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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in Spain > Spain Driving Information

Car Rental Spain: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga and Valencia are all within your reach with a cheap car rental from Kemwel. Experience the beautiful country of Spain to the fullest! Dazzle your taste buds on the delicious Mediterranean cuisine or spend a day basking in the sun on one of the many pristine beaches. To make sure you truly have the best Spanish experience possible below you will find a detailed list of important information pertaining to operating and renting a motor vehicle in Spain.

Requirements
In Spain you must be at least 21 years old in order to rent a vehicle, however age restrictions may vary depending on car rental supplier and vehicle category. If you are between the ages of 21 and 24 you may be subject to young driver surcharge of approximately $7-$16 USD per day. If you are planning to rent a car in Spain you must have had your drivers license for a minimum of 1 year, it is also recommended to have an international drivers license as well. Do not use a cell phone while driving in Spain for if you are caught you could be fined up to 150 euros, however the use of hands free units are permitted.

Child Seat Requirements
In Spain if you are traveling with children under the age of 3 they are required by law to be in a suitable child seat that is appropriate to their size. Children between the age of 3 and 12 years are recommend to be placed in child seat, however if a child seat is unavailable they may use an adult safety belt in the back seat of the vehicle.

Speed Limits
The standard legal speed limits in Spain are: city 50 km/h (31mph), major roads 90 km/h (55 mph), highways 100 km/h (62mph) or 120 km/h (74mph), residential 20 km/h (13mph)

Rules of the Road
All traffic travels on the right hand side of the road and pass on the left. Any vehicle coming from your right has the right of way. When entering a roundabout, any vehicle that is in the roundabout has the right of way.

Gas and Diesel
Gas stations are plentiful in Spain and are generally open from 7am to 11pm.

Tolls
When traveling in Spain you will encounter a variety of toll roads. All tolls will accept cash (in euros) however some also accept credit cards. Toll amounts are determined by the vehicle class and distance traveled.

Parking
Vehicles are required to park in the direction that traffic flows. Pavement that is painted yellow indicates parking is not permitted. Two hour metered parking is popular in most Spanish cities.

Insurance Information

General Information
When renting a car in an unfamiliar country it is always a good idea to find out what forms of insurance are required in the particular country you are traveling to as it can vary from country to country. The insurance guidelines of the country where you pick up the vehicle will be in effect for the duration of your rental even if the rental is returned to another country.

All car rentals commencing in Spain are required to have third party liability insurance. With Kemwel third party liability is included on all of our basic rental rates in Spain. In Spain fire insurance is included all basic rental rates unless otherwise specified. Collision damage waiver (CDW) and theft protection are optional and are included in all of our inclusive rental rates in Spain. Insurance details specific to your rental will print in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

Required Coverage
Third party liability coverage is required for all rentals commencing in Spain. Kemwel includes third party liability insurance on all rental rates in Spain. Third party liability insurance provides an unlimited amount of coverage for bodily injury and property damage. Depending on the car rental supplier fire insurance may or may not be included in basic rental, if it is included it will generally cover an unlimited amount, please contact Kemwel’s reservations center at 1 877 820 0668 for more information.

Optional Coverage
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection is included in all of Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates in Spain, generally at an advance purchase discount. Most rental suppliers have a deductible that you will still be responsible for in the event of collision or theft of the vehicle. In Spain the CDW and Theft deductibles range from $675 up to $2000 USD. Depending on the car rental supplier fire insurance may be included in the inclusive rental rate only, if it is included it will generally cover an unlimited amount, please contact Kemwel’s reservations center at 1 877 820 0668 for more information.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
For rentals commencing in Spain most are permitted to travel through most Western European countries without any restriction. However due to insurance regulations some specific vehicle categories may have restrictions including, luxury vehicles, large vans, and automatics. Before renting a vehicle it is always a good idea to take into consideration what type of vehicle will best suit your travel needs. If you have any questions or unsure what type of vehicle is best please contact us at 1 877 820 0668 and our knowledgeable and friendly staff will assist you in any way possible.

Restricted Countries
Vehicles rented in Spain through Kemwel cannot travel into or through the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Note: Vehicles may not travel to the African continent (Morocco, Tunisia etc). Some specific vehicle categories may have restrictions on traveling in to Italy. One-ways between the Islands or between islands and the mainland are prohibited.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available and most are free of charge, if a fee applies you will be advised at time of booking. International one ways are available and will incur fees. Not all vehicles are permitted and minimum rental lengths may apply.


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Detour
una desviacion
Diesel
gasoleol
Entrance
entrada
Exit
salida
Forbidden
prohibido
Highway
carrerera
Gasoline
gasolina
Motor oil
aceite del auto
No parking
no puede aparcar
One-way
de direccion unica
Police
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