Murcia Airport is one of Spain’s smaller airports, but is nonetheless an important gateway for local and international visitors coming to explore the Costa Cálida and La Manga areas. It also provides access to the southern tip of the famous Costa Blanca. The airport is approximately 17 miles, or 45 km from the city of Murcia, and lies in a triangle between this city, as well as Cartagena and Torrevieja. Murcia Airport is also found in San Javier, in the district of Santiago de la Ribera, and is often referred to as the San Javier Airport. Public transport options at the airport are not very extensive; therefore many passengers prefer to rent a car, from one of the car hire companies at Murcia Airport. A rented car is an excellent way to explore this region of Spain.
The Murcia Airport car hire companies at are found in the main arrivals hall, and some operate from the car parking area as well. Avis, National, Alamo, Europcar, Auto Europa and Easycar are the internationally recognized car hire brands at the airport, and all offer very competitive prices for their vehicles. There are also local companies available, such as Auriga Crown Car Hire, Centauro, Goldcar, Marbesol, Solmar and Record Rent A Car. These are all the top car rental companies in Spain, and provide a wide selection of quality vehicles for their customers. The majority of the car rental companies are open at Murcia Airport from 07:00 to later at night. In order to reach the offices of some of the car hire companies, customers will need to make use of a shuttle bus, as they are located at some distance from the airport. The buses are usually free of charge, and available at all hours of the day. They are also equipped for disabled passengers travelling in wheelchairs.
An alternative to renting a car upon your arrival at Murcia Airport, is to go online, to your chosen car hire company’s website and make an advanced booking before your flight to the airport. Cheaper rental rates are sometimes offered for early online reservations. Each of the car hire companies at Murcia Airport provide comprehensive websites that contain information regarding their rental terms and conditions, and which display their vehicle categories for hire. At all the above-mentioned companies, cars are booked by category, rather than by specific make and model. Some of the vehicle categories available include Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Fullsize, People Carrier and SUV.
Murcia Airport car rental passengers can hire smaller car models such as the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Opel Corsa, or even the Smart For Two, ideal just for two. Vehicles of a medium size include the Ford Mondeo, Citroen Berlingo and Volkswagen Passat, while estate cars are a great choice for families with a couple of luggage items. Larger cars, or vans, are also provided by the majority of the car hire companies, such as the Ford Transit Minibus and Mercedes Vito, seating nine passengers, and the Ford Galaxy and Renault Grand Scenic seating up to seven people. Smaller cars are usually rented at lower prices, and are generally lighter on fuel as well.
The primary renter at Murcia Airport should be at least 21 years of age, and have held a valid drivers license for a minimum period of one year prior to the rental date. For certain vehicle categories, the minimum age of 25 may be applicable. Younger renters will also need to pay a higher rental rate than usual, for young drivers insurance. A local drivers license issued within a country of the European Union is generally accepted, however, an International Driving Permit will be required if the license is printed in a non-Roman alphabet. However, even if your car hire company does not require an IDP, this document is still required by Spanish Law, for all foreign drivers in the country. A major credit card will be needed to pay for the rental period, and drivers should arrange adequate insurance for their rented car.
When reserving your vehicle, remember to include any additional items of equipment required, such as a baby seat or satellite navigation system, and to specify if your rental will be a one-way hire from Murcia Airport. A one-way hire is ideal for customers who will not be returning to the airport. Disabled drivers at Murcia Airport may also be able to request the use of hand controls, which will operate the brake and accelerator pedals of the vehicle. Hand controls should always be reserved in advance.
Before leaving Murcia Airport, ensure that you know which type of fuel to use for your rented car, as some may take petrol while others take diesel, and ask any questions necessary regarding the workings of the vehicle. A full report should also be written with details of all existing damages/scratches on the car, so that you will not be held liable for any that you did not cause. The road leading from and to the airport is known as the Mar Menor road, and this road links the airport to Murcia city. The AP-7 is another prominent highway in the area, which runs past San Javier and along the coastline in both directions. Driving in Murcia, and to various other towns and cities in the area should be relatively easy, as Spain has a good road network, however, a satellite navigation system is a great help for drivers who are unfamiliar with the area.
On the official website of Murcia Airport, further information is available regarding the car hire companies offering their services at this rental location.