Car hire for many visitors to Cartagena is essential while others are happy to make do with public transport. When you consider the fact that a lot of the attractions in the city are historical, those seeking sun kissed beaches or more exciting attractions need to venture further afield. Although a coastal city, Cartagena's port and marinas take up most of the bay. This doesn't provide the best setting for beach activities, although Cala Cortina is quite popular and just a short drive from the city centre. Car hire though, gives you the chance to enjoy all the surrounding beaches.
Airport Car Hire Companies
The vast majority of visitors arriving by air fly into either Murcia-San Javier Airport or Alicante Airport. Both of these have several national and international car hire companies based within the terminals. Being the larger airport, Alicante has the widest choice. These include Avis, Hertz, Goldcar, Record Go, Sixt, Europcar and Centauro. Hiring a vehicle from most of these companies is possible upon arrival at the airport. Booking in advance though is always a better idea and may be essential during the busy summer months. You may encounter one or two independent car hire representatives within the terminals. These may work out cheaper but you really should choose wisely. Cartagena Insider always recommend using the reputable Coys Rent-A-Car.
City Car Hire Companies
Should you decide to hire a vehicle during your visit to Cartagena, there are several companies within the city centre and surrounding areas. The majority of these are independent companies, although Avis, Hertz and Europcar all have offices in Cartagena. Avis are located in the Plaza de Mejico in the city centre. Europcar are also in the city centre on Av. Trovero Marín. Should you choose Hertz, they are along the RM-F35 in the Cebezo Beaza Industrial Estate. Visitors who are staying in a hotel will find some of them will offer a car rental service at their reception desk.
Tips For Hiring A Vehicle
When hiring a vehicle from a reputable international company, you can usually rest assured you are in good hands and will be supplied with a modern, safe and fully functioning and insured vehicle. This is not always the case with the lesser known independent companies. They may offer a fantastic deal on your car hire, but you may also end up having a holiday from hell. In this case it pays to do your homework. Check all paperwork, insurances and extras that may or may not come with the vehicle. This includes mileage limitations, does the vehicle have to be returned with a full tank of fuel and is there 24 hour roadside assistance. Also fully check your vehicle in the presence of a company representative for any defects or damage before signing the contract.