Tips for driving in Spain

Tips for driving in Spain

Costa del Sol is one of the most popular and most visited travel destinations in Europe.

If you’re thinking of renting a vehicle for your holidays, at Espacar we offer you a totally customised service, without waiting times and without any surprises at the moment of payment.

During your trip you can visit places like Malaga, a destination where you’ll find the perfect blend of modernity, traditions, culture, shopping and nightlife. And just a 30 minute drive from Malaga you can discover popular destinations, such as Marbella and Puerto Banús or, a little further away stop by the wonderful cities of Cadiz, Granada, Seville, Jaén or Cordoba, all spectacular places for unforgettable experiences.

Some tips for driving in Spain you should keep in mind when preparing for your trip:


What do I need to drive?

To drive in Spain you must be at least 18 years old and, if you wish to rent a vehicle with Espacar Rent a Car, you must be at least 25 years old and have at least 2 years of driving experience.

As for the license, if you are coming from one member country of the European Union you only need to carry your valid driver’s license, and if not, you must have an International Driving Permit.


What should I know when driving in Spain?

  • It’s forbidden to talk on your mobile phone while driving, except with a hands-free system.
    You should turn off the radio and mobile phone when refueling your car.
    Children under three years old must be fastened in a chair suitable for their weight and height.
    The use of a reflective vest is mandatory if you must leave the vehicle and occupy part of the road or shoulder.
  • The established speed limits must be respected:
    120 km/h on motorways and freeways.
    100 km/h on conventional roads.
    90 km/h on other roads.
    50 km/h in urban areas.
  • The blood alcohol level should not exceed 0.5 g/l (0.25 mg/l in exhaled air).
    The use of a seatbelt is mandatory for both the driver and other passengers, in the front and back seats.


During the indicated dates and in the corresponding local holidays you may find some museums, monuments, information offices, shopping centres, etc which are open, although in many cases they may follow special schedules, since it is common for various events to take place in the area (fairs, festivals, religious demonstrations, etc), so we advise you to inform yourself in advance to plan your trip accordingly.

  • New Year’s Day: January 1
  • Epiphany of the Lord: January 6
  • Day of Andalusia: February 28
  • Thursday and Good Friday: the date varies each year (March-April)
  • Labour Day: May 1
  • Assumption of the Virgin: August 15
  • Hispanic Heritage Day: October 12
  • All Saints Day: November 1
  • Day of the Spanish Constitution: December 6
  • Immaculate Conception Day: December 8th
  • Christmas is on the 25th of December

Telephones of interest

  • National Police: 091
  • Local Police: 092
  • Civil Guard: 062
  • Emergencies: 112
  • Health Emergencies: 061
  • Firefighters: 080
  • Rescue and Maritime Safety: +34 900 202 202
  • Telephone for consumers: +34 900 215 080
  • Post Service Information: +34 902 197 197
  • AENA Information: +34 902 404 704 / +34 913 211 000
  • Telephone sales RENFE: +34 902 320 320
  • Internet sales RENFE: +34 902 10 94 20
  • Traffic status and aid: 011

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