Car Hire Tenerife South Airport

Book and compare prices of car hire in Tenerife airport, south & north, and Santa Cruz. Find the best deals on the highest volcanic island in Spain.

Find Cheap Car Hire Tenerife

Looking for a car in Tenerife? In QuarentaCars you will find cheap car hire Tenerife with pick-up service at the south airport, north airport, Santa Cruz and several other locations on the island. Explore the most impressive volcanic island in Spain on your own terms, we will make sure you drive the perfect vehicle.

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Car Hire Tenerife Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, South & North Airports

Through car rental comparison engine you can book car hire Tenerife and collect your vehicle from the main locations on the island: Puerto de la Cruz, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and both airports: north and south.

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“A journey of a thounsand miles begins here.”

Connection points

Car Hire Tenerife South Airport and North Airport

The island of Tenerife is one of the most visited in the archipelago, for this reason and its geographical configuration, it has two airports and two passenger ports. The result is an island that is superbly connected with the rest of the archipelago, mainland Spain and the rest of Europe.

If you are travelling by plane, you can compare car hire Tenerife south airport, located 40 kilometres from the city of Santa Cruz; likewise, if you fly through the north you also can book a cheap car rental Tenerife north airport, located 11 minutes by car from the island’s capital.

If you arrive by ferry, you can book your car hire in puerto de la Cruz Tenerife and Los Cristianos port, located 30 and 50 minutes by car respectively from the capital.

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Directory: Companies Car Rental Tenerife

Car Hire Tenerife Airports (South and North), Santa Cruz y Costa Adejte

The representation of car rental companies Tenerife offers a wide variety of vehicles in the main points of the island. The premium and low cost rent a car companies coexist with longstanding local agencies in the archipelago.

What to do in the island of Tenerife?

Everything you need to know to plan your trip to the volcanic island.

From the island of Tenerife emerges the highest peak in all of Spain, a characteristic that defines the environment, due to its impressive height of almost 3,800 metres and its enigmatic presence.

This island is a contrast in itself, a fertile, lush north with a tropical climate, while the south is dry with large areas of desert. In contrast, its almost 300 kilometres of coastline also persists, the north being steep with cliffs and the south flat and open to the ocean. 

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As we have already mentioned, the Canarian archipelago enjoys a mild climate all year round, so any date is good for visiting the island. However, the most important event held here is the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in February. 

The Carnival is considered among the most important in Spain and second among the international carnivals, behind the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, which is why both cities are twinned.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

A good starting point to visit the capital of the island, located on the northwest coast, is the area of the Señora de África market and the García Sanabria park, following the Plaza España, which leads to the ocean, where you can also find the Island Palace and its collection of the remains of the Canarian aborigines, the Guanches.

Plaza de la Candelaria and the Rambla

An afternoon on the terrace in Plaza de la Candelaria, and while you’re there, see the statue of the Triunfo de la Candelaria and the Palacio de Carta. In the evening, the Rambla del General Franco will allow you to mingle with the islanders.

Fortresses and castles

One of the great attractions of the city are its fortresses, built to defend the island and whose stories of corsairs and pirates are legendary. The castle of San Cristóbal (1570), the castle of San Juan (1648) and the castle of Paso Alto (1782).

Religious monuments

The Catholic legacy of the island is also worth visiting with monuments such as the church of La Concepción (16th century), the church of San Francisco (17th century) and the chapel of Santiago which houses the cross of the conquest, symbol of the island.

Las Teresitas Beach

7 km north of Santa Cruz. After passing through the capital and having crossed the town of San Andrés, you will find the beach of Las Teresitas, with a small fishing port and a large beach of golden sand, bathed by very expensive water. A barrier of rocks allows you to swim in peace. The promenade is surrounded by splendid jacarandas, palm trees with a large bottle trunk, and the mountain in the background is covered with cactus.


On leaving San Andrés, another road leads to the other side of Punta de la Anaga, towards the village of Taganana. This itinerary winds its way along several flanks of the volcanic mountains with breathtaking scenery.

After passing through a long tunnel, you can see the village of Taganana at the bottom of the mountain. In the background you can see the volcanic peaks covered with vegetation and the crops on the terraces. In front of you you can hear the immensity of the ocean. This is the northwest coast, perhaps the most moving because of the beauty of its landscape and the low number of tourists.

Mercedes Forest

On the way back from Taganana to La Laguna is the Las Mercedes forest, the largest on the island, which has tree ferns and giant laurels, fleshy plants hanging from the rock walls, and Canary Island pines. It is a mixture of Mediterranean and tropical vegetation. From there it goes to the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint. Hikers usually appreciate this place because it is well indicated.

La Laguna

10 km northwest of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. La Laguna was the first capital of the island. It preserves palaces and houses typical of that time. Today it is a university town, although it is also an Episcopal town with many churches and convents. You have to spend time wandering around this city to be able to appreciate it.

Puerto de la Cruz

36 km southeast of Santa Cruz. It becomes important thanks to the banana plantations and the large English exports. When you arrive, the first thing that catches your eye is Lake Martiánez, the only place where you can swim safely. And the Jardín beach, at the other end of the city, next to the Punta Brava neighbourhood.

