Rent a car in Madrid with Europcar
Situated right in the centre of Spain, Madrid is known as a capital of culture. With world-famous art collections and a blend of Medieval and Renaissance architecture, Madrid is a living museum. But at night the city really comes alive, starting with drinks on sprawling terraces, followed by late-night restaurants and busy bars. If you’re after some sporting entertainment, football fans will not want to miss the action at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, home to Real Madrid.
With your Europcar hire car you can explore the central Spanish countryside, including San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the stunning Buitrago De Lozoya, a city located on a peninsula in the River Lozoya.
The Europcar car rental experience in Madrid
There is no shortage of options when it comes to car hire in Madrid. Europcar has stations at major transport points including Madrid Airport (terminals 1 & 4), the Chamartin railway station and several other locations in the suburbs.
Navigate the centre with ease in a small city car hire – choose from models including the Fiat 500 or Seat Leon. If you are travelling with a larger group or just need a bit more space, the Jeep Renegade or Volkswagen Tiguan are part of our guaranteed selection.
Need more space or transporting heavier loads? Europcar Madrid specialises in van hire too. Check out our full selection of van hire options today.
Whether you need car hire or van hire for a day, a week or longer, Europcar Madrid offers the most flexible car hire on the market.
Driving in Madrid
On main roads in and around Madrid the speed limit is 50 km/h, while country roads are 90 km/h and motorways 120 km/h. In residential areas or near schools the speed limit is reduced to 20 km/h.
On-street parking in Madrid can be tricky and it is advisable to avoid the centre and park on the outskirts. Paid parking is enforced in spaces with blue markings or signposts, from Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, and on Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Throughout August paid parking is Monday to Saturday, 9am to 3pm. In these spaces the maximum stay is two hours, but there are multi-storey car parks which offer longer stays.
Be careful when parking as any vehicles parked in the wrong area or exceeding the time limit will be towed away or clamped.
There are several toll roads in Spain and you can pay with cash, credit/debit cards or via an electronic system called Telepeaje or Via T. You can buy the small transmitters from banks or petrol stations to fix to your windscreen.
Discover Madrid and the surrounding area by car
There is plenty to experience in the centre of Madrid, whether you are a lover of culture, food, music or nightlife. Visit the 17th century Parque del Buen Retiro, to enjoy a drink in the sun at one of the park-side cafés, or row a boat on the lake. Bask in the history of the Plaza Mayor, the largest open space in the city, with vibrant street life and bars. From world class jazz bars to Michelin-starred dining, there are endless options to fill your evenings. If you enjoy a bit of flamenco, make sure you visit Villa Rosa, which has been entertaining crowds since 1914.
Set deep in the centre of Spain, Madrid might not have the coastline that Barcelona boasts, but there are certainly some great options for touring the area. Segovia is a veritable melting pot of culture with Celts, Romans, Muslims and Christians all occupying the city during its history. Marvel at its famous two-tier aqueduct that dates back to the middle of the 1st or start of the 2nd century. Segovia is just over an hour (90 kilometres) from Madrid.
To the south of Madrid lies Toledo, an ancient city built on a hillside; with architecture from Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, it is the perfect place if you love strolling cobbled streets. Toledo is also the birthplace of El Greco, a famous Spanish painter. Toledo (73 kilometres away) is an hour from Madrid by car.
On from Madrid why not discover Valencia and its fine coast? The 350 kilometre trip takes around three hours by car.
For an insight into the quintessentially Spanish tradition of bullfighting, visit the most prestigious bullfighting ring in the world, the Plaza de Toros Monumental de Las Ventas. While this longstanding pastime may divide opinion, the architecture of the colossal building is sure to enthral everyone who visits. The auditorium seats 25,000 people over four floors, and hosts concerts as well as bullfights. Museo Taurino is also worth a visit for its displays of torero costumes, photos and memorabilia. The ring and museum are 15 minutes by car from the city centre.
Things to do in Madrid
Art is a huge part of the soul of Madrid. Picasso, Dalí and Miró adorn the walls of major museums, including the Museo del Prado, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza to name a few. The tapas bars here are outstanding, but Madrid also pushes the boundaries of Spanish cuisine and there are some extraordinary restaurants here, reflecting almost all the regions of Spain. The nightlife is like no other, with an energising mix of elegant cocktail bars and hedonistic clubs to choose from.