Always check what kind of fuel your vehicle requires and the return fuel policy for your hire car before you leave the car hire office. Some companies require you to fill up the car before you return it, while others ask you to bring the vehicle back with the same amount of fuel as you left with. Many petrol stations on the island have a fuel attendant, but there are also self-service stations. Fuel is generally cheaper in Lanzarote when compared to Northern Europe.
Drink-driving is an offence in Lanzarote and 0.5 mg is the legal alcohol limit. Drivers may encounter checkpoints where police will measure your blood alcohol limit with a breathalyser and officers may also take a blood or urine sample to confirm the results. If you’re planning to enjoy a few drinks, leave your hire car at the hotel and take a taxi to avoid any risks. Fines can cost up to €1000 (£856).
If you break the road rules on Lanzarote, such as using your phone while driving, wearing flip-flops or failing to stop at a stop sign, you may be issued a traffic ticket. This should show your vehicle’s registration number, the driver’s details and the identification number of the police. If you are not a local resident, you will be asked to pay the traffic fine on the spot and police will even accompany you to the nearest cash machine to withdraw the money.
In Lanzarote, children under 4 ft 4” are not permitted to travel in the front seat of the car and those under 40 lbs (18 kg) should be seated in an appropriate car seat, which is usually available from the car hire company. In the case of an accident, put on the reflective jacket before exiting your vehicle and place the warning triangle on the road behind the car. If anyone is injured, call 112 and ask for an ambulance.
FAQs about hiring a car in Lanzarote
Hiring a car is the best way to discover the beautiful island of Lanzarote, from the incredible wine-growing region of La Geria to the beaches in the south. Even though taxis and public buses operate across the island, hiring your own car is generally more cost-effective and it allows you to explore Lanzarote at your own pace while enjoying the spectacular scenery. Must-visit attractions include the Timanfaya National Park and Jameos del Agua. It only takes an hour to drive across the island from Playa Blanca in the south-west to Mirador del Rio in the north-east.
Lanzarote is a relatively safe place to drive with light traffic and mostly flat, good-quality roads. Remember to stay on the right side of the road and travel anti-clockwise around roundabouts. If you are driving in the capital, Arrecife, the one-way streets are quite narrow, so you may find it challenging to find a parking space. The speed limit on the island is 12 mph in residential areas, 31 mph in built-up areas, 49 mph along country roads and up to 62 mph on dual carriageway highways. Local drivers do not always use their indicators when turning, so leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. However, drivers may use their indicators to indicate they are slowing down or stopping.
If you want to hire a car in Lanzarote, you need to be at least 23 years old. Depending on the hire car company that you choose, your car hire may also include additional drivers, unlimited mileage and child or baby seats if you are travelling with your family. When you pick up your car, you usually need to present a driving licence and identification card or passport. Some companies will take a credit card deposit that will be returned at the end of the rental period. If you are stopped by the police, you will be asked to show the vehicle registration papers and insurance certificate, which is normally included in the copy of the car hire contract.
Mini (Toyota Aygo or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Lanzarote.