Renting a Car in Fuerteventura | Car Hire Advice from a Local




Are you coming here on holiday and wondering is it worth hiring a car in Fuerteventura?

As someone who has holidayed here for over 30 years and lived here for over 10 years, I would say yes!

Instead of getting a coach or taxi transfer from the airport and spending your entire holiday by your hotel’s swimming pool or on the local beach, renting a car in Fuerteventura allows you to get out and explore what else the island offers.

You can spend time on some of the beautiful, less-crowded beaches, visit a lovely restaurant in the mountains for lunch or discover some of the island’s history in lovely Betancuria.

If you have kids, you can easily visit Oasis Park Zoo or the water park in Corralejo.

Hiring a car in Fuerteventura
One of the many beautiful drives in Fuerteventura – the Dunes National Park

Car hire and petrol are cheap in Fuerteventura, so hiring a car for a week will probably cost less than airport transfers or two people going on a coach trip.

As well as being able to use the car to explore the island, you have the convenience of transport for the entire time you are here, and you don’t have to sit around waiting for coaches to get to and from the airport.

The roads in Fuerteventura are well maintained, well signposted and have very little traffic. So don’t worry, driving here is easy, even on the wrong side of the road.

See my article “Tips for driving in Fuerteventura” to learn more.

Car hire in Fuerteventura

cheapest car hire in fuerteventura

When renting a car in Fuerteventura, choosing which company to use can be very hit or miss, as anyone searching online for a hire car will know. It can also be very time-consuming.

In the past, I used to spend many hours trawling through individual car hire companies’ websites to try and find car hire Fuerteventura deals. These days, I don’t usually bother with that.

Instead, I usually use a car hire search engine to find the best deal and perhaps just confirm that it is a good deal. I then check on the company’s website (where it is likely more in my experience).

Beware of the high cost of a collision damage waiver that car hire companies may pressure you to pay on top to cover your excess. (See Car Hire Excess Insurance section below for another, much cheaper option.)

The two most frequently asked questions on the Fuerteventura Facebook groups are “What is the best Fuerteventura car hire company?” and “What is the cheapest car hire in Fuerteventura?”

Those posts always get a big response with replies such as ” Autoreisen every time,” “Payless, no excess, great service,” “Cicar (best value),” and other similar comments. Everyone has their particular favourite, even if they have never used another one to compare it to.

I always found Autoreisen to be the best Fuerteventura car rental company to deal with.


One piece of advice: Don’t just take the easy route when renting a car in Fuerteventura by booking a hire car through your airline or tour company. At least don’t do it without checking for other deals first. Although they may try to tell you they are offering you a good deal, more often than not, they aren’t. Don’t forget, they are making a commission on the booking.

One more piece of advice – Always book online before you leave. You will get a much better deal than just turning up at the airport and going to a desk. Also, in peak periods, it can be difficult to find a car if you don’t pre-book to guarantee one is available.

Car rental Fuerteventura Airport

Car hire at Fuerteventura airport
Desks for hire car Fuerteventura airport

You will definitely find the cheapest car hire in Fuerteventura Airport, rather than outside in the resorts. Also, booking your rental car from Fuerteventura airport in advance rather than waiting until you arrive will be significantly cheaper too.

There are many car hire companies operating from Fuerteventura airport. Most have their cars located at the airport. A few are off airport, so they will transfer you to their nearby depot.

If you pick up the keys from one of the desks, they will tell you which parking bay the car is in. The car hire parking is on the right-hand side of the large car park outside the terminal.

Car hire in the resorts

Just beware. Car rental rates in the resorts can be very high.

Believe it or not, I have seen examples of car rental rates in some resorts whose rates for one day are almost as much as I have paid for an entire week for a car I have picked up at the airport.

Child seats

Child and booster seats are mandatory, just as in the UK. You can hire these through your car hire company but make sure you pre-book them. Many hire car companies provide these free of charge.

Car hire excess insurance

Many people don’t realise that there is an alternative to paying the hefty daily excess cover (CDW) charges that car hire companies try to make you pay, which can be more than the daily rate for hiring the car in some cases.

For example, I recently visited the UK and booked a hire car with Hertz for 5 days. Hertz wanted £24 per day collision damage waiver so a total of £130 extra insurance – the total fee for the 5 day hire was only £62! So I took out an excess policy separately, which cost me £18.

You can take out a separate policy before you leave home for significantly less to cover the duration of the car hire or even take out an annual policy for only £45 a year if you hire cars more than once a year. This will cover everything that the hire car company excess insurance covers, as well as:

  • covers multiple drivers (provided they are on the hire agreement)
  • misfuelling (petrol instead of diesel and vice versa)
  • tyres, windscreen and under-body damage
  • towing costs

One of the best specialist car hire excess companies is Reduce My Excess. Click the banner below to get an immediate quote and save a small fortune.

Links to companies renting a car in Fuerteventura

Hertz | Autoreisen | Goldcar | Sixt | Cicar | Payless | TopCar | Avis


If you’re planning a trip to Fuerteventura and need convenient transportation, look no further than the car hire services at Fuerteventura Airport. With reliable and affordable options, you can easily rent a car in Fuerteventura to explore the beautiful island at your own pace.

