Top tips for renting a car at Santiago de Compostela Airport
Although many people come to Santiago to walk and cycle the famous pilgrim’s route, car hires at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) are very popular. As well as being near Santiago itself, it is also on or near a series of major motorways that deliver you to some stunning destinations including A Coruña, Vigo and Ferrol. The landscape is incredibly varied in this part of northern Spain and offers lots of opportunity to get into nature and explore the mountains and valleys of this exciting location. To access the best of this part of Spain, a car is a great way to travel and saves so much more time and effort than if you were trying to use public transport.
There is one petrol station on the airport campus at Santiago and a number of others on the main approach road. If you plan to refuel your car before returning it then one of these will be ideal.
Returning your car to Santiago Airport is relatively easy. You’ll see signs for vehicle hire parking on approach to the airport. Follow these and find a parking bay. After you remove your personal belongings, simply return to the car hire desk and exchange paperwork and keys. Your car will receive a quick check by staff and you can depart.
Most of the car hire firms operate from 08:00 to 22:00, seven days a week. A number of them, such as Hertz, operate reduced hours on weekends and midweek. They finish on these days at 16:30. If you want to liaise with staff face-to-face you should arrange to collect or return your car during these hours. If you do arrive during out-of-hours there will be a drop-box for your keys.
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FAQs about renting a car at Santiago de Compostela Airport
Car hires at Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ) are located in the main terminal. This is a modern single-terminal airport with all amenities grouped together. The car hire desks are in the Arrivals area just after Baggage Reclaim. Staff there will help you with your vehicle choice and advise on any aspects of the rental that you need. The collection point for your car is immediately outside in the car park and a short walk from the desks.
In Spain you drive on the right and overtake on the left, like many European countries. Tourists are advised to stick to the right-hand lane on motorways, which is the slower lane, unless they have experience of driving in Spain. Road conditions are good and motorways will be tolled. Rural roads are not as comfortable to drive but they offer their own attractions. Everyone needs to wear a seat-belt or be in a child seat and you should carry your passport and driving licence at all times.
Since Santiago de Compostela car hire facility is largely contained within the airport terminal you will have full access to all the facilities of the airport. These will include staff assistance, tourist information, toilets, and baby-changing areas, restaurants and cafes, as well as ATMs and currency exchange desks.
Car hire at Santiago de Compostela Airport will require a full driving licence and a credit or debit card. You will be asked for your passport for secondary identification purposes and it’s useful to have your return flight details ready also. The minimum age for hiring a car in Spain is 21 and all drivers under the age of 25 will pay a young driver charge. Older drivers, over the age of 70, may also have this surcharge extended to them. There is no maximum age to hire a car but individual companies have their own rules around this. If you fall into this age bracket, it’s helpful to bring a GP's letter explaining that you are still able to drive.
On average a rental car at Santiago de Compostela Airport costs C$ 34 per day.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Santiago de Compostela Airport to off-airport locations include OK RENT A CAR , Ace, and Goldcar Rental SP.