Car rental at the Madrid Airport
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At the Madrid Airport we recommend the following car rental offers

from 8 $ per day
Basic package

Good offers for a small budget

e.g. Fiat 500
4 Days from 20.09 - 24.09.2024
Example vehicle
from 8 $ per day

Alone on the road or only with small luggage? Then this will be sufficient!

e.g. Fiat Panda
4 Days from 20.09 - 24.09.2024
Example vehicle
from 15 $ per day
All-round carefree package

This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

e.g. Fiat 500
4 Days from 20.09 - 24.09.2024
Example vehicle

Rent a Car at the Madrid Airport

As it can get very hot in Madrid in the summer, we recommend booking a rental car with air conditioning at Madrid Barajas Airport. With your own rental car you are mobile in the Spanish capital and can visit not only the highlights of the city, but also the surrounding towns. Book your Madrid car hire in advance and start your summer vacation stress-free.

Car rental at Madrid Airport (MAD)

Many holidaymakers come to Spain every year - and in order to enjoy their holidays in a relaxed and flexible way, it is a good idea to book and receive your rental car directly at Madrid Airport (MAD)! Compare the offers of countless reputable car rental companies at Madrid Airport through our independent comparison portal and get the best and cheapest offer. This makes the transition from flight to holiday a pleasant and fast experience - you don't have to do anything else except accepting the keys of the car rental at Madrid Airport!

Enjoy the summer in Madrid

Paseo del Prado

In summer, most Madrileños, as Madrid's inhabitants are called, are drawn to the coast. The city is often very hot and exhausting to visit, especially in high summer during the months of July and August. However, you can escape the strong suns at noon and steal along the famous street "Paseo del Prado" to one of the many museums. There you can visit numerous exhibitions and learn a lot about the art history of Europe. In the afternoon we recommend a trip to the Retiro Park, Madrid's green oasis. Let the summer evening end comfortably and enjoy a cool drink in the hip neighborhood of Chueca.

Madrid and its Barajas Madrid Airport

With 3.2 million inhabitants, Madrid is the largest city in Spain and the third largest metropolis in Western Europe after London and Berlin. Madrid has been the cultural, geographical and political centre of Spain for centuries. In the city with over a million inhabitants there are ecclesiastical dignitaries as well as all important military and administrative authorities. Madrid has international and national importance as a centre of finance and trade. The city also boasts several colleges, six universities, as well as numerous museums, theatres and other cultural institutions. Madrid lies in the Meseta, the plateau of Castile and is divided by the Manzanares, a small river.

Important information about Madrid Airport (MAD) and your rental car

Get your rental car at the airport

Get your rental car at the airport

  • The airport is located about 12 kilometres northeast of the city centre.
  • The name of the airport is Barajas, its IATA code is MAD.
  • You could travel comfortably from the airport by rental car to Madrid if you have booked a suitable car on our comparison portal in good time before your departure.
  • You can rent vehicles in every category from us not only extremely inexpensive, but also equipped with all the extras that are important for you.
  • After landing at Madrid Airport (MAD), all you have to do is find your car rental company and pick up your car at the airport's pick-up point.

Find your car rental at Barajas Airport (MAD)

Every car rental company listed on our website is present at Madrid Airport in at least one of the terminals, and many providers even have counters in several arrivals halls. If you have booked with us at a reasonable price, you will find the location of your car rental company in the reservation confirmation. Irrespective of which terminal you arrive at, the shuttle buses will always take you quickly to the terminal where your car rental company is located. Flights with Lufthansa or Air Berlin are usually handled in Terminal 2. Immediately after picking up your luggage, you will discover a map showing every counter of the rental car provider. Just take the shuttle bus to the right terminal, where the car rental with the rental contract is already waiting for you. The buses leave MAD Airport every five minutes during the day, only at night you have to wait up to 20 minutes for a shuttle.

Book a cheap Rental Car with Driveboo - your advantages

On our comparison portal you not only rent a suitable vehicle at an extremely low price. You already choose important accessories, the best possible insurance package, ideally unlimited mileage and, if necessary, the most favourable one-way rent. The latter is particularly useful if you want to pick up your rental car at Barajas Airport and return it to another airport in Spain at the same car rental company. In addition, our portal also provides you with information on the tank regulations as is customary in Spain.

This means that you have to rent a fully refuelled car and return it with a full tank. You should therefore ask your car rental company whether there is a petrol station at MAD airport. In addition, you must inform the provider of any additional driver when taking over the rental car. You cannot do this via our website, as the additional driver must identify himself to the car rental company with ID and driving licence.

Car Rental Spain: information on road traffic

Road traffic in Madrid at night

Road traffic in Madrid at night

Most of the roads in Madrid and at MAD Airport are in excellent condition, there are only a few regions in Spain where you would have to rent a jeep to explore. With regard to traffic rules, in Spain the penalties for offences are much higher than in other countries. In this context, it is imperative that you ask your car rental company whether the rental car is fitted with a yellow safety vest, otherwise 90 euros could be due in the event of an emergency.

In addition, you will have to get used to the Spaniards' often hot-blooded driving style and, for safety reasons, you should fold in the exterior mirrors when parking your rental car. For journeys throughout Spain, the following also applies: When a blue sign with the inscription "Por su seguridad - Control de velocidad"appears, immediately step off the accelerator.

