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Real Tenerife Island Drives Guide to Car Hire on Tenerife

With over a 100 car hire companies on Tenerife as well as a bewildering number of car hire agents, deciding which car hire company to choose can be a mind-numbing experience.
Do you opt for a familiar name, and then discover an equally reputable local car hire company is much cheaper? Do you choose a firm only to find when you arrive that they don’t have an office near to where you’re staying?
At ‘Island Drives’ we believe that if we’re encouraging you to explore Tenerife’s countryside, then we should also provide some information to help you decide which car hire company on Tenerife is best suited to your particular needs, so we’ve compiled this guide to help the decision making process.

Taking your hire car to La Gomera

Some people want to know if they can take their hire car to other Islands. Most car hire firms on Tenerife don’t allow this. Some, like CICAR, allow you to take your hire car to La Gomera only. However, the cost for taking a hire car, plus two passengers to La Gomera can be around €145 on the Fred Olson ferry and around €130 on the Naviera Armas ferry, so it might work out cheaper to hire a car once you’re there (see Piñero rent a car below).


Parking

It seems common sense, but having read the occasional report on travel watchdog websites of people having their hire car towed away, I’m not so sure. Treat parking exactly as you would at home.

Don’t park on yellow lines and be careful where you see blue lines; these usually mean you need to feed the parking meter.

Above all don’t assume that because everyone else is double parked, parking on crossings, corners and anywhere there is the smallest space, that you can do the same, unless you want to invoke sod’s law.

Insurance

It’s worth checking with your car insurance company if your policy covers you when driving abroad. If it does, you might not need insurance through the car hire firm on Tenerife.

Petrol prices on Tenerife

Petrol is considerably cheaper in the Canary Islands than in many other places; at the time of writing, around €0.85 per litre for unleaded (sin plomo 98), obviously this fluctuates. The island is well served by petrol stations, so most of the time you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. However there are some very long stretches where there aren’t any stations and we’ve included warnings about these areas in our guide; “Real Tenerife Island Drives”.

There are also substantial differences in prices between different companies on Tenerife. PCAN and Texaco are usually a few cents cheaper per litre than BP, Shell and Repsol with CEPSA falling somewhere in between.


Not so much double parked as left in the middle of the road


Independent Guide to Car Hire Companies on Tenerife
Name
Website
Tel
Offices
Car hire (1 week)
People carriers
Prestige cars
Additional Info
Comments
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AutoReisen rent a car
(0034) 922 260 200
North Airport, Puerto de la Cruz, South Airport
€110.40 (approx£91 /$141)
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An established firm with 20 years experience; Claims to be cheapest for car hire on Tenerife.
“…the service and car was good and I would use them again.”
Autos 3000 SL
(0034) 922 387 160/ 922 385 515
Puerto de la Cruz (5), Playa de Las Américas (2), San Eugenio
€147 (approx £121/ $188
Yes
Yes
Minimum age 23 years. 10% discount for internet bookings. €18 supplement for airport pick-ups (€25 outside office hours 09.00-13.00 & 16.00-19.00)
AVIACAR rent a car
(0034) 922 260 200
North Airport, Puerto de la Cruz, South Airport
€324 (approx £267/ $414)
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Fleet of over 2000 vehicles. Website in Spanish only
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AVIS
(0034) 922 392 056

Adeje, Los Gigantes, North Airport, Playa de Las Américas, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport

