Gran Canaria

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Gran Canaria?

Do you need a car in Gran Canaria > Should you rent a car in Gran Canaria Spain > Gran Canaria ( LPA )

Do you need a car in Gran Canaria? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Gran Canaria is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, but as with the other Canary Islands, there is no rail-based public transport to get around here, just an extensive network of buses.

Why should you rent a car in Gran Canaria?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Gran Canaria?

Gran Canaria Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

100%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€80

 #68/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €90

20/300

 

Free parking score

Total 759 - of which 150 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

20%

#248/300

 
  • Public transport is poor and disjointed.
  • No rail services of any kind.
  • Bus services into the interior of the island are few and far between – sometimes only 1-2 buses per day.
  • Buses aren’t well connected. There are two different bus stations in Las Palmas.
 

Why not? Visiting Gran Canaria without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Gran Canaria public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

50%

Overall public transport score

30%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Gran Canaria. 

60%

It’s perfectly easy enough to visit Gran Canaria using resort transfers, local buses and taxis, but doing this means missing out on some of the stunning scenery that the island has to offer. Again, you can take an organised bus tour to see some of this, but we think it is just much better to do it by car.

  • Local buses (guaguas) are cheap by Northern European standards.
  • Plenty of buses between major resort areas, especially Maspalomas <=> Las Palmas.
  • Airport shuttle buses are fast and frequent.

 

Ratings

Car rental in - Gran Canaria Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Gran Canaria?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Gran Canaria?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Gran Canaria?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Gran Canaria if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Gran Canaria if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Gran Canaria if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Gran Canaria on the Carornocar scale?

9

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

However, before making the choice to hire a car in Gran Canaria based on price alone, it’s worth adding up all the hidden extras, such as mandatory fuel contracts. It’s also worth comparing these costs with the price of a few local taxi journeys. Taxis in the Canary Islands tend to be very cheap, and even a transfer from the airport is unlikely to break the bank, as nothing is very far from anywhere else on Gran Canaria.

However, buses tend to be concentrated on a few select routes between the main resorts and other urban areas and the airport.

Verdict – yes

Would you hire a car in Gran Canaria?

Have you driven in Gran Canaria? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Gran Canaria?
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