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Top tips for hiring a car in Ibiza Island
When choosing a hire car for a self-drive holiday on Ibiza island, take into account that while it has a reputation as a party island, there’s a lot more to do, especially once you get away from the tourist hotspots. If you do just intend to party on the sunny beaches and hit the night clubs at night, all you’ll need is a standard city car. However, if you’re on a tourist holiday, then road trips are a very rewarding experience. In that case it’s a good idea to get something versatile like an MPV or SUV, so that you can handle the well-surfaced and the untarred roads between the small towns and hamlets that aren’t on the usual Ibiza holiday itinerary.
Ibiza is governed by Spanish/EU driving laws when it comes to children. Any child that is shorter than 135cm, which is just over 4 feet 2 inches, must sit in a child seat in the back of the car. Only children who are taller than that may sit in the front passenger seat. There are also specifications governing the type of child seats that are allowed to be used, but if you book them through KAYAK you’ll be assured that they are compliant.
There are almost 20 petrol stations on the island of Ibiza, but be aware that the majority are clustered in the main tourist resorts and on the island’s motorways. The entire island works on a pre-pay system, where you first pay for the amount of petrol you want before putting it in. If you want to fill your tank and aren’t sure what your hire car’s capacity is, you can give the attendant your passport in lieu of advance payment, and settle after you’ve filled up.
FAQs about hiring a car in Ibiza Island
If you want to make the most of a holiday in Ibiza then it’s best to hire a car. The public transport network is sufficient for limited sightseeing, but if you want the freedom to go wherever you want at any time, a hire car is a much more cost-effective option than hiring a taxi to reach all the island’s attractions. One of the more interesting is Casita Verde, a sustainable living and environmental education project. To the north of the island is San Carlos, a small village that was a famous hippie commune. On the west coast is Cala Comte, a small beach with platforms carved out of the coastline hill that make great suntanning spots.
First off, you’ll have to adjust to driving on the opposite side of the road to which you do in the UK. The speed limit on the main motorways is about 75mph, and it pays to be on the lookout for those who exceed the limit, particularly fellow holidaymakers – the locals are very relaxed and drive pretty sedately. There are plenty of speed cameras across the island too, which is further motivation to take things easy behind the wheel. Another good reason for driving a bit slower is that the roads aren’t all signposted, so you’ll have to rely on your sat nav instructions for much of the time. It also pays to be on the lookout for drivers who may be over the limit during holiday season. Other than that, driving yourself around to the island’s many landmarks is safe and easy.
To drive in Ibiza you need to be 21 years of age or older, and must have held your driving licence for at least two years. So that’s a personal legal restriction that car hire companies adhere to. There are also different classes of cars that have age restrictions – you’ll only be able to hire more powerful cars and premium vehicles from the age of 23. Remember to carry your driver’s licence with you at all times while driving on the island.
On average a car hire in Ibiza Island costs $164 per day.
Compact (Ford Focus Wagon or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Ibiza Island.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Record Go ($136/day), Thrifty ($154/day) and OK RENT A CAR ($166/day).