Santiago del Teide

From Masca, through a winding road, you can reach this beautiful village surrounded by a mass of volcanoes. A few kilometres from here are the Giants, whose feet sink into the ocean.

National Park of the Cañadas del Teide

38 km south of Puerto de la Cruz The Teide peak dominates the island from its 3718 metres. Its last eruption dates back to 1798. Lava flowed for months from the Teide’s Nose. Today, the volcano is dormant and smokes from the chimneys of the Pilón.

This national park is the meeting place for trekking fans, as there are many paths that indicate the levels. As we approach the peak, we discover an imposing panorama dominated by the indescribable majesty of the Teide; a landscape sculpted from lava with colours ranging from the intense black of the obsidian exteriors to the faint ochre of the sanded stone, passing through whites, reds and greens.

First, the road passes through the rocky arch called El Zapato de la Reina, then through the plain of La Ucanca, a vast region of grey sand speckled with small rocks. A burst of colour unfolds in front of the Azulejos, a green rocky outcrop.

Costa Adeje

11 km north of the Christians, 84 km southwest of Santa Cruz, 112 km south of Puerto de la Cruz.

This village is situated at the foot of the Adeje massif, in the foothills of the Barranco del Infierno. Tomato and banana plantations occupy almost the entire coastline. The tourist development of Playa de las Americas changed the economy of the region.

Barranco del Infierno, the waters run down the ravines, forming a narrow gorge whose walls are covered with reeds and willows. A 3 km trail allows you to walk through it.

Los Cristianos, Playa de la Americas

80 km southwest of Santa Cruz. Huge tourist complex that stretches for miles at the southern tip of the island, with vast sandy beaches.

Unless you prefer to laze around and enjoy the company of the hundreds of tourists who come from all over the world, if you want to discover the real landscape of the island, we recommend renting a car and venturing out on the small roads that lead to the different villages.


On the motorway, at the airport, exit in the direction of Granadilla. The church of San Antonio de Padua (18th century), is worth a stop, as on its high altar there is an altarpiece with sculptures from the best Canarian schools. The church of San Juan Bautista (18th century) is surrounded by white houses.


20 km south of Santa Cruz, 58 from Los Cristianos. This village is above all a religious centre and a place of pilgrimage. The ceremonies on August 15th are the most important, as they evoke the apparition of Our Lady of the Guanches. This festival is known as “de los naturales” because it was paid for with the town’s alms. A group of young people come, dressed in furs, simulating the traditional appearance of the image, jumping and whistling and carrying it on their back.

At the end of the village there is a huge square, the basilica, surrounded by the old fishermen’s quarter. Between the square and the beach, a sculpture represents the nine Guanche kings who reigned on the island at the time of the apparition.

Teide is a peak that emerges from the centre of the island, and this configures the island and means that to visit from one extreme to the other you have to go around the mountain, and therefore the distances are relatively long. For this reason, if you want to explore the island freely, it is practically obligatory to hire a car in Tenerife. 

FAQs: Car Hire Tenerife

Clarify your doubts before making your reservation.

To make a good reservation, before confirming, be clear about this information:

  • What type of vehicle suits me best? 
  • Where is the best place for me to pick up the vehicle?
  • How many days will I need the vehicle?
  • How much will I have to pay as a deposit?
  • How much is the excess in case of damage?

The average visitor to the island of Tenerife usually books a week in advance, an appropriate time to find good deals.

To car hire in Tenerife you will need the following:

  1. Identity card (DNI or Passport)
  2. Driving licence (valid for the European Union)
  3. Credit or debit card with availability to cover the deposit.

The range of age for hire a car in Tenerife is from 21 to 70 years old. You should be aware that some agencies may charge an extra fee for young drivers (between 21 and 24 years old) and senior drivers (over 70 years old). 

With AXA Insurance premium coverage, you can have maximum protection against theft and accidents with guaranteed reimbursement of up to £3,000 and full road assistance. Everything for a fraction of the usual price.

Saving that you can obtain with the protection of AXA Seguros is between 50% and 70% against coverage offered by the agencies.

The cheapest price for a small car hire Tenerife airport is around 7 £ per day for a week. Peugoeto 107 and Toyota Aygo are among the models available on the island.

For seven days, the price for a 7 seater car hire Tenerife south airport is about 24 £ per day. The comfortable Ford Galaxy is part of our selection of 7-seater cars.

In case you decide on a 9 seater car hire Tenerife airport for seven days, its price will cost you about 37 £ per day. The Mercedes Vito is one of the most popular models in the area.

Yes, you can book car hire Tenerife airport with full to full fuel policy. You receive the vehicle full of fuel and return it full, with no extra charge for refuelling.

Usually, rates for car hire Tenerife airport include unlimited mileage, which you can check in the mileage policy section.

No, you are not allowed to hire a car on Tenerife to take a ferry, and most of the car rentals in the region penalize you for it.

Using the QuarentaCars price comparison engine, why?

Kilometraje Ilimitado
Unlimited Mileage

Enjoy the freedom and travel the Canaries from coast to coast with unlimited kilometres.

Combutible Lleno/Lleno
Full to Full Fuel Policy

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Cancelación de reserva gratuita
Flexible Booking

Cancel your reservation without charge 48 hours before the pick-up date.

Travellers who hire a car in Tenerife usually explore several islands during the same trip.

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