A car hire in Gibraltar gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore this unique British territory and its surrounding region on your own terms. Head out to Europa Point and visit historic chapels, mosques, and lighthouses. The Gibraltar Nature Reserve is home to the famous Barbary Macaques, or you can take in spectacular sea views at Highest Point. No trip to Gibraltar would be complete without checking out the majestic St. Michael’s cave, which is the largest and arguably the most beautiful of the 200 caves across Gibraltar. If you feel like venturing further afield, a trip across the border to Spain is possible. The exclusive buzz of Marbella is only 1h 10min away, or you can drive around the bay and into Algeciras in around 35min.
Gibraltar International Airport is a little over 2.5 miles away from Gibraltar town centre and you’ll find a great selection of top hire companies to choose from. You can find the likes of Avis and Budget in the main terminal building and Rhodium just a short walk away at the El Boulevard shopping centre. They’ll have you up and ready in your Gibraltar car hire in no time. Take Winston Churchill Avenue and find the centre via Glacis and Queensway Road. It takes as little as 10min.
It’s important to note that the roads in Gibraltar are small and narrow. You will have to drive slowly and watch out for pedestrians. Driving is on the right side of the road, so pay attention at roundabouts and junctions if you’re not used to it. Non-resident vehicles are not allowed to drive within the Gibraltar Nature Reserve or Upper Rock. You may find adding a sat-nav to your car hire in Gibraltar helpful in getting around.
Traffic in Gibraltar itself can be busy, with many residents and tourists travelling by car due to the territory’s limited public transport system. The rush hour primarily occurs at the border with Spain. Significant queues are common Mon-Fri both ways between the hours of 08:00-09:30 and 15:00-20:30. It tends to peak around 17:00-18:00. If you’re coming from Spain to catch a flight at the airport, it’s important to allow 45min-1h extra time for delays. The weather is hot, so you should always opt for air-conditioning and carry water in your Gibraltar car hire at all times.
Book your rental car in Gibraltar at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate rental cars in Gibraltar are around -10% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Gibraltar
If you wish to travel in style and let a cool breeze blow through your hair, you can hire a convertible for your trip to Gibraltar. If that’s not your thing, a compact economy vehicle is ideally suited for trips around the town’s narrow roads. A larger saloon or SUV will work better when the family is along for the ride with you.
The speed limit across the whole of Gibraltar is a maximum of 50km/h, which is around 30mph. There are no motorways here and the roads are narrow and often busy, so you’ll rarely need to go faster than that anyway.
Finding a place to park your car isn’t overly easy in Gibraltar. There are plenty of pay-and-display street parking areas priced at around £1.20 per hour, although in busy periods it can be hard to grab one. The Ocean Spa Plaza car park is a great place to park on the edge of town. It costs £1.30 per hour and is a 5-10min walk to the centre.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Gibraltar. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
Intermediate (Renault Kadjar or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Gibraltar.