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By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Madrid?

Do you need a car in Madrid > Should you rent a car in Madrid Spain > Madrid ( MAD )
The Spanish capital is quite unlike any other major city on the Iberian peninsular, sitting as it does in its own basin. If your usual idea of Spain is a Mediterranean coastal resort then dry Madrid is quite different, but what it lacks in water, it more than makes up for in cultural attractions and nightlife.

Do you need a car in Madrid? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Madrid?

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 Madrid?

Madrid Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

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

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

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

€30

 #10/300

 

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]

 €160

96/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1236 - of which 62 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

5%

#292/300

 
  • A hire car might be useful for places which are areound the city, but not easy to reach by train.
  • Generally, there are very few reasons to hire a car in Madrid.
 

Why not? Visiting Madrid without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Madrid public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

80%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Madrid. 

50%

  • No need – the simple reality is that there is just no need to get a hire car to visit Madrid or any of the surrounding suburbs.
  • Excursions – there are many great excursions which can be done from Madrid, as mentioned above. However, they are all just as easy to do by train, and services are plentiful and reasonable value.
  • Endless traffic jams – rapid expansion of the city, and in particular a huge amount of new development to the south, has meant that Madrid has become blighted by traffic in recent years. If you are staying in this part of town, you will probably find it much faster to use the new metro.

Conclusion – Do you need a car in Madrid? I have visited numerous different places in Spain, and hired a car in many of them, but I really struggle to think of a good reason why there is any need to get a hire car in Madrid. Do you need to hire a car in Madrid? Of course, you might well want to get out of the city, but unless you plan to explore a particular region away from Madrid, public transport is just a great deal more flexible.

Ratings

Car rental in - Madrid Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Madrid?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Madrid?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Madrid?

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 Madrid 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 Madrid 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 Madrid 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 Madrid on the Carornocar scale?

2

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Madrid?

Have you driven in Madrid? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Madrid?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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