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Granada Airport is found in the Andalusia region of Spain, nearby the city of Granada, and nearby the municipalities of Chauchina, Santa Fe and Cijuela as well. It is officially known as the Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaen Airport, as it is considered to be an important gateway for the city of Jaen, and the other names are after a great poet who used to live in the area. GRX is the code to use when searching for this airport. Although not as large as others in Spain, it is of reasonable size, handling around one million passengers per annum. Public buses and taxis travel to and from the destination, but there are several car hire companies available as well, and many passengers prefer the privacy of their own rented car.
Passengers arriving at GRX will enter the main arrivals hall after collecting their baggage, and this is where the car hire companies are located. The airport is just a single terminal building, but it is well equipped with all essential amenities, and both the arrival and departure areas are found on the ground floor. Within the arrival areas, passengers will find customs offices, cash machines, public toilets and waiting areas. Other facilities include shops and restaurants, meeting rooms, and a VIP lounge. The Granada Airport car rental companies include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Auto Europa, Easycar, National and Alamo, which are all internationally recognised companies, as well as Auriga Crown Car Hire, Record Rent a Car, Marbesol, Niza Cars and Goldcar, which are all local car rental companies.
Passengers renting a car from Granada Airport will need to meet their chosen car hire company’s minimum age requirements, which could be either 21 or 23, depending on the company chosen. However, all persons under the age of 25, at all the companies of the airport, will pay higher rental rates, for young driver fees. This is an amount added to the rental per day of car hire, and per underage driver registered on the rental agreement, usually up until a maximum of ten rental days. Young drivers may also not be permitted to hire vehicles of a special nature, or larger-sized vehicles. Persons who will be driving the rented car must be present to collect the vehicle, and will need to show a valid drivers license from their country of residence. Although the car hire companies will accept local licenses that are printed in English, Spanish Law requires all foreign drivers to carry an International Driving Permit. In order to rent a car, a major credit card will be required for payment, such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard or Visa.
Vehicles hired from car hire companies can be small, eco-friendly and fuel-efficient, or larger vans for groups of travellers. From most companies, cars are arranged into various groups, and are rented and priced accordingly. The following categories are most often available: Economy, Compact, Intermediate or Midsize, Fullsize and Van. There may also be categories that contain luxury or premium vehicles, convertibles and SUVs. Popular smaller cars hired include the Ford Ka, Seat Ibiza, Toyota Aigo, Renault Megane, Kia Cerato, Volkswagen Golf and the Seat Leon. These cars are ideal for driving in the city of Granada, and are good choices for daytrips to the surrounding areas as well, however, they have little room for luggage. Larger vehicles perhaps more suitable for families include the Opel Zafira, VW Passat Wagon, Peugeot 307 Wagon and the Seat Alhambra Van, which can seat up to seven people. One of the largest vans available from Granada Airport is the Opel Vivaro, for nine passengers.
Granada car hire companies offer the rental of additional items of equipment, such as child seats, luggage racks and satellite navigation systems. Hand controls for disabled drivers can be arranged as well. The airport itself is fully accessible to all passengers with reduced mobility challenges, and the airline companies can be contacted for further assistance with airport proceedings. Hand controls are free of charge, but should be reserved in advance. Other services may be available for disabled customers as well, for example, a disabled person unable to drive can still be the primary renter of the vehicle, with a designated driver who has a valid drivers license. This additional driver will also be free of charge.
One way hires are available, and this service allows customers to deliver their rented car to another location, should they be leaving Spain from a different airport or train station. The car hire companies may or may not allow cross-border rentals, and therefore, customers should always confirm the details of a ‘special’ rental before arriving. Driving from Granada to all nearby areas is relatively simple, as main roads are found in the vicinity. The A-92 is the main access road, and takes motorists east to Granada, or west, all the way to Seville. Roads leading north include the A-44 and N-432. The A-44 also leads south, to the coastline, and to areas such as Motril and Almunecar. The city of Granada is easily driven as well, but motorists should just be careful to not park in restricted areas, which are those with yellow lines, or signs that prohibit parking. The following speed limits should also be followed: 50km/h or 30 mph in urban areas, 100km/h or 63 mph on open roads and 130km/h or 80 mph on motorways or highways.
Contact your chosen Granada Airport car Rental Company for all further information.