Car hire in Benidorm will unlock access not only to this Spanish seaside resort but to the rest of the Costa Blanca coastal region. For some great beaches, go to Levante Beach or Poniente Beach. If you’re with kids, Aqualandia will be paradise for them, and if you want some seclusion head up to La Cruz de Benidorm, site of a historic wooden cross. Be aware that it’s about a 45-minute hike from where you’ll park. There’s also the vast Sierra Helada natural park, where you can also visit the Albir Lighthouse. Puig Campana is another highlight, a striking mountain peak near the village of Finestrat that will take you 15min to reach by car.
Benidorm doesn’t have its own airport, so you’ll most likely arrive at the nearest one, which is Alicante-Elche Airport, which is 58 km (about 36 miles) away from the resort. You can book Benidorm car hire beforehand from a range of major brands, including Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Sixt, and collect your car at the airport. You’ll find their offices and pick-up areas a few minutes’ walk from the terminal building in the general parking zones
What you need to know about driving in Benidorm is that the town is composed of three main areas, all of which contain vibrant areas of tourist activity. Each of these requires a different approach to driving. The Levante and New Town areas on the east end is the centre of nightlife and has many pubs, so watch out for pedestrians. Then there’s Old Town, where the streets are really narrow, requiring that you drive carefully. The Poinente Beach and La Cala districts to the west are quieter, so are more relaxed places to drive through.
Traffic is pretty consistent throughout the day in Benidorm as it’s predominantly a tourist resort town, and it revolves around the industry. You’ll find that traffic ebbs and flows throughout the day and night according to how the other visitors are moving around. Watch out for more traffic around meal times and later on when people start hitting the beachfront bars. Avoid the roundabout at the intersection of Av. de Europa and Av. de la Comunitat Valenciana. You can also expect a bit of a wait getting from there along the restaurant strip on Avinguda Alfonso Puchades.
Book your rental car in Benidorm at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about renting a car in Benidorm
The average gas price in Benidorm is ₪20.05 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between ₪241 and ₪321, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Benidorm.
A Intermediate car rental in Benidorm costs ₪76 per day, on average.
When thinking about your choice of car hire in Benidorm, take into account where you’re most likely to be spending most of your time. If you’re after the holiday excitement and the bright lights of the party scene, opt for a nippy city car, which will be more than enough to get you from your where you’re staying to the Levante district. If you’d rather spend your time enjoying the natural attractions of Costa Blanca, then something like a saloon or MPV will make an excellent choice. You could also take advantage of the Mediterranean coastal weather and splash out on a convertible.
On the wider urban roads in Benidorm, like Av. de la Comunitat Valenciana, the speed limit is 50km/h (around 30mph). When you turn onto smaller roads, watch out for residential areas demarcated as 20km/h (about 12mph). Once you get out of the resort itself you can travel at 90km/h (about 55mph).
You’ll pay an average of around €1.26 (£1.09) per litre for petrol in Benidorm. You can sometimes get cheaper prices at the petrol stations that lie further from the tourist as, in quieter districts such as La Cala. Try the Carrefour on Carretera Nueva Finestrata La Cala. For simple convenience, there’s the Petroprix on Avenida Picasso.
For free parking in Benidorm, head to Aparcamiento Captiva on Carrer del Vent, which is pretty much on the central Benidorm beachfront. If this is full, there are plenty of other car parks right there, like Parking Pubilico Abierto, which costs around €18.50 (about £16) per day. Further from the seaside is Aparcamiento on Cami del Salt de l’Aigua.