How much does it cost to rent a car in summer? What are the five cities in Spain where it is more expensive to rent a vehicle? We analyze it in this article.
This summer, traveling is more expensive than ever. The general rise in prices and fuels still at high levels mean that we have to scratch our pockets a little more to enjoy a vacation. Today we want to guide you about how much it costs to rent a car in summer and which are the five cities in Spain where it is more expensive to rent it.
We are also in high season, which drives up the prices of any service even more, including car rental. This, together with the limited stock of cars available to rental companies due to the scarcity of microchips that plagues the market, means that the offer is more limited and, consequently, prices are higher.
So that you have some figures as a reference, we have set a rental period of one week, between August 1 and 7, and we have compared the rates offered by the largest car rental companies to establish some indicative figures. We have also chosen the Madrid Airport as the place of collection and delivery of the vehicle.
Of course, everything related to car rental depends on many factors, such as the mileage to be traveled, the duration of the rental contract, the age of the main driver and the type of vehicle rented; so all these data and prices should be taken as a reference, and not as official and closed prices.
How much does it cost to rent a car in summer?
Taking then as a reference a one-week rental contract (August 1-7) with collection and delivery in Madrid, and being a driver over 26 years of age, these are the approximate prices of what it costs to rent a car this summer divided into different segments:
|vehicle type||Segment||Approximate prices|
|Kia Picanto, Toyota Aygo Urbano||Urban||67-71 euros/day|
|Renault Zoe, Seat Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo Utility||Utilitarian||65-78 euros/day|
|Kia Ceed, Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf Compact||Compact||72-90 euros/day|
|Peugeot 2008, Volkswagen T-Roc, Jeep Renegade, Opel Mokka B-SUV||B SUV||76-97 euros/day|
|Audi Q3, Jeep Compass SUV||SUVs||102-103 euros/day|
|Mercedes C-Class||Sedan||126 euros/day|
|Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class||Van||182-240 euros/day|
|Tesla Model 3||Electric||118 euros/day|
As a comparison, we have analyzed how much it costs to rent a car in the summer in the other great Spanish city, Barcelona. To do this, we have selected the same week (August 1-7) and Barcelona Airport as the pick-up and drop-off location. These are the prices by segment and type of vehicle:
|vehicle type||Segment||Approximate prices|
|Kia Picanto, Toyota Aygo Urbano, Fiat 500, Abarth 500||Urban||110-153 euros/day|
|Renault Zoe, Seat Ibiza, Volkswagen Polo||Utilitarian||95-123 euros/day|
|Kia Ceed, Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf||Compact||125-150 euros/day|
|Peugeot 2008, Volkswagen T-Roc/T-Cross, Jeep Renegade, Opel Mokka||B SUV||133-165 euros/day|
|Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA||SUVs||167-170 euros/day|
|Toyota RAV4, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Mercedes GLC||large suv||184-195 euros/day|
|Mercedes C-Class||Sedan||202 euros/day|
|Mercedes Vito, Mercedes V-Class||Van||230-250 euros/day|
|Tesla Model 3||Electric||197 euros/day|
The 5 cities in Spain where it is more expensive to rent a car in summer
Menorca is the most expensive city in Spain to rent a car this summer. The island is one of the most demanded tourist destinations in the country and receives millions of visitors every year who come to enjoy the weather, the gastronomy and the beach.
Of course, if you want to rent a car you will have to pay at least 96 euros per day for a segment A vehicle such as the Kia Picanto or the Toyota Aygo. A week at the beginning of August will cost you around 600 euros and can even exceed 1,100 euros.
Very close to Menorca in the list of Spanish cities where it is more expensive to rent a car this summer we find Tarragona. Although you might expect Barcelona to take its place, Tarragona has become a draw for tourists and if you want to hire a car for a week in early August you’ll have to dig deep.
Prices start, on average, at about 94 euros per day. This means that you will have to pay around 560 euros for a week, a price that can even exceed 800 euros.
Girona surprises and is positioned in third place in the ranking with prices identical to those of Tarragona. The Costa Brava is also a popular tourist destination due to its beaches and climate, which is not as extreme as in the south of the Iberian Peninsula.
If your vacation will be in Girona, you should know that you will have to pay around 94 euros per day for a segment A car. It can also exceed 800 euros for a week’s rental at the beginning of August.
In fourth place we find Mallorca. The largest island of the Balearic Islands is especially famous internationally as an almost paradisiacal tourist destination in the Mediterranean, where you can enjoy the sun and the beaches.
The minimum price you will have to pay to rent a car in Mallorca this summer is around 85 euros per day. Prices for a week range between 500 and 1,100 euros on average.
The fifth and last city on the list where it is more expensive to rent a car is Barcelona. It is the second largest city in the country and the most famous internationally. In this tourist spot you can enjoy the sun, the weather, the beach and city tourism.
To rent a car you will have to pay a minimum of 84 euros per day, which is 500 euros for a week in early August. The prices will go up as you go from segment to segment, even reaching over 1,300 euros per week.