Should you rent a car in Ibiza?

Should you rent a car in Ibiza Spain > Ibiza

With many visitors coming to Ibiza to party rather than to see sights, and with Ibiza being one of Europe’s smaller tourist islands, the natural question for anyone coming here and thinking about hiring a car is – why?

Ibiza Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings

Why should you rent a car in Ibiza?

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 Ibiza?

Ibiza Car hire summary

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Total 515 - of which 185 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




Why should you rent a car in Ibiza?

  • Well the initial answer to this one is very simple. Ibiza car hire rates are quite simply the cheapest we have found anywhere in the world. If you are coming during the off season and only looking to get hold of a cheap economy car, expect to pay next to nothing.
  • As with anywhere else, having a hire car will give you some flexibility when compared with waiting around for buses. This is especially so if you are staying in a property where free parking is provided.
  • This doesn’t mean that public transport or tour bus services on Ibiza are particularly attractive, because they just aren’t.
  • Unlike neighbouring Majorca, which is also a lot larger, there is no rail or tram service on Ibiza, and the whole island is really just confined to three major roads.
  • Buses can also get ridiculously crowded.

Why not? Visiting Ibiza without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Ibiza public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Hiring a car in Ibiza can still be a hassle. The roads can often be congested at even the quieter times.
  • You still need to find somewhere to park.
  • Watch for return empty fuel contracts! The island is small, and you will be unlikely to use that much fuel!.
  • On such a small island, there’s a good chance you will spend a lot of time stuck in traffic anyway.
  • Getting a taxi late at night can always be a challenge, especially when nothing is moving very fast. It may be quicker just to walk.
  • Whatever brings you to Ibiza in the first place, there is always one way to see the island that can avoid some of this traffic, and that is simply to get out and walk.


Car rental in - Ibiza Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Ibiza?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Ibiza?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Ibiza?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Ibiza if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Beyond Ibiza

  • Another way to enjoy the Balearics is to combine a visit to Ibiza with Majorca or Menorca, or possibly the much smaller island of Formentera. This is an easy day trip by ferry from Ibiza town. It’s easy enough these days to combine an outward flight to Ibiza with a return from elsewhere using one or more European low-cost airline.

Yet whichever way we look at it, our Ibiza car hire advice is very much not to even consider getting one, however cheap the prices might look.

Should you rent a car in Ibiza? Verdict – no


Would you hire a car in Ibiza?

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