Whether staying in Corralejo or any other location, you will find the perfect vehicle. Say goodbye to the hassle of relying on public transportation and experience the freedom of cheap car hire in Fuerteventura.

Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the island’s stunning beaches, vibrant towns, and breathtaking landscapes. Choose one of the car rental services above today and embark on an unforgettable adventure in Fuerteventura.

19 responses to “Renting a Car in Fuerteventura | Car Hire Advice from a Local”

  1. 3 Cases avatar

    Fab info there KP, loved reading this! Having access to a car makes such a difference when traveling, especially somewhere like Fuerteventura ?

    1. admin avatar

      It definitely does. Missing you on YT.

  2. Simon avatar

    We have always hired a car and we’re on our 5th visit we always use Cicar and collect at the airport it’s really easy and they are so friendly. I find driving a breeze with the quiet roads and beautiful beaches to discover it’s a must. I wish my daily commute around the M25 was so relaxing as driving in Fuerteventura

    1. admin avatar

      Everyone seems to have their favourite Simon. Traffic jams are certainly a thing of the past once you move here, thankfully, as I also spent half my life doing 2 miles an hour on the M25. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Mandy Forrest avatar
    Mandy Forrest

    Hi JP,

    We are visiting for 2 weeks in November. Can you recommend places of interest, different beaches etc for us to visit whilst we are there. WE will be staying in Corralejo and any advice is much appreciated.

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      Hi Mandy. Places to visit – El Cotillo, Betancuria, The caves at Ajuy, Cofete. Beaches – Flag beach and Dunes beach outside Corralejo, the El Cotillo beaches and lagoons. To get a better idea I suggest you look at some of my Youtube video playlists:
      Beaches of Fuerteventura
      What to see in Fuerteventura – What to see in Fuerteventura

  4. Barbara Staneland avatar
    Barbara Staneland

    Thank you for this article, I really appreciated this information. I have never been to Fuerteventura but look forward to going early next year, regulations permitting. I particularly want to go to the lagoons in El Cotillo. The information in this article was very helpful.

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      I am glad you found it useful Barbara. The lagoons are a lovely area so I hope you enjoy them.

  5. jonathan owen avatar
    jonathan owen

    Hi jp
    As i drive (hgv) all year i like to have a break from it. Saying that private transfers to jandia are coming out expensive can you recommend a firm.

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      Hi. I don’t know who you have tried but I have friends that have used these before shuttlespaintransfers

  6. Larry T avatar
    Larry T

    Hi. I am enjoying your Blog and appreciate all the good tips you offer. We are just beginning to plan a vacation to Fuerteventura. We love beaches and exploring uncrowded places. It seems that there are many dirt roads there and I am wondering if there are any car hire places that rent off road vehicles such as Jeeps, dune buggies, ATV’s? Thanks again for your articles.

    Larry & Philip

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      Hi Larry and Phillip. There are some hire car companies that rent 4×4 vehicles (Cicar, Payless and Sixt certainly do). Ridiculously your agreement when you rent a car, even for 4x4s, is that you won’t take them off a paved road. Of course many people ignore that. I have taken normal hire cars to places that I might have thought twice about taking my 4×4. I think all dune buggy rentals always go in convoy with a leader.

  7. Jovan avatar

    Hi JP. I like your blog and it’s very interesting to read. I’m planning a vacation with my girlfiiend by end of november to Fuerteventura and noticed that the prices for car rentals are rather high (approx. 80 Euros per day). Any idea why they are so high? Last year they were like 10 Euros per day. Do you know an alternative car rental with realistic prices? Maybe even private rentals?

    Thanks in advance!

    Kind regards

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      Hi Jovan, The prices have gone up a great deal in the last few months. Partly due to the fact that they sold many cars off as few tourists were coming but also I think they are profiteering to make up for lost business. I certainly haven’t seen rates as high as 80€ a day though which is crazy. I jut checked 7 days with and they started from about 240€ which is still high but cheaper than 80€ a day.

  8. Jovan avatar

    Hi again. 240 Euro seems to be a good deal at the moment. Thanks for sharing this site with me.

  9. Miguel Alejandro avatar
    Miguel Alejandro

    JP thank you for advice. We are visiting the island this coming November for the very first time. We’ve been to Lanzarote and fortunate enough to meet up with my wife’s friend to drive us around the island. I hear a lot of good things about Fuerteventura and you definitely selling it to me on your website. Much appreciated of your advice on car hiring. Very useful info.

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      Hi Miguel, Thanks. It is the only way to see the island really. Unfortunately car hire rates have gone up a lot, as they seem to have worldwide. I had to pay 3 times as much as normal when I went back to the UK recently.

  10. Martin G avatar
    Martin G

    Hi JP
    Love your blogs and features and useful information.
    What is your opinion on a car hire company called omega please.

    1. JP in Fuerteventura avatar
      JP in Fuerteventura

      I have never used them Martin. Their prices certainly seem ok.

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