Stop navigating from one website to another, and read ALL the information you need before you leave home.
In terms of car rental Sevilla offers you many options. You may chose among the traditional companies (e.g. Avis, Hertz) but there are also a bunch of low cost companies with very competitive prices. Depending on your needs you can also chose to rent a car at the airport, the train station or the city center.
The only reason to rent a car in Seville is just because you plan to travel out of the city and go to other great destinations in Andalucia (Granada, Cordoba, Ronda or the coast where you can spend a few days at some gorgeous beaches…).
Actually, if you plan to drive around Seville try to avoid the city center. This area is a challenging maze, and instead of having a great holiday you’ll have a hard time trying to find your way out.
If, by any chance, you are getting to Sevilla by car (because you rented it somewhere else or because you are making a road trip in Spain), you should definitely consider parking the car in a nice cheap surveilled parking. Leave it there and use other means of transport to move around. My favorite one is walking…
Obviously, if you are a traveller with a customer or preferred card you’ll be interested in the usual Avis, Hertz, National Atesa, Europcar, Sixt and so on. All of them have central offices in Seville as well as at the airport and the Santa Justa train station.
But if you are a casual customer, you should try the following one.
Rentalcars.com is one of the world’s leading car rental agencies. The company works with local suppliers and provides a large selection of vehicles, a straightforward online rental system, advanced customer service and a myriad of features. You can arrange your car rental in 167 countries!
The first thing you notice when you visit the site is how simple it is. There aren’t any flashing ads, Google ads or obnoxious sales pitches.
The car rental reservation tool is displayed prominently on the homepage, not hidden behind marketing gimmicks or sales pitches. You would think this was common sense, but unfortunately, the large majority of rental cars companies do not apply it.
Another nice feature that should be common sense, but isn’t always, is that the website is multilingual. Since Rentalcars.com operates in multiple countries, it’s logical. The site provides a simple fix in the form of a dropdown menu.
But their best service, in my opinion, is a multilingual call centre open 7 days a week allowing you to call them from home to arrange your rental or solve any question you may have prior to traveling.
I have used them in many of my trips around Spain and abroad and I have never had any problem.
1. Verify that you can drive with your driving permit in Spain. Or carry with you an international driver’s licence.
2. Don’t forget to print the reservation confirmation email or write down the booking number.
3. If you plan to rent a car at the airport, be sure to give your flight number and scheduled arrival time. If the flight is delayed, your car rental reservation will be preserved.
4. Make sure the car has air conditioning. It would be really odd if a car rental in Sevilla offers you a car without air conditioning. But confirm it, just in case.
5. Once you verify this, check out that the engine is powerful enough to cope with some decent speed and the air conditioning. I once rented a car I had to drive at 80km/h (50 mi/h) on the highway because the poor thing couldn’t handle going uphill.
6. Specify to the car rental company that you don’t want a full tank by the time you pick up your vehicle. The company will charge you a fortune for this gasoline.
7. The same rule applies when you drop off the car. The tank has to be at the exact same gasoline level that when you picked it up. Otherwise, you’ve guessed it… extra charge.
8. Before leaving the car rental office, check the car mileage and all the scratches, dents and other damages the car may have. If you notice something that has not been reported in your contract, tell the staff immediately.
9. Read the insurance conditions and don’t be shy to spend a bit more on an additional coverage if you plan to drive a lot.