Malaga Car Hire

Compare car hire in Malaga

Rated Excellent with a Trust score of 4.7 out of 5 on Trust Pilot

  • With a history of almost 3000 years Malaga is amongst the oldest cities in Europe
  • Malaga’s close proximity to the rest of the Costa Del Sol makes it, especially its airport, an extremely important player in the Spanish tourism industry.
  • With a population of just over half a million, Malaga is the second largest city in Andalucía, behind Seville.
  • Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th Century’s most famous and revered artists, was born in Malaga.


Car Hire in Malaga Airport (AGP)


Malaga Airport


Located just five miles from the city of Malaga, this airport serves most international arrivals in the region. Its proximity to popular tourist destinations in the Costa Del Sol (Coast of the Sun), make Malaga airport Spain’s fourth busiest. Although the airport has three terminals only the newest, Terminal 3 is used for departures. Operators here are predominantly budget carriers such as EasyJet and Ryanair with the most popular routes to and from Malaga are London, Manchester.


Car Hire


There are a number of car hire companies based in the airport itself, and others nearby who provide a shuttle service from the airport to your hire car. Both options have benefits depending on your preference, some people like to get straight into their hire vehicle at the airport, while others prefer to get started on the road a little away from the busyness before driving.  Whatever your preference you can use our fantastic database to find the perfect deal.


We highly recommend booking your hire vehicle in advance, although there may be vehicles available to hire on arrival there are no guarantees it will be the kind you’re looking for. Our local partners include Centauro, Inter-rent and many others. Prices start from as little as €3.50 per day depending on make/model and time of year. Search now to find the best deals for your dates.


Driving in Spain


For a brief introduction to driving in Spain, including some important Rules of the Road, visit our main Spain page.


Guide to Malaga


Located in southern Spain and enjoys around 300 days of sunshine throughout the year and is generally has warmer winters than any other European city. This is in part thanks to the Malaga Mountains to the North East of the city which block out much of the cold weather.


A Brief History


With the western Mediterranean Sea on your doorstep you’re bound to be tied up in the affairs of this significant historic region and Malaga’s history is very much shaped by its location. There is evidence to suggest an ancient Iberian tribe the Bastetani were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Malaga, but it was the Phoenicians who first founded a colony on the site. Throughout its history Malaga has been captured, lost and recaptured by a wide range of empires, from the Roman to the Byzantine.


The Muslim Conquest of Spain in the early eight-century (in which the city was captured) saw Malaga develop into a highly defended city within the new Muslim ruled Iberian Peninsula. By 1026 the city was the capital of an independent Muslim kingdom. This kingdom was conquered by the Nasrid Kingdom of Grenada in 1229. Later when Isabella and Ferdinand took the city in the late fifteenth century, they punished the Muslim population severely with a large proportion sentenced to death or sold as slaves.


Malaga Today


Malaga is Spain’s fourth largest economic region with tourism, tech and construction being its major industries. The city is a vibrant place rich with heritage and archaeology. The city hosts a variety of events and festivals throughout the year, including an August Fair which celebrates traditional Spanish food, fashion and dance.


Things to do and see in and around Malaga


Museums and Galleries


The Picasso Museum


Born in 1881 and going on to dominate the direction of art in the early 20th Century, Pablo Picasso is without a doubt Malaga’s most famous export. Opened in 2003 the Malaga Picasso museum features a wide collection of work donated by the Picasso family. Not only does the museum have a permanent collection of works by its namesake but also hosts regular temporary exhibitions of other Spanish and international artists. Opening hours and admission prices vary throughout the year so be sure to visit the official website for the latest information.


Address: Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8, 29015 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9521 27600


The Pompidou Centre Malaga


In 2015 one of Paris’ most famous cultural destinations opened a pop-up outpost gallery in Malaga, which has proven to be a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. With a fantastic permanent collection including works by Frida Kahlo and Francis Bacon, this museum, like it’s big brother in Paris is world class. Keep an eye out for special events and activities and look at the upcoming exhibition programme, as well as up to date admission charges and opening hours, on the centre’s website. 


Address: Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n, 29016 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9519 26200


Historic Buildings and Archaeology




Built in the middle of the eleventh century this is one of the most important forts remaining from Moorish Spain. The word Alcazaba comes from the Arabic al-qasbah and translates as citadel. Although a fort it is built in a palatial style so not only is the Alcazaba filled with history, it is also spectacularly beautiful. Overlooking the city and the sea its location was its greatest strength as a fort and the greatest architects of the time provided the strength of its beauty, which can be enjoyed today. In the summer months the Alcazaba is open from 9am to 8pm and entry is reasonably priced, call ahead for current prices.