€153 (approx £126/ $196)
Yes
Yes
International car hire company with a good reputation. On-line booking confusing if you're xside US
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CICAR
(0034) 922 759 329
Los Cristianos (port), North Airport, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto Santiago, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport
€154.72 (approx £140.80/ $209)
Yes
Yes
One of the largest car hire firms in the Canary Islands with a fleet of 6000 vehicles. Cars can be taken to La Gomera (see note above). Website car hire cost estimates are cumbersome.
“I found them professional and friendly and car was new. Mind you it was a Saxo and had the power of a lawnmower, but that’s more to do with the car than a reflection on the company.”
Do You Spain
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Internet based only
€99 (approx £82/ $126)
Yes
Yes
Internet car rental agent covering all of Spain and Canary Islands. Free airport pick-up. Minimum age 21 years.
"they seem to get the best prices going at the time and you only pay when you collect the car. I have always had nearly new cars and have not had any problems"
Europcar/ Betacar
(0034) 922 759 323
Fañabe, Los Realejos, North Airport, Playa de Las Américas, Purto de la Cruz (2), South Airport
€148 (approx £122/ $189)
Yes
Yes
Average age of cars in fleet is between 4 and 8 months
“I’ve used them twice and was satisfied with the service both times. The first time the car was brand new.”
Hermanns rent a car
(0034) 92 791 110
Los Cristianos
€161 (approx £133/ $206)
Yes
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Small friendly company established in 1976. Free delivery and pick up to hotels (in the south of Tenerife only). Free airport delivery and pick up (only for rentals of 7 days or more).
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Hertz
(0034) 922 759 319
Costa Adeje, North Airport, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto Santiago, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport
€151 (approx£125/ $196)
Yes
Yes
Worldwide car hire company. Fleet includes 'green' collection for fuel economy & enviromental care
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JOCAR rent a car
(0034) 922 169 124
Arona (Gauza)
€175 (approx £158/ $234)
Yes
Yes
Company established 1979
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Oasis rent a car
(0034) 922 872 898
Playa de Las Américas, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto Santiago
€203 (approx £182/ $274)
Yes
Yes
Fleet of 400 vehicles. Will deliver anywhere on Tenerife.
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Orcar rent a car
(0034) 922 392 216
Adeje, Fañabe, North Airport, Playa de Las Américas, Puerto de la Cruz, San Eugenio, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport
€93.90 (approx £77 / $120)
Yes
Yes
Very good coverage across Tenerife.
"...excellent service and good prices."
Orlando rent a car
(0034) 922 391 605
Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes, North Airport, Playa de Las Américas, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport (near the airport not in it)
€231 (approx £190/ $295)
Yes
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Established in 1976 with a fleet of 3000 vehicles across the Canary Islands.
"I have no idea what the charge is for, all I know is that it had no new damage when I left it..."
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Pepecar
(0034) 902 360 535
Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes, North Airport, Playa de Las Américas, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto Santiago, Santa Cruz (port), South Airport
€152.18 (approx £126/ $194)
Yes
Yes
Established in 2003. Works in conjunction with other car hire firms such as Hertz, hence the wide range of offices.
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Piñero rent a car
(0034) 922 793 641
Los Cristianos (port)
€236 (approx £195/ $301)
Yes
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Ideal for people who want to visit La Gomera. Arrange car hire at Los Cristianos port and pick up the car when you step off the ferry.
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Pouls Auto - Rent a car
(0034) 922 740 742
Callao Salvaje
€184 (approx £152/$235)
Yes
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Strong commitment to customer service. User friendly website with useful tips. Pick up and return service to hotels and airports. Long term lease available.
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Record rent a car
(0034) 902 123 002
South Airport
€117 (approx £96/ $149)
Yes
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“The car was good, we had no problems, but it took ages to fill in the paperwork when we arrived at the airport.”
Rent a car Sanasty S.L.
(0034) 922 751 130
Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos
€170 (approx £140/ $217)
Yes
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British owned firm, south of Tenerife only. Free airport delivery and pick up for rentals of 4 days or more.
Sanasty are also stockists of 'Island Drives'
Rhino Car Hire
(0044) 845 508 9845
Internet based only, pick up from across Tenerife incl. airports
€101 (approx £83/$129)
Yes
Yes
Voted Best Car Hire website 2010, offering car hire throughout Tenerife, Spain and around the world
TJ Rent a car
(0034) 922 740 304
Calleo Salvaje, Golf del Sur, Las Chafiras
€145 (approx £120/ $185)
Yes
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Minimum rental 1 week. North Airport pick-up supplement €60. South Airport supplement €20 between 20.00-08.00
We've had reports that some customers believe they have been mis-led over prices quoted . Click here for their comments.
Note: The quotes for hiring a car on Tenerife for one week are based on a Group B vehicle and are taken from car hire firm’s websites. It’s always worth asking about discounts. Where a company has included the price in sterling we’ve included their figures. Last prices check was January 2012.

We’ve concentrated initially on car hire companies on Tenerife with websites for two reasons:

  • If you’re arranging car hire on Tenerife before you travel, then obviously doing it online is an easy process.
  • In such a competitive market, in our opinion, having a website demonstrates an understanding of today’s customer requirements, which is an integral part of good customer service.

We welcome your comments on any car hire experiences you've had on Tenerife which may help others to make an informed decision.

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