Palma Mallorca Airport Guide
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Car Hire Palma Mallorca Airport
Palma de Mallorca Airport is a main gateway for tourists and visitors to the island of Mallorca, Spain, and is one of the busiest airports in Europe during the summer. It is also the third largest airport in Spain, handling over 21 million passengers per year, and a base for airline companies such as Air Europa, Air Berlin, Spanair and Iberworld. The airport’s location is approximately 8 km, or 5 miles east of Palma, the capital city of the largest Balearic Island, and is accessed by the Palma-Santanyí motorway. Although buses are frequently available from Palma de Mallorca Airport, a rented car is often a better solution for transport on the island, especially for those who wish to travel between the towns and seaside resorts. Local and international car hire companies offer their services from the airport.
Passengers arriving requiring Palma de Mallorca Airport car hire will easily find the car rental company desks in the arrivals area of the terminal, or on the ground floor of the car park. Hertz, Avis, National, Sixt, Budget and Europcar are internationally known car hire brands present at the airport, and the local companies of Auriga Car Hire, Centauro, Goldcar, Record Rent a Car and Marbesol offer a wide range of quality vehicles as well. A car can be arranged directly from your car hire company of choice upon arrival at Palma de Mallorca Airport, or in advance, from the company’s website address. Booking in advance is often recommended, especially during the busier summer months of Mallorca, and if you require a special type or size of vehicle for your visit.
Most car hire companies nowadays provide comprehensive websites from where you can choose your ideal rented car, view all their vehicle categories available at your holiday or business destination and find out more information regarding their rental procedures and policies. Booking online is the most convenient, and often comes with a discount as well for early reservations. Additional equipment for your journey can also be rented from your car hire company’s website, such as a child or booster seat, satellite navigation system or luggage racks. It is also highly recommended to reserve these items as early as possible, as they are subject to availability. A child seat is essential for those travelling with young children, and a GPS unit is a marvellous piece of equipment to have with you when travelling in unfamiliar territory. The navigation systems are most often of extreme quality, and offer turn-by-turn directions, colour touch screens, a choice of languages, are relatively easy to use and come pre-programmed with thousands of points of interest.
When hiring a car from one of the Palma de Mallorca Airport car rental companies the primary renter is required to be at least 21 years of age. The rental terms and conditions of the various car hire companies differ, but are similar in many aspects. It is best however to confirm the exact details with your chosen car rental provider. A young drivers fee most often applies for rentals by persons 25 years or younger, and is a small charge added for each day of rental. It also affects additional ‘underage’ drivers listed on the rental agreement. Those whose license is printed in a non-Roman alphabet may request an International Driving Permit for renters who do not reside in the European Union, or. Spanish Law also requires foreign drivers to carry an IDP. In most cases, a drivers license must have been held for at least a year prior to the rental date.
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Insurance policies such as Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Protection can be purchased from most car hire companies, and Third Party Liability insurance is usually included in the rental quote. All primary renters should have a major credit card in their own name for payment of the car hire period. These cards may include those such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard and Visa.In Spain, and on Mallorca Island, all drivers and passengers are required to wear seat belts, and only children who are older than fourteen years of age are allowed to sit in the front passenger seat. All cars drive on the right-hand side of the road. The road network covering this Balearic Island is extensive, and passengers who have rented a car should not have too much trouble in reaching their desired destinations. However, similar to all other cities in the world, traffic can be busy during city rush hour times early in the morning and from 16:30 to 19:30. If possible, rather avoid driving at these times. The fuel stations on the island supply internationally recognizable brands of unleaded petrol, as well as diesel. In Spanish, the types of fuel may be referred to as gasolina sin plomo and gas oil, respectively. There are numerous fuel stations in the towns and cities, but in rural areas they could be sparse, therefore, it is best to fill up your car’s tank before leaving the city. The car hire Mallorca companies at Palma Airport have various fuel options available, depending on the length of your car hire period. You may need to pay upfront for a full tank or half tank, and return the car empty, or you may be able to return the vehicle full, and not pay upfront for fuel. Make sure that you use the correct type of fuel for your rented car.
Road rules in Spain should be obeyed at all times, which includes strictly following the indicated speed limits. Driving under the influence of alcohol is prohibited as well. The speed limits in Mallorca are as follows: 30 mph or 50 km/h in urban areas, 63 mph or 100 km/h on open roads and 75 mph or 120 km/h on motorways and highways.
Details for the individual car hire companies at Palma de Mallorca Airport can be found online, at http://www.aena.es. This is the airport’s official website, from where all information regarding flights and services can be found.