Address: Calle Alcazabillia, 2, 29012 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 6309 32987


Parks and Gardens


The Botanical Garden ‘La Concepcion’


This beautiful Botanical Garden is an escape from the everyday into the magical, mysterious world of plants, including a brilliant route named Around the World in 80 Trees. Find tranquillity and peace as you wander the meticulously kept grounds featuring an enormous range of international plants. At the heart of the site is the Historic Garden which has since 1943 been recognised as a garden of ‘historical and artistic interest.’ The Historical Garden features over 3000 plant species including specimens over 100 years old. Standard tickets cost €5.20 and the garden is open 9.30am to 7.30pm April – Sept, with reduced hours in the winter months. Visit their website for latest opening times.


Address: Camino del Jardin Botanico, 3, 2901 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9519 26179


The English Cemetery


A cemetery may seem an odd suggestion to visit on holiday but for anyone interested in the history of Malaga, architecture and landscaping, it’s a very good one. Opened in 1831 this is the oldest Anglican cemetery in Spain. Wander the grounds and admire the wide variety of interesting gravestones all set within beautifully kept and purpose-built botanical gardens. The cemetery is open Monday to Friday 9am – 3pm and Sat/Sun 10.30am – 3pm. General admission is €4 or €3 for concessions.


Address: Funacion Cementerio Ingles de Malaga, Avenue de Pries, 1, 29016 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9522 23552


Places to Eat in and around Malaga


Taberna Uvedoble


For local cuisine with a modern twist look no further than the Taberna Uvedoble. This is a modern eatery offering an excellent selection of traditional Tapas dishes plus a full menu of individual meat and vegetarian meals. There is something delicious on their menu for everyone.


Address: Calle Cister 15, 29015 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9512 48478


Mama Franca


This mid-priced family friendly restaurant serves up arguably the best Italian food in Malaga. Enjoy freshly baked pizza, home-made pasta and a wide selection of Spanish and Italian wines. Only the best ingredients are used to prepare the food here and it shows. This is a popular spot in the coastal area of Malaga so be sure to book a table in advance to avoid disappointment.


Address: Av. Imperio Argentina, 7, 29004 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9511 53913


Príncipe de Asturias Restaurant


Located in the 5* Gran Hotel Miramar this beautifully appointed restaurant offers fine dining in gorgeous surroundings. Whether eating out on the balcony overlooking the sea or inside the main internal dining area you will feel the luxury from the moment you sit down. The food lives up to the setting too, with excellent grilled meat and fish and some spectacular deserts. Open 1pm – 3.30pm and 8pm – 11pm. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Address: Paseo de Reding, 22, 29016 Málaga, Spain

Phone: +34 9526 03000


FAQs about Malaga Car Hire


How far is Malaga city from the airport?


The city of Malaga is located just five miles from the international airport. Also nearby is Torremolinos and the rest of the Costa Del Sol.


What famous people come from Malaga?


Malaga is birthplace a number of famous faces, including actor Antonio Banderas, the writer and philosopher Maria Zambrano and most famous of all the artist Pablo Picasso, the city even has a museum dedicated to their favourite son.


How much does it cost to hire a car in Malaga?


This is dependent on the time of year and the particular size/make of car you’re looking for. In the summer months you will be looking to pay around €10 per day for a small car. In the winter and spring the same car would start from €3-5 per day.


How old do you have to be to hire a car in Spain?


The legal driving age in Spain is 18, however the car hire companies have their own rules, and often add a surcharge for under 21s or under 25s, with some not accepting drivers under 21 at all. Use our search tool to find the right deal and company for your needs.


How much is 120 KMH in Miles per hour?


120 KM per hour is 74.6 miles per hour


When is the best time to visit Malaga?


This generally depends on your own preference. Malaga is warm throughout the year, even in winter temperatures stay amongst the warmest in Europe thanks to the mountain range at the north of the city.


Malaga and the surrounding areas are heavily dominated by tourism so if you’re not tied to school holiday dates you will find it slightly less busy and may even save some money if you visit during term time.


Which car hire company should I choose in Malaga, Spain?


We partner with several local and international hire companies offering an excellent comparison between them. Use our search tool to find the best deal for your dates, read genuine customer reviews and know that you’re always covered by our Fair Fuel Policy.


Do I need anything in addition to my driving license to drive in Spain?


During the current Brexit transition period British drivers are able to drive in any EU country, for stays of up to 12 months, with their British driving license. After January 2021 rules are likely to change and further documentation may be required, keep an eye on this government website for the latest information.


Can I drive from Malaga to Gibraltar?


Yes. The drive to Gibraltar from Malaga is just under two hours and takes you westwards along the coast. However, tourists often face problems getting into Gibraltar from Spain, though many manage the trip with no problems, we recommend being prepared for a long wait at the border and if possible, plan on spending a couple of days in Gibraltar rather than making a day trip.


Read more About Enjoy Car Hire, pricing and payment, car rental insurance, travel extras and promo codes.


Check out our Malaga airport fuel policy and why we've been recommended by Money Savings Expert


fair fuel policy banner


Getting to Spain by air

Useful Spain car hire links