What parking regulations apply in Spain?

Parking rule Colour identification
Parking ban Yellow zigzag lines/interrupted lines
No parking Yellow solid lines
Paid parking lots Blue lines

Book a cheap rental car and explore the Madrid area

Madrid is full of historical palaces, museums and monuments, but if you want to see more of Spain, you should use your rental car to explore it. Below are some destinations that can be reached quickly and comfortably by car. Car rental at MAD Airport can give you even more information about Madrid's surroundings.

El Escorial Castle Madrid

El Escorial Castle Madrid

San Juan Reservoir

San Juan Reservoir

By rental car from MAD airport to El Escorial Castle

Spanish splendour is offered to you in the generously designed castle complex El Escorial, about 60 kilometres outside Madrid. You should not miss the impressive mixture of church, monastery and castle. You do not leave the capital on the M40 to the airport, but follow the A30 and later the A6 to San Lorenzo. El Escorial is astonishing in its vast dimensions, with a huge library of tremendous value and a royal burial chamber, as well as a monastery and church. You can explore the absolutely worth seeing castle complex on your own or take part in a multilingual guided tour.

Take a trip to the San Juan reservoir on hot days

Spain is known and loved for its high summer temperatures. Since Madrid is not situated at the sea, the locals are looking for cooling off at San Juan, a reservoir about 70 kilometres south. The ten-kilometre-long lake is located near the village of San Martín de Valdeiglesias and can be reached within an hour by rental car via the M40 and M501. On weekdays, secluded beaches with parking lots, restaurants and boat rental companies await you. Since the route to the lake is not well signposted, please ask your airport car hire company for information on how to get there.

Satisfaction with MietwagenCheck
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87 Experiences of our customers at the Madrid Airport

Rating of Lea D.

“Everything worked perfectly and smoothly! Very courteous, friendly, helpful and service-oriented support during pickup and return.”

Rating of Valentin R.

“Landlord on site was super friendly and everything worked super fast. Thank you very much...”

Rating of Gregor I.

“Rental car clean and well equipped...The service on site was very good, nice and courteous...”

Rating of Jens I.

“We got a brand new car that was very well motorized. The transaction was friendly and uncomplicated. Gladly again!”

Rating of Simone S.

“The handling at Dickmanns Rent a Car was without problems. Attention on arrival at the airport you have to call the rental company immediately, because there is no automatic pickup. Thus, one avoids unnecessary waiting time at the bus stop.”

Frequently asked questions about car rental booking Madrid Airport

How much does a rental car cost at Madrid Airport?

Street in Madrid

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Rental car for one day

If you only need a rental car for one day, you can rent it for as low as 10 $ per day.

Rental car for a week

A cheap rental car is available from as little as 68 $ per week. We compare the prices of all reputable car rental companies and show you the best offer.

Rent a small car on Airport Madrid

Small cars in Madrid are particularly popular and can be rented from as little as 68 $ per week. With a small car, you'll be fine even in heavy traffic and find parking easier.

Rent a family car on Airport Madrid

If you are traveling to Madrid with the whole family, a family car might be something for you, which you can rent from 104 $ per week. Here, each passenger will find enough space and also the luggage can be stored well.

Rent a convertible on Airport Madrid

At Madrid Airport, convertibles are also available from 107 $ per week. With this you can drive with friends or the partner to the most popular sights and enjoy the sun.

At which terminal can I pick up my rental car at Madrid Airport?


If you land at Terminal 1, 2 or 3, you will find the car rental stations in Terminal 1. Depending on the car rental company, the counters in Terminal 1 are located on level 0 or in parking lot P1 on level 0. Those landing at Terminal 4 will find the car rental stations either on level -1 or in the parking lot C, level 4.

Upon arrival, simply follow the signs to get to your rental car in the quickest way. If you opt for the express rental, you can already register online to pick up your rental car faster. This way you won't waste valuable time. Simply select your preferences accordingly in the search mask under "Included services".

Can I book a rental car at Madrid Airport without a credit card?

  • invoice,
  • direct debit,
  • on site with EC card
  • PayPal. 

Which sights can I discover in Madrid with the rental car?


There are numerous sights to discover in Madrid, which you can reach anytime mobile and in the fastest way with your own rental car. The following highlights should be on your list for Madrid:

  • Museo del Prado
  • Palacio Real
  • Parque del buen Retiro
  • Plaza Mayor
  • Museo Reina Sofía

What is the minimum age to rent a car at Madrid Airport?


You can book a rental at 18 years old and enjoy an unforgettable vacation with your friends. Simply enter the age of the driver in the search form and find the right offer for you. For drivers under 25 years, there is usually a so-called "young driver fee", which is already included in the displayed rental price. You do not have to pay any additional fees for this on site. You can find more information in the rental conditions.

Can I pick up the rental car at Madrid Airport and return it at another location?


You can also return the rental car to a car rental agency at another location in Spain, such as Barcelona or Valencia. To do this, simply change the return location in the search mask and look forward to an exciting road trip. For the so-called one-way rental, additional fees apply.

If you plan to be on the road longer, you can specify an additional driver. This way you can take turns driving the rental car and everyone can enjoy the view for once. In some offers, an additional driver is already included in the rental price.

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