The beautiful city of Seville together with Malaga it is one of the gateway to Andalusia, one of the Spanish regions by far the richest in history, art and culture. For this reason, many tourists arriving in Seville by plane from Italy want to explore all that this magnificent area has to offer, and the best solution is take a rental car.
The choice is certainly a good one: less than two hours drive from Seville you can reach Cordoba, Granada, or Cadiz and its coast with the beautiful Tarifa; Malaga, Ronda and the Costa del Sol are a little further away, but they certainly fit into a one-week or ten-day tour of Andalusia.
As if that were not enough, considering that public transport in Andalusia is not all that exceptional in terms of times and frequencies, and that the car hire on average is really cheap, your own vehicle becomes the ideal solution for exploring this fantastic region.
Car rental locations in Seville
It is advisable to rent a car directly at Seville airport. This choice brings with it a double advantage: first of all the rental at the airport it is cheaper, and then you will save money and time on the airport-hotel transfer and vice versa, avoiding relying on expensive taxis or boring bus transfers.
Rent a car in Seville it's very simple: practically all the major international companies are based at the San Pablo airport, immediately in the arrivals area. There are Europcar, Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Budget, but also small local companies that offer competitive prices.
All 'Seville airport the offices of the car rental companies are not open 24 hours, but open in the morning and close in the evening. For this reason, it is necessary to pay attention to the delivery and return times during the booking phase: it will be possible to take or leave the car even after hours, but at a surcharge.
If you arrive in Seville by train, the station of Santa Justa it is located east of the historic center, however within walking distance. Inside the building and in its immediate surroundings there are numerous offices of the major car rental companies. Of course, the same is true: it is always good to book the car in advance directly from Italy.
Tips for renting a car
The first thing to do once you are sure of the flight times and dates is to think aboutrental car. The reason is obvious: car rental companies, from the largest to small local companies, offer better prices to those who book well in advance. In the age of the internet this is certainly not a problem, and the fact that most of the time you can cancel your reservation for free is another arrow in your bow.
Of course, if you are undecided until the end, you can also rent a car on site, or a few days in advance. In this case, however, in addition to paying more on average, you will also risk that the cheapest cars have already been rented, leaving you the choice only among the most expensive models.
Choose a low cost airline
A Seville as mentioned, practically all major car rental companies are based. They have certainly made a name for themselves, and offer top-notch services. But alongside these, a series of small companies such as Flizzr, InterRent, Rhodium, Firefly e Goldcar, the latter very widespread in Spain, which focus on low cost, keeping prices low at the expense of some extra services.
But if the only thing that matters to you is the price, don't hesitate to bet on these: you can really have some great surprises from the point of view of the wallet.
Credit card rental
Once you have chosen the rental car, payment can be made by credit card, but also Paypal or prepaid / debit cards. But beware: a credit card is still required upon acceptance at the company office, as it is the practice of companies to block a certain sum on the guarantee card, which will be returned in full if the machine is not damaged upon delivery.
Pay attention to the credit card holder: it must coincide with main driver. For this reason, you should not make the mistake of booking the car from Italy with a third party card, or to go to the reception with a card that is not yours.
For the car hire in Spain you can only proceed from 21 years of age. On the other hand, some car rental companies apply surcharges even for those over 70 years old. When collecting the car, you will need to show a valid Italian driving license and a document.
Finally, Andalusia lends itself very well to a tour by car, but please note that you will be charged a surcharge for return to a location other than the pickup location. So, if, for example, you had thought of renting a car in Seville and bringing it back to Malaga, you will have to carefully evaluate the costs of this solution, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Finally, regarding the fuel policy, you should choose a company that opts for full-full, which means that the car will be delivered to you with full and you will have to return it with full. The other policy, the full-empty, will allow you to return the car without having refueled: an apparent advantage, but you will be charged a cost for the full tank that is much higher than the price lists in force.
Times and costs for delivery
It is essential not to be late for the appointment with the return, both to avoid being too tight with the times for check-in, security checks and boarding, and because if you are late, the company may even ask you to pay an extra day of rental: a unpleasant situation that is easy to avoid, perhaps returning the car 20-30 minutes early.
Category and model of the car, which car to choose
In Seville it is possible to rent cars of all sizes and dimensions: from small compacts suitable for couples or those who keep an eye on the budget, to large luxury cars, sports cars and SUVs.
Needs vary from person to person: one pair that travels only with hand luggage will be able to adapt perfectly to small cars, while families or groups of friends will certainly need more space.
Important: note that given the scorching temperatures of Andalusia in summer, it is essential to check that the chosen car has air conditioning!
Those traveling with i children, in addition to choosing a more spacious car to store luggage and strollers, you can also choose whether to rent the car seat. Other options made available by the companies regardless of the chosen category of the car are the satellite navigator, winter tires and much more.
Finally, it should be emphasized that when you rent a car online, despite a specific model being displayed, it does not necessarily mean that it is actually the one that will be given to you: in the event that the chosen model is no longer available, the companies reserve the right to give their customers a similar car or even higher category.
Driving in Seville
The rules, the limits and everything you need to know for drive a car in Seville are the same for Spain: find out more in the section Driving in Spain.
Car rental companies
All international car rental agencies present at Seville airport respect schedules in line with flight arrivals, every day from Monday to Sunday. However some agencies of low cost car hire or venues around Seville airport may observe different times
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you check with your car rental agency.
Local car rental agencies
- Wify Seville
- Examples: Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto
- Examples: Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Citroen C3
- Examples: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Audi A3
- Examples: Opel Astra SW, Ford Focus SW, Golf SW
- Examples: Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy
- Examples: Toyota RAV 4, Ford Escape, Jeep Renegade
- Examples: Mercedes C-Class, Mercedes E-Class, Audi A5
- Examples: Ford Mustang, Audi A3 convertible, BMW 2 series