Car Hire from Vigo Airport
Vigo Airport is located in Galicia, one of Spain’s least developed regions in terms of tourism. If you choose to hire a car from Vigo Airport, you’ll be able to discover the real Galicia, a green place boasting an Atlantic coastline, incredible seafood, ancient history and a refreshingly slow pace of life.
Where to hire a car at Vigo Airport
Passengers will find three car hire companies based at Vigo Airport; Avis, Europcar and Enterprise. The car hire desks are located within the small terminal building, opposite the baggage reclaim area and adjacent to the exits.
Petrol Stations near Vigo Airport
The nearest petrol stations to Vigo Airport are located in Vigo city. There’s a Repsol garage around 15 minutes’ drive away on Rua de Garcia Barbon.
Driving around Vigo Airport
Vigo Airport is situated on the N-555, a route which travels north to Redondela and south to join with the AP-9. The AP-9 travels north to Parada and also south to O Porrino and the Portuguese border. From the AP-9 it’s easy to join the A-55 or the N-552 heading into Vigo city centre.
Galicia is not a huge place but many roads away from the big cities are small, so journeys can be slow going. For many visitors, this is part of the region’s old world charm and you’re likely to come across some impressive vistas and quaint villages on your road trip.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Vigo Airport, you’ll find lots of great destinations within easy driving distance. Here are just a few of them:
Sitting on the Ria de Vigo which leads into the Atlantic Ocean, Vigo is an impressive waterfront city. The city’s old town is home to some spectacular architecture with a castle, a cathedral and some wonderful plazas. There are some great museums where you can learn about Vigo’s history, and the A Guia park set on a hill and offering fantastic views of the city.
It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Vigo Airport to Vigo city centre. There’s a choice of routes into the centre but the most direct takes the N-555 to the A9, heads north on the A9 and then heads south on the AP-9v. Traffic during rush hours can be congested and, with so many winding streets, a good map or GPS system is essential.
Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela is the capital city of Galicia and world famous as the place where St. James, one of the twelve apostles, is supposedly buried. The impressive cathedral and rambling old town streets have seen Santiago named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there is plenty of beautiful architecture to admire.
It’s just over an hour’s drive from Vigo Airport to Santiago de Compostela, taking the N-555 west and then the A-9 north. There are some tolls along the way. It’s wise to avoid driving in the narrow streets of the old town and, instead, park up on the outskirts.
Ribadavia is a small, quaint Galician town. It’s home to a ruined castle and a beautiful central square. Exploring Ribadavia on foot is easy and there are some wonderfully atmospheric streets to discover in the old Jewish quarter.
It takes around 45 minutes to drive to Ribadavia from Vigo Airport, depending on the time of day and traffic. Drivers should take the AP-9 south to pick up the A-55 heading southeast and the A-52 east. After you leave the A-52, roads to the town are a little narrow and winding so be sure to take your time.