Hertz car rental in Madrid is fast, easy and completely free of hassle. Get around Madrid’s famous attractions by rental car for convenience and comfort. To rent a car in Madrid, you’ll find Hertz rental branches conveniently situated throughout the city.
Madrid is a great city for driving in. It’s characterized by wide streets and tree-lined boulevards, and you can easily reach attractions like the Prado Museum and Royal Palace by car. Wide, attractive avenues are intersected by a network of smaller roads that will get you to where you need to be. From the Puerta del Sol to Buen Retiro Park, Madrid is full of interest and is a driver’s paradise.
You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Madrid. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Madrid, take a look at our page about renting a car in Spain.
If you rent a car in Madrid you’re best advised to find parking spaces on the outskirts of the city and use public transport to access the central area. If you’re a non-resident you’ll usually find in difficult to park in the city itself, though it is possible.
You can park in the blue and green zones in central Madrid, though green is primarily for residents and visitors are allowed a maximum stay of one hour. The blue zone allows you to park for up to two hours. In the green zone the fee is around €2 per hour to a maximum of one hour. The blue zone rate is slightly more than €1 for an hour, and a little over €2 for the full two hours.
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0700-2400
Address:Barajas Airport, Terminal 1 and 4
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 1000-1400 1600-1900, Sa 1000-1400, Su closed
Address:C/ Arturo Soria 126-128
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-2100, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed
Address:Plaza de Castilla, Ground floor
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0830-1930, Sa 0900-1400, Su closed
Address:C/ Princesa 14
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0900-1300 1500-1900, Sa-Su Closed.
Address:Jacinto Benavente 2, Ground floor
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 1000-1400 1600-1900, Sa 0900-1400, Su closed
Address:Paseo de la Castellana 22,
Parking - First floor
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0930-1330 1530-1830, Sa-Su closed
Address:Calle Catamaran 1
Opening hours:Mo-Su 0800-2400
Address:Glorieta Emperador Carlos V
There are 3 ring roads in Madrid, with smaller roads running from them into the central area and farther afield. Minor ring roads provide the main arterial routes to other parts of the city without having to cross the restricted central part if you’re non-residential.
The M-30 used to circle the city but is now almost within its limits. The southern Ribera del rio Manzaranes section is the most congested part.
The Paseo de la Castellana crosses Madrid from north to south and is useful for taking bearings.
The Avenida de America runs parallel to Paseo de la Castellana and is the main route to the airport.
If you’re planning on driving along either of these major ring roads, allow lots of extra time as they’re prone to congestion. The Boadilla del Monte section is especially busy during the morning rush hour. Bear a few other more general points in mind too:
• Spain has very strict drink driving laws, and new drivers are forbidden to take any alcohol at all.
• It is obligatory to wear seat belts in both the front and rear of the vehicle.
• The speed limits are vigorously enforced and on motorways especially you need to be aware of radar traps and speed cameras. The use of indicators on motorways is also heavily scrutinised, and you can be fined for not indicating properly before overtaking or when pulling back to the nearside lane.
• Always carry full driver documentation, and if your licence has no photo ensure that your passport is also available for inspection.
• Drivers in Spain tend not to slow down to assist merging traffic from duel carriageways, and you might have to stop at the slip road and wait for a suitable gap.
• Most autopistas, or motorways, carry a toll, but ‘E’ roads are all toll-free.