Tenerife South Airport Guide
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Car Hire Tenerife South Airport

Tenerife South Airport is a very important gateway for tourists on the island of Tenerife, and is the larger of the two international airports in the region. Tenerife is also the largest of Spain’s famous Canary Islands, and offers many attractions and upmarket holiday resorts. The Tenerife South Airport handles over seven million passengers per annum, and is found in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, on the southern coastline of the island. It is also approximately 60 km to the south of the island’s capital city, known as Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Passengers arriving at the airport can travel by bus or taxi, and may also arrange to rent a car, from one of the car hire companies with offices at Tenerife South Airport. A rented car is the ideal way to explore the island at your own pace.

The car hire companies at this airport are found in the arrivals area of the single terminal building, and include international companies such as Avis, Sixt, Hertz, National, Europcar and Auto Europa, as well as local companies, such as Centauro, Goldcar, Marbesol and Record Rent A Car. These Tenerife South Airport car rental companies all offer competitive prices for their vehicles at this location, and offer many additional services for the convenience of their customers. In order to arrange a vehicle, passengers can go directly to the rental counters of their chosen car hire provider at the airport, or may also make advanced arrangements, from the car hire company’s website. Online is often considered to be the most convenient way to ensure your ideal car is ready and waiting for your arrival at the airport.

Passengers who have rented a car from Tenerife South Airport will find the road network on the island to be well organized, and extensive, leading to every area in Tenerife. The main motorway from Tenerife South Airport is the TF-1, which heads up the eastern coastline of the island, and provides a link to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The TF-1 motorway is also connected to the TF5 motorway, which leads to the second airport on the island, Tenerife North, and along the northern coast of Tenerife to areas such as Puerto de la Cruz. In the southern areas of the island, some of the main beach and holiday resorts can be found, such as Los Christianos and Playa de las Américas. With a rented car, it is also easy to explore the wonderful national reserves and inland mountainous areas of Tenerife, as the island is famous for its Teide National Park, which is visited by millions every year. The island is home to the world’s third largest volcano, known as Mount Teide.

The road rules on the island of Tenerife should be obeyed at all times, and all passengers within a vehicle should be wearing seatbelts. It is therefore recommended to arrange a car seat from your car hire company if you are travelling with little ones. The speed limits of the island are, in general, as follows:  130 km/h or 80 mph on motorways and highways, 100 km/h or 63 mph on open roads and 50 km/h or 30 mph in urban areas. Although Tenerife is also famous for its large and vibrant nightclubs, drinking and driving is not permitted, and drivers should ensure that they are under the legal blood-alcohol level.

Vehicles hired by the car rental companies at Tenerife South Airport are all of high quality, and come in a range of styles and sizes. Smaller cars have more affordable rental rates, and are generally very fuel-efficient as well. They may be similar to the Fiat Seicento 1.1, Ford Ka Titanium or Seat Ibiza, which are all easy cars to drive if you are familiar with a manual (stick-shift) transmission. Automatic vehicles are usually of a larger size, and similar to the Citroen C5 2.0 and Volkswagen Passat. This type of vehicle is also used when a disabled driver requests hand controls, as the device operates the brake and accelerator pedals of an automatic vehicle. At Tenerife South Airport, hand controls should always be reserved in advance of your arrival. Vehicles in Tenerife may also be arranged as a one way hire, should you not be returning to the airport. Although convenient, a one way hire may add extra costs to your rental price.

The majority of car hire companies at Tenerife South Airport offer larger minivans and vans as well, ideal for those travelling in groups, or for families who require a vehicle with plenty of interior space. Vans seating up to five are similar to the Opel Zafira 1.9 and Volkswagen Touran 2.0, while the Seat Alhambra 2.0 and Chrysler Voyager 2.8 can accommodate up to seven passengers. Vans with room for nine are the Mercedes Vito and the Opel Vivaro 1.6. Larger vehicles also offer plenty of space for luggage.

The primary renter of a vehicle from Tenerife South Airport is generally required to be at least 21 years of age, and to have a valid drivers license held for a minimum period of one year prior to the rental date. Most local driving licenses are accepted, but there may be cases when an International Driving Permit is required, in particular if your local license is printed in a non-Roman alphabet. A major credit card such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or Visa will be required, and the primary renter should arrange suitable insurance for the hired vehicle. All further details are available from the car rental companies at Tenerife South Airport.

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Record Tenerife SouthSixt Tenerife South