Car Hire in Gibraltar
This information is correct as of April 2015
Hire a car and explore Gibraltar at your own leisure. Enjoy day trips into Spain, drive to the quieter parts of the peninsula, or just use your car to nip between the supermarket and your self-catering accommodation. Whatever you’re planning to use your rental car for, you can find the best deals with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Gibraltar
You can hire a car at Gibraltar Airport from Avis or Autos Aguirre. It’s best to book early, especially if you’re visiting during the summer, as demand for cars can be high. Alternatively you can pick up your hire car in Spain. Car-2rent.com and Espacar both have pick-up locations close to the border in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion.
Driving in Gibraltar
Gibraltar has 31 miles of road, and one of the highest per capita rates of car ownership in the world.
The old town of Gibraltar is full of narrow roads and pedestrian only streets. This makes it tricky to drive around. It’s best to leave your car outside the city walls and do the city on foot. You’re allowed to drive on some parts of the Upper Rock. This can be difficult, however, as the roads are steep and narrow. To add to the hassle, the nature reserve is sometimes closed to private vehicles: especially during the summer. If you want to avoid stress it’s better to visit by taxi or on a bus tour.
Despite its status as a British Overseas Territory, traffic in Gibraltar drives on the right side of the road. Speed limits and distances are posted in kilometres, so make sure you’re not speeding. Any car you rent in Gibraltar will be a left-hand drive. If you’re not used to driving abroad it might take you a while to become accustomed to the position of the gear stick. Pay close attention at roundabouts (remember to drive round them anti-clockwise) and be careful when you’re turning at a T-junction.
Parking in Gibraltar
There’s a good range of car parks near the old town. Parking can be found on Grand Parade, Eastern Beach, Catalan Bay, and the Queensway. The International Commercial Centre has a multi-storey car park, too. You can park on most streets for free, but you might need to drive around for a while before finding a space. Parallel parking skills definitely come in handy.
Great day trips from Gibraltar
If you’re leaving Gibraltar for the day, be aware that there are often long queues at the border. Petrol is cheaper in Gibraltar than in Spain, so fill your tank before setting off.
The most high end resort on the Costa Del Sol is just over an hour’s drive from Gibraltar. Wander along the Golden Mile, with its posh restaurants and swanky nightclubs, and go star spotting at Puerto Banus: the glitzy marina where celebs dock their yachts. Or, if that’s not your scene, head into the picturesque casco antiguo (old town) and seek out some traditional tapas bars.
Parque Natural Los Alcornocales
This lush native Mediterranean forest is an hour’s drive from Gibraltar. Go for a wander among the cork trees, see Neolithic art at Cueva del Tajo de las Figuras, or spend a pleasant afternoon driving between the park’s quaint towns.
This picturesque town sits on the edge of a huge gorge, and is famous for its impressive bridge. Ronda is also known for its excellent wines, and there are lots of vineyards and wineries nearby that you can tour. The driver won’t be able to sample any of the wares, obviously, but you can still pick up a few bottles for later enjoyment.