in Santa Cruz.

Buses from Santa Cruz Port to Tenerife North Airport

There is a bus service from the port of Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport.

Depending which bus you take, the journey will take approximately 24 minutes.

Titsa run a half hourly bus service from Santa Cruz and the bus routes which run from Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport are numbers 102, 107, 108 and 343.

The bus leaves from Intercambiador in Santa Cruz, which is approximately a 6 minute walk from the port to the bus station.

The journey from Santa Cruz to Tenerife North Airport by bus costs 2,65 Euros one way.

Check out the Titsa website for more details.

Car Hire Santa Cruz

If you want to hire a car during your stay in Santa Cruz then check out the best car rental prices via our car hire comparison site.

The major car rental companies in Tenerife are available to book through our site.

Tenerife in a Day from Santa Cruz

If you are arriving by cruise liner in Santa Cruz and want to hire a car for the day to see some of the island you will find that Tenerife is easy to navigate.

After collecting your car from Tenerife North Airport we would highly recommend that you visit the Teide National Park

Teide National Park

The Teide National Park and Mount Teide are a must see for every visitor to Tenerife.

Tenerife’s world famous Teide National Park is just a 43 minute drive (34 km) from Tenerife North Airport.

Set in unique, breath-taking scenery, the Teide volcano sits in the middle of the park, where you can take a cable car to the summit.  On a clear day you can take in the full beauty of the landscape and the island.

On your way to The Teide National Park you will pass through the pretty Orotava Valley.

Orotava Valley

The Orotava Valley is approximately a 34 minute drive (30 km) from Tenerife North Airport.

The drive through the valley on the way to the Teide National Park is an added bonus.

There are some amazing views and plenty of places to stop off and take a photo and take in the view and the beauty of the area.

La Orotava

The old town of La Orotava is a typical old Canarian town and is a pretty place well worth a visit.

In the town you will also find the botanical gardens which are beautiful to wander around and enjoy the more than 3000 different tropical plants.

There are lots of places to stop off and have a drink or something to eat whilst exploring the town.

 

Car Hire

How Do I Pay for my Car Hire?

 

When making your car hire booking online a debit or credit card can be used to confirm the reservation.

When you collect your hire car a credit card will be required by the car rental company.  Some of the smaller independent companies will accept payment with a debit card but these are generally not accepted by the larger car rental companies.

The credit card will need to be in the name of the main driver.   

Please note that prepaid cards or cards not in the main driver’s name will not be accepted.

Why Do I Need a Credit Card to Pay for My Car Hire?

Car rental companies require all customers to leave a security deposit before they will release the hire car.  The deposit will be held against the credit card until the car is returned undamaged, or any fines paid.

It is important that you also ensure that the credit card has sufficient funds available on the card to cover the rental company’s deposit which will be held against the card.

Generally the car hire company hold a security deposit of around 1,000 Euros but it can be up to 3,000 Euros.  Check your car hire company’s Terms & Conditions for the amount of the security deposit they will hold.  You will need to budget for this amount to be held against the card.

 

 

 

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